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Today's News

  • Coastal Kids, Beacon sponsoring 'Stuff the Bus' campaign

    Coastal Kids and The Brunswick Beacon are sponsoring a 'Stuff The Bus' campaign to collect school supplies for elementary schools throughout Brunswick County.

    Supplies or donations can be dropped off from now until Friday, Aug. 21, at the Brunswick Beacon office, located at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte.

    Some of the most needed items in classrooms this year are: glue sticks, looseleaf paper, backpacks, markers, crayons, scissors, dry erase markers, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer, pencils, erasers, folders, highlighters and colored pencils.

  • Patients First bus arrives in Shallotte; protesters urged to lobby against bill

    Shallotte’s Rourk Gardens was the site of a “Hands off My Healthcare” protest last week, when Americans for Prosperity and the John Locke Foundation stopped by in a “Patients First” bus. Hundreds of people concerned about healthcare reform gathered to listen and speak out.

    A Brunswick County grassroots group, “We the People,” formed four-and-a-half months ago to learn more about healthcare reform and to campaign against the bill now in Congress.

  • New coach, new league, same goal for South's Cougars

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—They say football is won in the summer in the weight room, and if that is the case, the South Brunswick High School football team, with 65 or so players who showed up this summer, should have a great year.

    These dedicated Cougars also have a lot of respect for their new head coach, Roman Kelley.

    “It is a wonderful opportunity to come in and follow a guy like coach Gordon Walters, who has established a well-respected program and work ethic, which all of the players are following,” Kelley said.

  • North's young players have short time to adapt to varsity football

    LELAND—The backfield is set, but who will block for it is one of the questions North Brunswick High School football coach Garry Bishop was trying to determine during the first week of practice.

    North graduated 18 players from its 2008 playoff team, but A.J. Perkins returns at quarterback.

    “He did an excellent job last year as a junior,” Bishop said. “We asked him not to make a whole lot of mistakes early in the year, and he got a little bit more involved as the year went on.

  • Ocean Isle Beach to have public hearing on electric gaming operations

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—With the rapid increase of Internet Sweepstakes locations throughout the county, Ocean Isle Beach has drafted an ordinance with specific guidelines for electronic gaming operations.

    The ordinance, which will be presented to the public at a public hearing later this month, permits electric gaming operations, provided they comply with set conditions in Sec. 66-53. C-3.

  • Ocean Isle denies skydiving request

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A request for the board of commissioners to change an ordinance that prohibits skydiving from the Odell Williamson Municipal Airport has been denied.

    “It’s a safety matter,” commissioner D.B. Grantham said.

    Bill Leppert, a commercial pilot and flight instructor at Ocean Isle Beach Aviation, approached the board of commissioners in March with a skydiving presentation, hoping to bring the air sport to Ocean Isle Beach.

  • House passes bill to allow terminal groin study

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Although the bill to make terminal groins legal in North Carolina is stalled in an N.C. House committee, a new bill passed Monday that will allow further research on the structure.

    House Bill 709 is intended to “address erosion control issues,” and gives permission to the Coastal Resources Commission to conduct a feasibility and advisability study of a terminal groin as an “erosion control device.”

  • Eighty-three sea turtle babies stolen from Ocean Isle nest

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol believes 83 baby sea turtles were stolen from their nest early last week.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Turtle Patrol, said a nest at West First Street was disturbed just after 7 a.m. last Thursday. The nest had been closely monitored for days, as the turtles had hatched underneath the nest’s surface.

  • Nonprofit animal facility has a tough, expensive task of caring for unwanted pets

    Nancy Janovetz is one tough cookie, and as president of Paw’s Place Animal Rescue, she has to be.

    At the no-kill, nonprofit rescue facility for unwanted and abandoned dogs, Janovetz has seen just about everything.

    She knows how heartbreaking it can be to take in animals owners no longer want. She knows how challenging it is to care for litters of puppies that are born because human owners failed to have pets spayed or neutered. She knows the responsibility of giving an animal proper medical care when previous owners have failed to, or can’t, do so.

  • Vacant Holden Beach commissioner seat won't likely be filled

    Holden Beach mayor pro tem Sandy Miller and commissioner Don Glander said they don’t think town officials will replace commissioner Gary Staley because elections are in November, less than three months away.

    Miller and Glander said that in an interview before Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting at town hall. Staley resigned in July, saying he no longer lives on Holden Beach. Island residence is a requirement for the position.

    It appears the town will finish this term with four commissioners instead of five.

    House Bill 1305