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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 candidate John W. Thompson

    Name: John W. Thompson

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 seat

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 63

    Town of residence: Belville

    Education: Graduate of N.C. State University School of Design, 1977, with Bachelor of Environmental Design in architecture

    Profession: Architect

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 candidate Robert B. Cruse

    Name: Robert B. Cruse

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 seat

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 51

    Town of residence: Leland

    Education: MBA with a concentration in accounting from the Keller Graduate School of Management; Bachelor of Science with a major in accounting from UNCW

     

    Profession: Auditor

  • Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 candidate Gerald “Jerry” Benton

    Name: Gerald “Jerry” Benton

     

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Education District 5 seat

     

    Party affiliation: Republican

     

    Age: 37

     

    Town of residence: Leland

     

    Education: Bachelor of Arts in psychology

     

    Profession: Retired; disabled veteran

     

  • Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 1 candidate Randy Thompson

    Name: Randy Thompson

    Office sought: Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Age: 59

    Town of residence: Sunset Beach

    Education: Bachelor’s degree in public administration from Shaw University; associate degree in fire protection technology from Durham Technical Community College

    Profession: Retired public safety professional with more than 30 years of experience, last position as Brunswick County Emergency Services director

  • Rouzer joins Ag Committee in releasing 2018 Farm Bill

    On April 12, Congressman David Rouzer, R-N.C., joined members of the House Committee on Agriculture in unveiling H.R. 2 — the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill, which funds farm programs through 2023. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 works to address the five-year, 52 percent decline in farm income by providing certainty that a simple extension of current policy cannot provide, according to a news release from Rouzer’s office.

  • This is a call for cookies

    Last week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon had a notice announcing the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines scouts who sold the most cookies in this area this year.

    It went on to say the Coastal Pines Girl Scouts average number of boxes sold per girl was 261.

    I want to send this message out to the second- or third-place finisher or, heck, even the winner if she is looking to clean up again next year.

    If you want to increase your sales, don’t overlook the Beacon, or its staff. Or more specifically, me.

  • You decide: What is causing the stock market to worry?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Column

    I’m fond of telling this story about the late Nobel

    Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. At one of his public lectures, Friedman was asked to give a forecast for the stock market. Before answering, the heralded economist said he had developed a model for predicting the stock market, and he had recently re-calibrated the model using the latest information; therefore, he had fresh forecasts.

  • Calabash Fire Department shows appreciation

    The Calabash Fire Department and its auxiliary present plaques of appreciation to Julie Lowry, manager of the Sunset Beach McDonald’s, and Melinda Sandford, owner of the Calabash Deli, for the continuous support they have given to the men and women of the Calabash Fire Department. From left are Jeanette Meckling, Irma Teger (seated), Sally Lombardo, Lowry, Camille Troisi, Chief Randy Bork, Sandford and Dennis Chiocco.

  • Chamber involvement builds community connections

    Tuesdays in the Beacon newsroom are production days, crunch time for getting the week’s news together. It’s when deadlines bear down on us to get pages to our press in Charleston, S.C., on time, even as we cover meetings, elections or any other stories that break that day. Odds are I’ll have had at least enough time for a nap between the time I leave work late Monday and the time I return a few hours later to put it all into gear.

  • We all must work to prevent child abuse

    Last week, two people were charged with murder in the death of David Stuart, who suffered horrific abuse as a toddler here in Brunswick County.

    Each was arrested almost 21 years to the day the boy was first taken to an area hospital to be treated for his massive injuries, including broken legs, puncture wounds and bruises, brain damage that robbed him of the ability to speak and left him with partial sight, and burns that disfigured his genitals.