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Today's News

  • Brunswick Beaches Consortium reorganizing after Bald Head Island quits

    The Brunswick Beaches Consortium has taken one step forward but two steps back in its effort to reorganize after former chairman, Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, was removed from representing his town in November.

    The beach towns that have participated in the BBC met Dec. 11 to re-establish a board and elect officers to conduct the quarterly meetings.

    The members voted Bald Head Island Assistant Village Manager Chris McCall temporary chairman and BHI council member Dr. Gene Douglas as vice chairman.

  • Jenkins named one of state’s top community college staffers

     BOLIVIA — When Velva Jenkins began her career at Brunswick Community College 29 years ago, she had to place a bucket in her office to catch the leaking rainwater during heavy storms.

    Fast forward to the present day and Jenkins enjoys a cozy corner office in Building A on the campus in Bolivia, where she quietly and effectively goes about her business as one of the state’s top educational staffers.

  • County commissioners approve Oak Island beach funding over three years

    BOLIVIA — County commissioners approved funding $500,000 for Oak Island’s beach renourishment by splitting the cost into three annual installments of $166,666.

    Oak Island is proceeding with permitting and easements for the beach erosion abatement and renourishment project, anticipated to begin in February.

    The town is planning the first phase of the town’s Lower Lockwood Folly Habitat Restoration Project to dredge the eastern route of the Lockwood Folly River.

    The total cost for the Phase 1 dredging is estimated at $3.5 million.

  • Brunswick real estate market trending in positive direction

     BOLIVIA — As numbers from last year’s trickled in at the beginning of the year, local real estate brokers had plenty of reason to be enthused about the market again.

    Annual sales numbers obtained by the Beacon last week show that Brunswick County had a 7 percent increase from 2013 to 2014 in total sales revenue, which mostly include the housing market, according to figures from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • Union donates books to school recovering from fire damage

     With a school in a neighboring county in need, a Brunswick County elementary school offered a helping hand.

    After a fire at Old Dock Elementary School in Columbus County destroyed the school’s library Jan. 7, Union Elementary in Shallotte launched a book drive to collect hundreds of books to donate to Old Dock.

  • Aviation company sues Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Odell Williamson Municipal Airport’s fixed base operator has filed a lawsuit against the town of Ocean Isle Beach, alleging it tried to take over the airport building illegally last week. 

  • Man sought in jewelry theft captured in S.C.

    Authorities in Horry County, S.C., captured a man accused of stealing nearly $30,000 in jewelry from a Boliva residence last month.

    Douglas Wilson Branton, 30, of Nathan Drive in Loris, was wanted on a charge of felony larceny, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a warrant, he stole 48 pieces of jewelry, valued together at $29,263, from the home on Woody Trail sometime between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, 2014.

  • OIB resident earns one of state’s highest honors at 90th birthday party

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — For one Brunswick County resident, Saturday night was a celebration, awards ceremony and a chance for family and friends to celebrate the first 90 years of their loved one’s decorated life.

    Bob Bradicich, a resident of Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, celebrated his 90th birthday with more than 100 family members and friends inside the Plantation Club at Ocean Ridge on Saturday night, Jan. 17.

  • Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old last year was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    Murton Harold Hyde, 56, of Turkey Street, is charged with six counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense, three counts of crimes against nature and three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The incidents occurred between July and December 2014, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. She did not say if the child was a girl or boy.

  • Leland woman accused of selling marijuana at restaurant

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Leland woman accused of selling marijuana at a restaurant after a brief investigation prompted by tips from the community.

    Twenty-year-old Jordan LeAnn Howard, of Lanvale Road, faces two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, selling marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.