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Today's News

  • Adam Fulford, Grainger win track championships

    BOBI SUMMERS
    SPECIAL TO THE BEACON
    Bell and Bell Automotive presented Champions Night Saturday at the historic Myrtle Beach Speedway. W.C. Bell and family have supported local racers and the speedway for more than three decades. He was honored by 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Champion Justin Milliken in a pre-race ceremony for his contributions to the sport.
    The track had a moment of silence and divisional champions did ride around the 0.538-mile facility with a huge American flag in observance of the 9/11 attacks.

  • Commission did an injustice to citizens by neglecting recommendations for local board positions

    Maybe Brunswick County Social Services board chairman Charles Warren and members of the North Carolina Social Services Commission are getting their cues from the same place.
    And apparently it’s a place where no one feels input from the county’s governing elected body—Brunswick County Board of Commissioners—matters much.
    Last Tuesday county commissioners voted in majority to send recommendations for Dean Walters and Sue Carroll to the commission for two vacant positions on the local DSS board.

  • 'Just another day on the farm'

     GRISSETTOWN—It’s 3 a.m. and the temperature in the tobacco barns has already been checked. Wake up phone calls are being made to rouse the crew.

    By 4 a.m. tobacco fields around the southern portion of Brunswick County are alive with activity. By the time most residents of Brunswick County are finishing their first cup of coffee, the work day for the Grissett family is well under way, for several of their workers its already over.

    “It’s a different way of life,” said Wayne Grissett.

  • Returning traditions to school

     SHALLOTTE—The school day begins a little differently at West Brunswick High School this year and not because of staggered start times.

    This year for the first time in years, students stand together in classrooms across campus to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

    But that’s not all that is different for students at West. In the middle of the school’s courtyard standing 50-feet overhead, Old Glory proudly blows in the wind—a sight West students haven’t seen in years.

  • Town officials set park times

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Starting soon Ocean Isle Beach’s Ferry Landing Park and the playground area will only be open to the public during certain hours.

    At the town’s September board of commissioners meeting, staff recommended the establishment of daily operation hours at the two locations.

    The idea is to prevent overnight parking, camping and littering at the sites, town administrator Daisy Ivey said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

     The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Vandalism on Causeway Drive; an unknown subject placed an object in the lock mechanism of a Honda CR-V.

    •Joseph Roger Todd, 28, of 7022 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on outstanding warrants on Four Mile Road. Subject was wanted by the state for four warrants.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, breaking and entering and larceny in the Walmart parking lot by removing the victim’s vehicle, assaulting them and taking property. Victims reported being attacked by five males at gunpoint.

  • Holden Beach board talks island rats

    HOLDEN BEACH—The rats on the island are cotton rats that don’t attack humans and do feed during the daytime, not at night.

    However, according to comments from audience members at the Holden Beach Commissioners meeting Tuesday night, there has been a proliferation of rat sightings and of the rats themselves.

    “On Labor Day weekend, we had a field day with mice and rats,” said Holden Beach resident and Realtor Anne Arnold. “The kids in the community were counting the rats running across the street.”

  • Former sheriff accused of raising a fist

    Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, Shallotte police responded to Jones Ford on U.S. 17 to investigate an incident involving former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    Robert Kenneth Miller, 20, of Sunset Beach, told police Hewett, 49, threatened him and showed a closed fist to him.

    Miller stated he went to Jones Ford, where Hewett is a salesman, to test drive a vehicle. Miller drove the vehicle to American General.

  • Raise approved for Carolina Shores town administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Mike Hargett is working for a higher salary after a raise was approved last week.

    At its Sept. 8 meeting, the town board of commissioners approved on a consent agenda a 3 percent boost in pay for Hargett upon his six-month review. Hargett officially started working for the town Feb. 14 at an annual starting salary of $69,500.