Today's News

  • Leland looks to legislature for end of H2GO, start of regional ABC Board

    Leland officials will send state legislators two requests to revoke the charter for H2GO and permit an ABC store in North Brunswick County.

    At a Thursday, March 5, workshop, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the General Assembly to dissolve Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer Sanitary District H2GO.

    A second resolution asks the legislature to amend ABC Commission rules to provide Leland with a permit for an ABC store.

  • Church shelters on county meeting agenda

    Brunswick County commissioners will hear firsthand the process for allowing churches to shelter the homeless in emergency situations at their March 16 meeting.

    Reggie Hucks, Brunswick County chief building inspector and director of code administration, and Scott Garner, Brunswick County fire marshal, will present the process guidelines created Feb. 20.

  • Our long county-al nightmare is over

    I hope everyone will join me at the March 16 Brunswick County commissioners meeting at its new time, 5:45 p.m.

    Feel free to come a little later if you would like as the board will be in closed session first thing, then the real excitement will take place beginning around 6:30 p.m.

    Commissioners decided last month to right a wrong and go back to their closed session-first schedule that I have fervently advocated for the past year or so.

    I guess you could say I’m taking a victory lap here in the pages of the Beacon — but just a quick one.

  • Navassa woman charged with filing false report involving her child

     A Navassa woman faces charges after claiming her parents abducted her child.

    Navassa Police Officer Barry Perez arrested 18-year-old Deborah Sparkman on Thursday, March 5, and charged her with filing a false police report.

    Initailly, Sparkman reported her parents, David and Geraldine Autry of Leland, abducted her child, a warrant shows.

  • Realtors’ association sets legislative goals for 2015

     SUPPLY — Local Realtors convened this week to discuss a way that North Carolina coastal communities can secure a funding source for beach nourishment projects.

    The Brunswick County Association of Realtors hosted the 2015 Impact Breakfast at 101 Stone Chimney Place on Monday, March 9, to set its legislative goals for 2015 and review housing statistics from 2014.

    Association of Realtors CEO Steve Candler presented the legislative goals after Rep. Frank Iler shared a legislative update with the crowd.

  • County and college team to offer flight medic prep course

     CAROLINA SHORES — The helicopter landing on one of Brunswick Community College’s satellite campuses Tuesday, March 10, wasn’t by accident.

    Brunswick Community College and county officials welcomed the helicopter — and more than 50 students — from four different states for a flight paramedic preparation course.

  • Leaders discuss ideas, plan to apply for $10K grant

     BOLIVIA — Last June, health professionals and other community leaders convened at the Brunswick County Health Department to discuss Project Lazarus for the first time.

    On Thursday, March 5,  eight months after that initial meeting, a team of Project Lazarus coalition members gathered there again to begin the preliminary stages of applying for a $10,000 grant that would be used to battle the prescription painkiller epidemic in the region.

  • Five fires in nine days kill five people, destroy four homes

     Five Brunswick County house fires in a nine-day span have killed five people and destroyed four homes.

    One of two people burned in a Winnabow house fire Tuesday, March 3, died later that day, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Michael “Mike” Powell, 51, succumbed to his injuries about 6:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, Garner said in a news release issued Friday, March 6.

  • Lack of participation in national nutrition program creates $500K deficit

     BOLIVIA — A federal schools nutrition program designed to feed Brunswick County elementary and middle school students at no cost to the student has created a sizable deficit for the local school district. 

    While many students are eating for free through a Community Eligibility Provision, it’s costing the district $500,000, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said during a budget work session Tuesday, March 10.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 23, 24, 26 and 27 and March 3 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. 23

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill: