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Today's News

  • Teen, juvenile set group home on fire; no injuries reported

    LELAND—A teenager and a juvenile have been charged in connection with an early-morning fire at a group home. No injuries were reported.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tina Edwards, 16-year-old Tonyal Locklear Jr., of Red Springs, and a male juvenile set fire to the dayroom at the Strategic Behavioral Center in Leland.

    Locklear and the juvenile suspect were residents at the behavioral center. Locklear was charged with first-degree arson, and a juvenile petition was taken out on the male.

  • Middle school students learn about health-related careers

    They followed their patients from the moment they arrived at the hospital—from triage to CAT scans to the pharmacy where they were dispensed M&Ms.

    Twenty students from the county’s four middle schools—Leland, South Brunswick, Shallotte and Waccamaw—participated in the two-day MASH camp at Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • Chamber presents awards at annual meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce honored its members for their work over the past year at last week’s annual meeting.

    In addition to the annual awards, chamber staff did something a little different this year. Chamber President/CEO Cathy Altman gave a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the member companies’ accomplishments over the past year, which drew positive response from the audience.

    “I’ve gotten such good feedback,” Altman said last week. “The members are saying we should do that every year.”

  • CLARIFICATION

    A story in last week’s Beacon about a bond reduction in Carolina Shores should have said Amie Drucker was acting as civil engineer for Portrait Homes. 

  • 21st Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival set for Saturday in North Myrtle Beach

    Meet on Main Street this Saturday, March 14, for the 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Calabash Elks Lodge is among participants from Brunswick County who will be marching in the 9 a.m. “parade of green.” This includes the Elks’ renowned kazoo band members who have been rehearsing and will be in green and in tune as they step along in the festive procession.

  • BLT knocks it out of the park with 'The Odd Couple'

    A sea of red hats greeted my husband and me when we walked into the Odell Williamson Auditorium last Sunday afternoon to watch Brunswick Little Theatre’s production of “The Odd Couple” (female version) featuring some terrific local talent.

    It was apparently a popular outing for the local Red Hat Society chapters, which was fine with me.

  • Cotton candy

    Cotton is a Chihuahua mix who was brought in with her two brothers. The males have been adopted, but Cotton still needs a home. Cotton is housebroken, cuddly, and loves being carried around all day. She is in a foster home and needs a quiet home of her own. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily. Paws Place also offers animal-care education and volunteer work programs at its 5-acre humanitarian facility 5 miles east of N.C.

  • Black history highlighted with ‘Voices of Freedom’

    SHALLOTTE—The West Brunswick High School Theatre Department and Drama Club showcased “Voices of Freedom,” a Black History Month celebration, last weekend.

    Bill Negron, the show’s director, said directing the play was a “dream come true,” as it was the first Black History show of its kind to be produced at West Brunswick. Sponsored by a grant from the Brunswick Arts Council Multicultural division, Bill Negron created the play’s script by incorporating famous people, places and speeches in history.

  • Schools lose more money as lottery funds reduced

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education was asked to send back about $470,000 to the state in a reversion earlier this year. While the state has not asked for another reversion, schools will be taking another hit to their budgets, as state lottery funds will be reduced.

    Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, said Gov. Bev Perdue reduced the district’s lottery funds to $340,000—25 percent of what was originally allotted.

  • Volunteer fire departments: Are they taken for granted?

    In the 1972 film “The Godfather,” a desperate man seeking revenge asks the godfather to murder for money.

    Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, replies in his raspy voice, “We’ve known each other for many years, but this is the first time you came to me for counsel, for help. I can’t remember the last time that you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let’s be frank here: You never wanted my friendship. And uh, you were afraid to be in my debt.”