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Today's News

  • The year is creeping closer to a close; we’re looking ahead to 2011

    It’s hard to believe next week Brunswick County residents will be headed out to local stores to try to find the best and hottest deals of the holiday season.

    How is it already November? Can you believe the end of the year is almost here?

    Here at The Brunswick Beacon, we’re already looking forward to what we’re going to do in 2011.

    From planning special sections and projects to setting individual and team goals, we’ll be spending the next few months determining what we do well and what we can do better.

  • Support local charities during this giving season

    Everyone knows the economy has been tough. 

    While citizens have struggled with everything from job losses to high unemployment, there may be no other time when these financial losses are as evident as during the holidays.

    On Monday, the last day Brunswick Family Assistance accepted applications for its holiday assistance, about 100 people stopped by to sign up for help.

    That’s one day.

    That’s one charity.

  • Town of Holden Beach likely to buy waterway property behind town hall

    It appears the town of Holden Beach will buy three properties behind town hall for $1 million as well as accept three gift properties from the seller, Holden Beach Enterprises Inc.

    Jim Griffin and Virgil Roberts own 75 percent of Holden Beach Enterprises, and attorney Joe Taylor from Wilmington owns 25 percent, Roberts said in an interview after a town meeting last week.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on Nov. 11:

    Joyce Faulk Baggett, 62, of 1882 Ridge Road SW, Ash; felony identity theft, felony unlawfully obtaining credit card, felony financial card fraud, felony accessing computers.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 3, 4, 5 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Misty P. Abercrombie, PG improper equipment.

  • As DA, David plans to lead by example in and out of the courtroom

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part feature series with district attorney-elect Jon David.

    LELAND—Jon David plans to lead from the courtroom as much as he does as the figurehead of the prosecutorial system in the three-county 13th district.

    As district attorney-elect for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties, David said he plans to lead by example once he’s sworn in in January.

  • Grant puts smoke detectors in homes of residents throughout the county

    The house Latasha Stanley and her family recently moved into once had smoke detectors.

    She can tell by the places on the wall that were once used to hold the detectors. When the previous residents moved, so did the smoke detectors.

    Because of a grant shared by the Grissettown-Longwood Fire Department and the Sunset Beach Fire Department, Stanley can now rest easy, as she received smoke detectors and important fire safety information Monday afternoon.

  • BFA checks holiday list, plans ahead for distribution

    With the holidays just around the bend, Brunswick Family Assistance is busy compiling its seasonal list of families in need.

    “We did probably close to 100 walk-ins today,” Lora Freeman, assistant program manager for BFA headquartered in Shallotte, said Monday, the last day for residents to sign on for the nonprofit’s Christmas list.

    She was referring to the number of additional people signing on for the nonprofit’s Christmas list. Last Friday was the last day for appointments.

  • A seven-year lung cancer survivor speaks out

    Did you know the color pearl represents lung cancer awareness or that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month?

    Neither did Joan Bourguignon until she became a lung cancer survivor.

    “You never really learn about these things until you become a part of it,” Bourguignon said.

    While not alone in being a lung cancer survivor of more than five years, she is in the minority. According to research results published by Lung Cancer Alliance, the overall 5-year survival rate for lung cancer is 15 percent.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from incident reports and information provided by the police department.

    •Shawna Shirlene Jackson, 32, of Ocean Isle Beach; outstanding warrant for failure to appear. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed on a $500 secured bond.