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Today's News

  • Leland works to identify economic growth needs

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee will begin preparing a business survey to learn more about the business community and what it needs to grow.

    “We discussed at our first meeting finding out how the town can help businesses, and we came up with the survey,” chairman David Sink said. “We plan to interview small businesses in Leland. This committee is going to get out and gather information to see how the city is perceived by business owners.”

  • SBMS substitute teacher accused of assaulting student

    A former South Brunswick Middle School substitute teacher was relieved of his position amid accusations he assaulted a student.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Peter Jay Julicher, 70, of Southport, with simple assault after he pushed and pulled on a 12-year-old male student about noon Wednesday, May 18, warrants show.

    Julicher turned himself in at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. He was released on $1,000 unsecured bond.

  • NCDOT tags Cape Fear Jetport as $215M boon to economy

    A North Carolina Department of Transportation report on the economic impact of the state’s airports estimates the Cape Fear Regional Jetport provides $215 million to the state’s economy.

    Odell Williamson Municipal Airport provides a $3.3 million economic impact, according to the same report. Its economic impact increased from $2.1 million in 2012.

    The NCDOT Division of Aviation Economic Impact of Airports report states Cape Fear Regional directly impacts the economy with $129 million in jobs and businesses working from the airport near Oak Island.

  • BHO seeks to raise $35K for summer blitz

    Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. (BHO) welcomes the first of three groups, totaling nearly 300 volunteers, kicking off its Brunswick Blitz this June.

    This summer, BHO plans to complete more than 30 home repairs for the elderly, disabled, veterans and very low-income homeowners in Brunswick County. But in order to do this, BHO needs to raise at least $35,000.

  • Agents arrest 29 people on prostitution charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 people, including a former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy, on a charge of soliciting prostitution after conducting three separate operations in different areas of the county between Feb. 3 and March 2.

    According to information released to the Beacon this month, two female agents posed as prostitutes and posted an advertisement on Backpage, a classified advertising website. Those who responded to the ad were arrested, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • DSS recruiting foster, adoptive parents

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services will prove Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety-Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training to be a foster/adoptive parent starting June 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Social Services Building B in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, call Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • Man leads deputies on chase into South Carolina

    A Tabor City man was arrested after leading Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase into South Carolina early Friday morning.

    Deputies tried to stop 37-year-old John Lee Green about 1:30 a.m. after they saw him strike a stop sign at Etheridge and Longwood roads, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Vehicle registration late fee takes effect July 1

    Beginning July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners must pay their annual vehicle registration renewals by the expiration date or face a late fee. The new fees were passed by the General Assembly last September and require one of three graduated late fees to be assessed on late registration renewals starting in July.

  • New reward offered in case of missing Holden Beach teen

    The FBI is offering a new $5,000 reward in the case of Rachel Natacha Owens of Holden Beach, who disappeared five years ago at age 15.

    Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car May 5, 2011, on her own without force. She has had no contact with her family or friends since then.

    The FBI received information that Owens may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio as recently as 2014 and are expanding the investigation to Ohio.

  • Sea Trail: Renovation and new pro

    Sea Trail Golf Resort, home of the Maples, Jones and Byrd courses, is renovating the Jones Course this summer. And in the middle of this flurry of activity is its new head golf professional, Andrew Galbraith.