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Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Anita Hartsell

    Growing up, Anita Hartsell knew many of the men in her family served in the armed forces, and she looked up to them. She didn’t know any women in the military, and if she had, she says she probably would have considered joining the service.

    But fate had other plans—plans that have allowed Hartsell to serve her country in another way—helping former military men and women in Brunswick County receive federal and state benefits they deserve.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Annexation foes

    MIDWAY ROAD—You’ve probably seen their signs along N.C. 211: Handmade plywood emblems reading, “Stop Municipal Theft!”; “No St. James Annexation”; “On Day 8 God Made STJ: His Only Mistake.”

    Every day, a new sign with a similar sentiment seems to pop up along the corridor, and it appears some people in the area are not happy with the situation.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 9, 10, 11 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec. 9

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Jimmy Martin Anderson, communicating threats, harassing phone call, domestic criminal trespass, all voluntarily dismissed, state motion to continue denied.

    Wilson E. Baucom, assault on a female, voluntarily dismissed, state motion to continue denied.

  • Brunswick County drops to 37th among fastest-growing counties

    Brunswick County has dropped from 28th to 37th on the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest list of 100 fastest-growing counties in the United States.

    Census Bureau numbers released Dec. 23 show Brunswick County with an estimated population of 103,160, an increase of 30,017 residents or 41 percent from 2000 to 2008. The estimate base for April 1, 2000, showed a population of 73,143.

    Census Bureau tallies estimate the top 100 counties’ growth rates through July 1, 2008.

  • Trailblazers exemplify giving back to community

    Each of their stories started with an idea or an interest, and from there they started changing lives.

    This week, the Beacon launches “Trailblazers,” a feature that takes a closer look at some of the people who are changing lives in Brunswick County and beyond.

    Trailblazers replaces “Most Interesting People,” and while it kicks off this week with 10 profiles, it is scheduled to run all year long with a new Trailblazer featured once a month in Tidelines.

  • Health department polls county staffers about going smoke-free

    The Brunswick County Health Department is in the midst of tallying results of a survey of county employees to determine if county property should be smoke-free, in the wake of the new state law banning smoking in restaurants and bars.

    The state’s new no-smoking law goes into effect Jan. 2.

    Right now, smoking is not allowed inside county offices and not within 50 feet of the health department due to state law.

  • Calabash EMS undergoing 'positive' changes

    CALABASH—Calabash Emergency Medical Services has a new chief and other changes in the works.

    Former Calabash EMS secretary Melissa Artz is serving as acting chief of the department since former chief Jeff Oxnard recently took a personal leave of absence.

    “Basically she is filling out the rest of Jeff Oxnard’s term,” Troy Thorup, board secretary and spokesman for Calabash EMS, also known as Station 29, said this week.

    The position will be up for re-election in June.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED In their own words: Drug Treatment Court participants talk about their journeys to recovery

    Danny Grissett thought he was going to die.

    Imprisoned by his addiction, he saw no freedom from it, no way out. To him, life was no longer worth living.

    “What drugs and alcohol done for me, it just took me down a spiral—down, down, down—and I hit the bottom, and so it got to the point I was just totally unhappy,” Grissett said. “I got to that point where I thought life wasn’t even worth living. I just got to that point where I didn’t see any way out. I thought I was going to die.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Michael Leonard

    LONGWOOD—The previous night had been hectic.

    From 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., there were three calls that pulled volunteers with Grissettown Longwood Fire Department out of their beds and had them responding to emergencies in the cold, dark December hours.

    A medical call, a structure fire and standby backup assistance for a vehicle rollover with neighboring Waccamaw Fire Department kept them running until early morning.

    For Michael Leonard, it was all in a night’s work.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Janie Withers

    Can a former party planner find success with a nonprofit to aid Brunswick County’s homeless animals?

    When it comes to organizing fundraisers for Paws-Ability, Janie Withers has the details in the bag—in bookoodles of financial “gift bags,” no less, to aid dogs and cats.

    Less than three years ago, the energetic Ocean Isle Beach resident launched the nonprofit to aid existing animal shelters, animal rescue groups and pet needs in Brunswick County.