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Today's News

  • Whale comes ashore in Holden Beach

    The UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team was called out to Holden Beach Saturday morning after a pygmy whale reportedly washed up on the shore at 1003 Ocean Blvd.

    The whale was alive when removed from the beach, but later died.

    Look for more information about what happened in this week's Beacon.

  • Two die in wreck on U.S. 17

    Two people died as a result of a three-car wreck Friday afternoon on U.S. 17 in Supply.

    Richard Wayne Green, 40, of Bolton, was driving a 2007 Mazda northbound on U.S. 17 at about 75 mph when he attempted to pass a truck in the right-turn lane leading to Brunswick Community Hospital, 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, said.

    Green sideswiped a car in the right-turn lane and then collided with a third vehicle waiting at the stop sign to leave the hospital, Holmes said.

  • Hewett's sentencing hearing delayed

    First published at 9:25 a.m. Aug. 15. Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett will have to wait one more month before being sentenced on his federal obstruction of justice charge.

    U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt will sentence Hewett at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 at the federal courthouse in Raleigh.

    Hewett’s sentencing was originally scheduled for Sept. 8.

    He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

  • What appeared to be a formality has become a shocking disappointment.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education's approved personnel list released late Tuesday night did not include the recommendation to hire John Floyd as the West Brunswick High School athletic director.

    Floyd, who had signed a contract for the position, had already assumed responsibilities at West and was featured in a Beacon article about the position on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

  • Board declines to hire Floyd as West A.D.

    What appeared to be a formality has become a shocking disappointment.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education's approved personnel list released late Tuesday night did not include the recommendation to hire John Floyd as the West Brunswick High School athletic director.

    Floyd, who had signed preliminary procedural paperwork for the position, had already assumed responsibilities at West and was featured in a Beacon article about the position on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

  • Calabash mayor makes plea for county fire assistance

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons has written a letter requesting Brunswick County’s direct involvement in discussions about the future of the Calabash Fire Department.

    In the letter dated Aug. 13 to Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Sue, Clemmons cites only three of six options he would like the county to actively explore.

  • Residents get on board with public transportation

    Having access to public transportation is more than just a convenience for Joyce Marlowe of Ash—it’s a necessity.

    Diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia in 1997, Marlowe sees a chiropractor twice a week and her regular physician about once a month. Like everyone else, she also has regular errands to run and other appointments to meet. Unlike everyone else, her illness leaves her unable to drive.

  • County, city tax bills joined for 13 towns

    Brunswick County taxpayers should begin receiving their tax bills Saturday.

    But for residents of nine municipalities, there’s a slight change in their bills.

    Residents of Belville, Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Carolina Shores, Leland, Northwest, Shallotte, Sunset Beach and Bald Head Island will receive only one tax bill this year, with both the county and the town taxes together on one bill.

  • Doberman owners vow to fight Brunswick County's dangerous dog ruling

    BOLIVIA—Over protests, a county committee upheld a dangerous dog designation for two Doberman pinschers a resident said threatened her in June.

    The decision came Monday during an appeals hearing before the environmental health committee of the Brunswick County Board of Health.

    Thirty people, many of them sporting paper buttons reading, “Free Teddy & Nina” with photos of the rescued dogs, turned out in support of the dogs and their owners, Larry Kirby and Diane Robinson of Bald Head Island.

  • Brunswick County now authorized to accept passport applications

    The Brunswick County Register of Deeds Office is now authorized to accept U.S. passport applications in Brunswick County.

    During September, the office has been authorized by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Passport Services, to provide an outreach program within Brunswick County.

    Citizens who wish to apply may do so from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 3 at Sunset Beach Town Hall and 1-3 p.m. Sept. 3 at Carolina Shores Town Hall.