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Today's News

  • The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 36 calls last week, issued 23 uniformed citations, six drug charges and 43 total charges.

  • Several vandalism calls reported over weekend

    Sheriff’s deputies investigated about 15 vandalism calls Saturday night. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Caison said a suspect or suspects shot out car and business windows with a BB gun in the Supply-Holden Beach area Saturday night.

    Around the county vandalism was “pretty light” during the Halloween weekend, Caison said. “Other than that it was a safe Halloween,” he said.

    Anyone with information about Saturday’s vandalism is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 253-2777.

  • Chuck Fleming: Young Warrior

    By Elsa Bonstein

    Beacon Correspondent

    When most boys were playing baseball and going to Boy Scout meetings, Chuck Fleming of Sunset Beach was serving in the Navy. He enlisted on Nov. 12, 1947, at the age of 15. By the time he was 16, Fleming was an air traffic controller.

    Today, these boys-turned-soldiers are called “Young Warriors” and are part of an organization called Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS). All of the members of VUMS were underage when they served in the U.S. military. Some were as young as 12 or 13 years old.

  • Young Warriors: Veterans of Underage Military Service

    By Elsa Bonstein

    Beacon Correspondent

    Membership in Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS) requires a person to have served in the U.S. military while under the age of 17.

    World War II Merchant Marine vets need to be younger than 16, and women vets of World War II need to have served while under the age of 20.

  • Seven vie for three Board of Education seats

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    They’re responsible for selecting qualified individuals to teach children. They’re responsible for spending tax dollars efficiently. They’re responsible for all 18 schools in the Brunswick County School District.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education is also responsible for nearly every decision made regarding Brunswick County Schools. And it’s the voters’ responsibility to choose the best candidates for the job.

  • Mother remembers daughter who died in Ocean Isle fire one year ago

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    It’s been a year since a house fire at 1 Scotland St. in Ocean Isle Beach claimed the lives of seven college students. Among the victims was Allison Walden, a 19-year-old from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

    Diane Walden, Allison’s mother, says dealing with the loss of her daughter is just as hard today as it was last year.

    “It’s been very difficult,” Diane Walden, said in a phone interview Monday from her Chagrin Falls home. “It’s difficult every day.”

  • Holden Beach agrees to dredging-dispute settlement

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    The Town of Holden Beach will get $100,000 back from a bonding company after agreeing to a dredging-dispute settlement Tuesday night during the Holden Beach Commissioners’ regular meeting.

  • Sad Sack Sammy

    Little Sammy was found as a stray in need of a home right away. He weighs 17 pounds, is housebroken, loves to play with his people and toys, but hates the cold and wet outdoors. He’s been neutered, is up-to-date on his shots, and is in a foster home due to the weather. Please call to make an appointment to see Sammy at Paws Place. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m. to noon daily.

  • Brunswick County real estate numbers up from last year, down from August

    The number of existing homes sold in Brunswick County went up again in September when compared to the previous year, according to recent statistics from the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    In September of 2008, 170 houses were sold in the county, up from 113 the previous September.

    The number dropped from last month’s 199 houses, however, and the average cost of a home decreased 25 percent over last year, from $358,152 to $267,540.

    Unlike last month, Brunswick County was not the only region to post an increase over last year.

  • Shallotte residents invited to speak about county transportation plan

    BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    SHALLOTTE—Town residents can let the aldermen know their opinions about the county’s comprehensive transportation plan and how it affects Shallotte at next week’s board meeting.

    The board decided at Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting to vote on whether to endorse the plan at next week’s meeting after the board hears from the public.

    A representative from the Brunswick County Planning Department presented the plan at the last regular board meeting, sparking comments from the aldermen.