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    Each week, The Brunswick Beacon produces a top-quality newspaper our readers have come to expect from us.

    From updates on the latest news and events, to profiles on people, places and sports, we’re doing our best to cover Brunswick County from as many local angles as we can.

    Our print product, which is in boxes and newsstands each Wednesday morning will continue to be our main focus. We want to continue to grow the size and content of the Beacon so each week you feel like you’re getting the most comprehensive news source created for Brunswick County.

  • Hell House is ministry tool and fundraiser for church

    The walls are dark—pitch black. You can hardly see the person in front of you. You hear a voice in the dark. It’s the devil.

    Finally there is light, and you see a girl holding a gun. Then it becomes black again.

    This could be the scene from a movie, but it is just one of the scenarios at Shallotte Church of God’s Hell House.

    The Hell House consisted of a maze and six areas depicting real-life scenarios. The rooms included a car wreck, a séance room, a suicide room, an abortion room, hell and heaven.

  • Four incumbent commissioners re-elected at Holden Beach; Young wins by two votes

    Holden Beach Board of Commissioners challenger Sheila Young apparently won a seat on the board by two votes, defeating fellow challenger Peggy Schiavone.

    Four commissioner incumbents won re-election to their seats and said Tuesday they were happy the voters thought they had done a good job the past two years.

    Young garnered 183 votes, while Schiavone received 191.

    Young, who lost by four votes two years ago, said Tuesday she was “just amazed” by the tight race and would not be surprised if a recount would be requested.

  • Carl Bazemore served Sunset Beach well

    Those who knew Carl Bazemore say he was a quiet man who got along well with others. He is noted for his public service, particularly to Sunset Beach where he served for 12 years on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    In addition to maintaining a council seat for three terms, Bazemore also served on the Brunswick Beaches Consortium and was a chair of the South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority’s stormwater management program.

  • Shallotte sign painter recalls the old-fashioned method

    With more than 30 years of experience painting colorful advertisements for golf courses, restaurants and all kinds of small businesses, Shallotte’s Buddy Norris will always call himself a sign painter.

    He hand paints signs and posters for friends and family members and for himself—just to keep his creative juices flowing—but the realities of the business have changed. These days, customers prefer letters designed on computers and cut out on vinyl.

  • Strong tides have a big impact on local fishing

    Warmer than normal temperatures so far this year have anglers hoping for a late fall, and it looks as if that is what might happen. October was a bit more streaky than usual, but there are a lot of fish being caught now.

    I hate to sound like a meteorologist, but higher than normal water temperatures with a succession of cold fronts followed by sunny days make for great fishing weather, especially if the fish are still biting. Also, strong tides influenced by the moon are having a big impact on local fishing.

  • Detectives searching for suspects in Shallotte armed robbery

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for four black males they say robbed four people at gunpoint at their Shallotte home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jayne Todd said four victims reported being robbed at gunpoint by four unknown black males at their Maple Hill Road home around 11 p.m. Saturday.

    Each suspect is believed to have been carrying a firearm, Todd said, adding the suspects stole cash.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 21, 22, 23, 26 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Oct. 21

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

    Terry William Brewer, speeding 64 in a 55 zone, $25 and costs, 30 days to pay; fictitious/canceled/revoked registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

    Joey Franklin Bridgers, threatening phone call, voluntarily dismissed, plaintiff to show cause.

  • Program can help those out of work with training, skills

    It’s been a difficult year for some Brunswick County residents. As the economy has suffered, many people have found themselves with reduced hours or out of work altogether.

    In Brunswick County, the unemployment rate was at 10.5 percent in September, relatively unchanged from August’s rate of 10.6 percent.

    Funding for a state program, however, is helping to breathe new life into job searches and skill creation.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Supply man arrested for marijuana farm in Green Swamp

    Drug agents have arrested a Supply man for his role in the recently discovered marijuana farm in the Green Swamp.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 28, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 54-year-old William James Burney, of 2187 Ridge Forest Drive SW, and charged him with two counts of trafficking marijuana, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and one count of manufacturing marijuana.