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Today's News

  • Now is the time to keep campaign promises, look to the future

    This week several elected officials representing Brunswick County Commissioners, the register of deeds, county coroner and the Brunswick County Board of Education were sworn into office.

    As they stood before family, friends, government leaders and their constituents, for many the moment highlighted the hard work each of these invested into getting elected.

  • Salvation Army worker plays harmonica while ringing in holidays

    SHALLOTTE—“I’m just a little different than the rest of ‘em,” Sam Lospinoso said as he played a blues-style “Jingle Bells” on harmonica while ringing his Salvation Army bell at the entrance to Wal-Mart.

    Customers bustling in and out of the store one day before Thanksgiving were appreciative of the talented worker and the array of tunes he’s been playing by ear since he was 10.

    “If it’s behind my ear, I can play it,” the Wilmington resident said.

  • Ingram Planetarium kicks off first phase of digital transition

    SUNSET BEACH—A transition to digital is taking place at Ingram Planetarium.

    The two-part transition began during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, when new laser projection equipment with full-color animation and lights choreographed to music was unveiled. The equipment comes complete with a 5.1 surround-sound system.

    The system comes with about 20 shows that can be choreographed to popular music from some of history’s greatest artists.

    Preview shows featuring music by The Beatles and Pink Floyd took place during the weekend.

  • Calabash tree lighting set for Friday night

    Staff Report

    Music, treats, candle-lighting and Santa will highlight Calabash’s 13th annual Christmas tree lighting set for 6 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 5, in the parking lot of Callahan’s Christmas shop.

  • Lane-Keogh

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Tracy H. Lane of Ocean Isle Beach and John M. Keogh of Tipperary-Thurles, Ireland. The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Sybil Hamilton of Supply. The groom is the son of Richard and Mary Keogh of Tipperary, Ireland. A Dec. 20 wedding is planned at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach.

     

  • Friends of Library say thanks

    To the editor: The Southport/Oak Island Friends of the Library would like to extend a huge thank you to the community and all our dedicated volunteers for their overwhelming support during our second annual Friends of the Library Week Oct. 19-25.

    Friends of the Library supports and works with the local libraries to help provide books and various needed supplies not included in the county budget for our community libraries, as well as volunteers to help the local libraries in any way needed.

  • Holiday Happenings
  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Nov. 19

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Michele Margaret Bellamy, failure to reduce speed, voluntarily dismissed.

    Michelle Lee Benton, license not in possession, voluntarily dismissed.

    Laura Ashley Beyer, window tinting violation, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Are you a saint?

    To the editor: As we just experienced “All Saints Day,” I ask you: are you a saint? I am.

    Before anyone who knows me heads to the phone to call me a heretic or a hypocrite, let me explain. It is not because of any good works I have done.

    It is because of God’s authority in His Word that tells us what a saint is.

    We in this world call a person a saint if they display devout and sacrificial service for a church or a cause. God describes a saint as one who has received Christ as Lord and Savior.

  • Talents may be wasted here

    To the editor:

    Re: John Heidtke’s column in Nov. 27 issue of the Beacon.

    As a retired law enforcement officer (FBI 1969-1994) and resident of Brunswick County, I enjoyed your column, “Decent People versus Criminals and Thugs: Who Will Prevail?”

    With all due respect to your interest and research into the subject as it concerns Brunswick County (with which I totally agree), I believe your energies might be best directed elsewhere.