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Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED In their own words: Drug Treatment Court participants talk about their journeys to recovery

    Danny Grissett thought he was going to die.

    Imprisoned by his addiction, he saw no freedom from it, no way out. To him, life was no longer worth living.

    “What drugs and alcohol done for me, it just took me down a spiral—down, down, down—and I hit the bottom, and so it got to the point I was just totally unhappy,” Grissett said. “I got to that point where I thought life wasn’t even worth living. I just got to that point where I didn’t see any way out. I thought I was going to die.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Michael Leonard

    LONGWOOD—The previous night had been hectic.

    From 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., there were three calls that pulled volunteers with Grissettown Longwood Fire Department out of their beds and had them responding to emergencies in the cold, dark December hours.

    A medical call, a structure fire and standby backup assistance for a vehicle rollover with neighboring Waccamaw Fire Department kept them running until early morning.

    For Michael Leonard, it was all in a night’s work.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Janie Withers

    Can a former party planner find success with a nonprofit to aid Brunswick County’s homeless animals?

    When it comes to organizing fundraisers for Paws-Ability, Janie Withers has the details in the bag—in bookoodles of financial “gift bags,” no less, to aid dogs and cats.

    Less than three years ago, the energetic Ocean Isle Beach resident launched the nonprofit to aid existing animal shelters, animal rescue groups and pet needs in Brunswick County.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Sister Maria Theresa Orbegozo

    SHALLOTTE—In the vestibule of St. Brendan Catholic Church, a statue of St. Brendan the Navigator beckons those into the comforting arms of the church.

    “All are welcome in this place,” the sign behind the statute reads. And across the hall, another sign, “Todos son bienvenidos aqui.”

    Like most churches, all are welcome at St. Brendan.

    Much like the saint for which the church was named, Sister Maria Theresa Orbegozo is navigating the way for the St. Brendan’s Hispanic population.

  • Don't let winter's cold temperatures deter inshore fishing

    Inshore fishing right now is limited to those species that stick around during the cold months, but fishing for them has been good lately

    As usual in the winter, action is taking place in three distinct phases during the day: early morning and late afternoon for speckled trout and redfish, and nighttime for black drum. In addition, the hours just before and after low tide are often effective times.

  • The First Tee makes its mark in 2009; must meet new challenges in 2010

    Although The First Tee of Brunswick County is fewer than five years old, it has received high marks from its national office in St. Augustine, Fla.

    Chapters of The First Tee are ranked according to their scope and performance, and I’m proud to say that our local chapter has received the “Ace” level designation, the highest rank possible. That is awesome, and a true testimony to the level of commitment by our kids, volunteers, paid staff, donors and community at large.

  • A leader, a champion for the community, Thompson served Brunswick County well

    I vividly remember the day I first met Randy Thompson. It was my first week at the Beacon. Fresh off the sports desk with no hard news experience, I hit the ground running from day one.

    The first week was a whirlwind—the county budget unveiled on day one, witnessing my first news story bleeding with the red ink of corrections on day two and a horrific fatal wreck on day three—that’s how it all began.

  • ‘Uniquely Brunswick County’ photo contest nets 173 entries

    To some, nothing says “Brunswick County” better than a view of the scenic Shallotte River.

    To another, the endless road and the intertwined trees found at Orton Plantation best describes the place we call home.

    After a call for everything “Uniquely Brunswick County,” The Brunswick Beacon received 173 entries in this year’s “Think Outside the Beach” photo contest.

    This was the second year for the photo contest, and the number of entries more than tripled last year’s submissions.

  • Craft, antique store to open in renovated furniture store

    People driving along Main Street in Shallotte have no doubt seen the changes to the former furniture store beside Burger King.

    The previously yellow building has been completely renovated with barn-red siding, new roof and a larger parking area.

    The recently sold High Point Furniture Outlet is now on its way to becoming a new business in town, Nona’s Place, which will feature the work of local artisans and craftspeople as well as “shabby chic” antiques.

  • Health department used CDC-recalled vaccines before they lost potency

    The Brunswick County Health Department recently received word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 13 lots of H1N1 nasal spray manufactured by MedImmune have been recalled for potency reasons.

    According to health department officials, Brunswick County received 500 doses of one of the lot numbers Oct. 4, and the vaccine was given Oct. 20. The health department does not have any doses of the recalled lot number left, and all the doses were administered before losing their potency, according to a department news release.