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Today's News

  • Nine of 22 nonprofits approved for funding in county budget

    BOLIVIA—Of the 22 nonprofit organizations that requested funding in the 2011-2012 fiscal year county budget, nine have been recommended for funding.

    On Monday night, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled a proposed $190 million operating budget to county commissioners.

    Total recommended funding for nonprofits is down from the current fiscal year.

    Twenty-two nonprofit organizations requested $868,000 in funding, and Lawing recommended $357,000, down from the current fiscal year’s total of $421,000.

  • Two South Carolina women arrested for prostitution

    Two South Carolina women have been arrested in a prostitution sting in Brunswick County.

    Sgt. Steve Lanier said the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit has increased its prostitution-related arrests because they continue to receive community complaints about prostitution activities in Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit was formed in February as a collaboration between the sheriff’s office and the Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

  • McIntyre views bin Laden photos

    As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., was one of the few people selected to view photographs of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

    McIntyre traveled to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Va., last Friday, May 13, to view the photos.

    U.S. Navy SEALs killed the longtime terror leader and mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks in Pakistan on May 1, President Barack Obama announced later that evening.

  • Traffic plan to ease congestion at West Brunswick entrance

    BOLIVIA—If approved by members of the Brunswick County Board of Education, a new traffic pattern could soon ease traffic concerns at West Brunswick High School.

    Craig Eckert, director of capital projects and planning for Brunswick County Schools, presented a recommendation to board members at Tuesday’s operations committee meeting, which would award a contract for traffic, storm water and sewer improvements to Landmark Grading Inc.

  • Local engineer to embark on yearlong mission trip to Uganda

    Rose McPherson’s life was changed earlier this year when she went on a mission trip to Uganda—so much so that she is preparing to head back on a yearlong trip.

    After reading the book “Outlive Your Life” last fall, McPherson felt compelled to go on a mission trip and do something that would make a difference in the lives of others. After turning to Google to find out how to use her talents, she came across Engineering Ministries International (EMI). The Colorado-based organization coincidentally was hosting a conference in Asheville soon after.

  • Thank you, Brunswick County, for making this a beautiful place to call home

    There’s a fortune from a cookie taped to the edge of my desk in the Beacon newsroom.

    I cant remember how long it’s been there or when I put it there, but it seems appropriately fitting for my next adventure.

    The fortune says, “Take the chance while you still have the choice.” And at the end of this week, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing.

  • Relay for Life raises more than a quarter-million for cancer society

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County has a quarter-million reasons to be hopeful a cure for cancer will soon be found.

    At this past weekend’s Relay for Life, team fundraising totaled more than $260,000—more than the countywide goal of a quarter-million dollars.

    Wendy Perdue, marketing and development director for eastern North Carolina with the American Cancer Society, said the total is expected to rise, as teams always turn in additional money after the event.

  • Celebrity Waiter Dinner serves up proceeds for The Ruth House

      A crowd of 130 and 15 celebrity waiters were in the spotlight at the first Celebrity Waiter Dinner, a Roaring ’20s-themed fundraiser May 12 at Sea Trail to benefit The Ruth House, a nonprofit, future Christian-based home and program for teenage girls.

    Celebrity waiters served patrons tossed salad, rolls, prime rib, Dijon-crusted salmon and double-chocolate torte.

  • DWI charges and more logged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Several people have been arrested by Sunset Beach police for driving while intoxicated and on other related charges.

    Brandon Kelley Bailey, 24, of 1575 Oak Ridge Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged May 15 with DWI, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule IV substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to carry a license.

    DWI charges were filed May 14 against Darrin Keith Johnson, 26, 6012 Delta Crossing Lane, Charlotte, and Chardwick T. Guyton, 33, 7109 Channel 1, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Services, Vietnam veterans replica highlight upcoming Memorial Day

    Two Memorial Day services are planned in the area May 30.

    In addition, a scaled-down replica of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial is coming to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for three days starting next Wednesday, May 25.

    Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 will have its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the post on Carter Drive.

    The featured speaker will be Ed Salau, program coordinator for Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune.