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Today's News

  • Future fisherman begins adventures with outdoorsy family

    Last week I came home from work, and my dad was excited. He wanted to tell me that Levi, my 5-month-old son, picked up a fishing rod for the first time.

    When I was about six months pregnant, my dad went out and bought two little tiny fishing rods, one with a spinning reel and bait casting reel. He was so proud Levi chose the bait cast reel, unlike his mom who prefers the spinning reel.

  • Sandifer leaves a legacy of service, sacrifice

    Brunswick County suffered a great loss last week. We lost a true champion for Brunswick County.

    County commissioners chairman David Sandifer, who died last Friday, was a tireless leader, who always had the best interest of the county in mind.

    He loved this county, and he said so often.

    With every vote he cast, he ran the risk of making half the county unhappy with him.

  • Flights of fancy pondering airlines

    I don’t know why our airlines are in so much trouble.

    But it might have something to do with, “What flies around—in the form of a strict no-refunds policy—flies back around in the form of bad press.”

    I recently learned that lesson the hard way when I had to reschedule two cross-country flights a month earlier than planned.

  • Take time to appreciate the beauty around us

    Every time I see the ocean, its beauty still amazes me.

    Every time I cross one of the high-rise bridges and can see miles and miles of sea and shore, it takes my breath away. I feel so lucky to live in a place that has so much natural beauty.

    Working here makes it even better. Being able to stand on the beach and take pictures of surfers, wildlife or beach visitors and say it’s my job is hard to believe. I feel I am getting the better end of the bargain because it hardly seems like work.

  • Sad, shocking events in Brunswick County leave community numb

    My mind is numb from the goings-on of last week.

    It was as if the community has been in mourning for Ronald Hewett and the sheriff’s department, and rightly so.

    I think we were all stunned and in disbelief from the allegations we read and heard both on television and in print.

    I know full well there are folks on both sides of the aisle who support or denounce Ronald Hewett. I’ve known him personally for almost 30 years, and I know that whatever judgment is handed down, he will stand tall in the saddle.

  • David Sandifer was a Brunswick County treasure

    Since 1996, David Sandifer had been serving the people of Brunswick County as a county commissioner. While it may have been one of his more high profile positions, it was only one of many hats he wore while serving the people of this community.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on March 26, 27 and 25 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, March 26

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Sasha Vanessa Ahlers, speeding 58 in a 45 zone, prayer for judgment continued and costs.

    Bryan Charles Allen, improper equipment, costs.

    Logan Anthony Arnold, misdemeanor probation violation out of county, admits, Brunswick County Jail 45 days active with 45 days credit for time served.

  • Turner birth

    T.J. and Tara Turner of Supply are the parents of a daughter, Shaianna Dawn Turner, born at 7 a.m. March 6 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Linda Thompson of Supply and Jackie and Brenda Cook of Winnabow.

    Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Cindy Turner of Winnabow.

    Great-grandparents are Annie Mae Thompson of Varnamtown and the late Pearl and Russell Cook.

  • Blackwell

    Teresa Wright and Travis Blackwell Jr. are the parents of a daughter, Brylee Morgan Blackwell, born at 9:24 p.m., March 25 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Alex Reed Blackwell, 11.

    Maternal grandmother is Sylvia Brown of Thomasville.

    Paternal grandparents are the late Edna and Travis Blackwell Sr.

    Great-grandparents are the late Magaline and Herbert Jones and the late Edna and Lester Parish.

  • Don't forget to vote in the Beacon's weekly poll

    By now, most of you have visited our Brunswick Beacon Web site, www.brunswickbeacon.com, and hopefully, you’ve voted in our weekly poll.

    Obviously, last week’s poll question about Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s situation has received the largest number of votes we’ve seen in a long time, but don’t stop with that one.

    I, with the help of my colleagues (thanks, Renee, for your help last week) come up with a unique poll question each week based on stories in the current edition.