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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Prescription out of the bottle at South Brunswick Middle School; a student brought 19 pills to school that were hidden in a stuffed toy.

    •Larceny on Cedar Landing Road in Supply; suspect stole victim’s boat motor.

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Calabash; suspect stole victim’s flowerpots.

  • Agencies still face hard times

    It’s been a rough year for nonprofit agencies in Brunswick County. Late in 2008, the Beacon reported financial strains felt by Brunswick Family Assistance could have led to the agency’s closure. However, community members stepped up and through the influx of food and money, the agency has been able to continue to serve residents.

    That’s a good thing on many levels, especially with the announcement the agency will once again this summer participate in a feeding program that will provide free meals to children throughout Brunswick County while school is on break.

  • Sunset Beach police investigate thefts, break-ins

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating several break-ins and thefts reported in the past week.

    On June 8, a Sony Cybershot camera, Magellan global positioning system and $15 in currency were reported stolen in a car break-in on Marlin Street.

    On June 6, a 32-inch Vizio flat screen TV was reported stolen following a house break-in on East Main Street.

  • No Port Southport sets environmental forum for June 25

    SOUTHPORT—No Port Southport, a citizens’ group formed to fight the N.C. Ports Authority’s plans to build an international terminal in the Southport area, has scheduled a meeting to address the public’s concerns about the terminal’s possible environmental impacts.

  • West senior's project helps boy born without eyes

    In Susan Carr’s exceptional children’s classroom at Supply Elementary School, there weren’t many activities or toys to help stimulate 10-year-old Matthew Stubbs.

    Matthew was born with anophthalmia, a congenital condition causing him to be born without eyeballs. A multi-handicapped student, Carr works with Matthew on sensory depravation issues, but lacked adequate materials to do so.

    “We just didn’t have anything that he could use,” Carr said.

  • Drug agents, K-9 and ACE deputies team up for checkpoint

    Three divisions of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently teamed up for a driver’s license checkpoint that yielded several drug arrests.

    Last Friday, June 5, deputies with the sheriff’s office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team, K-9 Enforcement Team and the Drug Enforcement Unit had a driver’s license checkpoint on U.S. 17.

    The following suspects were charged following the checkpoint:

    •Chetan Reddy, 28, of Chapel Hill; charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Vernon Ward’s contributions to community were many

    Those who knew Vernon Ward well say he was a kind man, who was willing to help without asking for anything in return.

    Ward made his mark on Brunswick County after moving to Shallotte in 1980. He got settled in the community by teaching at Brunswick Technical Institute (now Brunswick Community College).

    While Ward may have made his first impressions at BCT, he spent the next almost 30 years dedicating his life to selfless service of others.

  • Summer program to provide kids' meals at 16 sites

    Sixteen churches, schools and nonprofits across the county will host a federal summer feeding program for children as well as kid-friendly activities for the participants.

    The food is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) is organizing the project. It’s the second year the nonprofit has participated in the program, and director Joe Cannon said he’s expecting an even busier year.

  • Get involved in your community; do your homework

    After years of working in a popular low-key retirement destination, I still never cease to be impressed by how involved the citizens of some of our local communities are in the local political issues that affect them.

    These politically active residents have made me realize being retired isn’t just about sitting on your porch and letting life pass you by. It’s just the start of a new chapter in your life—when you have time to really speak out about issues that affect you.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on June 1:

    Amy Nichole Bell, 30, of 5002 Glen Cove Drive, Southport; felony obtain property false pretense, felony obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery, felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny.

    Steven James Bell, 30, of 2301 E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island; felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny.