Today's News

  • Scam artists target classified advertisers

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    Buyer beware.

    Scam artists are everywhere, and recently they’ve been targeting The Brunswick Beacon’s classified ads.

    Kim Bleecker, classified sales representative, said relay operators have begun calling, claiming to be calling on behalf of a hearing impaired person wanting to place an ad. More often than not, the relay operator will act leery when asked to give a name, address and phone number—required information to place an ad.

  • Race to Washington: State senator, Libertarian candidate challenge Washington veteran for seat in U.S. Senate

    Editor’s note: Democratic candidate Kay Hagan declined the invitation to the candidates’ forum. The Beacon made several attempts to reach Hagan by phone and e-mail for an interview, but she was unable to be reached by press time Tuesday.

    If it were up to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, the U.S. would begin drilling for oil immediately to break its dependence on foreign oil.

  • The race to Washington: U.S. House of Representative challenger tries to unseat six-term incumbent

    In a battle of 10 counties, only one candidate will make it to Washington to represent North Carolina’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Republican Will Breazeale is challenging six-term incumbent Mike McIntyre in their race to Capitol Hill. McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, has served Southeastern North Carolina in Congress for 12 years, and Breazeale says it’s time for new representation in Washington.

    McIntyre maintains he’s the man for the job.

  • Two of three gubernatorial candidates face off at candidates’ forum

    WILMINGTON—It was a silent night for Democratic candidates Friday at the Stand Up and Vote Candidates’ Forum.

    The event, co-sponsored by various media outlets, including The Brunswick Beacon, featured Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).

    Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue, the Democratic nominee for governor, declined the invitation to the forum, as did Dole’s opponent, N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan.

  • Four of five county commissioners up for re-election

    The face of Brunswick County’s governing board could change dramatically after next week’s election. Four of the five sitting county commissioners are up for re-election Nov. 4.

    The District 2 seat, held by Marty Cooke, became a contested race after the death of county commissioner and chairman David Sandifer in April. Either Cooke or his challenger Marion Davis will serve the remainder of Sandifer’s term, which ends in 2010.

  • Chief jailer resigns; interim captain to resume full-time duties

    BOLIVIA—After 22 years with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Kevin Holden has resigned.

    Sheriff John Ingram said Holden resigned on Monday from his post as captain over the detention division. Capt. Phil Perry has been named interim jail administrator and will resume full-time duties as jail administrator next Monday.

    Holden was hired in July 1986. In 2000, he was promoted to captain of detention. Until his resignation Oct. 27, Holden was making an annual salary of $70,933.

  • Don’t complain, vote for change

    In light of the current economic situation, it’s no surprise many Brunswick County families are feeling a crunch. From high gas prices to increases in everything from groceries to services, it’s been a little bit harder for many to make ends meet.

    Some families in Brunswick County are worried about whether or not they’ll be able to keep their homes, while others are uncertain about job security.

  • Having a community holiday event? We want to know about it

     With Halloween right around the corner, it’s hard to believe soon we’ll be thinking about turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas trees and holiday shopping for Christmas.

    Why is it the end of the year seems to pass us by so quickly?

    With temperatures projected to only reach the 60s this week, we’re hoping you’re getting yourself geared up for the upcoming holidays. And while it might seem a stretch to be thinking of your Thanksgiving Day roasted oysters and Christmas ham, we’d like to ask you to do just that.

  • What should you consider when voting for our next president?

    What to consider when voting for a presidential candidate?

    • Review candidates’ policy positions about their views on civil rights, taxes, abortion, spending, education, defense, healthcare, energy and the economy.

    • Evaluate the management skills of candidates such as how well have they managed their campaigns including fundraising, advertising and delegation of responsibilities.

    • Assess the temperament of candidates such as how they have dealt with challenges and adversity.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incident last week. All information is taken directly from police incident/investigation reports.

    • Attempted larceny from coin operated machine, attempted breaking and entering to a coin operated machine, and property damage at the Causeway Inn. An unknown subject caused $700 worth of damage to a vending machine by attempting to drill the lock.