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Today's News

  • DSS recruiting foster, adoptive parents

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services will prove Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety-Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training to be a foster/adoptive parent starting June 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Social Services Building B in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, call Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • Vehicle registration late fee takes effect July 1

    Beginning July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners must pay their annual vehicle registration renewals by the expiration date or face a late fee. The new fees were passed by the General Assembly last September and require one of three graduated late fees to be assessed on late registration renewals starting in July.

  • New reward offered in case of missing Holden Beach teen

    The FBI is offering a new $5,000 reward in the case of Rachel Natacha Owens of Holden Beach, who disappeared five years ago at age 15.

    Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car May 5, 2011, on her own without force. She has had no contact with her family or friends since then.

    The FBI received information that Owens may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio as recently as 2014 and are expanding the investigation to Ohio.

  • Holden Beach board approves town noise ordinance

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners officially approved the town’s noise ordinance that has been in the works, pending one change.

    The four newest Holden Beach town commissioners — John Fletcher, Kim Isenhour, Peter Freer and Ashley Royal — introduced ordinance changes immediately after taking their seats on the board Dec. 8, along with Ken Kyser, the only re-elected commissioner, and approved the majority of the changes at a special called meeting Dec. 16.

  • Agents arrest 29 people on prostitution charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 people, including a former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy, on a charge of soliciting prostitution after conducting three separate operations in different areas of the county between Feb. 3 and March 2.

    According to information released to the Beacon this month, two female agents posed as prostitutes and posted an advertisement on Backpage, a classified advertising website. Those who responded to the ad were arrested, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Man leads deputies on chase into South Carolina

    A Tabor City man was arrested after leading Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase into South Carolina early Friday morning.

    Deputies tried to stop 37-year-old John Lee Green about 1:30 a.m. after they saw him strike a stop sign at Etheridge and Longwood roads, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 16

    James Christopher Jacobs was arrested on charges of assault, drunk and disruptive, larceny, property damage and possession of a schedule VI controlled substance.

    Michael Colon was arrested on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases May 16 during a grand jury session:

    Theresa Beckford, conspiracy.

    Elwood Bell, felony cocaine possession, possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, marijuana paraphernalia possession, driving while impaired.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on May 9, 10 and 12 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, May 9

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Summer survival

     Although the first day of summer isn’t officially for a few more weeks, this holiday weekend usually is the kickoff for summer events and activities. Typically our lifestyles change a little in the summer and some of our health habits need to change with them. Here are a few strategies from experts can help you make the most of the summer while fostering healthful habits.

     

    Summer Survival Tip 1: Get active