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Today's News

  • Hewett

    Danielle Landrie and David Hewett of Supply are the parents of a son, Kristopher David Hewett, born at 6:50 p.m. June 18 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Noah, 8.

    Maternal grandparents are NeNee Landrie and PaPa Landrie of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Theresa Rhodes of Supply and Mitchel Hewett of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are Fran and Pete Hobbs of Connecticut and Evalena and Kilmer Hewett of Supply.

  • Three cups of tea make communication possible

    I am not a tea drinker. I love coffee, the stronger the better. If I am seen drinking tea, it is directly related to my state of health.

    Only illness will drive me to sipping a beverage I consider only one step removed from hot water. For me, hospitality is a shared cup of coffee, perhaps enhanced by a cookie or slice of cake. But, even alone, the “java” suffices.

  • Ash man charged with June 30 murder in Little River, S.C.

    An Ash man has confessed to the June 30 shooting death of a Columbus County man in Little River, S.C.

    Thomas Edward Shipplett, 57, of 2046 Ash Little River Road, is charged with murder and is in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C. As of Monday, bond for Shipplett had not yet been set, said Sgt. Robert Kegler of the Horry County, S.C., Police Department.

    The victim was identified as Dale McDuffie Hammond, 56, of Cerro Gordo.

  • Area events scheduled for 4th of July fun

    Saturday, July 4, will be celebrated with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. The route will travel down Moore and Howe streets. Food and concessions will be served along Howe Street from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The evening and Fourth of July celebration will conclude with fireworks at the waterfront at 9 p.m.

    For a complete listing of the Fourth of July Festival events, visit www.nc4thofjuly.com.

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH

  • Maybe reality stars are smarter than we think

    Those of us who grew up watching singers, dancers and comedians who gave their all to entertain us on stage, television and in movies tend to complain about the lack of bona fide stars in today’s culture.

    Most of us, even though we all have a guilty pleasure or two, complain about the unfortunate rise of “reality” show celebrities who don’t seem to have much talent other than fighting with one another. It’s like watching high school with 25-year-olds or 40-year-olds, depending on which channel you prefer.

  • N.C. Fourth of July Festival Parade

    N.C. Fourth of July Festival Parade in Southport was a hit with parade-goers of all ages. The annual event is a favorite among locals and visitors.

  • Candidate filings for municipal elections open today

    The candidate-filing period for the 2009 municipal elections begins Monday.

    Filing for the Nov. 3, 2009, municipal election opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, and runs until noon Friday, July 17, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia. The 2009 elections are for municipalities, sanitary districts and Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees.

    The following seats are up for election:

    •Bald Head Island: Mayor and one councilman seat

    •Belville: Mayor and two commissioners’ seats

  • UPDATE: Health department officials begin reading TB skin-test results

    BOLIVIA—County health department officials have read about 250 of the nearly 400 tuberculosis skin tests administered after a Brunswick County Detention Center inmate tested positive for TB.

    Twenty-eight positive skin tests have been identified as of Thursday afternoon.

    “We have had some positives, but the reading is just getting underway,” Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon.

  • Confirmed case of tuberculosis linked to jail

    A former Brunswick County inmate had a positive skin test for tuberculosis, while a second inmate who tested positive for the disease was transferred to a different detention facility.

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey on Wednesday said two possible cases of TB have been linked to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    “There was a case who came to us Friday,” Yousey said. “We traced his exposure back to the jail.”

  • Experts raise environmental concerns over planned terminal

    SOUTHPORT—A new international terminal proposed for 600 acres near Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes could potentially pollute the Cape Fear River with petrochemicals, construction waste material, cleaning compounds, stormwater runoff and invasive species, environmental experts told citizens gathered at the Southport Community Building last week.

    In addition, dredging a deepwater channel between the ocean and the Cape Fear River could destroy nursery areas for a number of marine animals.