Today's News

  • Twenty-six-year fugitive has Brunswick County ties



    A fugitive from justice arrested in Wilmington last week on identity-theft charges provided authorities with a Calabash address.

    However, a manager at the address said this week the man didn’t live there, while a manager at a Little River, S.C., marina confirmed he had lived on a boat there.

  • Pre-season bookings already improving over last year

    Vacation rental agencies say they are cautiously optimistic about a good rental season this summer, thanks to an increase in pre-season bookings over last year.

    Many say they are also putting together package deals and other promotions to draw budget-conscious visitors who still want to spend time at the beach.

    Bonnie Cox of Brunswickland Realty on Holden Beach said she noticed a slight increase in summer bookings beginning in January. By March, the numbers were up a good 20 percent over the previous year.

  • Update: Utilities commission OKs county takeover of Brick Landing sewer system.

    Correction: A story in last week’s Beacon incorrectly identified the bond as $250,000. It is a $50,000 bond.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • TDA to keep budget at same level for next year

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority wants to keep its 2010-2011 budget at the same rate as the current year’s budget, which will require dipping into its savings account.

    TDA executive director Mitzi York informed authority members at Tuesday’s meeting that a $90,000 appropriation from fund balance, which would bring the budget up to the $1 million mark, would still keep three months worth of funding in reserve.

  • County commissioners' budget retreat set for April 6-7

    Going into last year’s annual budget retreat, Brunswick commissioners were looking at a nearly $8.5 million budget shortfall.

    This year, county commissioners will meet Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7, for the annual two-day retreat where commissioners will hear requests from department heads and, ultimately, decide who gets what they requested, and who will have to do without.

    But the economic forecast is slightly different this year than it was leading into last year’s retreat, county manager Marty Lawing said.

  • Supply man sentenced to 16-31 months for cocaine convictions

    A Supply man has been sentenced to 16-31 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections after a Brunswick County jury convicted him of selling cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

    According to Chris Thomas, assistant district attorney, Kevin Rashaad Brown, 29, of the Cedar Grove community in Supply, was sentenced to 16-31 months in prison for two cocaine convictions.

    Brown was on trial for two cocaine transactions, which lasted about a week, Thomas said.

  • Oct. 1, 1994: Teetering on the brink of justice

    If you’ve never been a victim of a violent crime, or lost a loved one to a murder, the date Oct. 1, 1994, may not mean anything to you.

    But if you have, chances are you know the date well.

    North Carolina lawmakers enacted the Structured Sentencing Law in 1994, which eliminated parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994.

    “However, the Commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines,” according to the parole commission.

  • Children's author visits with students at Supply Elementary

    Children’s author Michael Finklea says anything can be turned into a story.

    When visiting with students at Supply Elementary School Tuesday morning, Finklea and students created a story about what’s behind the walls and under the floor of the school. By using imagination and creativity, they created a colony of people who have lived under the school for hundreds of years.

    “Every single thing around you becomes a story,” Finklea told students.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Gene Franklin Jewell III, 38, of 202 Harbor View, Swansboro, with possession of cocaine, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    •Police charged John Dennis Turner, 62, of 1716 Pelican Place, Shallotte, with driving while impaired. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Golf action

    Club 25 began its 2010 season with a tournament March 22 at the Founders Club at St. James Plantation. Elaine Pipino from Carolina National led the excitement of the day with a hole-in-one on the 97-yard 16th hole.

    The first flight was won by Barb Eckroth (The Legends) with an 83. She was followed by Mary Barclay (St. James). Dale Calhoon (Brick Landing) and Shari Hodson (The Lakes) tied for third. Barb Guhl (Pine Valley) finished fifth and Dianne Belair (Prestwick) sixth.