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Today's News

  • Improving health services important to growing community

    As Brunswick County continues to grow and its population continues to increase, so does its need for more quality, affordable health services.

    Many residents are anxiously awaiting the completion of Brunswick County’s newest hospital—the facility that will replace the current Brunswick Community Hospital. Slated to be completed in 2010, the new hospital will encompass 252,604 square feet, with an additional 75,000 square feet of future medical office space. The $107 million hospital will have 74 acute-care beds, four observation beds and five operating rooms.

  • Ryan Hill is top player in football

    West Brunswick quarterback Ryan Hill is the county player of the year in football.

    South Brunswick coach Gordon Walters is the county coach of the year.

    The sports staffs of the The Beacon and The Pilot selected players on the basis of recommendations from coaches, conference honors and performance throughout the season. Seven players from each team were selected.

    Hill quarterbacked the Trojans to the MEC 3-A title and a spot in the state playoffs.

  • Giant bluefin tuna season has begun

    I am happy to ring in the New Year with the good news the giant bluefin tuna have finally shown up off our coast.

    The season for this fishery typically starts in December and runs through January. Last season it was very slow off our area, but this season we had our hopes high. Much of the commercial netting of menhaden (giant bluefin tuna’s main food source) has been haulted off the Carolinas, and all indications were there was going to be much more baitfish presence this season.

  • Family grateful for holiday tournament

    Shallotte residents Jon and Dee Caudle received an early Christmas present for their ill son courtesy of Rivers Edge Golf Club and Plantation.

    A tournament played Dec. 20 raised money for Cam Caudle, who is battling Stage Three colon cancer. Cam, a Tampa, Fla., resident, is the father of two small children.

  • The Patriot: Rich Roman

    Rich Roman has been called many things throughout the years—Marine, cowboy, steel worker, underwater welder, husband, father, sheriff’s deputy—but his favorite label is patriot.

    Roman, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987-1992, has worked as a deputy at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office since 2000. In April, an opportunity to serve with the U.S. Department of State training police in Iraq arose, and he quickly accepted the position.

    Having served in Operation Desert Storm while in the Marines, Roman was ready to go back to Iraq.

  • Fifth Annual Run for Food set for Saturday

    OCEAN ISLE BEACHDonations to local food banks and pantries tend to slow down after the holiday season, but the number of people who rely on donations remains the same.

    The Fifth Annual Run for Food will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday in Ocean Isle Beach, and all proceeds will directly benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry.

    Tom Haran, one of the race’s organizers, has volunteered for the SBIC’s food pantry, and said it needs donations now more than ever.

  • Calabash developer submits anti-federal housing letter

    CALABASH—The developer of Calabash Town Center was required to submit a letter to the town last month stating plans for the development would not consist of low-income housing.

    Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners wrote a letter to Calabash Town Administrator Vincent Long after it was requested by the town, Calabash Town Clerk Kelley Southward said last week.

  • Sunset Beach council garners planetarium comments

    SUNSET BEACH—Three residents responded Monday to town council’s request for comments about Ingram Planetarium.

    Sybil Kesterson said her daughter recently took her children to the Sunset Beach-based planetarium.

    “The feedback was not good,” Kesterson said during public comment time at council’s first meeting of the New Year.

    As the planetarium is now, “if they want money, they need to go a long way because what they’re providing now is not good,” she said.

  • Commissioners back efforts to combat rising insurance costs

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday agreed to support Dare County and the town of Nags Head in their efforts to combat rising homeowners’ insurance costs. However, local officials opted not to put a dollar amount on their support.

    Officials with Dare County and Nags Head have asked all coastal counties and municipalities to support their efforts to fight a recently approved insurance rate increase they believe is targeting coastal counties, county manager Marty Lawing said.

  • County unemployment rate jumps to 13-year high

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate jumped from 7.1 percent in October to 8.8 in November, the highest rate in Brunswick since November 1995.

    Officials say they don’t expect the rates to stabilize until the next tourist season.

    All 100 North Carolina counties saw an increase in unemployment in November, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission, which released its latest report Tuesday.