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Today's News

  • Let everything that has breath praise God

    I am always amazed at the work, time and effort given to the World Day of Prayer by women from each host country. This worldwide ecumenical movement of women from many faith traditions annually presents a unique worship service with a specific theme. The result is a celebration of unity amid diversity, both within the writer group and all who offer the service locally.

  • Sunset Beach golf course rezoning deferred, amendments pursued instead

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is no longer pursuing a controversial “open space” zone for golf courses and instead is considering proposed ordinance amendments.

    Jeff Curtis, chief building inspector for the town, said the alternative is being considered after Sunset Beach Town Council voted to defer indefinitely consideration of the proposed open-space or OS-1 district at its Jan. 11 meeting.

  • Hahns celebrate 66 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Edwin P. Hahn of Sunset Beach will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary March 4. The couple was married at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Ala., in 1944. They now have four children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Neeley-Cayton

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christina K. Neeley, M.D., of Leland, and Carl Delray Cayton Jr., of Leland. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jim and Frances Sullivan of Duncan, S.C. The prospective groom is the son of Carl and Annette Cayton of Aurora. A March 25 wedding is planned in Charleston, S.C.

  • 90th birthday

    Etta M. Little, wife of the late James (Jim) Little, celebrates her 90th birthday on Feb. 13 at New Life Baptist Church Fellowship

    Hall. She has three children: James Maurice Little (deceased), Christine L. Vereen and Thelma Faye Little; three grandchildren: Cheryl V. Luke, James Brian Little and Whitney Maurice Little; and three great-grandchildren: Alexander V. Luke, Jenna Madison Little and James Brian Little II.

  • Bike-path appropriation approved in Sunset Beach

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved a resolution authorizing an appropriation for bike and walk paths.

    The vote came at council’s monthly meeting Monday night as a result of council’s Feb. 16 planning retreat, where members “indicated a willingness to pay for the engineering design and surveying of the approved” bike plan, according to a summary prepared by town administrator Gary Parker.

  • Mayoral responsibilities debated in Carolina Shores

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CAROLINA SHORES—A town commissioner says the board needs to decide what Mayor Stephen Selby’s responsibilities are.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls, speaking at a pre-agenda workshop Monday, said he does not think personnel should be “any part” of Selby’s responsibilities.

  • Sheriff’s office, highway patrol have policies forbidding association with felons

    In their professional capacities, law enforcement officers deal with convicted felons on a regular basis. In their personal lives, many law enforcement agencies prohibit officers from associating with convicted felons.

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, a convicted felon, has thrown his full support behind Tim Daniels, a sergeant with the N.C. State Highway Patrol and sheriff’s candidate.

    “Yes, we support Tim Daniels,” Hewett wrote in a Feb. 25 e-mail to the Beacon.

  • Convicted sheriff campaigns for sheriff and DA candidates

    For a man who cannot cast his ballot in the upcoming election, former sheriff Ronald Hewett has been politically active.

    Hewett, who served as Brunswick County’s sheriff for 14 years before he resigned in April 2008, pleaded guilty to federal obstruction of justice in June 2008.

    When Hewett was convicted, he lost his right to vote, Gary Bartlett, director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, said.

    But that hasn’t stopped Hewett from actively campaigning on behalf of candidates he supports for office.

  • Recipes needed for Beacon’s upcoming cookbook project

    She was a petite lady with silver hair sitting in one of the chairs by the counter. I was standing looking at all the lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows scattered on top of the glass counter. I had decided to spend my lunch hour at the Belk cosmetics counter and was deliberating between the blue and gray eyeliners.

    She was waiting for me to wrap up my purchase so she could be helped.

    “I’m sorry I’m taking so long,” I told her. “I just don’t have any idea what I want.”