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Today's News

  • Who is Merrill?

    To the editor: My mind is already at work. Does anyone out there know the Libertarian candidate, Rachel Joiner Merrill?

    I just checked out the state board of elections’ Web site and this woman has not filed any reports since plunking down the $204 filing fee.

    She filled out no questionnaires I am aware of; she did not appear at any forums I attended (and I attended almost all of them), and she didn’t attend any meet-the-candidate gatherings.

    As my daughter said, she is as invisible as her campaign reports.

  • Do something a little different this season

    Remember when you were actually excited about the Christmas season? When you didn’t dread long lines, materialistic shoppers and incessant commercials telling your kids and grandkids what to ask for?

    We’re about ready to start the Christmas shopping season, and if you’ve decided you’ve had enough with the commercialization and “gimme” mentality, Calabash Presbyterian Church has an idea that might get you excited about the season again.

  • Mourns Bellamy’s passing

    To the editor: With a heavy heart, I join in the mourning of the Rev. Norman Bellamy, along with the members and friends of the Bellamy family.

    According to my aged and weakened memory, Rev. Bellamy made history years before Sen. Barack Obama.

    He registered the first black man to ever cast a ballot in the Brunswick County political process.

    Rev. Bellamy and Perry James Gore were installing shingles on the roof of Cedar Grove Baptist Church when Gore lamented the fact his father was paying all sorts of taxes to Brunswick County and yet

  • We can help BFA

    To the editor: Not so long ago, we paid $4 for a gallon of gas. We managed. It can now be purchased for $2.25 a gallon.

    What if we all took that $1.75 at an average of 13 gallons, equaling $22.75 and used our coupons or visited a dollar store and purchased items for Brunswick Family Assistance? It can be done.

     

  • Disappointed in election coverage

    To the editor: I was shocked at the lack of coverage of the election of president-elect Barack Obama in your newspaper and most particularly on the front page. Newspapers all over this country and indeed the world heralded this historic event on their front pages with bold words and pictures.

    There was not one picture of president- elect Obama I could find in your newspaper in the edition immediately after the election.

  • Tired of bailouts

    To the editor: After watching the award-winning documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” I have no sympathy at all for the car industry today.

    The EV1 was introduced in 1996 and leased to consumers in California who loved everything about the car. General Motors would not allow any purchase of these and later destroyed the majority of the EV1s by crushing them.

    They were discontinued after 1999 and subsequently removed from the roads in 2003 by GM (except for a few). The car’s discontinuation was and remains a controversy.

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 3, 4 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Oct. 29

    Judge Jim Martin presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtrooms clerk Michelle Warth and Lisa Quick:

    Jonathan Bullock, speeding 64 in a 55 zone, costs; no operator’s license, voluntarily dismissed.

    Jennifer Brodie Cain, 75 in a 55 zone, driving while license revoked, possess/display altered/fictitious/revoked driver’s license, all voluntarily dismissed.

  • Little boy’s struggle shows adults real meaning of hope, love

    He sits in the floor, playing with a pile of toy trains. Mimicking their movement on whatever surface his little hands can reach, he giggles and laughs.

    In the distance, he hears the sound of a real train on a far-off track. He stops. His eyes light up as he moves his hand toward his mouth. Taking a deep breath in he blows out, echoing the sound of its distant whistle.

    A huge smile spreads across his face, and he laughs again.

  • Bellville students collect Caring Cans

    LELAND—Belville Elementary School students have learned they can make a difference in the community no matter how old they are.

    The school recently participated in Caring Cans, a school-wide food drive to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA), and collected 1,383 canned goods.

    During the week of Oct. 20-24, students were encouraged to bring in canned goods and non-perishable items. Each homeroom was challenged to collect 30 cans. Those who met the 30-can goal will receive a good citizenship certificate or pin.

  • Brunswick voters rush the polls; Democrats defeated

    See all The Beacon's election coverage here.

    STAFF WRITER

    More than 50,000 Brunswick County residents voted in this year’s election, with a large number voting early, and Democratic candidates for county seats all lost to Republicans.

    Some 50,759 people, or 66.94 percent of registered voters, cast their ballots in Brunswick County in this year’s election.