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Today's News

  • West Brunswick Marching Band wins top honors at recent competition

    LORIS, S.C.—It’s the competition they look forward to all year. It’s the one they all want to win, and this year, they did.

    West Brunswick High School Marching Band won the day’s top honor of Grand Champion at Saturday’s 19th Annual Loris Band Day competition. With a score of 93.3 points, the band took home six more awards, including first-place band, first-place percussion, second-place auxiliary, second-place drum major, the W.W. Jacobus Music Award and Class AAAA Superior.

  • Collision on Stone Chimney Road leaves one dead

    An early morning collision on Stone Chimney Road in Supply on Oct. 25 left one man dead and four others injured.

    According to Sgt. C.C. Albritton of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, James Walter Wilkins, 28, of Bladenboro was driving south on Stone Chimney Road toward N.C. 211 when he crossed the center lane and collided with an on-coming vehicle.

  • Commissioners approve low impact development manual

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved a resolution supporting the state’s first low impact development design manual.

    According to planning director Leslie Bell, “Brunswick County, in conjunction with New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington, has completed a guidance document as part of an ongoing effort to encourage and allow for Low Impact Development Technologies (LID) as an alternative and voluntary option for developers to satisfy stormwater requirements and watershed goals.”

  • State begins electronic vehicle inspections

    BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles began its electronic inspection program Nov. 1, and vehicles that undergo emissions or safety inspections after that date will no longer receive windshield stickers.

    Instead, each inspection will be due the same month as the vehicle’s registration renewal each year.

    Synchronizing each vehicle’s inspection and registration dates is expected to increase compliance with the state’s inspection program and help benefit air quality and highway safety, according the N.C. DMV.

  • Making the right choice in an election can be a complicated thing to do

    By Stacey Manning

    Managing Editor

    OK, since it’s over, I can admit it. Throughout this election season, I was one of those voters who didn’t know exactly what buttons I was going to push on the voter screen.

    I’ve heard conversations about it in my office, on television and in the general public.

    “How could you not know?” people asked.

  • Early voting is indeed a privilege

    Laura Lewis 

    “We just went and voted!” Beacon cohorts Kathryn Jacewicz and Sarah Shew Wilson crowed last week upon returning to the newsroom from one-stop voting at the National Guard Armory on Main Street in Shallotte.

    There were no lines, no hassles, no broken-down machines, they gloated.

  • Fraud destroys romance and endangers election credibility

    By John Heidtke

    Guest Columnist

    Truth can be inconvenient

    During 1961, I was dating a young lady from my church where both families were members. The relationship developed to a point where a “friendship ring” is given by the man to signify his good intentions.

    I was scrubbing floors and washing windows for a living. A ring was priced as much as my entire month’s income. I couldn’t afford it.

  • Charges expected against theft suspect

     STAFF REPORT

     

    SUNSET BEACH—A warrant has been issued by Sunset Beach Police for a South Carolina man wanted in connection with break-ins and thefts reported this summer.

  • CIS founder visits Brunswick County

    SUPPLY—The founder of Communities in Schools, an organization dedicated to helping students stay in school and succeed in life, visited Brunswick County last week.

    Speaking to Brunswick County’s CIS members and local educators, Bill Milliken shared some of his past experiences and tips for success.

    Milliken stressed the importance of an education in today’s society.

    “It’s not an alternative anymore to dropout,” he said.

  • Sunset Beach surviving financially, town staffer says

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—In trying economic times, the town of Sunset Beach is holding its own and in one instance doing better than last year.

    Town finance director Donna Rogers, speaking at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night, said the town’s local-option sales tax is 26 percent higher in the first quarter than last year, while accommodations tax is a “little less than 1 percent” higher than the previous fiscal year.