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Today's News

  • Hilliard, Minor second in state indoor track and field meet

    Staff Report

    In a thrilling finish, South Brunswick junior Carmen Hilliard was second to West Carteret sophomore Blake Dodge by 0.03 seconds the 1,600-meter run Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1A/2A/3A indoor state track and field meet at the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse at UNC Chapel Hill.
    Hilliard finished in 5:09.57. Dodge won in 5:09.54.
    In the 1,000-meter run, Hilliard finished 10th in 3:14.12. The winning time was 3:08.46. Ashley Sloup was 20th in 3:22.94 in the 29-runner field.

  • Scholarship winner Jones honored at N.C. State game

    Lindsey Jones of Nakina Middle School was recognized for winning a Touchstone Energy Sports Camp scholarship during a halftime presentation at a Wolfpack Women’s basketball game. Jones reunited with 22 basketball camp scholarship winners Jan. 22 at Reynolds Coliseum on to watch the Wolfpack Women take on the Lady Tar Heels.

  • Now is the time to volunteer for your community

    Brunswick County candidate filing is under way. Monday morning there was a line of candidates at the board of elections office in Bolivia eagerly waiting to sign up for office.
    Many of those who will file between then and closing at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 29, will be incumbents.
    Many of these people have proven, consistently, they are tireless, dedicated public servants who are willing to put the community’s needs and well-being at the forefront of their decision-making processes.

  • Lifelong educator remembered by peers, students

    Editor’s note: This is a first is a series of stories about Barbara Brunson, who was killed last month in a wreck by a suspected impaired driver.

    For half a century, Barbara Brunson was in a classroom teaching the next generation (and the next) the importance of education.

    Brunson retired last year at 72 with 50 years of teaching under her belt.

    But for Carl Brunson—Barbara’s loving husband turned grieving widower—he wished she hadn’t retired, even if he knew it was incredibly well deserved.

  • Wedded at the Walmart

    SHALLOTTE— Susan Ludlum and Wayne Brandenburg knew they wanted to get married and they knew the perfect place—right where they met.

    Walmart of Shallotte.

    At 2 p.m. on Feb. 14, Ludlum and Brandenburg were married in Walmart’s Site to Store section. The wedding was a first for the local store, but not a first for the chain.

    For the couple, it made sense to get married where they met. Five years ago, Ludlum worked as a cashier there where she met Brandenburg.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until March

    BOLIVIA—A hearing to consider whether to allow county officials to expand its existing construction and demolition landfill will continue once again next month.

    After eight hours of continuing testimony Monday, members of the Brunswick County Planning Board have recessed the hearing until 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 14.

    The March hearing will be the fifth time planning board members will meet to hear testimony to determine if they will grant the county the special exception permit needed to move forward with the landfill expansion.

  • Beacon to honor citizens, watchdogs with Sunshine Week First Amendment award

    For journalists, our March Madness has nothing to do with college basketball and everything to do with freedom of information. Well, except for sports writers. Obviously.

    For us journalists a little more on the nerdy side, our March Madness is Sunshine Week—a week in March where we dedicate pretty much everything we do to freedom of information and the public’s right to know.

    Instead of bracketology, think FOIA-tology. Too cheesy? Sometimes I just can’t help myself.

  • Sex offender registry application available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

    RALEIGH—A new iTunes application allows anyone to track and view registered sex offenders in North Carolina by using a mobile device.

    The North Carolina Department of Justice recently unveiled an application, or app, to view the North Carolina Sex Offenders Registry on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

    Users can also track registered sex offenders with the same app.

    North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said the sex offender registry app has been downloaded by more than 18,000 people since it went live Jan. 31.

  • Update: Man killed in fatal wreck is from Sunset Beach

    N.C. State Highway Patrol officials did not have all the available information about a fatal wreck in Supply when the Beacon went to press last week.

    Last Monday, Feb. 6, a Sunset Beach man was killed in a fatal wreck on U.S. 17 in Supply in front of Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Larceny on Oak Street in Ash; suspect stole a 300-gallon barrel from victim’s property.

    •Larceny on Makatoka Road in Supply; suspect stole $157 in cash from victim.

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Meadowlark Lane in Shallotte; suspect entered victim’s home through the back door and stole a 10-speed bike, valued at $200.