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Today's News

  • County budget talks lead to look at financing for park projects

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has decided to review its pay-as-you-go plan for capital improvements.

    The discussion about a shift in recent policy came at the April 8 budget workshop when the costs of park improvements came up.

    The county proposed making $4.5 million in renovations at Smithville Park in Southport in October 2014.

    At the budget workshop, the administrative staff revised the amount proposed to spend to $2.4 million, cutting out infrastructure and parking upgrades in fiscal year 2015-16.

  • County could increase taxes to maintain revenues

    BOLIVIA — To maintain the same amount of revenues after property revaluation, Brunswick County would have to implement a higher tax rate of 48.50 cents for 2015-16.

    County Manager Ann Hardy didn’t propose a tax increase, just provided the numbers to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during a two-day budget workshop April 8-9.

    The 2014-15 ad valorem tax rate is 44.25 cents.

    The property tax revaluation decreased property value by $359 million from $24,907,383,670 to $22,920,451,666.

  • Investigation leads to Leland traffic stop, two arrests and drug confiscation

    Two Wilmington men have been arrested after a months-long drug investigation by three law enforcement agencies led to a traffic stop near Leland on Monday afternoon, April 13.

  • Magazine names Sunset Beach top retirement destination

    Sunset Beach is one of eight coastal Carolina towns chosen as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire magazine.

    The Brunswick County beach town is featured in the latest May-June issue of the magazine in an article, “8 Coastal Camelots in the Carolinas.”

    Other North Carolina towns featured are Southport, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, and Wilmington. South Carolina coastal communities are Murrells Inlet, Georgetown and Beaufort.

  • Tribute to John Denver hits (Rocky Mountain) high note April 18

    Fans of John Denver have a chance to hear his music performed live once again.

    Former New Christy Minstrels singer Tom Becker is bringing “Back Home Again: A Tribute to John Denver” to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Brunswick Community College.

    The folk singer has proven to be a natural in his on-target tribute to late singer who was renowned for his earthy, soaring hits of the 1970s.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department March 27-April 10

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    March 27

    Melvin Martin Shepard, 51, 431 Sunset Blvd., was charged with failure to appear on a DWI charge.

    April 10

    Karen Mora Rodriquez, 29, 2292 Mill Drive, Ash, was charged with possession of stolen property.

    Larceny of leaf blower reported on Forest Drive.

  • GFWC Charity Gala April 18 at Sea Trail

    The Holden Beach chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its seventh annual Blooming for a Cause Charity Gala from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Sea Trail Convention Center, 75A Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    For a $45 donation, guests are invited to enjoy the event with friends while dining on a delicious plated lunch and viewing the latest fashions presented by Island Breeze of Sunset Beach.

  • Sunset Beach couple to be celebrated on 63rd anniversary

    For nearly 63 years, Bill and Maggie Ehling had been inseparable, dating back to their military days in the 1950s when the two first met in Germany.

    Maggie, who was born in Brunswick County and grew up in New Jersey, was in the Women’s Army Corps, otherwise known as WACs. Bill, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, was an Army man and party animal who was soon tamed by his Margaret Rose, the woman he married about a year later.

  • WBHS guidance counselor Mary Blackburn dies after two-year cancer battle

    Mary Blackburn, career development and special populations coordinator at West Brunswick High School, has died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Blackburn, 68, died peacefully at her North Myrtle Beach, S.C., home surrounded by family Monday, April 13.

    In an interview with the Beacon in December 2013, Blackburn said the cancer was discovered after a colleague noticed she seemed to be losing weight.

    In April 2013, doctors diagnosed Blackburn with inoperable stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and her life was turned upside down.

  • Rabon's animal welfare bill calls for hotline

    Proposed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Rabon, a Southport veterinarian, calls for establishing a hotline to report animal cruelty.

    Rabon is one of three primary sponsors of Senate Bill 209, titled “Responsible Breeding/Prevent Cruelty.”

    The other two sponsors are state Sens. Trudy Wade, who is also a veterinarian, and Andrew Brock.

    The bill, introduced March 10, passed first reading March 11 and has been referred to the senate committee on rules and operations.