Today's News

  • Nudist resort to bare all for shot at skinny-dipping record

    Whispering Pines Nudist Resort in the Grissettown area of Brunswick County is among nudist colonies throughout the country staging a shot at the World Record Skinny-Dip at 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Nudists and would-be nudists have been invited to take part in the simultaneous skinny-dip for an attempted listing in Guinness World Records.

    The American Association for Nude Recreation is organizing the event at 102 legally sanctioned nudist resorts throughout the U.S. and nine in Canada.

    Rules require all counted participants to be completely nude during the skinny-dip.

  • Officials say more than 10,000 attend Calabash fireworks display

    CALABASH—As the Seafood Capital’s first Fourth of July fireworks show erupted over the Calabash River on Friday night, a crowd of thousands turned out to view it.

    “We lost count at 10,000,” Calabash Town Administrator Jeremy Cribb said.

    People were everywhere, he said.

    “When I stood on that stage and I looked around and asked everybody to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, I was amazed,” Cribb said of the turnout.

  • Sheriff's deputy charged in alcohol-related boating wreck, suspended pending investigation

    A deputy from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been charged in connection with an alcohol-related boating collision during the holiday weekend. The sheriff’s office has suspended him from his duties while the investigation continues.

    Charles Lee Murray, 37, of 599 Trellis Court, Bolivia, was charged with careless and negligent operation of a motorboat and operating a boat while impaired, according to Lt. Matthew Long of the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission.

  • TB outbreak in jail: 31 inmates, two sheriff’s deputies' skin tests positive

    A tuberculosis outbreak in the Brunswick County Detention Center has been traced back to a contagious inmate who was transferred from the detention center Monday, June 29.

    Since then, county health officials have tested 465 people for TB. From those initial skin tests, preliminary results showed 31 inmates and two sheriff’s office staff members had reactive skin tests, Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said.

    Two active TB cases have been identified.

  • Grievance filed against schools superintendent

    BOLIVIA—After meeting in a daylong closed session last week, and again for three hours on Tuesday, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education took no action on a grievance filed against schools superintendent Dr. Katie McGee.

    Board members are expected to continue with the grievance proceedings at their July 23 meeting, board member Charlie Miller said.

    Sherry Dove, executive assistant to the superintendent and liaison to the board of education, filed the grievance against McGee.

  • Developer, county settle on delinquent tax payments, infrastructure requirements

    Brunswick County officials and developer Mark Saunders have reached an agreement on delinquent taxes and infrastructure performance guarantees.

    Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry said an agreement between the tax office and Saunders has been reached for the payment of Saunders’ more than $1 million in delinquent property taxes.

    “The amount due is the same,” Perry explained, “and it continues to accrue interest. He agreed to make regular monthly payments for one year.”

  • Ports authority subpoena links Easley investigation to Brunswick County

    The federal investigation into former Gov. Mike Easley has grand jurors reviewing documents related to a lease agreement between the N.C. Ports Authority and a Brunswick County marina.

    In the federal subpoena, served on the N.C. Ports Authority on June 5 and obtained by The Brunswick Beacon, subpoenaed documents include all documents relating to the award of the Southport Marina lease.

  • Six women arrested in late-night prostitute sting plead guilty

    Six women arrested in last month’s late-night prostitution sting have pleaded guilty in Brunswick County District Court.

    Though none of the women appeared in court, the attorney for all six women, David Wortman, entered guilty pleas for them last Wednesday, July 1, assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said.

    District Judge Bill Fairley sentenced the six women to probation for their misdemeanor charges. Thomas said none of the women had any previous criminal history that the district attorney’s office could find.

  • County tax collection rate closes fiscal year just shy of 96 percent

    June 30 marked the close of the 2008-2009 fiscal year, and Brunswick County’s tax collection rate came in just shy of 96 percent.

    County revenue collector Ken Perry said the final tax collection rate at the close of the fiscal year was 95.65 percent, less than Perry had hoped to collect. The lowest collection rate in recent years, it was far below 98 percent collection rate originally budgeted for the fiscal year.

  • Holden Beach man wrangles up small alligator, sets it free in safer waters

    It was the crowd that first got his attention. More than 100 people gathered around the edge of the shore at Holden Beach on the busy Fourth of July weekend staring into the water.

    When Holden Beach resident Johnny Booth approached the crowd last Friday, his eyes peered toward the water to see what the fuss was about. He wondered at first if someone might have drowned or been in trouble in the water.

    Eventually, his eyes landed on a small alligator about 30 feet offshore, and a good mile away from the pier.