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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach couple to be celebrated on 63rd anniversary

    For nearly 63 years, Bill and Maggie Ehling had been inseparable, dating back to their military days in the 1950s when the two first met in Germany.

    Maggie, who was born in Brunswick County and grew up in New Jersey, was in the Women’s Army Corps, otherwise known as WACs. Bill, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, was an Army man and party animal who was soon tamed by his Margaret Rose, the woman he married about a year later.

  • WBHS guidance counselor Mary Blackburn dies after two-year cancer battle

    Mary Blackburn, career development and special populations coordinator at West Brunswick High School, has died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Blackburn, 68, died peacefully at her North Myrtle Beach, S.C., home surrounded by family Monday, April 13.

    In an interview with the Beacon in December 2013, Blackburn said the cancer was discovered after a colleague noticed she seemed to be losing weight.

    In April 2013, doctors diagnosed Blackburn with inoperable stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and her life was turned upside down.

  • Rabon's animal welfare bill calls for hotline

    Proposed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Rabon, a Southport veterinarian, calls for establishing a hotline to report animal cruelty.

    Rabon is one of three primary sponsors of Senate Bill 209, titled “Responsible Breeding/Prevent Cruelty.”

    The other two sponsors are state Sens. Trudy Wade, who is also a veterinarian, and Andrew Brock.

    The bill, introduced March 10, passed first reading March 11 and has been referred to the senate committee on rules and operations.

  • Beaver bounty considered for 2015-16 budget

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has been asked to consider a beaver bounty for Brunswick County.

    Stephanie Lewis, director of operation services, proposed putting $10,000 into a pilot program to remove beavers and clear their dams that cause trouble throughout the county.

    Lewis said the county has paid $4,000 a year for the past few years to participate in the Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP), a federal program that provided participating counties with an agency to call for beaver problems.

  • Fire departments ask county to make up difference from collected fire fees

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County fire fee payments to fire departments could be restructured for a second consecutive year.

    At an April 9 budget workshop, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners discussed a request presented by Fire Marshal Scott Garner from some of the departments to receive 100 percent of the assessed fire fee rates, with the county making up the difference from fees that can’t be collected.

  • Unemployment rate down to 7.5 percent in February

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased in February to 7.5 percent after soaring to 8 percent in January.

    The rate had fallen to 6.3 percent in December 2014.

    The county had an 8.3 percent unemployment rate in February 2014.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, which reported the state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in February, down from 5.9 percent in January.

  • Brunswick County debt rating raised

    Brunswick County’s general obligation debt rating has been raised from AA to AA+ and its appropriation-backed debt rating raised from AA- to AA in Standard & Poor’s Ratings released this week.

    Brunswick County’s series 2015A and 2015B limited obligation bonds were also given a rating of AA by Standard & Poor’s, and a rating of Aa3 by Moody’s Investors Services this week.

  • 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.