.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Now is prime time to paint that quaint bridge

    With a $32 million high-rise bridge rising taller in the west, in less than two years the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge will finally get to do something it’s been trying to do for decades—retire and die with dignity.

    We’ll no longer take for granted the photographs and renderings of the half-century-old span lining local walls—scenic in art-show paintings, snow-covered in a fluke weather-year picture at Sunset Beach Town Hall, hot with beach traffic in summer and quiet at Christmastime.

  • Upset about bobcat

    To the editor: I was so dismayed to see the picture of the beautiful bobcat killed by Mr. Faircloth. I don’t see the point of killing that animal. They are rare in these parts.

    I hope you are proud of yourself, Mr. Faircloth, because I certainly am not. I would love to see such a beautiful animal out in the wild, and I would have shot it too, with a camera.

     

  • A tribute to Mildred Mercer

    To the editor: On Dec. 27, I attended a celebration of life for my dear friend Mildred Mercer, a cornerstone of the history of Bolivia. I thought about how she had influenced my life since I was a child and the lives of so many who knew her.

    If you needed to know anything about Brunswick County history, you could go to Mildred or Ernestine Mercer in the heart of Bolivia.

    They were always the caretakers of so many wonderful stories about the people, the history of Bolivia and the surrounding area.

  • Power corrupts politicians

    To the editor: To the Washington bureaucrats: 1) If you really want to jump-start the economy, give that remaining money back to the taxpayers, the ones who put it there to begin with. If you politicians really want to give money to jump-start the economy, do this math equation: $350 billion divided by 250 million taxpaying Americans and you get $1,400 per taxpayer, more if there are fewer taxpayers.

  • Socialized society?

    To the editor: I would like to thank Mr. Norvell B. DeAtkine for writing and The Brunswick Beacon editor for publishing the amazingly factual and informative letter in the Jan. 1 edition of the Beacon regarding our society being socialized.

     

  • Why did increase get approved?

    To the editor: I have noticed that Mr. Stocker, who lives in Gastonia, has a lot of time to write about problems down at the coast. Evidently he does not have time to properly assess a situation before he writes his letters.

    Who should pay for the billions of dollars in damages tornadoes create that could happen, even in Gastonia? It seems we all pay for them, as this is the way insurance should work.

  • Family asks for support

    To the editor: June Simpson is fighting for her life. This devoted wife, mother and grandmother began experiencing severe asthma attacks 15 years ago. She was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary fibrosis in 2006. June’s health has steadily declined since her diagnosis. Doctors say her only hope for a second chance at life is a double-lung transplant.

  • Schools release redistricting drafts

    Brunswick County Schools has released preliminary draft copies of several redistricting options for Cedar Grove Middle School and Town Creek Elementary School, both scheduled to open summer 2009.

    Students currently enrolled at Bolivia Elementary, Shallotte Middle, South Brunswick Middle and Virginia Williamson Elementary fall within proposed district lines for Cedar Grove Middle School.

    Town Creek Elementary School's preliminary district lines include students from Belville Elementary, Bolivia Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.

  • Board receives funds despite economic hardships

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram presented The Brunswick County Board of Education with a check for $67,148.42 Tuesday night. The money, which came from the county’s seized drug fund, is something board chairwoman Shirley Babson hopes to in turn use towards drug education and awareness within the schools.

    “I hoped we might use some of it to look into the abuse of prescription drugs,” she said Tuesday, it is “so widespread, particularly into the high school.”

  • Sunset Beach bridge ahead of schedule; advancing across waterway

    SUNSET BEACH—As new high-rise bridgework proceeds across the Intracoastal Waterway, the other good news is work is ahead of schedule, a construction official said this week.

    If work continues at its current pace, the new $32 million NCDOT bridge should be up and ready for traffic by mid 2010, project coordinator Dylan Frazier said Monday.

    “It should be right around there—June or July,” Frazier said as co-workers with English Construction Co. dissembled a crane Monday in preparation for having it moved by barge across the waterway.