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Today's News

  • What’s going on at Calabash Town Hall?

    For the eighth time in seven years Calabash is looking for a new town administrator.

    What is going on at Calabash Town Hall? And more importantly, how is the town board of commissioners affecting how its town administrators do business?

    Last year, after a lot of community push, town administrator Jeremy Cribb resigned after the board blundered and hired him even though he had lied on his resume. That resulted in changes in the town’s interview and hiring policies and procedures. 

  • More than 100 turtles emerge from last loggerhead turtle nest at Holden Beach

    Wave after wave of baby loggerheads—104 in all—made a mad dash to the ocean Friday night.

    It was the last nest of the 2010 sea-turtle season on Holden Beach.

    “This is so awesome,” said Jenny Kreider, who came with Mandy Overmeire from Meadville, Pa. “We’ll have to write it in our guest book. This is the last night of our vacation, so it’s the perfect ending.”

  • A Triple Crown kind of year for turtles at Holden Beach

    Holden Beach Turtle Patrol volunteers must feel like they just won the Triple Crown.

    Leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles all hatched on the island and made it safely to sea.

    The final tally showed 3,118 baby turtles hatched and were released to the ocean—out of 3,502 eggs laid this year, according to turtle patrol record keeper Ken Clagett.

    The 59 baby leatherbacks emerged on Aug. 5 from the first-known leatherback nest on Holden Beach. More than 200 people watched.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 8, 9, 10, 13 and 14 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, Sept. 8

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Phillip John Autwell, second-degree trespass, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Starting next week, Beacon online content will be subscription based

    You may have seen the story on the front of last week’s Brunswick Beacon.

    On Wednesday next week, the Beacon’s website, www.brunswickbeacon.com, will return to a subscription-based news and information source.

    So what does that mean to you, our loyal readers?

  • DSS board calls emergency meeting to name interim director

    Forty-six days after suspending Social Services Director Jamie Orrock, the Brunswick County Board of Social Services called an emergency meeting to hire an interim director Tuesday.

    After a closed session to discuss “personnel” at the emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon, board members unanimously appointed Neil Walters of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to serve as interim director.

    Board attorney Gary Shipman said he did not know how much the county would pay Walters while he served as interim director, but said it was in the $7,000-per month range.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

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

    •Larceny from person at Walmart; suspect grabbed victim’s purse while she was loading shopping cart and ran off. Witnesses chased suspect who dropped purse behind Bed Land and got in a vehicle headed toward N.C. 130.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle at Naber Dodge; a black Dodge Caravan that was thought to be loaned to a customer was found missing and has not shown back up.

  • Town looks at drainage issue while repairs begin on Scotland Street house

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Repairs for damage to a Scotland Street house property owners believe stems from dredging and flooding following a recent storm will cost more than $10,000.

    While town officials cannot offer much help for the private property repairs, they are taking a closer look into the flooding issue.

    Jim and Kim Brown of 30 Scotland Street said they have repaired four sinkholes against their backyard sea wall since the town dredged the concrete canal about a year and a half ago.

  • Larceny investigation turns into large drug bust at Ocean Isle Beach

    A routine larceny investigation turned into one of the larger drug busts for the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department this past weekend.

    Detective Ken Bellamy said the department received a report of larceny of jewelry and money at about 2 a.m. Saturday from Alexandria Caesar, 30, of Asheville. Caesar gave officers a description of the suspect, who was found at the Ocean Isle Inn.

  • Brunswick 365 Photo Contest calls for community submissions

    Just about everyone has a camera these days, and more than likely, you’ve taken at least one picture this year.

    Did you document the rare snowfall earlier this winter? Maybe you took a photo of your favorite flower in bloom during spring. Know of the perfect beach spot to catch a sunset? Do trees change colors as crisp, fall weather approaches?

    Show us what our county looks like by entering Brunswick 365, The Brunswick Beacon’s annual photo contest.