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Today's News

  • Election 2012: Four local attorneys vie for district judge seat

    BOLIVIA—Four local attorneys are vying for a seat on the district court bench.

    Longtime District Judge Napolean Barefoot is not seeking another term, and he has four attorneys who want to succeed him.

    Assistant District Attorney Catherine Radford and local attorneys Pauline Hankins, Richard Cox and Sheila McLamb are all running for Barefoot’s seat in the 13th District, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

    Judicial races in North Carolina are nonpartisan.

    Richard Cox

  • Brunswick County dips in census ranking

    Brunswick County has long enjoyed a spot on the U.S. Census Bureau’s fastest-growing counties list.

    The county was the 14th fastest growing in the country in 2007. Since then, Brunswick County has ranked 17th, 28th and 37th.

    The Census Bureau released its most recent list last week.

    Between April 2010 and July 2011, Brunswick County was the 93rd fastest growing county in the country.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From April 4-9, special operations set up checkpoints on N.C. 87, N.C. 133, N.C. 211 and Oxpen Road.

    Deputies issued 100 total charges and citations, including four driving while impaired (DWI) charges and 51 speed violations.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •William Tyler Miller, 24, of 58 North Side Drive, Shallotte, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Miller was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $5,000 secured bond.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office crime report

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the following incidents from April 4-9, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident logs:

    •Littering on Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole farm and garden vehicles from victim.

    •Vandalism on River Road in Leland; suspect damaged a Redbox.

    •Vandalism on Mount Misery Road in Leland.

  • It’s POTUS v. SCOTUS on Marbury v. Madison and judicial review

    Oh-Bama, what a thing to say!

    Turns out our president—you know the Harvard Law-educated, self-proclaimed constitutional scholar—has some, er, misgivings about the Supreme Court and its role in shaping law.

    I guess Barack Obama missed the day Harvard law professors went over Marbury v. Madison, which was mostly likely the first year, if not the first week of law school.

  • Beacon and ATMC-TV team up to produce candidates’ forum

    Want to know what local county commissioners’ candidates think about important community issues?

    The Brunswick Beacon and ATMC-TV have produced a candidates’ forum for contested county commissioner candidates where they share ideas about Brunswick County’s future.

    The forum will air from 9-10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Election Day, Tuesday, May 8. Early voting for the May 8 primary begins Thursday, April 19.

    The forum will also be available for ATMC-TV subscribers anytime on ATMC-TV’s On Demand feature.

  • Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational begins

     West Brunswick’s varsity and junior varsity baseball and softball teams played first-round games Monday in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational. Summaries are below. The tourney ends on April 11, with the softball title game at 7 p.m. and the baseball title game at 7 p.m.

     

    Softball

    Richmond 1

    West varsity 0

    Hunter Parks’ leadoff home run in the fifth inning was the only as Richmond beat West Brunswick 1-0 in a first-round game April 9.

  • McCumbee to qualify truck for Reutimann at Rockingham

     Coming off of a top-20 finish at Martinsville two weeks ago, the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ.com/QMI team and driver David Reutimann are ready to tackle the high banks of the Rockingham Speedway for the inaugural Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine at the venerable one-mile track.

  • Leland man arrested for raping woman at assisted living facility

    A 68-year-old Leland man has been arrested for raping a woman at an assisted living facility.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said detectives arrested Merlin Alford, 68, of 1935 Lincoln Road, Leland, on Sunday, April 8.

    Alford has been charged with second-degree rape.

    He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.