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Today's News

  • Lookout for flatties; flounder season is here

    Flounder season is upon us, and reports are starting to come in about the flatfish being caught in all the usual spots. At the same time, speckled trout and redfish are staging their usually early-summer early-morning runs.

    One of the most common methods to target these fish is with live minnows. Different anglers, however, prefer to use different minnows, while some folks just use whatever is available. There are benefits to each of the different types of baitfish commonly utilized by flounder and trout anglers.

  • Golf action

    Chris Serraro aced the 155-yard fourth hole at the Brunswick Plantation Azalea Course May 27. He used a 5-iron. It was his second hole-in-one. His playing partners were Walt Doney, Bob Castriota and Mike Lach.

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  • Department heads, elected officials responsible for knowing the law

    In April, The Brunswick Beacon requested access to e-mails generated to and from county government administration department heads.

    The county promptly responded to the request, providing the newspaper access per N.C. Public Records Law. Often we have good responses to public records requests from the county.

    However, following our most recent request, at a May 20 county government department heads’ meeting, extended discussion took place about the state’s public records law and the federal Freedom of Information Act.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 20, 21, 22 and 26 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, May 20

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerks and Lisa Quick and Michelle Warth:

    Michelle Nicole Ahearn, speeding 67 in a 55 zone, prayer for judgment continued.

    Andrea Elizabeth Allen, unsafe movement, voluntarily dismissed.

    Neil Allicock, improper equipment, costs; possession open container/consume alcohol passenger area, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Three arrested in China Panda drug bust

    CALABASH—Drug agents say the owners of the China Panda knew nothing about the drug activity allegedly taking place at their restaurant.

    But last week, drug agents arrested three suspects, including one suspect who worked at the Calabash eatery, for selling marijuana at the restaurant.

    On Saturday, May 23, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Agents ended a three-month investigation when they made three arrests and seized more than five pounds of marijuana and a loaded handgun.

  • Public hearing tonight on proposed county budget

    Brunswick County Commissioners will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday on the proposed county budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

    The public hearing will be in the county commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building in Bolivia.

  • Meals on Wheels

    SUPPLY—“Good morning, Mr. Charlie,” Buddy Kelly says as he walks into a small trailer to hand an elderly man his lunch.

    The gentleman greets his visitor, asking him how he’s doing and welcoming him to his home.

    “I’m doing pretty good,” Kelly tells the man, reminding him no one will be dropping by the next day, so the Meals on Wheels workers packed an extra meal for him.

  • Weekend-long celebration planned for town’s 50th birthday

    The town of Ocean Isle Beach is turning 50 years old, and a weekend full of events are planned to celebrate the big day.

    The festivities begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, with a commemorative celebration at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall. There will be a presentation of the town’s history, as well as a walk down memory lane, Sue Sturh, town clerk, said.

    Stations will be set up with photographs, and artifacts from the town’s 50-year history, including natural disasters and obstacles faced, nature and beautification projects, will be among the stations.

  • Shallotte native chosen as this year’s Oyster Festival artist

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The official artwork for this year’s North Carolina Oyster Festival was created by one of Brunswick County’s own.

    Keith White, a Shallotte native, was selected as the official artist for this year’s Oyster Festival. Rather than classic paintings and scenic overviews of Ocean Isle Beach and the festival, White’s winning submission is more of a cartoon, with oysters taking the place of human festival-goers and humans in the buckets ready to be shucked by hungry oysters.

  • L Bookworm celebrates anniversary as Holden Beach landmark

    HOLDEN BEACH—It’s been a local institution since it first opened its doors in a small building on the Holden Beach Causeway some 21 years ago.

    Now, two moves later, L Bookworm is still going strong, supplying beach visitors and longtime customers with the latest bestsellers, lesser-known paperbacks, children’s books, locally published works and the chance to browse the stacks in air conditioned comfort.