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Today's News

  • Back to school tips — for your pet

    The end of summer means an empty house for many families. While parents may enjoy a break from the children, it may be a different story for our dogs. Here are some simple tips to help you make the transition from summer to school easier for your pet.

     

    Transition time

  • Hurst celebrates 80th birthday

    O’Dell Hurst, better known as “The Legend of Shell Point Road,” according to his neighbors, celebrated his 80th birthday Aug. 17. He is famous for helping his neighbors fix anything and for just being fun.

  • McDonald graduates from basic military training

    Air Force National Guard Airman Breanna L. McDonald, daughter of Michael McDonald of Springfield, Ohio, and Sherrie Stevens of Ocean Isle Beach and stepdaughter of Natalie McDonald of Springfield, Ohio, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

  • Luke achieves Eagle Scout rank

    Alexander Vereen Luke, a member of Boy Scout Troop 26, achieved the rank of Eagle in September. Luke formally accepted the rank July 18 at Halyburton Park, where he had previously completed his Eagle Scout project. The ceremony was held under the leadership of Scoutmaster Dan Mahn.

  • Coast artillery group plans 36th reunion

    Officers of the 252nd Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group Association, NC NG, in Wilmington have announced plans for its 36th annual reunion, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19, at Covil Farms Clubhouse on Covil Farm Road (off Military Cutoff) in Wilmington. All former members of the 252nd CA/AAA or any subordinate units are encouraged to attend.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

     

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open, we passed two bills to increase economic development and we passed a bill to help Brunswick County police its waterways.

  • You decide: What’s behind the productivity slump?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    We all hear about trends in jobs, the unemployment rate, household income, consumer spending and economic growth. These important economic numbers are reported each month and are given great attention in the press.

  • Meeting state legislators, including ­— finally­ — Sen. Rabon

    Beacon reporters have being covering government meetings for the past several weeks where officials have told us how a possible change to the state’s sales tax distribution method would damage our local economy, maybe irreparably.

    When the issue came up at Shallotte’s last board of aldermen meeting, we asked if any town officials were planning to take the cause to Raleigh because, if they were, we’d like to join them.

  • Our county suffers under sales tax plan

    As the General Assembly continues to grapple with formulating a 2015-16 fiscal year budget, its members are considering whether to change the way sales taxes are distributed.