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Today's News

  • Former police officer acquitted on assault charge

    BOLIVIA—Brannon Gray, a 24-year-old former Holden Beach police officer on trial last week for assault, looks forward to putting the past year behind him and moving forward with his life.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 17, a Brunswick County jury acquitted Gray on an assault charge stemming from a November 2007 incident where prosecutors say he used excessive force while on duty. He was accused of assaulting David King.

    A Brunswick County grand jury last January indicted Gray on one charge of assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

  • Two arrested for armed robbery; more charges expected

    Sheriff’s deputies have arrested and charged two men with armed robbery, and more arrests are expected.

    Montreal Greene, 21, of 115 South 10th St., Wilmington, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy. Parish Kejuan McNeil, 18, of 606 Wooster St., Wilmington, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective Sgt. Steve Mason said more arrests are expected for a Dec. 19 robbery on Walker Street in Leland.

  • Record crowd turns out for annual Christmas distribution

    SHALLOTTE—Vehicles jammed the street as a line of people waited to receive food and toys at Brunswick Family Assistance’s annual Christmas distribution Dec. 17.

    It looked like a record turnout, BFA board member Locke Newlin observed as about 25 BFA volunteers bustled about assisting people and handing out food and toys.

    Last year, the nonprofit aided about 400 families, including 900 children.

    BFA program manager Linda Turner ascertained the crowd was at an all-time high.

  • Holiday Events planned through Christmas Day

    Holiday events continue in coming days in Brunswick County and the surrounding area, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. The schedule includes:

    •Nights of a Thousand Candles, 3-10 p.m. Dec. 18, 19, 20, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Thousands of lights sparkle from live oak trees and illuminate garden paths as musicians perform, carolers sing and visitors experience the enchantment. Non-member tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for ages 6-12. (843) 235-6000 or 1-800-849-1931; www.brookgreen.org.

  • Lights of Christmas

    A sign welcomes light-gazers to drive in and take a closer look at the annual holiday lights display at the home of Billy and Reba Lefler on the Shallotte side of the bridge at Jennies Branch on N.C. 179. Fewer people are coming to see the display because the road has been shut down for bridge work. The Leflers said they still plan to keep the display up through mid January and will have even more lights next Christmas. ‘Christmas is a big thing in our family,’ Reba said. ‘We try to do this every year.’ 

  • Can you speed things up? I'm on major deadline!

    Calabash commissioners recently made a brilliant decision to start their monthly meetings an hour earlier—6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.—because their sessions have been running so late.

    One commissioner said he liked to get home early enough to tell his kids good night.

    That sounded like a good plan to me, since commissioners meet on Tuesday nights, which are major deadline nights for the Beacon newsroom.

  • More holiday events planned through Christmas Day

    Holiday events continue in coming days in Brunswick County and the surrounding area, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. The schedule includes:

    •Nights of a Thousand Candles, 3-10 p.m. Dec. 18, 19, 20, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Thousands of lights sparkle from live oak trees and illuminate garden paths as musicians perform, carolers sing and visitors experience the enchantment. Non-member tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for ages 6-12. (843) 235-6000 or 1-800-849-1931; www.brookgreen.org.

  • Early morning roundup nets 54 arrests

    Dawn had yet to break, but they had already hit the streets.

    With more than 80 arrest warrants to serve, work started early on Operation First Step, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office countywide drug suspect apprehension campaign.

    Operation First Step, an eight-month narcotics investigation, became a reality on a mild December morning with an army of law enforcement officers.

  • Merry Christmas

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services are scheduled throughout Brunswick County and the surrounding area this week.

    •Candlelight Christmas service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, Bethel United Methodist Church, 3909 U.S. 17 Business, Bolivia. Come dressed as you are. Brief Christmas service to include singing Christmas carols, a message and communion. For more information, call the Rev. Mark Murphy at 617-3245.

    •Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW (N.C. 904), Sunset Beach. 579-5753.

  • Locals step up to help toy run

    The 16th annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Toy Run provided some Christmas presents and a lot of goodwill once again this year.

    Despite difficult economic times, local volunteers stepped up and helped make Christmas special for Brunswick County children and families in need.

    Following the successful poker run portion of the event, each rider took a child in need of Christmas presents shopping at Walmart and spent $100 on each child, organizer Jerome Munna said recently.