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Today's News

  • Strong storms possible throughout Tuesday evening

    Scattered, slow-moving thunderstorms are likely in Brunswick County through this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

    The storms could produce gusty winds, frequent lightning and reduced visibility during heavy rainfalls.

    The storms have the capability to produce small hail as well as wind gusts up to 40 mph. Localized flooding is also possible.

  • ‘Cape Fear Jet Port’: Airport expands runway for executive, regional jets

    OAK ISLAND—After more than a decade of seeking funds, planning and designing, the former Brunswick County Airport has received additional runway space and has transformed itself into an executive-jet-worthy destination.

    Now, the newly christened Cape Fear Jet Port, near the base of the Oak Island Bridge, has a 5,505-foot runway, allowing for charter aircrafts, executive jets and, eventually, aircraft bringing in supplies during emergencies such as severe hurricanes.

  • Legal counsel advises board parents can only ‘opt out’ of sex education classes

    BOLIVIA—Legal advisers for the Brunswick County Board of Education say schools cannot opt out of recent state-mandated reproductive health and safety education curriculum, despite the wishes of several board members.

    Last month, board members Catherine Cooke and Shirley Babson wanted the board to pass a policy requiring parents to opt in if they wanted their middle school children to take part of the state-mandated curriculum, which will be added at the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

  • Ports chairman says NCIT not possible without support from state, feds

    The chairman of the N.C. State Ports Authority says the N.C. International Terminal project planned for the Southport area cannot go forward as long as the state legislature and the area’s representative in Congress are against it.

    That’s the main reason the authority announced last week the project has been placed “on hold,” board of directors chairman Carl Stewart said.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police are investigating the theft of $7,136 from East Coast Sweepstakes on 200 S. Willis Drive.

    The business owner reported the theft, stating an unknown suspect took the money, which had been collected over the past couple of days. The alarm company reported that when the business closed Saturday morning at 4 a.m., nobody went back in until 9 a.m. Sunday morning, at which time the owner discovered the money was missing.

     

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Tractor enthusiasts, church members planning Farm Days in September

    LELAND—Dale Ward and his father, Lloyd, have “day jobs” as owners and operators of Affordable Towing here in their hometown, but their passion is restoring old tractors.

    In their neighborhood off Lanvale Road, the Ward family has several tractors in various states of repair, including a nearly complete 1951 John Deere, which will soon be ready to make the rounds at tractor shows.

  • Thankful for the rain but praying a flood is not in our future

    It’s a good thing we use battery back-ups, or the space for this week’s column would be blank inches of newsprint.

    Monday’s mid-afternoon downpour in Shallotte caused a chorus of thunder and lightning—causing the Beacon’s power to flicker and computers to begin their own chorus of buzzing and other gut-wrenching sounds—before the rain ever fell.

  • Defense testimony begins in former officer’s wrongful termination trial

    BOLIVIA—Testimony for the defense began Monday in the civil trial of former Holden Beach police officer Terri Oxford, who sued the town of Holden Beach for wrongful termination and gender discrimination after she was fired from the police department in 2008.

    Attorneys for Oxford rested their case Monday afternoon, a week after the trial first began in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • YWCA tries to ease concerns about YMCA name change

    I should have expected it. In the wake of the YMCA’s announcement that it has officially change its name to “The Y,” its sister association, the YWCA, has issued a statement about its concerns over name recognition—ensuring the public that it, too, can still be referred to as “The Y” in casual conversations.

  • Female detective during gender discrimination testimony: ‘Why can’t I be a male?’

    BOLIVIA—Jayne Todd, a detective with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, said there have been times she left work and thought, “Why can’t I be a male?”

    During day four of the Terri Oxford wrongful termination lawsuit against the town of Holden Beach, and the second day of Todd’s testimony, Todd testified to Oxford’s claims she was discriminated against because she was a woman.