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Today's News

  • A new bridge is dedicated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—On a balmy, sun-bathed afternoon, a large crowd turned out at the base of the state’s newest Intracoastal Waterway bridge for its official dedication.

    Though the new $32 million Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge isn’t quite ready to open to traffic, it got a proper christening and welcome, with state and local dignitaries in attendance at the Oct. 1 ceremony.

  • Nonagenarian sisters enjoy beach gathering at 'Turtle Trail'

    HOLDEN BEACH—Three sisters in their 90s recently enjoyed the reunion of a lifetime.

    Oldest sister Wanna McAnally, 97, middle sister Delle Martin, 94, and baby sister Frances Robinson, 91, recently converged for a visit at Robinson’s oceanfront vacation house, “Turtle Trail.”

    They said it was the first time in a long time just the three of them had had a chance to spend a few days together.

    Year-round, Robinson lives in Jamestown, McAnally lives in High Point and Martin lives in Eden.

  • Holden Beach bulkheads damaged by flooding

    After four and a half days of relentless rain, Pete Schwaiger walked down the steps of his beach house Friday morning, looked at the canal and wondered why his fence was bent over the water.

    He immediately found out why. His was one of 20 bulkheads (sea walls) on Holden Beach that buckled during last week’s monsoon.

    Two low-pressure systems chased by Tropical Storm Nicole roared from the Caribbean up the East Coast and dumped 17 to 22 inches of rain across the island, said town building inspector Tim Evans.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 22, 23, 24 and 28 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. 22

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Deborah Howard Adkins, PG improper equipment.

  • We couldn’t do what we do without the help of others; thank you

    Here at The Brunswick Beacon we take great pride in being what we consider the most comprehensive news source for Brunswick County.

    While many of you read our print product each week, we have an increased following of people looking for their news online. 

    One of the best parts about using our website to get your Brunswick County news is you don’t have to wait until it arrives in the mailbox Thursday. You can get timely, supplemental news updates throughout the week from www.brunswickbeacon.com.

  • Two men were visionaries, built foundation for Brunswick County

    Odell Williamson and Mannon C. Gore were visionaries who could see the future for Brunswick County in ways others couldn’t even dream.

    In the 1950s, the two men made lifetime-worthy investments. The former business partners purchased land that would become Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.

    Last week on Friday, Gore was honored for his forward thinking and planning with the naming of the new high-rise bridge in Sunset Beach in his honor. The high-rise span stretching to Ocean Isle Beach has previously been named in Williamson’s honor.

  • Groundbreaking for Brunswick County Hospice Care Center next week

    The groundbreaking for the Brunswick County Hospice Care Center will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the 900 block of Old Ocean Highway near the Canine Academy in Bolivia.

    Local businessman Louie Louis donated 7.35 acres of land for the site of the future hospice facility.

    “I’ve been blessed, and it is nice to share our blessings with others. Lower Cape Fear Hospice has been great to the community, and this brings me great joy to be able to do this,” Lewis said.

  • Board approves five-year plan for roof improvements

    BOLIVIA—Repairs to roofs covering nine Brunswick County Schools will take place during the next five years.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education adopted a five-year roofing capital improvement plan Tuesday night, which outlines when each school’s roof will be repaired, what kind of material will be used and how much repairs are estimated to cost.

    According to information presented to board members Tuesday night by Craig Eckert, director of capital projects and planning, the last major roof repairs were completed in 1998.

  • State official labels local juvenile services department ‘model judicial district’

    The deputy secretary for court services with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was in town Tuesday as part of a district-wide review of the juvenile court counselors.

    “The impetus for it was that we needed a mechanism to help court counselors recognize the good work that they’re doing and also make sure they’re meeting all the required standards on a regular basis,” deputy secretary Michael Rieder said.

  • Sugar Confections Bakery

    SHALLOTTE—“This is what this area needed,” local resident Mary Couvillon said while purchasing baked goods last week at Sugar Confections Bakery.

    Employee Denise Ward said eight out of 10 customers say the same thing.

    Sugar Confections Bakery opened its Main Street location on Sept. 2, but the baking has been going on much longer. Owner Monique Holenko began her business four years ago, as she turned a hobby into a home business.