.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Sunshine Week is about your right to information

    Last week I sounded a bit like a broken record here in the Beacon newsroom.

    “It’s not about us, it’s about the public,” I said repeatedly; so much so that a co-worker pointed it out to me.

    But it was an important point I had to make.

    In preparation for our Sunshine Week issue, we visited 19 different local agencies throughout the county making public records requests at each agency.

    Last week, we called every agency we visited to make a public records request.

  • Coupon scam teaches difficult lesson

    One night I logged into my e-mail account to find 923 messages; 922 of them were junk.

    My mom said she never wanted to be that popular. But, I am thanks to a little faux pas I committed a few weeks ago.

    There I was, minding my own business, checking my 14 e-mails when something in the subject–line caught my eye. It said, “Free coupons and baby gear.”

    I couldn’t resist, so I clicked on it. The message showed a cute little smiling baby, along with the brand names Huggies, Johnson & Johnson and Gerber.

  • Some issues to consider when choosing the next president

    I am not a paid political pundit or an elected official, but I am a political observer who has studied the platforms of the remaining presidential candidates.

    After studying those platforms, I am convinced some of the most brilliant minds go unheard because society is more impressed with those who have money, prestige and status than they are with those who have common sense.

    The question every voter should ask during this election year is which presidential candidate will protect the physical safety and the economic plight of America regardless of race, color or creed?

  • Open government is good government

    The early leaders of our country held widely divergent views on many topics, but their writings reflect a common appreciation of the importance of the right to know.

    These leaders recognized that in order for the new democracy to survive, public access was essential. As James Madison wrote: "[A] people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

    Sunshine Week celebrates the people's right to access the records and proceedings of their government and continue a centuries-old tradition of public access in America.

  • Sunshine Week: It's about your right to know

    The Beacon’s recent adventure into examining how local agencies respond to open records requests was eye-opening.

    On our part, we learned the value of understanding, in very specific terms, exactly what it is we are looking for. Because wording among agencies may vary, we learned how important it is to clearly explain what it is we need.

    We learned it’s important to have a good understanding of the public records law before going into an agency and to be prepared, at any time, to explain that to the individuals who have the records we want.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on March 5, 6, 10 and 11 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, March 5

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

    Cynthia Lewis Allison, speeding 64 in a 55 zone, remit costs.

    Hector Hugo Avila, improper equipment, costs.

    Angela Reba Baird, speeding 75 in a 55 zone, paid.

    Donald Henderson Baker, improper equipment, costs.

    Dennis Ralph Baldwin, expired/no inspection sticker, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerks Marie Jordan and Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on March 3:

    Perritt Elbert Alford, 43, of 210 Union Lane, Shallotte; two counts felony gun etc. on educational property, impersonate law enforcement, two counts carrying concealed weapon.

  • Morgan anniversary

    The children of Lamon Hodges and Christabelle Morgan will be celebrating their parents 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, March 29, at Lockwood Folly Community Building on Stanbury Road. The couple was married March 28, 1948.

  • Good Friday's cry is 'Come, passion!'

    The Lenten journey is drawing to a close, a crucial ending that will evoke new beginnings.

    The official name for what is traditionally known as Good Friday is Friday of the Passion and Death of the Lord. It is a day of mourning, a day to contemplate prayerfully the cross as a sign of Jesus’ willingness to die that all of us might be saved.

    There is an obvious solemnity and somberness to this time, but it is not simply a remembrance of a past phenomenon. It is not only a commemoration of a 2,000 year-old incident.

  • Church briefs

    Easter musical/drama set for March 21-23

    “The First Time I Saw Jesus,” an Easter musical and drama, will be presented by Ocean View Baptist Church, 7025 Beach Drive SW in Ocean Isle Beach, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 21, 22 and 23.

    Friday and Saturday’s performances will begin at 7 p.m.

    Sunday’s performance starts at 11 a.m.

    Calvary sets Easter celebration

    The Calvary Baptist Church choir will present a celebration of the resurrection, “The Risen Christ,” at the 11 a.m. worship hour on Easter Sunday, March 23.