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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office ACE Roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Severe weather training available next week at Brunswick County Emergency Services

    BOLIVIA—The National Weather Service (NWS) has teamed up with Brunswick County Emergency Services to bring SKYWARN and Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) training to Brunswick County.

  • Rabon co-sponsors government transparency bill

    RALEIGH—N.C. State Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was one of a handful of state senators who signed on as sponsor or co-sponsor of a government transparency bill the North Carolina Press Association has called “powerful.”

    Senate Bill 344, the Government Transparency Act of 2011, was filed in the state Senate Monday, March 14.

    The bill was fittingly filed during Sunshine Week, a weeklong event March 13-19 celebrating freedom of information and the public’s right to know.

  • Iler co-sponsors voter ID bill

    RALEIGH—N.C. Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, has co-sponsored the Restore Confidence in Government Act, otherwise known as the voter ID bill.

    The bill includes a provision that would require a photo ID for citizens to vote in North Carolina.

    Iler, who serves on the House elections committee, said a public hearing on the bill drew a large crowd, including many people from Brunswick County.

  • Giving Back

    SHALLOTTE—January marked the one-year anniversary of devastating earthquakes in Haiti that sent the already fledgling third world country into a tailspin.

    Thirteen months after the earth shook in Haiti, a team of 13, with 10 members from First Baptist Church of Shallotte, arrived in the country as part of the North Carolina Baptist Men’s disaster relief/recovery mission outreach.

    The group has had teams in place inside Haiti since four weeks after the incident. The team from Shallotte was the 61st team sent by the organization.

  • Wounded Women Warrior Ride set for next week in Brunswick County

    Thirty female veterans wounded in the Middle East will be pedaling through Brunswick County next week as part of the region’s latest Warrior Ride.

    The St. James POA Service Club will be host of a first-day portion of the Wounded Women Warrior Ride in Brunswick County on March 31.

    Service club spokesperson Carol Szot said the Warrior Ride organization in Oak Island recently approached the club about providing a location for the ride.

  • Jewelry reported stolen in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach police handled the following incidents, both reported March 16.

    •Jewelry was reported stolen following a breaking and entering by an unknown person at a residence on Great Egret Circle.

    •During a routine traffic stop, Brandon James Spohn, 22, of Little River, S.C., was arrested after an officer called in information and learned Spohn was wanted in another jurisdiction. Spohn was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

  • Signs of the times in Calabash

    Just when you think everything is hunky-dory in the Seafood Capital is usually when a new issue crops up to keep Calabash-ians (and reporters) on their toes.

    Some people there think it’s not enough to have a cute neon restaurant arrow or big gift-shop sign memorializing the town once called Pea Landing.

    Leaders, heavy on the merchant side, are feeling the town could do better—has done better—back in the golden days when it had a few big, honkin’ “Calabash Seafood” signs and restaurants lining Beach Drive.

  • Calabash declines to release closed-session minutes

    CALABASH—The town of Calabash has issued a statement that it is unable to release requested minutes from a March 8 town commissioners’ closed session.

    Last week, The Brunswick Beacon submitted a public records request asking that the town release minutes and details having to do with unspecified property for which the town is seeking an appraisal.

  • Supply man wanted for multiple drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit are searching for a Supply man wanted for drug charges after a search warrant was executed last week.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, drug agents executed a search warrant at the home of Matthew Ryan Beach, at 1717 Deerwood Trail, Supply.

    Beach, 29, has been charged with maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place to keep a controlled substance, sell/deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.