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Today's News

  • Investigation leads to Leland traffic stop, two arrests and drug confiscation

    Two Wilmington men have been arrested after a months-long drug investigation by three law enforcement agencies led to a traffic stop near Leland on Monday afternoon, April 13.

  • Magazine names Sunset Beach top retirement destination

    Sunset Beach is one of eight coastal Carolina towns chosen as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire magazine.

    The Brunswick County beach town is featured in the latest May-June issue of the magazine in an article, “8 Coastal Camelots in the Carolinas.”

    Other North Carolina towns featured are Southport, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, and Wilmington. South Carolina coastal communities are Murrells Inlet, Georgetown and Beaufort.

  • Tribute to John Denver hits (Rocky Mountain) high note April 18

    Fans of John Denver have a chance to hear his music performed live once again.

    Former New Christy Minstrels singer Tom Becker is bringing “Back Home Again: A Tribute to John Denver” to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Brunswick Community College.

    The folk singer has proven to be a natural in his on-target tribute to late singer who was renowned for his earthy, soaring hits of the 1970s.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department March 27-April 10

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    March 27

    Melvin Martin Shepard, 51, 431 Sunset Blvd., was charged with failure to appear on a DWI charge.

    April 10

    Karen Mora Rodriquez, 29, 2292 Mill Drive, Ash, was charged with possession of stolen property.

    Larceny of leaf blower reported on Forest Drive.

  • GFWC Charity Gala April 18 at Sea Trail

    The Holden Beach chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its seventh annual Blooming for a Cause Charity Gala from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Sea Trail Convention Center, 75A Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    For a $45 donation, guests are invited to enjoy the event with friends while dining on a delicious plated lunch and viewing the latest fashions presented by Island Breeze of Sunset Beach.

  • Sunset Beach couple to be celebrated on 63rd anniversary

    For nearly 63 years, Bill and Maggie Ehling had been inseparable, dating back to their military days in the 1950s when the two first met in Germany.

    Maggie, who was born in Brunswick County and grew up in New Jersey, was in the Women’s Army Corps, otherwise known as WACs. Bill, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, was an Army man and party animal who was soon tamed by his Margaret Rose, the woman he married about a year later.

  • WBHS guidance counselor Mary Blackburn dies after two-year cancer battle

    Mary Blackburn, career development and special populations coordinator at West Brunswick High School, has died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Blackburn, 68, died peacefully at her North Myrtle Beach, S.C., home surrounded by family Monday, April 13.

    In an interview with the Beacon in December 2013, Blackburn said the cancer was discovered after a colleague noticed she seemed to be losing weight.

    In April 2013, doctors diagnosed Blackburn with inoperable stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and her life was turned upside down.

  • Rabon's animal welfare bill calls for hotline

    Proposed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Rabon, a Southport veterinarian, calls for establishing a hotline to report animal cruelty.

    Rabon is one of three primary sponsors of Senate Bill 209, titled “Responsible Breeding/Prevent Cruelty.”

    The other two sponsors are state Sens. Trudy Wade, who is also a veterinarian, and Andrew Brock.

    The bill, introduced March 10, passed first reading March 11 and has been referred to the senate committee on rules and operations.

  • Beaver bounty considered for 2015-16 budget

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has been asked to consider a beaver bounty for Brunswick County.

    Stephanie Lewis, director of operation services, proposed putting $10,000 into a pilot program to remove beavers and clear their dams that cause trouble throughout the county.

    Lewis said the county has paid $4,000 a year for the past few years to participate in the Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP), a federal program that provided participating counties with an agency to call for beaver problems.

  • Fire departments ask county to make up difference from collected fire fees

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County fire fee payments to fire departments could be restructured for a second consecutive year.

    At an April 9 budget workshop, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners discussed a request presented by Fire Marshal Scott Garner from some of the departments to receive 100 percent of the assessed fire fee rates, with the county making up the difference from fees that can’t be collected.