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Today's News

  • Chelsea Farmer: The Real Army Wife of Brunswick County

    Like most expectant mothers, Chelsea Farmer is nervous about her new arrival.

    The 22-year-old West Brunswick High School graduate is keeping the sex of the baby secret as she prepares for the Dec. 29 due date. She’s excited—but also nervous.

    But sometime after Jan. 1, 2011, what could be mere days after the newest addition to the Farmer family arrives, Chelsea’s husband Patrick will be deployed, most likely to Northern Afghanistan.

  • Claremont man wrecks, dies Tuesday near Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—A Claremont man was killed Tuesday night in a single-vehicle wreck near Shallotte.

    But investigators do not know if 70-year-old William Craven Kerns, of 5988 Lookout Height Drive, Claremont, was killed from injuries sustained in the wreck, or from what family members told investigators was a previous medical condition, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris said.

    “The M.E. is still trying to determine the cause of death. He may have died of a medical issue, but he was involved in a wreck,” Morris said.

  • Bomb threat causes morning evacuation at WBHS

    SHALLOTTE—It was a conversation overheard by a West Brunswick High School student that prompted a lockdown and evacuation of the school’s campus Wednesday.

    Superintendent Ed Pruden said at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, a student overheard the word “bomb” in a conversation among other students and immediately reported the incident to the principal.

    “They did just a brief lockdown and then went into evacuation after getting everybody in place,” Pruden said.

  • What’s going on at Calabash Town Hall?

    For the eighth time in seven years Calabash is looking for a new town administrator.

    What is going on at Calabash Town Hall? And more importantly, how is the town board of commissioners affecting how its town administrators do business?

    Last year, after a lot of community push, town administrator Jeremy Cribb resigned after the board blundered and hired him even though he had lied on his resume. That resulted in changes in the town’s interview and hiring policies and procedures. 

  • More than 100 turtles emerge from last loggerhead turtle nest at Holden Beach

    Wave after wave of baby loggerheads—104 in all—made a mad dash to the ocean Friday night.

    It was the last nest of the 2010 sea-turtle season on Holden Beach.

    “This is so awesome,” said Jenny Kreider, who came with Mandy Overmeire from Meadville, Pa. “We’ll have to write it in our guest book. This is the last night of our vacation, so it’s the perfect ending.”

  • A Triple Crown kind of year for turtles at Holden Beach

    Holden Beach Turtle Patrol volunteers must feel like they just won the Triple Crown.

    Leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles all hatched on the island and made it safely to sea.

    The final tally showed 3,118 baby turtles hatched and were released to the ocean—out of 3,502 eggs laid this year, according to turtle patrol record keeper Ken Clagett.

    The 59 baby leatherbacks emerged on Aug. 5 from the first-known leatherback nest on Holden Beach. More than 200 people watched.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 8, 9, 10, 13 and 14 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Sept. 8

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Phillip John Autwell, second-degree trespass, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Starting next week, Beacon online content will be subscription based

    You may have seen the story on the front of last week’s Brunswick Beacon.

    On Wednesday next week, the Beacon’s website, www.brunswickbeacon.com, will return to a subscription-based news and information source.

    So what does that mean to you, our loyal readers?

  • DSS board calls emergency meeting to name interim director

    Forty-six days after suspending Social Services Director Jamie Orrock, the Brunswick County Board of Social Services called an emergency meeting to hire an interim director Tuesday.

    After a closed session to discuss “personnel” at the emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon, board members unanimously appointed Neil Walters of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to serve as interim director.

    Board attorney Gary Shipman said he did not know how much the county would pay Walters while he served as interim director, but said it was in the $7,000-per month range.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny from person at Walmart; suspect grabbed victim’s purse while she was loading shopping cart and ran off. Witnesses chased suspect who dropped purse behind Bed Land and got in a vehicle headed toward N.C. 130.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle at Naber Dodge; a black Dodge Caravan that was thought to be loaned to a customer was found missing and has not shown back up.