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Today's News

  • Fort Fisher commemorates 144th anniversary of Second Battle

    KURE BEACH—2009 marks the 144th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

    To commemorate the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will stage “Fort Fisher Then and Now,” an all-day event on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Woman mourns loss of canine companion

    SUPPLY—Debbie Chambers vividly remembers choosing her beloved Yorkie mix, Waldy, from a litter, taking him home, scrubbing his fleas off in the sink, bottle-feeding and raising him to become a member of her family.

    Although she’s kept many dogs over the years, Waldy was special, Chambers said. He was her constant companion and was treated like another child.

    Chambers recalled Waldy walking on his hind legs across the house, riding four-wheelers with her sons, jumping up and licking her tears away when she cried.

  • Shallotte applying for grants to add amenities

    SHALLOTTE—A new park and the first section of a river walk could be in the town’s future if the state approves two grant applications.

    According to town administrator Paul Sabiston, Shallotte is applying for a 50-50 matching grant from the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for a new park with multi-use ball fields, a tennis court and possibly a walking trail.

    Sabiston said the town is seeking a $500,000 grant, meaning Shallotte’s share would be $250,000.

  • Ways to give back, even in tough times

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

    —Winston Churchill

    Even in tough times, people find ways to give back. Dealing with difficult times makes us realize the importance of helping others.

    During the holiday season, many charities saw more people pulling together to donate what they could to make things better for those in need. But the need doesn’t stop once the holidays are over.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, 6 in Bolivia.

    Tuesday, Dec. 30

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Gina Essey and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Shannon R. Hester, three counts simple worthless checks, paid restitution.

    Jessica D. Humphrey, consume alcohol under 19, voluntarily dismissed.

    Jennifer Ann Lee, consume alcohol under 19, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Now is prime time to paint that quaint bridge

    With a $32 million high-rise bridge rising taller in the west, in less than two years the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge will finally get to do something it’s been trying to do for decades—retire and die with dignity.

    We’ll no longer take for granted the photographs and renderings of the half-century-old span lining local walls—scenic in art-show paintings, snow-covered in a fluke weather-year picture at Sunset Beach Town Hall, hot with beach traffic in summer and quiet at Christmastime.

  • Upset about bobcat

    To the editor: I was so dismayed to see the picture of the beautiful bobcat killed by Mr. Faircloth. I don’t see the point of killing that animal. They are rare in these parts.

    I hope you are proud of yourself, Mr. Faircloth, because I certainly am not. I would love to see such a beautiful animal out in the wild, and I would have shot it too, with a camera.

     

  • A tribute to Mildred Mercer

    To the editor: On Dec. 27, I attended a celebration of life for my dear friend Mildred Mercer, a cornerstone of the history of Bolivia. I thought about how she had influenced my life since I was a child and the lives of so many who knew her.

    If you needed to know anything about Brunswick County history, you could go to Mildred or Ernestine Mercer in the heart of Bolivia.

    They were always the caretakers of so many wonderful stories about the people, the history of Bolivia and the surrounding area.

  • Power corrupts politicians

    To the editor: To the Washington bureaucrats: 1) If you really want to jump-start the economy, give that remaining money back to the taxpayers, the ones who put it there to begin with. If you politicians really want to give money to jump-start the economy, do this math equation: $350 billion divided by 250 million taxpaying Americans and you get $1,400 per taxpayer, more if there are fewer taxpayers.

  • Socialized society?

    To the editor: I would like to thank Mr. Norvell B. DeAtkine for writing and The Brunswick Beacon editor for publishing the amazingly factual and informative letter in the Jan. 1 edition of the Beacon regarding our society being socialized.