Today's News

  • Convicted sheriff campaigns for sheriff and DA candidates

    For a man who cannot cast his ballot in the upcoming election, former sheriff Ronald Hewett has been politically active.

    Hewett, who served as Brunswick County’s sheriff for 14 years before he resigned in April 2008, pleaded guilty to federal obstruction of justice in June 2008.

    When Hewett was convicted, he lost his right to vote, Gary Bartlett, director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, said.

    But that hasn’t stopped Hewett from actively campaigning on behalf of candidates he supports for office.

  • Recipes needed for Beacon’s upcoming cookbook project

    She was a petite lady with silver hair sitting in one of the chairs by the counter. I was standing looking at all the lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows scattered on top of the glass counter. I had decided to spend my lunch hour at the Belk cosmetics counter and was deliberating between the blue and gray eyeliners.

    She was waiting for me to wrap up my purchase so she could be helped.

    “I’m sorry I’m taking so long,” I told her. “I just don’t have any idea what I want.”

  • The long-lost art of handwritten thank-you notes and the world's good intentions

    When friends took time out of their lives to be with me on my wedding day last fall, I couldn’t say thank you enough.

    I thanked them in person that day. I thanked them again when I saw them at work. I think I even thanked them via Facebook and/or e-mail.

    I planned to send them each a handwritten thank-you note. I was raised well. I know the value of that.

    I know I’m supposed to send thank-you cards. I want to send them. As a matter of fact, I have a collection of occasion-perfect thank-you cards in my office at home.

  • Today's popular casseroles could be referred to as 'comfort foods'

    How did casseroles get to be so popular? Although it seems they’ve been around forever, casseroles didn’t really attract attention until condensed, canned soups came on the market in the ’50s. The casserole was an American staple during the Depression, when families needed cheap, filling meals to put on the table.

    Do we only make casseroles because they are convenient? Is there really any reason to make a casserole?

  • Associate Degree Nursing program receives fully approved status

    BOLIVIA--The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Brunswick Community College has been acknowledged by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, and it received its fully approved status last month.

    Sharon Thompson, vice president for academic services and dean of nursing, said the ADN program provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to function as a registered nurse.

    After the program’s completion, students must take and pass the NCLEX exam (National Council Licensure Examination).


    Shallotte police are investigating a rash of breaking and entering and larcenies of drink machines at local businesses on Feb. 24. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a coin-operated machine at Black’s Tire; suspect pried open drink machine, causing $700 in damage, and stole $200 from machine.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a coin-operated machine at Hill’s; suspect pried open drink machine, causing $700 in damage, and stole $200 from the machine.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and damage to property on East First Street;

    •Brian Rooney of Maiden was charged with driving while impaired and carry concealed weapon on N.C. 179/Lake Tree Drive.

    •Property damage on Ocean Cove;

    •Jeremy Fregeau of Ash was charged with driving while impaired and drive without two headlights.


  • Wax museum brings new life into history lesson

    They stood frozen until a button on their hand was pushed, making them come to life.

    Students at Town Creek Elementary School took part in an interactive wax museum last week in celebration of Black History Month.

    Third-grade classes studied famous black Americans during February. Each student chose his or her own person to study and did computer research, reports and PowerPoint presentations on their famous person.

    “We tried to incorporate technology,” third-grade teacher Kimberly Nowlin, said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Feb. 22-28, K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Brunswick Forest, Magnolia Greens, Little Shallotte River Road and Makatoka Road.

    K-9 deputies issued three uniform citations and made five drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • 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:

    •Property damage on River Road in Southport; suspect damaged passenger side of victim’s vehicle.

    •Property damage on North Hampton Drive; suspect stole a stop sign.

    •Larceny on Old Town Creek Road in Leland; suspect stole victim’s CDs and a CD case.

    •Larceny on Scoggins Drive in Leland; suspect stole an antique cash register.