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Today's News

  • Ingram Planetarium kicks off first phase of digital transition

    SUNSET BEACH—A transition to digital is taking place at Ingram Planetarium.

    The two-part transition began during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, when new laser projection equipment with full-color animation and lights choreographed to music was unveiled. The equipment comes complete with a 5.1 surround-sound system.

    The system comes with about 20 shows that can be choreographed to popular music from some of history’s greatest artists.

    Preview shows featuring music by The Beatles and Pink Floyd took place during the weekend.

  • Calabash tree lighting set for Friday night

    Staff Report

    Music, treats, candle-lighting and Santa will highlight Calabash’s 13th annual Christmas tree lighting set for 6 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5, in the parking lot of Callahan’s Christmas shop.

  • Lane-Keogh

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Tracy H. Lane of Ocean Isle Beach and John M. Keogh of Tipperary-Thurles, Ireland. The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Sybil Hamilton of Supply. The groom is the son of Richard and Mary Keogh of Tipperary, Ireland. A Dec. 20 wedding is planned at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach.

     

  • Friends of Library say thanks

    To the editor: The Southport/Oak Island Friends of the Library would like to extend a huge thank you to the community and all our dedicated volunteers for their overwhelming support during our second annual Friends of the Library Week Oct. 19-25.

    Friends of the Library supports and works with the local libraries to help provide books and various needed supplies not included in the county budget for our community libraries, as well as volunteers to help the local libraries in any way needed.

  • Holiday Happenings
  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Nov. 19

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Michele Margaret Bellamy, failure to reduce speed, voluntarily dismissed.

    Michelle Lee Benton, license not in possession, voluntarily dismissed.

    Laura Ashley Beyer, window tinting violation, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Are you a saint?

    To the editor: As we just experienced “All Saints Day,” I ask you: are you a saint? I am.

    Before anyone who knows me heads to the phone to call me a heretic or a hypocrite, let me explain. It is not because of any good works I have done.

    It is because of God’s authority in His Word that tells us what a saint is.

    We in this world call a person a saint if they display devout and sacrificial service for a church or a cause. God describes a saint as one who has received Christ as Lord and Savior.

  • Talents may be wasted here

    To the editor:

    Re: John Heidtke’s column in Nov. 27 issue of the Beacon.

    As a retired law enforcement officer (FBI 1969-1994) and resident of Brunswick County, I enjoyed your column, “Decent People versus Criminals and Thugs: Who Will Prevail?”

    With all due respect to your interest and research into the subject as it concerns Brunswick County (with which I totally agree), I believe your energies might be best directed elsewhere.

  • Union Elementary collects a ton for BFA

    More than a ton of food donated to local families this holiday season has come from the students at Union Elementary School.

    In its annual food drive, Union collected more than 3,000 pounds of food that was donated to Brunswick Family Assistance the week of Thanksgiving. The school has had an annual food drive for nearly 15 years, and has long partnered with Lowes Foods and their Friends Feeding Friends program.

  • Shallotte Middle collects cans for local food pantries

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    Students at Shallotte Middle School topped the record they set last year while collecting cans and non-perishable food items for the Seaside United Methodist Church food pantry and Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA).

    Students collected more than 5,500 cans and $760 in cash and donations. A $500 donation was made to BFA, and a $260 donation was made to a Shallotte Middle School student whose house burned down and lost his mother during the blaze.