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Today's News

  • Senator speaks out about claims

    “I hear you want to talk to me.”

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., back in his Tabor City office full time now that the Senate has adjourned for the year, on Monday said he was willing to answer questions raised in recent weeks about his relationship with several young clients, a fire that gutted the home of one, and allegations he has made large cash payments to those young men.

    “I’ll answer any question you want to ask me,” Soles said. “I may not like the questions, but I’ll answer them.”

  • Dog adoptions to resume at animal shelter Monday

     

    BOLIVIA—Dog adoptions will resume at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter after illness forced a month-long suspension.

    The shelter suspended dog adoptions July 15 after two dogs were diagnosed with distemper, a highly contagious respiratory illness.

    A decision to resume adoptions was made following consultations with the shelter veterinarian and experts at North Carolina State University, according to a press release issued Friday morning by the Brunswick County Health Department. 

  • Reward offered for information about turtle snatcher

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) who took 83 sea turtle babies from their Ocean Isle Beach nest.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Turtle Patrol, said a nest at West First Street was disturbed just after 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. The nest had been closely monitored for days, as the turtles had hatched underneath the nest’s surface.

  • Calabash board delays decision to release closed-meeting minutes

    CALABASH—After debate, town commissioners voted Tuesday to seek advice from the town attorney about releasing closed-session minutes requested by The Brunswick Beacon.

    Two weeks ago, the Beacon submitted a public records request to the town for its closed-session meeting minutes from March 10 and April 14.

    The request had to do with the hiring process of former Calabash town administrator Jeremy Cribb, who bought a house in March before he was officially hired by the town on April 14.

  • Sunset Beach food donations down, organizer says

    SHALLOTTE—If vacationers’ charitable food donations are an indicator, the economy isn’t doing as well this summer as it was last year.

    Donations of unused food from departing vacationers are almost half what they were last year, according to Carol Scott of Sunset Beach, organizer of the charitable effort launched last summer.

  • 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.