Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office ACE roundup

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Dec. 26, 2011, through Jan. 1, 2012, ACE deputies performed 359 traffic stops, resulting in 122 total traffic violations. Deputies also made six arrests. 

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Katrina McDonald, 29, of 409 Glendale Court, Leland, was charged with driving while impaired.

    •Kendrick Bethea, 26, of Blue Teal St., Supply, was charged with driving while impaired.

  • Health director denied animal control officer addition

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have denied health director David Stanley’s request for an additional animal control officer.

    The request came to county commissioners after members of the county’s board of health, which oversees the animal services department, unanimously approved recommending Stanley hire another animal control officer “to prevent further service level reductions to the public.”

  • There’s nothing like unexpected good news to start off the New Year

    I was feeling particularly agitated last week after reading false and libelous claims a local public official wrote about me in a publication across the river when I got a good dose of what I like to call perspective.

    Nothing, and I mean nothing, pulls at my heartstrings more than a soldier reunited with his or her family. When I logged onto my Beacon Facebook account Friday afternoon, I noticed that a Brunswick County native, Private First Class Aaron Farmer, returned home safely from Afghanistan, and had recently been reunited with his wife and their young daughter.

  • Commissioner files police report for ‘threatening’ viral video

    BOLIVIA—Embattled Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has filed a police report—again—this time claiming he found a viral video about himself “threatening.”

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, filed Dec. 28, Warren claims the video is “communicating threats.”

    Warren, 67, of 229 NE 40th St., Oak Island, said he was attacked “by e-mailing a YouTube video victim found threatening,” the report states.

  • Trojans finish second in basketball tourney


    All-tourney selections Gray Cheers and Taylor Buffkin helped lead the West Brunswick High School boys’ basketball team to a second-place finish the seventh annual CMC-North East Holiday Classic.

    The Trojans finished 2-1 and received a tourney trophy for the first time since winning a sectional title in 2003.

    “I’m proud of our guys,” said West coach Eric Davis, in his second year as coach of the Trojans. “That’s a big step for our program to go on the road in an eight-team tournament and finish second.”

  • 'Secret Santa' fixes Sea Trail potholes

    SUNSET BEACH—Did a secret Santa visit Sea Trail this week?

    Newly elected Mayor Richard Cerrato says apparently so, since potholes at a Sea Trail construction entrance went from being in disrepair on Tuesday to filled in on Wednesday.

    The Beacon stopped by the site in question on Tuesday morning to shoot photos. At that time, the potholes at the entrance to Planter’s Ridge Drive from Old Georgetown Road were still in disrepair.

  • Calabash mystery writer unveils second book

    Author Tom Rieber loves a good mystery, especially when it involves his protagonist, Nick Thomas.

    The Brunswick County writer recently unveiled his second book and latest mystery, “Devil’s Parody,” a thriller centered around Rieber’s main character, Thomas, as he goes face-to-face with a reclusive sociopath in the remote Vermont woods, “where he is conducting a deadly experiment into the gambler’s mind,” according to promotional material about the book.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over six days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 13, 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Tuesday, Dec. 13

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

  • Smart Start gets grant for garden

    Smart Start of Brunswick County received a $2,500 grant donation from the St. James Service Club for its project, Just Watch It Grow! It will teach children to grow, taste and learn to enjoy a variety of vegetables and promote outdoor physical activity through planting pizza gardens.

  • CIS asks volunteers to Adopt a School

    Communities in Schools (CIS) provides the Adopt A School and Volunteer Program to Brunswick County Schools to enhance the quality of education by bringing the community and its resources to the children.