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  • You decide: Will direct flight to China boost N.C. economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My first long distance trip outside my hometown of Cincinnati was to West Virginia by train. Although my memory is fuzzy (this was in the 1950s) it wasn’t a luxury train. In fact, I don’t even remember a meal car. I don’t think I cared. I was mesmerized by watching the scenery go by, especially the hills and valleys of the Mountain State.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the General Assembly, we were not in session, but we had many committee meetings in Raleigh, two of which I am a member.

  • Beacon nets seven 2017 N.C. Press Association awards
  • Proposed insurance rate hikes threaten county

    Brunswick County’s population continues to boom, spurring economic development efforts and fueling new businesses while also prompting infrastructure improvement plans to meet growth.

    Two recent requests by the North Carolina Rate Bureau threaten to bring it all to an abrupt halt.

    The bureau, which represents all companies writing property insurance in the state, filed notice in November asking for a statewide average increase in homeowners insurance rates for 2018.

  • Holden Beach commissioners OK reimbursing county for dredging

    HOLDEN BEACH — Just a day before the Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Currituck made it to Holden Beach on Feb. 21 to begin the Lockwood Folly Dredging Project, the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners approved reimbursing Brunswick County for the project.  

    During their regular meeting Feb. 20, Christy Ferguson, the town’s shoreline protection and recreation manager, told commissioners shoaling continues to be a problem for those traveling in the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

  • Construction continues as businesses build in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — The greatly anticipated Steak ‘n Shake restaurant should become a reality in 2018.

    Steak ‘n Shake restaurants approved Nekillim Food Services Inc., which is owned by Lloyd Milliken of Shallotte, for territory ranging from the North Carolina-South Carolina state line to Jacksonville to build five Steak ‘n Shake restaurants.

    Jeff Milliken, project manager, said their first franchise in Onslow County opened for business Feb. 21. They’ll now turn their attention to the Shallotte site at 4462 Main St.

  • Shallotte man cleared of charges in Thanksgiving assault case

    A Shallotte man accused of punching a woman on Thanksgiving Day has been cleared of charges against him.

    Corey Scott Sears, 31, of Devane Road was arrested Nov. 24 and charged with assault inflicting serious injury and assault on a female, both misdemeanors.

    Warrants alleged Sears hit a woman Nov. 23 in the face and head with a closed fist, causing facial bruising and swelling.

  • Matthews woman pleads guilty to assaulting deputy

    A Matthews woman pleased guilty to assaulting a Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy.

    Jamie Leigh Lancaster, 34, of Stone Down Lane was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, and well as misdemeanor charges of resisting a public officer and simple assault.

    Warrants show Lancaster pushing and slapped a man Oct. 3. When a deputy arrived to arrest her, she pushed him, pulled away from him and kicked him in the groin area.

  • Shallotte man accused of stealing neighbors’ guns

    A Shallotte man is accused of stealing guns from his neighbors months ago.

    Zachary Alan Jeffries, 24, of Bay Village Street was arrested Feb. 19 and charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, safecracking and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

  • District court docket for Feb. 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, Feb. 12

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans: