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Today's News

  • Southport woman charged with DWI in single-car crash

     A Southport woman has been charged with driving while impaired and other traffic violations after she crashed into a ditch last week on Midway Road near Oak Island.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper C.S. Thompson charged 32-year-old Holly Marie Lysaght with driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control, unsafe tires and a seatbelt violation after she crashed into a tree in a ditch off Midway Road on Friday, Jan. 8, a collision report shows.

  • Brunswick Coalition buys billboards to raise prescription abuse awareness

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition, which has been established to combat prescription drug abuse, has purchased billboards to create awareness about the potentially deadly consequences of leaving prescription medications unattended. 

    The coalition used grant funding to purchase spaces for two billboards, one at 2618 Ocean Highway 0.1 miles south of Royal Oak Road in Shallotte and another at 7270 U.S. 17 just south of N.C. 87 in Leland.

  • Father Time, New Year’s baby, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Terri Niland

    Guest Columnist

    Less than two weeks ago, a high school friend of mine and I continued our long-standing New Year’s Eve tradition. We touched base at 11:55 p.m., chatted for a few moments, wished one another a Happy New Year while the Crystal Ball in Times Square dropped, and then went to sleep.

  • HBPOA issues response to editorial on ordinance

    I am the president of the Holden Beach Property Owners Association (HBPOA) and I am writing in response to the Jan. 7 editorial on the Holden Beach noise ordinance in order to clarify statements about the actions of the HBPOA.

    At our membership meeting April 4, 2015, a motion was made and unanimously passed to recommend that the town of Holden Beach consider adopting Brunswick County’s noise ordinance, since the county’s ordinance was more specific and called for measuring noise decibel levels to determine if there is excessive noise.

  • A year in review from Congress

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    At the outset of my first year serving in Congress, I laid out three main priorities to focus on in order to help make America prosperous at home and strong abroad while also addressing the unique needs of the 7th Congressional district.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 28, 29, 30 and 31 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, Dec. 28

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor C. Ashley Gore and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Make 10 percent your diet resolution

     This second week in January is Diet Resolution Week. Yes, I’m still on this topic of New Year’s resolutions. I guess the thought is if you’re still thinking about resolutions this week, you’re really serious about it!

    If your resolution was to lose weight, how are you doing? There’s still time to regroup or perhaps re-goal your resolution. Instead of a lofty goal like losing 30 pounds by the class reunion in March or 50 pounds by next Christmas, why not set your goal at just 10 percent of your current weight?

  • Doggie friends share treats: Scientists surprised, pet parents already knew

     A new scientific study published in Nature concludes dogs will share treats with other dogs, even if it means giving up their own goodies. Austrian researchers evaluated “pro-social” behaviors of dogs and found, to their surprise, that dogs offered goodwill gestures toward other dogs, especially if it was a familiar pooch. This study will help veterinarians and pet owners better understand canine behavior and makes me wonder how much my two dogs really like each other.

     

  • Volunteerism is important to goverance

    Often when people consider the concept of volunteerism, they think of it in terms of serving charities, like Habitat for Humanity, and civic organizations, like Kiwanis. It may not occur to them they can put their spare time toward guiding their local government and the direction of the communities in which they live.

    Within the past month, the Beacon has published appeals from Shallotte, Leland and Holden Beach for volunteers to serve on various municipal boards and committees.

  • Fingerprints tell a story