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Today's News

  • Unique items, low overhead make antique mall attractive to buyers, dealers

    Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series of stories about local small business owners trying to make it in a challenging economy.

    SHALLOTTE—They know they’ll never get rich, but self-described “compulsive shoppers” like Melinda Johnson and Ella Oliveira have an outlet for their passion—The Fancy Flea Antique Mall on U.S. 17 Bypass.

    The mall contains 6,000 square feet stocked with old bottles, dolls, books, vintage fabrics, furniture, coins, dishes and even some new gift items.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Tammie Lynn Daniels, 46, of 2072 Ward Road, Longwood; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • West sophomore Dee-termined to return to state

    WINSTON-SALEM—A top-four finish at the state wrestling championships seemed unlikely for West Brunswick heavyweight Dee Kent.

    Of the 16 finalists at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3-A state tournament last weekend, he was one of three sophomores.

    Of the 16 finalists, he had the fewest victories (20) and the second-fewest matches (24).

    But Kent surprised many by reaching the consolation finals, where he finished fourth in the 285-pound class.

  • Fishermen can survive difficult economic times

    We live in difficult economic times, and sports enthusiasts are certainly not immune to the effects of our nation’s current recession. From the up and down (and up again) price of gas to the fact most of us have far less money to spend on tackle, folks into fishing have felt the pinch on their favorite hobby along with all the other aspects of their lives.

    Therefore it was with great cheer we greeted some unexpected good news last week, as the sea-lovers among us learned one encouraging thing has come from the troubled circumstances surrounding our monetary crisis.

  • Golf action

    Bernie Gruzlewski had a hole-in-one Monday while playing in a Brierwood Men’s Golf Association event. Gruzlewski aced the 142-yard hole using a 5-wood.

    The BMGA game Monday was best ball. In first at 19 under was the team of Dave Harper, Chuck Hornfeck, Jim Pope and Rich Hornfeck. In second at 10 under was the team of Paul Salerno, Bernie Gruzlewski, Tom Bowen and Bob Janovic.

  • Grand jury indictments for Feb. 9

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Feb. 9:

    Willie James Bellamy, 20, of 2056 Inland Drive, Ocean Isle Beach; five counts felony breaking and/or entering, three counts felony larceny after breaking/entering.

    James R. Bethea, 17, of 2056 Inland Drive, Ocean Isle Beach; eight counts felony breaking and/or entering, six counts felony larceny after breaking/entering.

  • County ponders animal shelter management

    BOLIVIA—County officials have been meeting with animal group representatives to discuss future management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    Don Yousey, director of the Brunswick County Health Department, recently said animal rights people are interested in taking over management of the shelter.

    At present, the health department oversees animal services and the shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    Yousey, speaking at a Feb. 9 health board meeting, said it might be beneficial if an animal group took over the shelter’s day-to-day management.

  • Beacon Web site add interactive Readers' Forum

    The Brunswick Beacon has added an interactive Readers' Forum to its Web site. Registered users can now log into the forum and join discussions on recent issues written about by Beacon staff, start their own discussions regarding local issues or concerns, share news tips or just read what others have to say about everything Brunswick County.

  • Third Annual Beacon Health Expo set for Saturday

    Get your medical questions answered and your health screened for free at the Third Annual Brunswick Beacon Health Expo this Saturday, Feb. 28, at the West Brunswick High School gymnasium.

    The event is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Back from Iraq

    When a half dozen reporters, photographers and videographers gathered in Mandi Young’s first-grade Belville Elementary School classroom Thursday afternoon, students were told they were there to interview Karen Coughlin, Young’s teacher assistant who was recently named Brunswick County Teacher Assistant of the Year.

    First-grader Brennan Kosmeh had no idea the media was really there for him and to capture his reaction to a big surprise.