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Today's News

  • ACE team report

    The newest criminal enforcement unit at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is up and running.

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

  • Former town, county leader Jerry Jones dies

    Former Shallotte alderman and mayor and former county commissioners chairman Jerry Jones, 63, died Thursday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) on May 31, 2007.

    “His battle with this disease was a long rough road and his great strength was tested in many times,” his obituary states.

    He was born in Conway, S.C., on May 11, 1945, a son of Allene Rowell Jones and the late Windle Wilson Jones.

    He moved to Shallotte in 1968 to work at Shallotte Lumber Company and worked there for 33 years.

  • Fence talk stretches on in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Ongoing discussion about fences—the kind that makes good neighbors—was deferred last week by the Sunset Beach Planning Board to a Nov. 20 work session.

    The board is revisiting a proposed amendment to the fence-height ordinance after it was sent back by town council last month for language clarification.

    Board members also indicated at the Nov. 6 workshop they favor eliminating front-yard fences altogether in Sunset Beach, though existing ones would be grandfathered.

  • Parent who suggested creationism studies returns to board

    BOLIVIA—The parent who sparked a creationism debate among parents, teachers and community members returned to the Brunswick County Board of Education last week with another request.

    “I’m asking that the board develop a curriculum that is focused on presenting information to the students that is factual and not for indoctrination,” Joel Fanti said during the board’s monthly meeting last Thursday.

    “We need to be talking about empirical evidence to verify a point that is stated.”

  • Festa Italia uncorks Saturday at Silver Coast Winery

    STAFF REPORT 

    GRISSETTOWN—All things Italian will be celebrated this Saturday at Silver Coast Winery, which is staging its annual Festa Italia 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The event kicks off with master of ceremonies Dave “The Bopper” Overby warming up the crowd with Italian songs.

    At noon, Larry Tanelli and the Paisans will perform until 3 p.m., bringing their renowned tribute to Louis Prima.

  • Former town, county leader Jerry Jones dies

    Former Shallotte alderman and mayor and former county commissioners chairman Jerry Jones, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 6, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family.

    Jones’ family, friends and colleagues remember him as a public servant, family man and loyal friend who didn’t always have a lot to say but who always had the best interest of others at heart.

  • Was shocked by teens’ behaviors

    To the editor: This is in reference to the article featured in the Oct. 15 issue of the Brunswick Beacon about Dee Hill’s “fumbled future.”

    While summarizing the events of that horrid night, the author, Kathryn Jacewicz, specifically refers to Beck’s Restaurant in Calabash as the meeting place for these teenagers.

    It is true one of those teenagers was employed by our restaurant and, like everyone else in the county who knew any one of these teens, we were shocked by his actions as we felt it was completely out of character.

  • Doesn’t support circuses

    To the editor: Please consider these facts:

    1) Circus animals are kept in cages that are too small to allow for movement or they are chained to keep them stationary. They are prisoners of profit and cruelty.

    2) Tigers are semi-nocturnal, solitary animals that love water. In circuses, they are forced to perform during the daytime; are caged next to each other; are forced to perform in groups; and do not have access to waterholes.

  • Who is Merrill?

    To the editor: My mind is already at work. Does anyone out there know the Libertarian candidate, Rachel Joiner Merrill?

    I just checked out the state board of elections’ Web site and this woman has not filed any reports since plunking down the $204 filing fee.

    She filled out no questionnaires I am aware of; she did not appear at any forums I attended (and I attended almost all of them), and she didn’t attend any meet-the-candidate gatherings.

    As my daughter said, she is as invisible as her campaign reports.

  • Do something a little different this season

    Remember when you were actually excited about the Christmas season? When you didn’t dread long lines, materialistic shoppers and incessant commercials telling your kids and grandkids what to ask for?

    We’re about ready to start the Christmas shopping season, and if you’ve decided you’ve had enough with the commercialization and “gimme” mentality, Calabash Presbyterian Church has an idea that might get you excited about the season again.