Today's News

  • Self breast exams, mammograms important for women

    Brunswick Beacon Advertising Director Angie Sutton never imagined she, at age 37, would be diagnosed with breast cancer.

    The active mother and businesswoman didn’t have any “first-degree” relatives who suffered from the disease, and because she was younger than 40, she wasn’t in the age group suggested to receive annual mammograms.

  • Legislature should focus on key issues this session

    With state representatives and senators now convened in Raleigh, it’s imperative elected officials focus on important issues for the constituents they represent.

  • Schools' staff grows beards to raise bucks for Relay

    BOLIVIA—About a dozen men of the administrative staff of Brunswick County Schools have voluntarily put themselves in a hairy situation.

    They are competing against one another in the first-ever Beard-uary, a Relay for Life fundraiser where participants go without shaving for the entire month of February. Darrell Cheers, testing and assessments director, has headed the central office’s Relay for Life team for the past several years and had the idea for the fundraiser.

  • Speak out about bill to outlaw gas chambers at animal shelters

    Brunswick County Rep. Bonner Stiller has teamed with other legislators in support of a bill that would outlaw the use of gas chambers at animal shelters in North Carolina. The push for this bill has been a grassroots effort as animal lovers throughout the state joined together to fight for this change.

    If the bill is to be successful, supporters in this and other counties will have to be vocal about making it a priority for the state legislature this session.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

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

    From Feb. 9-15, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 36 calls, issued 10 uniformed citations and made eight drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up driver’s license checkpoints in the following areas: Mount Misery Road, Sandy Creek, Longwood and Lincoln Road.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired, driver’s license and criminal information checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances. The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Jose Ruiz Martinez, 36, address unknown, with an immigration violation. He was wanted by immigration enforcement for a felony charge. He is being held without a bond at the Brunswick County Detention Center for immigration officers to pick up.

    •Police charged Gwendolyn Hewett, 40, of 2024 Dare St., Supply, with driving while license revoked at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Red Bug Road. She was taken to the

  • PGA trade show, smaller, but upbeat

    Each year the Carolinas Section of the PGA hosts a Merchandise Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. I always go to check out what’s new in the world of golf.

    This year, I zeroed in on three booths. Two were startup clothing businesses and one was promoting one of the oldest courses in the world: the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, host of this year’s British Open.

  • BCC's Brunswick Interagency program earns accreditation

    Brunswick Community College’s Brunswick Interagency Program (BIP) has earned accreditation from the Council of Accreditation.

    The official notification states: “The Council on Accreditation (COA) is delighted to inform you that Brunswick Interagency Program has been accredited. COA’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards and quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have set high performance standards for themselves and have made a commitment to their constituents to deliver the highest quality services.

  • Detectives credit task force with breaking and entering arrests

    Detectives at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are crediting a multi-agency task force for the recent arrests of three suspects wanted for break-ins in the southern part of the county.

    The Brunswick County Law Enforcement Investigative Task Force was formed in December 2008, and was created to enable local law enforcement agencies to share information.