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Today's News

  • New BFA director resigns after 48 days on the job

    The newly appointed executive director of Brunswick Family Assistance abruptly resigned last week, just a month-and-a-half after officially taking over the reins of the 35-year-old nonprofit community service agency.

    Lou Nistler, who previously led the National Parkinson Foundation and Combined Federal Campaign in Washington, D.C., resigned from BFA last Friday, Aug. 19, BFA board chairman Bill Hadesty confirmed Tuesday.

  • Seven candidates apply for Sunset Beach mayor seat

    Seven people have applied to serve as Sunset Beach’s next mayor, but one does not meet the residential requirement.

    Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin provided the Beacon with resumes of six applicants submitted by the town’s Aug. 19 deadline.

    The six residents who qualified for consideration to fill the remaining term of former Mayor Ron Watts are Jeffrey Coffey, Peter Oler, Robert Forrester, Anita August, Robert Farrell and John Corbett.

  • Belville appeals lawsuit arbitration ruling

    BELVILLE — Belville’s lawsuit with developer Urban Smart Growth will go to the Court of Appeals before it reaches Superior Court.

    Town Attorney Jim Eldridge reported at the Aug. 22 town meeting a motion to enter arbitration was recently denied, but the town will appeal the decision before the lawsuit moves forward.

    “If we win the appeal, we will arbitrate. If we lose, we will litigate,” Eldridge said.

  • Southeastern Christian Academy to offer high school option in 2017-18

    SHALLOTTE — Fourteen years ago, Kim Lancaster opened Southeastern Christian Academy, a private Christian school on Red Bug Road in Shallotte that provides education for preschoolers through eighth-graders.

    “We are reaching out to students and providing a place for Christian education, but also excellence in academics as well,” Kim, the school’s director, said.

  • Shallotte Powerball winner to be on Oprah Network's 'Fix My Life'

    Shallotte resident Fontella Marie Holmes, who won $188 million last year in a recording-setting Powerball jackpot, will be featured in an upcoming TV episode with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    Holmes, 27, will be included in the upcoming seasonal series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which launches with a four-part premiere Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

  • Federal appeals court ruling changes voting schedule

    Changes imposed on North Carolina’s voting laws by a federal appeals court led the Brunswick County Board of Elections to make changes to the early voting schedule and voting sites.

    North Carolina election law changes made in 2014 added a requirement to the 2016 election that voters must present a photo ID to vote in North Carolina.

    Voters would not have been able to obtain a photo ID on Election Day in order to vote.

  • Georgia man charged in three separate Aug. 19 assaults

     

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Palmetto, Ga., man accused of grabbing a woman’s breast, soliciting prostitution from another woman, and grabbing a third woman’s arms twice in an attempt to kidnap her all in the same day.

    Maynard Walker, 49, of Wild Cherry Court, was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with assault on a female, felony second-degree kidnapping, soliciting prostitution and sexual battery, warrants show.

  • Armed robbery at Calabash bank under investigation

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a weekend armed robbery at PNC Bank in Calabash.

    An incident report shows someone armed with a handgun robbed 40-year-old woman of $100 in cash Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10267 Beach Drive. It was not clear whether the woman was injured.

     Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the case remains under investigation. She would not say if there was a description of the robber or surveillance footage of the crime.    

  • Investigators seek Shallotte Dollar General robber

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the man who robbed the Shallotte Dollar General store at 1351 Brick Landing on Saturday night, Aug. 20. No one was injured.

    A call came into the 911 center at 9:55 p.m. about a man coming into the store waving a gun and demanding money from employees in the store, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. No customers were in the store.

    The robber left with an undisclosed amount of money, but it’s not known where he headed.

  • Sunset Beach investigates break-ins

    The Sunset Police Department is investigating reports of five break-ins in the Seaside Station community in the past week.

    All of the houses are unoccupied vacation homes, according to town clerk Lisa Anglin.

    “The police department is actively investigating these crimes and asks for help from the community,” Anglin wrote Friday afternoon, Aug. 19.

    “We urge everyone to pay close attention to what is going on around them and report any suspicious persons, vehicles, noises, etc.,” Anglin wrote.