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Today's News

  • Readers call, write to express equal frustration about road changes

    I’ve gotten a lot of reader feedback regarding recent columns about the Smith Avenue extension project. Some people are taking it in stride, offering comical solutions for traffic hassles or jokes to pass along to NCDOT. Others are generally frustrated and can’t figure out how to get where they are going.

  • Now is the time to start learning about candidates

    November may seem like it’s a long time away, but before you know it, tourists will be packing up their bags and heading out of Brunswick County and back to their homes until the next tourist season rolls around.

  • Community briefs

    Leland awarded two grants

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Jill Fullwood adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on July 11:

    Robert W. Beck, 22, of 1500 Green Lewis Road SE, Bolivia; felony possession of cocaine, possession drug paraphernalia.

  • District Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 6, 7, 11 and 12 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, July 6

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Board of education adopts $109 million budget

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday

    approved a $109 million budget for Brunswick County Schools.

    Board members OK’d the budget adopted four votes to one vote, with board member Bud Thorsen voting against the budget.

    Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said the budget was in better shape than originally expected. State funding reductions were $2.1 million, far better than the $5.2 million reduction board members expected, Swencki said.

  • Slightly-above-average couponer shares some inside (and money-saving) tips

    In case you haven’t noticed, coupons—or as I like to refer to them, beautifully perforated money-saving gems—returned to the Beacon this week.

    That’s right, this week’s Beacon marks the return of the much-requested coupons back into your weekly newspaper. I doubt there’s anyone out there more excited than me.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m no professional couponer—yet. But I’d consider myself at least slightly above average.

  • Two arrested for cocaine trafficking that led to K-9’s death

    ASH—Two suspects were arrested for cocaine trafficking in an incident that led to the death of a sheriff’s office K-9.

    Deputy Jared Zeller, handler for K-9 Viper, who died from exposure to cocaine found in a cornfield, said Viper died after being exposed to chemicals in the drug.

    Called out to assist the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the cocaine found by Viper weighed 1,162 grams, which carried a street value of more than $100,000.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Burglary and vandalism on Loretta Street in Supply; suspect broke out victim’s window and entered victim’s home.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Calbert Circle in Supply; suspect stole money from victim’s van.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Stanbury Road in Supply; suspect entered victim’s car and stole an iPod, money and CDs.

  • Candidate filing closed for 17 of 19 Brunswick municipalities

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for November’s municipal elections has closed for 17 of Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities.

    Filing began at noon Friday, July 1, and ended noon Friday, July 15, for most municipal races.

    The towns of Southport and Navassa, which file by district, have a separate filing period from noon Monday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.