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Today's News

  • Brunswick’s most senior citizen to be mentioned on Today show

    BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    She still remembers growing up in rural Brunswick County, raising a family and working hard for everything she had.

    And Bessie Hewett has more memories than most, considering she is possibly the county’s oldest living resident.

    The Supply native will celebrate her 108th birthday this month surrounded by generations of offspring, and she will even garner a mention on an upcoming broadcast of NBC’s “Today” show, along with other centenarians from across the country.

  • Unemployment remains high; residents still seeking assistance

    SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained at 6.9 in September, while 77 other counties saw decreases between August and September, according to statistics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Some 3,341 Brunswick County people were unemployed in September, out of a labor force of 48,559.

    Eli Smith, manager of the Brunswick County ESC office, said he saw more claimants in October, which is partially due to tourism-based jobs scaling back during the off-season.

  • Local rock group to perform Nov. 8 in Longwood

    STAFF REPORT

    A group of musicians and friends from the Ash area recently formed a rock band “Blackwater Outlaws” and will perform Nov. 8 at Big Woods ATV Park in Longwood.

    The band members include Jason Coveyou, 28, of Ash on guitar and vocals; Myron Norris, 27, of Ash, on guitar and vocals; Travis Norris, 32, of Ash, on vocals; William Norris, 53, of Ash, on bass guitar and vocals; and Butch Register, 51, on drums.

  • Denture rage somehow makes headlines

    BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    Ever since the sad yet somehow fascinating “woman stuck to the toilet seat” story captured my attention back in the spring, I’ve been trying to cut down on the number of columns I write commenting on “weird, wacky news.”

    I thought it would be disrespectful to try and top that one.

    Well, it’s been about eight months now, so I just have to use this opportunity to comment on another bizarre incident in the news.

  • Congrats to the Phillies

    To the editor:

    After a 46-hour delay, the Philadelphia Phillies won the 2008 World Series in a close 4-3 game.

    Yes, they have lost in the past and faced problems and adversity, but this time, they worked hard and earned the right to be called the world champions and justly so.

    I want to also congratulate the Tampa Bay Rays on a series well played. A fresh, young team, they too justly deserved the right to be in the series for all of the hard work they put into their season.

  • Favoring Obama?

    To the editor:

    As a Beacon reader and prior subscriber in Maine over a 15-year period, I care about the quality of its editorial pages.

    Last week’s columns by staff writers Renee Sloan and Caroline Curran are stark examples why the media has been charged with Obama favoritism this election season.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 22, 23, 24, 27 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Oct. 22

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtrooms clerk Michelle Warth and Lisa Quick:

    Sheryl Kay Anderson, improper equipment, costs.

    Edward Laverne Baker, improper equipment, costs.

    Andrew Michael Barnes, improper equipment, costs; drive left of center, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Upset over resignation

    To the editor:

    My reaction to the article on the [Shallotte] planning director’s resignation was the more I read, the angrier I got.

    How can supposedly educated people do such inappropriate things? Did the aldermen ask Mr. Sabiston to place an ad for the replacement of Mr. Rogers? If the answer is no, and I believe it is, then there needs to be an ad placed for Mr. Sabiston’s job.

  • Thanks for teacher support

    To the editor:

    Upon reading Katie McGee’ s recent “Superintendent’s Corner” (Beacon 10/25), I applaud her efforts to acknowledge the untiring efforts of the teachers in our schools.

    Her premise is to enlist a letter writing campaign to the president of the United States articulating the necessity to promote schools and educators and to recognize their outstanding work.

  • Agrees with hospital suggestion

    To the editor:

    This letter is in response to the article written by Ray Gilbert of Longwood. He had expressed a desire for our current Brunswick Community Hospital to be converted to a V.A. Center once the new hospital is built.

    I totally agree with Mr. Gilbert.

    Our veterans do not get the medical care they need and deserve. As stated by Mr. Gilbert, these men and women are our heroes. They have given so much for this country and deserve better.