Today's News

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 16, 17, 18, 21 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec. 16

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

    Nashat A. Abdelhamid, speeding 65 in a 55 zone, costs.

    Paul Abner, leave pot/gill net unattended, use gill nets without buoy/ID, $25 and costs.

    Justin Charles Arico, recreational fishing without a license, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents from Dec. 22, 2009, until Jan. 3, 2010. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny and property damage on Paddington Avenue in Leland; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole CDs.

    •Property damage on Varnamtown Road in Supply; suspect threw eggs at victim’s vehicle.

  • Cold weather slows onshore fishing action

    Water temperatures have plummeted with the ultra-cold weather, so no one is doing much fishing of any kind right now. We have had relatively mild winters for a few years and fishing has not really stopped, but this year is obviously going to be a little different.

    Before the weather got really extreme, the winter bite was going pretty good. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters reports there was action out there.

  • 2010 marks a new year: Time to dream, to plan, to change, to grow

    I love Jan. 1!

    Other people hate the New Year; they don’t like to see the dates change. They don’t like to see time marching on. They don’t want to admit they’re a year older.

    I, on the other hand, love that another year has gone by. Hopefully, I will have learned some lessons in 2009 that will help me live 2010 just a little bit better. And the best part of the New Year is that I’m still here!

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 23, 28 and Dec. 29 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec. 23

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Jason Franklin Arnette, improper equipment, costs.

    Jason Scott Ashcraft, improper equipment, costs.

    Robert Earl Barefoot, improper equipment, costs.

    Joan Michele Barker, speeding 65 in a 55 zone, costs.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Dec. 14:

    Terrance Alston, 47, of 1469 Magnolia St., Leland; felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance.

    David Kent Beasley, 32, of 1902 Perry Ave., Wilmington; felony second-degree murder, DWI.

    Jaquin Kymane Bethea Jr., 19, of 800 McMilly Road, Shallotte.

  • Time is right for Soles to not seek re-election

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. announced last week he would not seek re-election.

    We think it is the right decision.

    Soles, the state’s longest serving senator, was first elected in 1968. He served as a state representative until 1976. In 1977, he began his stint as a state senator.

    During his 42 years of service, Soles has done a number of good things for North Carolina and the people of Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.

  • R.C. Soles Jr. won't seek re-election


    Tabor-Loris Tribune

    TABOR CITY—It’s over.

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., North Carolina’s longest serving lawmaker ever, will not seek re-election in 2010.

    His decision, announced today, ends an unprecedented era in North Carolina politics. First elected to the N.C. House in 1968, Soles will have served in the legislature for 42 years when the next session of the General Assembly ends, a little less than a year from now.

  • Shallotte police arrest more suspects in connection with Hardee's robbery

    Police have charged four more suspects in the Dec. 12 armed robbery of Hardee’s on Main Street.

    On Dec. 23, police arrested Gettie Levon Bellamy III, 19, of 3266 Brinkley Road, Longs, S.C., the suspected gunman, and charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, both felonies. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Grievance justified closed meeting, Carolina Shores mayor says

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby said a closed commissioners’ meeting to discuss town personnel policy Dec. 10 was justified because it related to an EEOC grievance filed by a town employee.

    Selby, town administrator Linda Herncane and town clerk Lisa Anglin said at a Dec. 30 interview with the Beacon they were not at liberty to discuss the grievance or who filed it.