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Today's News

  • New BCC tobacco policy is long overdue

    Although various studies indicate most people who try to quit smoking or using tobacco products do so cold turkey, they also indicate gradual cessation is a more successful strategy.

    The latter is the same approach Brunswick Community College is taking toward becoming a tobacco- and smoke-free campus by the fall semester of 2017.

  • Las Vegas Night means 2016 events are soon in full swing

    While it’s true there’s always something going on and there are many things to do here in Brunswick County, some days, nights and weekends can be busier than others. We tend to experience a bit of a post-holidays lull after the first of the year, but then we get back into gear with big social occasions, usually starting at the end of January with the Shallotte Rotary Club’s Las Vegas Night.

  • You decide: Does North Carolina follow a wilder economic ride?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I love the North Carolina State Fair. My wife will tell you that around June 1, I start the countdown to the opening of the fair. Everything about the fair — the farm animals, the exhibits, the food, the happy people and even the rides — appeals to me.

    Maybe my “love affair” with the state fair has something to do with my youth. My father would frequently take me to a local county fair where my favorite activity was riding the roller coaster.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Paying for college

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

  • To all our Beacon readers, thank you

    As you’re reading this, I’ll be sorting through files at the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office.

    That’s right. I accepted a new job.

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my time at the Beacon. I’ve said it time and time again, but I think your job is only as good as your boss.

    Having said that, I had two damn good ones.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Jan. 23-29 2016

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

    Jan. 23

    Warrant for other agency served on Kenneth Wayne Williams, 33, of 231 Hardy Road, Whiteville.

    Jan. 27

    Alex G. Martinez, 24, of 1203 Iva Ave., Gastonia, charged with possession of marijuana.

    Kevin J. Echeverria-Ponce, 23, of 306 S. Ransom St., Gastonia, charged with possession of marijuana.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 19, 21, 22, 25 and 26 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Tuesday, Jan. 19

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutors Jacob Ward and Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases Jan. 19 during a grand jury session:

    Darius Andrews, flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, misdemeanor child abuse, break or enter motor vehicle.

  • Healthful kitchen makeovers

     How many times have you heard someone say, “There is nothing to eat in this house?” But the refrigerator is full. Perhaps they’re really thinking that there is nothing that’s easy to prepare. I’d like to also add to that easy to prepare — and healthy.

  • Spinal disc injury in dogs: five fast facts

     A reader recently wrote me about her beloved Dachshund who became tragically paralyzed. She asked for more information on spinal injuries in dogs. Here are five fast facts every dog owner should know about back injuries.  

     

    What does it mean for a spinal disc to rupture?