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Today's News

  • BFA in need of help

    To the editor:

    I am a long time volunteer for Brunswick Family Assistance. BFA and its volunteers have worked hard every Christmas for the past 27 years to bring Christmas spirit, joy and happiness to more than 1,000 children and seniors in Brunswick County.

    I have volunteered for the past seven years and am hoping to help again this year. I have learned BFA does not yet have a building to distribute the thousands of Christmas Wishes it has received this year and the event may have to be cancelled if one cannot be found soon.

  • What happened to checks and balances?

    To the editor:

    It is truly disheartening to watch our country descend from the proud individualism and moral strength that once characterized our society into the debased state of an increasingly socialized and passive society we see espoused by the acceptance of Obamaism.

    I served in the military for 30 years and observed firsthand in many parts of the world the destruction wrought by the insidious effects of socialism. Frederick Hayek carefully depicted these effects in his book, “The Road to Serfdom.”

  • Soles worse than McIntyre

    To the editor:

    A month or so ago, I wrote a letter regarding Mike McIntyre. I criticized him not so much for what he has done or not done in the name of the people of the 7th Congressional District of North Carolina, but for the length of time he has fed at the public trough, plus the fact he was a member of the Democratic Party.

    With the publishing of that letter, McIntyre called me at 9 p.m. on the day following and in a subdued voice excoriated my conclusions that if he did not believe in abortion-on-demand, gay rights or gun control, that anyone who is adamantly

  • N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach

    This weekend marked the N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach. For the full story, more photos and the winners of the oyster stew cook-off, the oyster shucking contest and the road race, pick up next week's issue of the Beacon.

  • Dee Hill's fumbled futureVideo included

    West Brunswick High School football coach Jimmy Fletcher had no idea why the sheriff and three deputies showed up at school, demanding to see Dee Hill, a then 18-year-old known student athlete, on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006.

    Fletcher was even more confused when he saw a deputy place Hill in handcuffs and escort him off school grounds in the back of a squad car.

    Hill had been arrested and charged with burglary, kidnapping and larceny.

  • Festival By The Sea
  • Former Holden Beach police officer sues town

    A former Holden Beach police officer has sued the town of Holden Beach.

    Terri Oxford filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 8 for gender discrimination and wrongful termination, violations of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act and for common-law violations of negligent infliction of emotional distress.

    Oxford, who worked for the police department from 1999 until 2008, claims in her lawsuit she was denied a promotion and wages because she is a female. She further claims she was harassed and retaliated against for complaining about discriminatory treatment.

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to state embezzlement chargesVideo included

    BOLIVIA—For a man of so many words, Ronald Hewett had few Monday morning, when he pleaded guilty to three state charges of embezzlement by a public official.

    Hewett entered a no-contest plea to a fourth state charge—obstruction of justice.

    As part of a plea agreement, Hewett’s charges were consolidated. He was sentenced to 15 to 18 months, which were suspended in lieu of 36 months of supervised probation.

  • Life inside prison walls: Trying to survive to keep the dream aliveVideo included

    “I have never seen anything like this before. It was crazy at first,” Dee Hill said of serving time in a state prison. “Besides that night [he was arrested and charged], it’s probably the scariest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

    Events that take place inside prison walls are unlike anything he’s ever seen.

  • Victim now ‘at peace’

    As part of his plea agreement, Dee Hill cannot have any contact with the victim of the crime, Lillian Hickman. But if he had the chance to tell her anything, it would be he regrets the situation ever happened.

    “I apologize for everything,” he said.

    Hickman said since the incident, she keeps doors and windows locked and is more conscious of her surroundings.

    “There was a lot on my mind,” Hickman said. “But I’m fine now.”