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Today's News

  • Some refreshers for officials on public records laws

    Sixty-eight hundred pages deep, not including the attorney’s discovery, I waded through public records at the N.C. Department of Insurance last month.

    After poorly navigating the maze of one-way streets that makes up downtown Raleigh, I eventually wound up in a circa 1982 conference room in the Dobbs Building. For the next two days, I trudged through e-mails, memos and charts looking to shed some light on the process used to determine the controversial rate increases to homeowners’ insurance in coastal counties.

  • Two suspects arrested; facing 47 drug charges

    Two suspects have been arrested for trafficking cocaine and conspiring to traffic cocaine with one another.

    Justin Dior Newsome, 22, of 197 Zane Way, Supply, was arrested Feb. 10, and charged with 20 drug charges, including eights counts of trafficking cocaine, nine counts of conspire to traffic cocaine, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine and two counts of sell/deliver cocaine, according to arrest warrants.

  • Tourney begins Thursday at BCC

    Having won their third Region X regular-season title in five seasons, the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team has another goal: winning the Region X championship tournament this week at BCC.

    The winner qualifies for the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament March 17-21 in Hutchinson, Kan.

  • Looking for a fight? Take on the red drum

    Red Drum range all along the Atlantic Coast, except in the coldest states up north. They are also found in the Gulf, where their population (and North Carolinas’) was once almost wiped out by the popularity of Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme’s “blackened redfish,” which caused the fish to jump from an occasional catch to a big deal for commercial fishermen.

  • Golfers: The rule book is your best friend

    Golfers often grouse about the rules, but the official United States Golf Association (USGA) book, “The Rules of Golf,” should be your best friend. Open the cover, read it, get to know it and you will have a pal for life.

  • Sheriff's detectives searching for Ocean Isle Beach man wanted for burglary

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives arrested two suspects for a Supply burglary last week, but one suspect is still wanted.

    Ray Stanley Waters, 47, of 1776 West Long Acres, Ocean Isle Beach, has been charged with second-degree burglary, breaking and entering and larceny. Waters is wanted for allegedly breaking into a Hewett Road storage facility and stealing an air compressor.

    Two other suspects were also charged, and arrested in connection with the break-in.

  • Retired Brunswick County K-9 Ziras succumbs to cancer

    Ziras, a former Brunswick County K-9, devoted most of his life training and assisting with efforts to keep drugs off local streets.

    When the retired K-9 died last week following a seven-month-long battle with lymphoma, his adoptive family was with him until the end.

    “There was no hope for him, and we couldn't allow him to continue suffering,” Ziras’ owner, Mariah Brazil, wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon after Ziras was humanely euthanized Thursday at Oak Island Animal Hospital.

  • Rowdy

    Rowdy (ID No. A003222) is a 4-month-old male Norfolk terrier pup seeking a good, new home at Brunswick County Animal Services in Supply. The shelter’s adoption fees are based on age. Adoption fees for dogs are $65 for ages 6 months or older, and $46 for dogs 5 months old or younger. Fees include rabies shot, physical exam, heartworm test (for older dogs only) and spay or neuter. Female cats and kittens, $55; includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery.

  • Bearduary raises $868 for Relay

    BOLIVIA—The first-ever Bearduary, sponsored by the Brunswick County Schools’ Relay for Life team, raised a total of $868.

    “We were thinking if we raised $500, it would be a success,” Darrell Cheers, testing and assessments director and the team’s organizer, said.

    The concept for the fundraiser “just came to me one day,” Cheers said, as he was thinking of a fundraiser that would not cost a lot of money or take up a lot of time.

  • Local mission group to head to Nicaragua in April

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Breaking the cycle of poverty one area at a time is what Dane Neves, founder of Divine Faith Missions, hopes will help change impoverished areas of South America.

    “You take one little area and you try to break that cycle of poverty,” Neves said, “and that’s what we’re trying to do.”