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Today's News

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 23, 26 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Friday, Jan. 23

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Oscar Omar Alfaro, no operator’s license, Brunswick County Jail 30 days, suspended sentence 24 months, unsupervised probation 24 months, costs, not violate any criminal laws.

    Bobbie Wilson Anderson, probation violation, admits, probation revoked.

  • Grand jury indictments for Jan. 21

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Jan. 21:

    William McLean Allen, 22, of 1119 Links Road, Surfside Beach, S.C.; felony possession of cocaine.

    Christopher Lee Christmas, 36, of 310 Lanson Way, Leland; felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana, misdemeanor possession drug paraphernalia.

  • Three of four suspects charged with larceny; one suspect remains at large

    Three of four suspects wanted for an afternoon larceny of Woody’s Grocery on Holden Beach Road have been arrested and charged with larceny. One suspect remains at large.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ed Carter said around noon Jan. 28, four suspects entered the grocery store and asked about buying cigars. When the owner turned his back to reach for the cigars behind the counter, the suspects allegedly took a deposit bag with cash and checks, Carter said.

  • If you’re going to start it, finish it

    It was an anti-climactic ending to a long, drawn-out media circus.

    In last week’s Beacon, education reporter Kathryn Jacewicz wrote that the two parties in an ongoing, public feud over treatment of students in Brunswick County Schools reached a “confidential agreement” and agreed to have no further contact with each other.

    Like most of the readers who have been following this debacle, I was annoyed by this conclusion.

  • It may actually be my fault snow found its way to Brunswick County

    When I first heard last week there was a chance of snow for Brunswick County, I thought someone was joking. I moved to the coast to escape the colder, often-snowy winter months of Kentucky, and the last thing I thought about encountering here was a chance of snow.

  • Belly-fat bombardment difficult to stomach

    If aliens from outer space were to drop in and cruise the Internet lately, they wouldn’t know we were in economic turmoil.

    They wouldn’t think we face an uncertain future or fears about everything, including them.

    No, they would think the biggest priority on our worry list is belly fat.

    Have you noticed? How could you not?

    It’s the unsightliest, most graphic advertisement ever to invade the World Wide Web—big, gloppy bellies protruding over waistlines, accompanied by headlines like, “One flat-belly rule: Obey.”

  • Town Creek redistricting brings up fears about transportation, traffic and ride times

    LELAND—Traffic and transportation were among parents’ major concerns at last Wednesday’s public forum regarding redistricting lines for Town Creek Elementary School, which is set to open in fall 2009.

    Cristie Ledlord has three children in Brunswick County Schools, one of which may be affected by redistricting lines. Her son currently attends Belville Elementary School, but would be redistricted to Town Creek if the board of education chose scenario three.

  • Who’s afraid of the big bad digital switch? The Senate, that’s who

    During the middle of what people call the worst economic crisis in history, the Senate passed an oh-so extremely important bill on Monday—a bill allowing a near four-month delay in the switch to digital television.

    This comes only days after President Barack Obama discussed a possible delay in the nationwide switch shortly before his inauguration. Now, I’m not that political, and I am not one to criticize the leader of the free world, but aren’t there more important issues to tackle and don’t some of those issues need immediate attention?

  • Searcher believes remains found in S.C. are missing woman

    Authorities have recovered a human skull and bone fragments off a rural road in Horry County, S.C., believed to be connected with the disappearance of a woman who was abducted and brought to Brunswick County in November 2002.

    The possible remains of Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C., have been sent to a lab in Columbia, S.C., for DNA testing. They were discovered last week by a voluntary search group with the CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington.

  • Facing mastectomy, 37-year-old shares story

    SHALLOTTE—The breast pain came on suddenly last September, alarming 37-year-old Angie Sutton with its persistence.

    In November, Sutton, director of advertising for The Brunswick Beacon, was diagnosed with Stage 0 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a “non-invasive” cancer of breast milk ducts that does not spread to surrounding tissue.