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Today's News

  • Crowds turn out for Festival by the Sea

    Crowds turned out this weekend for Holden Beach's Festival by the Sea.

    The annual parade kicked off Saturday's festivities. Arts and crafts vendors, food and live entertainment were available throughout the weekend. 

    The food lineup included: Maco Enterprises, Ocean Isle Beach; Greek Boys, Wilmington; Ruby Woods, Morganton; Reva's Kitchen, Wilmington; Dippin' Dots, Rocky Mount; Mrs. K's Funnel Cakes, Calabash; Provision Company, Holden Beach; N.C. Sweet Tea, Wilmington; Coble's Ice Cream, Asheboro; Steak Boys, Matthews; and Onions Gone Wild, Raleigh.

  • What you see now is likely what you’ll get

    As exciting as it has been, this election season is quickly winding to a close. In a week, from local to national offices, important decisions are going to be made that will forever affect our future.

    As voters, we each play a crucial role in determining this future. Whether you voted early or plan to head to the polls Tuesday, every vote cast in this election counts.

    With races tightening and candidates heading to the finish line, we can’t help but be left with a nasty taste in our mouths from this election season.

  • Beacon to sponsor candidates’ forum

    The Brunswick Beacon has teamed up with The Big Talker FM, Cape Fear Community College and other media outlets to sponsor the “2008 Southeastern North Carolina’s U.S. Senate and N.C. Governor’s Stand Up and Vote Candidates’ Forum.”

    The candidates’ forum, Friday, Oct. 24, at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center, is for all U.S. Senate candidates and North Carolina gubernatorial candidates. Not all candidates are scheduled to attend.

  • Wounded Warriors to ride into Brunswick County

    The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride is gearing up to ride into Brunswick County this week.

    The Wounded Warrior Project is a national nonprofit organization that aims to provide programs and services to severely injured servicemen and women.

    One of the project’s many programs is its annual Soldier Ride.

    “Our No. 1 goal is to raise awareness. I don’t think the average Joe knows what it’s like,” for disabled servicemen and women, organizer Debra Racine said.

  • Jewelry show sparkles next weekend at Calabash gallery

    Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive SW in Calabash, is sponsoring a Kaboo Jewelry Trunk Show on Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The show will introduce Kaboo’s new copper collection and offer an opportunity to meet Kaboo jewelry designers Jill Hope and Judy Rickenbacker.

  • Federal government plays role in BEMC underground power line project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. hosted a luncheon last week to thank U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance with funding the replacement of aboveground electric lines with underground wires in local beach towns.

    Representatives from state, county and town governments gathered at Cinelli’s Wednesday to hear a report about the completion of the years-long project from BEMC officials.

  • Remembering a local legend

    Nearly four years ago, I decided to write a little something different about Thanksgiving traditions, so I visited Carson Varnam’s Oyster Market in Varnamtown, where families were picking up oysters for their Thanksgiving Day oyster roasts.

    Varnam and his wife, Marlene, told me roasting oysters was a popular tradition in Brunswick County, and, as we were talking, a couple from Ash pulled up to pick up their bushel of oysters for the big day.

    “As long as I can get them from Carson, we’ll have oysters for Thanksgiving,” one of the customers told me.

  • A few good cops with their dogs clobber our drug hot spots

    The sheriff of Brunswick County, John Ingram, leaned across the round conference table in his office as I was discussing with him the presence of a half-dozen drug “hot spots” in the county.

    With a grin on his face, he said, “Why don’t you take a ride along with us and find out about them firsthand?”

    On the following Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight, I took him up on it. Here is what I found out.

    Riding shotgun unarmed

  • Obama is the right choice

    To the editor:

    Lately, America’s skies have been filled with dark clouds. More than 90 percent of Americans feel we are headed in the wrong direction.

    Many things are not as we wish they were. The list is long. Each problem is complicated and expensive to solve. This election should be solely about who will provide the judgment and initiatives that stir this nation to face our challenges head-on.

  • New leadership needed in Raleigh

    To the editor:

    Sen. R.C. Soles has been in the legislature in Raleigh since1963 and the state senate since 1977. He serves on the senate transportation committee and is vice chairman of the appropriations committee for the Department of Transportation. He has oversight on the NCDOT, its budget and the plans for roads in our state.

    Last week, the Brunswick County commissioners rightfully rejected the Comprehensive Transportation Plan that would have transformed U.S. 17 into a major expressway to accommodate through traffic at the expense of local traffic.