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Today's News

  • Hear it for yourself. Hewett and Caison part 5

    Sheriff Ronald Hewett speaking with Capt. Gene Caison.

  • The rise and fall of Ronald Hewett

    •June 1983: Former Brunswick County Sheriff Herman Strong is forced to resign after being convicted of federal drug smuggling and conspiracy charges. Chief deputy John Carr Davis is sworn in as sheriff June 28.

    •June 30, 1983: Ronald Hewett is sworn in as a Holden Beach police officer on his 20th birthday.

    •1993: Hewett is named D.A.R.E. officer of the year.

  • Supporters, opponents split over former county sheriff’s legacy

    While some prominent county figures have rallied behind Ronald Hewett, some Hewett opponents were quick to share their discontent with the former sheriff Monday in Raleigh.

    Prior to Hewett’s sentencing, several community members, friends and some county officials wrote letters to U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt in support of Hewett, urging leniency in his sentencing. More supporters attended Hewett’s sentencing Monday, including county commissioner Phil Norris, Shallotte Alderman Alan Lewis and more than a dozen other supporters, family and friends.

  • Shallotte OKs fire grant

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen voted 3-2 Tuesday night to accept a federal grant to pay for four additional firefighter positions. The grant funds would gradually decrease over a four-year period.

    The two dissenting voters, Alan Lewis and Buddy Kelly, cited uncertain economic conditions and lack of need as reasons for voting against the grant.

  • School board member calls for superintendent's termination

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert publicly announced his dissatisfaction with Superintendent Katie McGee at a specially called meeting Tuesday night.

    He made a motion to terminate her contract, which died due to a lack of second.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson, vice-chair Charlie Miller and member Jimmy Hobbs were silent after the motion was made. Board member Scott Milligan was absent from the meeting.

    “I think it’s her time, she should go,” Gilbert said after the meeting.

  • Concerned about traffic congestion

    To the editor:

    I read the article in the Brunswick Beacon about the redesigning of the causeway (on Holden Beach). I was particularly interested in the start of the causeway between Wings and Exxon and Walgreen’s being built on the opposite corner.

    I am a property owner in the Holiday Haven development and am concerned about the congestion at that area. My proposal would be to put in a traffic circle, which would keep the traffic flowing at all times.

  • Dune loss sad

    To the editor:

    I walked along Sunset Beach and Bird Island this morning and was amazed at the loss of sand dunes after our recent storms.

    Particularly distressing is the Kindred Spirit mailbox on Bird Island. The mailbox and bench are now inaccessible atop a large dune with no way to get to the location without a sheer climb up the 7-foot dune.

    I hope someone will relocate this wonderful Brunswick County beach tradition, enjoyed by residents and tourists alike, to a more accessible location on the beach.

    Carol DeLude

    Calabash

  • Bush isn't to blame

    To the editor:

    For weeks, we have heard the Democrat theme about failed Bush policies causing the financial crisis.

    The truth is Obama and the Democrats are lying to the American people about the causes. This is all about home loans to people who could not afford them, with no financial review and nothing down, and Democrats pushing banks to do more. It started in the Carter years with the Community Reinvestment Act and helped along by ACORN’s attorney Obama winning a lawsuit against a bank because they were not making enough of these loans.

  • Supports Judah

    To the editor:

    I am writing this letter in support of Christy Judah, a candidate for the Brunswick County School Board.

    I have known Christy for almost six years and know her to be an honest, hard–working, caring and extremely intelligent person.

    Christy spent 30 years in the North Carolina education system, the last l8 years in Brunswick County, and has a master’s degree in education and counseling.

  • No annexation

    To the editor:

    I would like to drive a flatbed truck to the Southport mayor’s house, load it up and move it to Navassa. I am quite sure the mayor would object: “If I wanted to live in Navassa, I would have moved to Navassa!”

    That is probably the same response she would hear from victims of her annexation scheme: “If I wanted to live in Southport, I would have moved to Southport!”

    The mayor and her cronies apparently peer at the map saying, “Those folks must have a lot of money. Let’s get it!”