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Today's News

  • Commissioner files police report for ‘threatening’ viral video

    BOLIVIA—Embattled Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has filed a police report—again—this time claiming he found a viral video about himself “threatening.”

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, filed Dec. 28, Warren claims the video is “communicating threats.”

    Warren, 67, of 229 NE 40th St., Oak Island, said he was attacked “by e-mailing a YouTube video victim found threatening,” the report states.

  • Trojans finish second in basketball tourney

     

    All-tourney selections Gray Cheers and Taylor Buffkin helped lead the West Brunswick High School boys’ basketball team to a second-place finish the seventh annual CMC-North East Holiday Classic.

    The Trojans finished 2-1 and received a tourney trophy for the first time since winning a sectional title in 2003.

    “I’m proud of our guys,” said West coach Eric Davis, in his second year as coach of the Trojans. “That’s a big step for our program to go on the road in an eight-team tournament and finish second.”

  • 'Secret Santa' fixes Sea Trail potholes

    SUNSET BEACH—Did a secret Santa visit Sea Trail this week?

    Newly elected Mayor Richard Cerrato says apparently so, since potholes at a Sea Trail construction entrance went from being in disrepair on Tuesday to filled in on Wednesday.

    The Beacon stopped by the site in question on Tuesday morning to shoot photos. At that time, the potholes at the entrance to Planter’s Ridge Drive from Old Georgetown Road were still in disrepair.

  • Calabash mystery writer unveils second book

    Author Tom Rieber loves a good mystery, especially when it involves his protagonist, Nick Thomas.

    The Brunswick County writer recently unveiled his second book and latest mystery, “Devil’s Parody,” a thriller centered around Rieber’s main character, Thomas, as he goes face-to-face with a reclusive sociopath in the remote Vermont woods, “where he is conducting a deadly experiment into the gambler’s mind,” according to promotional material about the book.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over six days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 13, 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Tuesday, Dec. 13

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

  • Smart Start gets grant for garden

    Smart Start of Brunswick County received a $2,500 grant donation from the St. James Service Club for its project, Just Watch It Grow! It will teach children to grow, taste and learn to enjoy a variety of vegetables and promote outdoor physical activity through planting pizza gardens.

  • CIS asks volunteers to Adopt a School

    Communities in Schools (CIS) provides the Adopt A School and Volunteer Program to Brunswick County Schools to enhance the quality of education by bringing the community and its resources to the children.

  • Religion briefs

    Celebrate the new year
    Be a part of the New Year’s celebration at Sunset Beach Community Church, 1643 Seaside Road in Ocean Isle Beach (just behind Hardee’s) beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.
    Join with other believers as we reflect on the blessings of 2011 and seek God’s will for 2012. Casual attire is acceptable. The Rev. Richard Farrand, pastor, will be officiating this special service. Communion will be shared.

  • Lord, that we might see: a resolution that entails revolution

    It’s that time again. We are on the cusp of a new year. Resolutions hang in the air, ready to be made or ignored, to view as enjoyment or annoyance. One of my siblings recently wrote that she was eager to see the end of 2011 with all its downers, illness, death, accidents, financial worries and more. She anticipated a new start with a new year. It was off with the old and on with the new.

  • Tree canopies help manage stormwater

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Would you think that it’s a good deal if a simple project could beautify an area and increase property values? How about improving air quality and stormwater runoff? If it also cooled the neighborhood on hot days and made people happy, would you be interested?