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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Health Department awarded accreditation designation

    Brunswick County is among six county health departments recently accredited by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.

    “I would like to thank Fred Michael and the whole management team who did all the work leading us to becoming accredited,” Don Yousey, health department director, said.

  • Beacon news team wins four national newspaper awards

    The news staff of The Brunswick Beacon recently learned it has won four awards in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

    The team of Kathryn Jacewicz, Caroline Curran and Laura Lewis won first place for their coverage of an Ocean Isle Beach fire that killed seven college students and injured six others.

    They were competing against other non-daily newspapers with circulations of 12,000 or more across the nation.

    Judges said, “Clearly a lot of effort went into this coverage. Excellent job. In-depth information.”

  • In the Pink: Boutique opens in old Calabash Post Office building

    CALABASH—People still stop by the new business looking for the post office, but business owner Vickie Harper is willing to re-educate them—the old Calabash Post Office is now the new Wants & Wishes Boutique.

    It’s in a shopping complex at 10152 Beach Drive, where the old post office operated for nearly three decades before its closure last November.

    Painting the building pink seems to have gotten attention, Harper said.

    Inside, where the postal counter once stood, customers will find a jewelry counter instead.

  • Men rescued after boat capsizes in ocean

    CALABASH—A Brunswick County man and his friend are thankful for prayers answered and a skillful rescue crew that came to their aid after their fishing boat capsized in the ocean last week.

    Fred Johnson, 63, of the Ocean Forest community near Carolina Shores, and his friend Gary Stout of Bergen, N.Y., were rescued around 2:30 a.m. Friday after drifting at sea for more than 12 hours.

  • Camp UMC collecting flood bucket donations

    People in Brunswick County know what it’s like to come home to flooded roads and damaged homes.

    Living in a coastal area, local residents have experienced the devastating effects of hurricanes and tropical storms.

    That’s why members of Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte have opened their annual drive to fill “flood buckets” for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to provide aid during hurricane season.

  • Deputies, community rally to help Supply baby

    When their 5-month-old son, Stephen, was diagnosed with infantile seizures and placed on medication, Bradly Hardee and Sandy Hardee of Supply were hoping things would soon return to normal.

    But the terrifying ordeal that followed is one Bradly, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy, and Sandy, a registered nurse with Liberty Healthcare, never expected.

    The positive outcome that resulted is one they credit to the power of prayer and the community coming together.

  • Event to benefit scholarship honoring teen killed in crash

    Brunswick County code enforcement administrator Fred Morris is among more than 20 men who have signed on to compete in a womanless beauty pageant Saturday night in Little River, S.C., to benefit the Kayla Bennett Softball Scholarship Fund.

    Bennett was a rising junior at North Myrtle Beach High School when she was killed July 26, 2007, in a one-vehicle crash outside Loris, S.C., attributed to speeding and drunk driving by another teen.

  • Former teacher, lawyer learn new moves for upcoming 'Dancing with the Stars' event

    Of the 21 couples participating in Brunswick Community College Foundation’s “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars,” Bidgie Sue and Jim MacCallum may have the biggest challenge. Neither are professional dancers and neither have much dance experience.

    Sue, a retired high school English teacher, said she took ballet, tap and jazz classes when she was a young girl “like everybody’s mothers made them do,” and she and her husband took classes for a short time.

  • K-9 Enforcement team report

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Franklin Floyd, 68, of 1704 Colon Mintz Road, Leland; charged with trafficking opium or heroin after drug agents found him in possession of 143 grams of opium. Floyd was also charged with maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance where he was selling Percocet, Vicodin and Lortab.