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Today's News

  • Bizarre moments in the courtroom

    I’ve worked as a reporter at The Brunswick Beacon for almost two years now. I’ve learned many things along the way, but perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you never know what might happen next in this line of work.

  • How much does size really matter?

    Much ado has been made over Sports Illustrated featuring a plus-sized model for the first time in this year’s swimsuit edition, in addition to an advertisement for plus-sized swimwear. Regardless of how you feel about this annual publication, this is — if you’ll pardon the pun — a big deal to me.

  • Sunset Beach officials raise reasonable doubts

    All residents of Brunswick County — including elected officials — have the right to voice their opinions on matters that affect their way of life. When the public cannot discern whom its elected officials are representing, however, it raises legitimate questions about potential conflicts of interest. Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill and Mayor Ron Watts have found themselves the subject of such questions in the past month.

  • Let’s talk a little about storing sugar

     Basically, sugars are simple carbohydrates that provide calories for energy. They also add the sweet taste to many foods. You can find sugars in two different forms: dry or liquid. There are many sources of sugars, but some of the most common are beet sugar or sugar cane (also called sucrose), corn sugar (dextrose), maple syrup and honey (fructose).

  • Autism offers a glimpse of alternate living

     I could not stop reading Mark Haddon’s best-selling work, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” More than intriguing, it is a compelling novel that allows the reader to enter the mind, heart and life of a young man who is autistic.

    Eager to learn more about the disorder, I searched the web and found this information. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by:

    1) Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts.

  • Flavorful and filling, empanadas have become quite popular

     

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 

     

    Caterpillars and cherries: Is there ever any connection? Yes, and our mystery plant this week demonstrates it quite well.

  • Chandler graduates from CCAF

     Senior Airman Tydaryll L. Chandler, son of Rebecca R. Castaneda of Shallotte, graduated and received an associate degree in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). He is a 2009 graduate of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

  • Man pleads guilty in fatal 2014 crash

    A man charged in the death of a motorcyclist in St. James more than a year ago has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, court records show.

    Kevin C. Zell, 29, suffered serious injuries in the head-on collision that killed 39-year-old Sonia Vowls of Wilmington on Feb. 16, 2014, N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper K.E. Herring said.

    Vowls and another motorcyclist were headed east on N.C. 211 when Zell, who was driving a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, crossed the center line and hit Vowls, who was thrown from her 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

  • Man convicted of killing 3-year-old Shallotte boy

    BOLIVIA — It took a jury less than an hour to convict a Wilmington man of first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    Minutes later, 29-year-old Montey Andrea Murray was ordered to serve the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Murray also was convicted Tuesday, April 14, of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury in the 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister, as well as felony fleeing to elude arrest and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.