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Today's News

  • Animated signs still a hot topic in Calabash; former commissioner appointment rejected

    CALABASH—After much debate, town commissioners have agreed to have a joint workshop with the town planning and zoning board to discuss what has become a hot-button issue in town—animated signs.
    A majority of board members also rejected the appointment of former town commissioner Emily DiStasio to a vacancy on the planning and zoning board.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Holden Beach bridge closed for three hours Tuesday

    HOLDEN BEACH—A 10-minute shower proved to be dangerous Tuesday morning, when rain froze almost instantly on the bridge leading to Holden Beach.

    “When I came across the bridge this morning at 10 minutes to 7 [a.m.], the bridge was fine. From then, until about quarter after nine, the bridge remained fine,” Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne told town commissioners at their Tuesday night meeting.

  • You never know what you may find in a kitchen drawer

    I’ve never been one to be too swift on my feet.

    Growing up, if I wasn’t falling down, I was running into doors and other large household objects—like furniture.

    The result was a lot of cuts, bruises and scrapes. Couple that with the fact that every living, breathing, biting insect typically gnawed into my arms and legs, and you can see the picture—I frequently looked like I had been rolling around in barbed wire.

  • Confidence in Rabon speaks highly of freshman legislator

    There was some concern that with the departure of state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. and state Sen. Julia Boseman from the General Assembly in Raleigh, coastal North Carolina could get less attention in the state this year.

    But if Bill Rabon’s public reception and freshman leadership role are any indication of how his first term in office is going to evolve, then it looks as though we may be just fine.

    Rabon is replacing a longtime senator, and the seat is switching from Democrat to Republican. He will have a tough job ahead of him.

  • District Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 29, 30 and Jan. 4 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Dec. 29

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Kristen Kelley and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Danny Ray Alley Jr., fishing without a license, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Second annual Souper Bowl kicks off Saturday to aid hungry

    The South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club second annual Souper Bowl, an Empty Bowls event to benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council food pantry, will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive behind Rourk Public Library on Main Street.
    Area potters have made hand-crafted bowls in preparation for this year’s event, co-sponsored by the North Carolina General Federation of Women’s Clubs, which donated a $250 grant to cover the cost of supplies. The Brunswick Beacon is a media sponsor.

  • Burglary in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A break-in was reported Jan. 9 at a villa on Kings Trail.

    Someone entered through a back door. Jewelry and $300 cash were among items reported stolen.

  • Pot haul an all-time high in Sunset Beach

    It’s been deemed the largest cannabis bust in Sunset Beach history.

    On Christmas Eve, during a routine traffic stop of a Lincoln Continental speeding through town, Sunset Beach police got a whiff of something funny and followed up with a consent to search the vehicle.

  • Commissioners to consider discontinuing water and sewer hardship program

    A recent University of North Carolina School of Government ruling has prompted Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy to recommend commissioners nix a water and sewer hardship program.

    Hardy said she recently received a legal opinion from the School of Government stating the county’s hardship financing program for low-income water and sewer customers was not in compliance with state statute.