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Today's News

  • Terminal groin bill should go to the House floor

    The decision about whether terminal groins could be a viable option for coastal erosion control is now in the hands of one person, and that’s not how it should be.

    According to Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith and Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney is controlling whether Senate Bill 832 will be heard on the House floor during the General Assembly’s short session. 

  • Local agencies join together for Safe Summer event

    It was before 2 a.m. when a driver on U.S. 17 was caught traveling about 96 mph. 

    When she was stopped by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team, she thought she was somewhere near Leland.

    Actually, she was south of Shallotte, and she was intoxicated.

    “She had no clue,” ACE Sgt. Billy Caulk said, relating the tale of one of the many intoxicated drivers he’s encountered on Brunswick County roadways.

  • Homeless fundraiser reaps $5,000 for future shelter

     LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Calvin Riley sat quietly inside a church fellowship hall Saturday, soaking up the tributes being paid to his late son.

    Knowing this church—Little River United Methodist on U.S. 17—was Phillip Riley’s last environment helps bring closure to his death, said Riley’s stepmother, Faye.

  • Oil spill spurs higher prices for some local shrimpers

    VARNAMTOWN—The bad news is there’s a horrendous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The good news is it’s spurring higher prices for some East Coast shrimpers.

    “The prices have gone real high,” said Nicky Varnam, owner of Garland’s Fresh Seafood, standing in the midday humidity as a shrimpboat unloaded Friday at his business overlooking the Lockwood Folly River.

  • SBI launches investigation into former Bald Head Island mayor obtaining tax information

    BALD HEAD ISLAND—Former Bald Head Island Mayor Larry Lammert was out of town when he learned State Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at Bald Head Island Village Hall and said he was the subject of an SBI investigation.

    Lammert learned about the investigation June 4, when he received call from the village attorney saying SBI agents were at village hall and advising him to retain a criminal attorney.

  • New county ordinance to require mandatory reporting by pawnshops, scrap metal dealers

    A new county ordinance will require pawnshops and scrap metal dealers to report receipts of all goods purchased and pawned, and local law enforcement officers say this will help close cases.

    Brunswick County commissioners at their June 7 meeting adopted electronic record keeping requirements for pawnbrokers and scrap or surplus dealers.

    “We had a volunteer system where pawn brokers, scrap metal dealers complied voluntarily except for a couple,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives Capt. Gene Caison said.

  • New trial date set for West Virginia man accused of raping girl in Brunswick

    A new trial date has been set for a West Virginia man accused of raping a girl in Brunswick County in 2008.

    Adam Wesley Hudson, 19, of 342 ½ Witcher Road, Belle, W.Va., has a new trial date of Aug. 23, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Hudson first went to trial in July 2009, but the trial ended in a hung jury, with jurors deadlocked in 10-2 in favor of acquittal, assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, who prosecutes sex offenses and child abuse cases, said in a previous interview with the Beacon.

  • Sunset Beach man arrested for operating mushroom lab

    SUNSET BEACH—A Sunset Beach man has been arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana and mushrooms.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, drug agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Ronald Ishman Grimsley, 20, of 8922 Carra Lane, Sunset Beach, on June 4.

    After executing a search warrant at Grimsley’s Sunset Beach home, drug agents discovered a clandestine laboratory, where drug agents seized 47 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms, 32 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Homes sought for dogs after owner dies

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Wanted: a good home for three dogs left homeless after their owner recently died.

    It’s a message Peter MacQueen, president of the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, has posted for Missy and her grown pups, Missy Jr. and Pretty Girl, three shepherd-husky mixes.

    Their owner, Bobby Harrison, died a few weeks ago of cancer, MacQueen said.

    One of Harrison’s last wishes was to find good homes for them. MacQueen is still trying to do that.

  • Oppressive heat causes concern for elderly, needy

    SUNSET HARBOR—To beat the heat, Walter “Dutch” Spencer spends lunchtime at the Sunset Harbor Senior Center, visits his neighbors and family members and spends time at various places in Southport where he can relax and enjoy the air-conditioned comfort.

    This week, the 83-year-old, who has lived in his home on N.C. 211 since 1965, learned from senior center director Harriett Benton that, since his house is without air conditioning, he can receive a free box fan from Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.