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Today's News

  • 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:

    •Property damage on Black Chestnut Drive in Leland; suspect threw a rock through victim’s back window.

    •Property damage on Pearl Boulevard in Calabash; suspect cut victim’s trees and burned bushes.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Long Beach Road in Southport; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole a pocketbook.

  • JobBoost to begin in December in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County is one of 38 counties in the state with high unemployment rates selected for the JobBoost program to curb unemployment.

    At a Brunswick County Board of Social Services meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 16, it was announced Brunswick County would be eligible for the state program, which reimburses employers $6 per hour per eligible worker for five months.

    “This is going to be a good program for us,” interim DSS Director Neil Walters told board members.

    The $5.5 million project will begin Dec. 1, 2010, and run until April 30, 2011.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Nov. 15-21, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote five citations and made six drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Seashore Hills and Brunswick Forest.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Janice Michelle Evans, 35, of 7299 Carlon Road, Longwood, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for having a crack pipe.

  • Home invasion reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating a home invasion and thefts reported Friday night, Nov. 19, in Sunset Beach.

    Two males, one of them masked, entered a condominium on Queen Anne Street and allegedly threatened the victims with a silver-plated revolver, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

    Money, a cell phone and marijuana were reported stolen.

    Smith said on Monday no warrants had been drawn but probably are soon coming.

  • Sunset Beach island residents urge committee to rethink parking

    SUNSET BEACH—Island residents’ comments varied at a town parking committee meeting Monday, but the consensus seemed close to unanimous: they don’t want parking on their streets.

    “Unfortunately, we’re being asked to sacrifice ours so visitors can have a place to park,” said Dr. Joseph Stolfi, who lives on North Shore Drive.

    Imagine the outrage, he said, if mainland residents found visitors’ cars all up and down their streets, “with all the attendant noise and trash.”

  • Old bridge to be moved to mainland site

    SUNSET BEACH—Once it’s permanently out of commission, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge will be moved to a site on the mainland.

    Members of the Old Bridge Preservation Society announced last week that, thanks to local business owners Ronnie and Clarice Holden, the old Intracoastal Waterway bridge will be relocated to a lot across from the Sunset Beach Fire Station.

    Announcement came at a celebratory party and press conference Thursday night, Nov. 18, at the Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard.

  • Fundraiser, cookoff to aid Holden Beach musician

    HOLDEN BEACH—This Saturday, the community is coming together to aid one of its most talented musicians.

    Saxophonist James “JB” Brown, who regularly plays at Holden Beach festivals and Castaways Raw Bar & Grill, has prostate cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes, his manager, Matthew Howell, wrote to the Beacon last week.

    Saturday’s festivities will include a chili cookoff, a raffle and entertainment that will include a performance by Brown, who lives in Durham.

    Brown, Howell, said, was stricken about five years ago.

  • Woman upset after dog dies aiding puppy in attack

    SUPPLY—Janice Gras can’t help but cry as she tells about Tippsey, her beloved Chihuahua who died Nov. 14, two days after the little dog was attacked by a strange dog that ventured into her yard.

    The incident happened during the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 12, when Tippsey was outside playing with a puppy belonging to next-door neighbor Wanda Biggers.

    Out of nowhere, Gras and Biggers said, a pitbull dog wandered onto the property and proceeded to attack the puppy, a Dachshund mix named Einstein.

  • Former assistant files lawsuit against Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A lawsuit filed against the town by former assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut is still pending, Mayor Stephen Selby said last week.

    According to documents filed at the Brunswick County Courthouse, Chestnut claims the town breached a contract she signed with the town in Oct. 8, 2009, after she was hired in July 2008. The contract was effective from the date it was signed through Oct. 31, 2011, according to the lawsuit, and ensured Chestnut an annual salary of $41,400.

  • Ash mom still fighting for custody of sons in Canada

    Ash mom Amy Smith flew to Canada earlier this month in hopes of getting her sons, only to return home disappointed once again.

    Smith has been trying to regain custody of her sons, 8-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan, from her husband Shawn for nearly two years.

    She thought she had finally gotten her day in court Nov. 8, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCEMC) paid for her to travel to Canada for a hearing under the Hague Convention Treaty, an international child abduction law.