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Today's News

  • Being a mom is a tough, but fun, rewarding job

    The dump truck rolls along the bumpy ground, spilling some of its sandy load. The driver toots the horn. I study the truck’s unique paint job—bright green cab with orange around the front fenders, and a black bumper.

    Suddenly the truck goes a little off course and crashes into my beach chair.

    “Whaaaaaa,” my son cried. “Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma,” he said, gesturing toward his truck.

    “OK, here you go baby,” I said as I set the truck beside him.

  • Impaired driving invites your sudden death or worse

    Among the worst traffic accidents I investigated early in my police career was a tragedy that came my way one quiet afternoon.

    Unfortunately, the conditions that prompted it are duplicated daily right here in Brunswick County, short distances from my home.

    As I turned my police car into my neighborhood one quiet Sunday afternoon, the watch commander’s voice came over the radio assigning me to what was reported to be a routine traffic accident investigation in an intersection near my home.

  • Act on your dreams, build positive relationships with other people

    We live in a time when many people fail to achieve goals and objectives because they are prisoners within their own minds.

    Nelson Mandela, the great South African leader, spent 27 years in prison due to a corrupt apartheid legal system. He was physically in prison, but he was mentally free because freedom is a state of mind.

    Mandela endured the humiliation of being penned up like an animal with little hope of being freed. His movement was restricted, and his options were few. He could have easily given up and escaped into a world of depression and despair but he did not.

  • Board of education says it will change course, thankfully

    What happened to John Floyd should have never happened.

    Floyd, a former West Brunswick High School athletics director, reassumed the AD position he had years ago earlier this month. For two weeks, he dutifully fulfilled the role, replacing Marcia Heady who took another position at Shallotte Middle School.

    His signed contract needed only to be approved by the board of education at its regularly scheduled meeting Aug.12. But at that meeting, the board chose not to approve the hiring recommendation.

    Why?

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Aug. 6

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Charlene M. Allen, speeding 64 in a 55 zone, $25 and costs.

    Richard J. Antonacci, speeding 44 in a 35 zone, costs.

    Felix Cornejo Arias, fail to wear seat belt/driver, paid; no operator’s license, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Brunswick County grand jury meets, returns indictments for Aug. 4

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Aug. 4:

    Donald Wesley Adkins, 62, of 435 Orchard Lane, Bolivia; felony indecent liberties with child.

    Mario Reyes Angles, 40, of 9404 Walker St. Lot 39, Leland; felony conspire to traffic in cocaine.

    Odell Bennerman, 45, of 534 Leap Frog Lane, Leland; felony possession of cocaine.

  • Beacon, ATMC gear up for upcoming high school football season

    High school football is getting ready to kick off and The Beacon and ATMC want to make sure everyone is ready for another season.

    The Beacon recently teamed up with ATMC to produce a preseason coaches’ show.

    ATMC Channel 3 began broadcasting the coaches’ show 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, and will continue every night at 7 p.m. until Saturday, Aug. 23.

    During the hour-long show, Beacon reporter Caroline Curran tackles all things football with local coaches and players.

  • Mother warns of spider dangers, cautions parents to keep eyes open

    Brian Brown gave little thought to danger as he slipped on his boots and headed out for a typical afternoon of weed-eating and lawn work on a family farm Saturday.

    Shortly after setting to work, he felt what he thought was a bee sting on his knee. Thinking little of it, Brian swatted the annoyance off and went back to work.

    But by that evening, his mother Patricia Brown of Calabash recounts, Brian’s knee started to swell and streaks could be seen shooting upward from his knee to his groin.

  • UPDATE Board changes decision about West AD's hiring

    After not approving John Floyd as West Brunswick High School's athletic director last week, the Brunswick County Board of Education has changed its mind.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson said a board consensus is allowing Floyd to return to work and his recommendation to hire will be approved at the board’s Aug. 26 meeting.

    “The board did not know and was not informed that Mr. Floyd has been working two weeks,” Babson said. “It has caused a disruption in the school, and that’s not what we’re all about of course.”

  • Take the 'Commuter Challenge'

    Looking for ways to save money on fuel costs?

    Trying to decrease your dependence on gas-guzzling vehicles?

    Wilmington-based Cape Fear Breeze, New Hanover County’s public transportation system, which is now reaching out to surrounding counties, wants to help.

    The agency has planned its Second Annual Commuter Challenge for Sept. 15-Oct. 17 to encourage employers, employees and the general public in Brunswick New Hanover and Pender counties to take advantage of alternate methods of transportation.