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Today's News

  • Grandmother takes to the air with skydiving experience

    A small woman with silver hair strode across the hangar. She wore a bright red shirt, white pants and a huge smile. Although she and I had only exchanged e-mails, I knew immediately I was looking at Betty Grace Grabb, the soon-to-be skydiver.

    A parade of family and friends followed Grabb across the parking lot. They set up camp with chairs and coolers and prepared to watch their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother fulfill her one of dreams.

  • Accuser recants, says 'I was high'

    Whispers became accusations against state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. during the past week.

    Just as a state probe into allegations of sexual misconduct had time to pick up steam, Soles’ accuser on Monday recanted his entire story, calling it a drug-induced falsehood pushed on him by a family member who was unhappy with the senator.

    ‘I was high’

  • Saltimbocca tastes so good you just want to keep eating it

    Saltimbocca is a dish made traditionally with veal, but also with chicken or pork, in combination with prosciutto and fresh sage leaves, sometimes including a slice of Italian Fontina cheese and even topped with capers.

    Italian for “jumps in the mouth,” saltimbocca is a dish that you just want to keep eating because it tastes so good.

  • Beacon sponsoring Stuff the Bus

    Coastal Kids and The Brunswick Beacon are sponsoring a Stuff The Bus campaign to collect school supplies for elementary schools throughout Brunswick County.

    Supplies or donations can be dropped off from now until Friday, Aug. 21, at the Brunswick Beacon office, at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte.

    Some of the most needed items in classrooms this year are: glue sticks, loose-leaf paper, backpacks, markers, crayons, scissors, dry erase markers, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, pencils, erasers, folders, highlighters and colored pencils.

  • Town hall brouhaha: How Congress spent their summer vacations among the un-American

    It turns out Americans care about more than just their guns and their religion.

    Judging by recent civic participation, healthcare, it seems, is atop most people’s lists.

    While members of Congress spent their summer vacations amongst the people they serve, some of them were met with a less-than-cordial reception at the many town hall meetings that unfolded across the country to address healthcare reform.

    Of course, depending on what newspaper you read, or which cable news program you watch, the villain changes in every story.

  • Baitfish, shrimp plentiful in late summer

    Local saltwater fishing is still stuck in a summertime pattern, as the game fish are not plentiful but are nice-sized and most of the action is in the morning or at night. Something not in short supply are the baitfish and shrimp, which are swarming through our waters right now.

  • Good grief: gators and golfers

    One of the more fascinating animals on the Carolina Coast is the alligator. On hot summer days, you can see them, lying like logs along the rivers, marshes and ponds in Brunswick County.

    If the golf course you play has rivers, marshes and ponds, it’s almost a given that there will be gators on it.

  • Attempted burglary reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated an attempted burglary reported Aug. 16 in Sea Trail.

    An attempted first-degree burglary was reported at a condominium on Avian Drive.

    Someone tried to enter a residence by sliding open a door, then tearing a screen off a window. Entry was never made, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

  • E-mail terminal is a good step for open government

    Brunswick County government made a good step toward operating as an open and transparent government when it decided to install a computer terminal at the county complex where government e-mails can be accessed by the public.

    The public e-mail computer terminal is in the lobby of Building I at the county government complex in Bolivia. Business hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    By using the computer, citizens can have access to correspondence that takes place within the county’s e-mail system.

  • Johnson pleads guilty to 2008 murder

    Norris Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week for the February 2008 murder of 26-year-old Jerome Echlos.

    Johnson, 28, was sentenced to 15 years and two months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    According to the sheriff’s office at the time of the arrest, Johnson arrived at a home on Brandon Drive in Leland around 3 a.m. Feb. 8, 2008, and began shooting inside the home where five people slept—including his father, his niece, a family friend, his sister and Echlos, who was his sister’s boyfriend.