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Today's News

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering on Croft Point Lane in Leland; suspect opened victim’s car door and stole change out of an ashtray.

    •Larceny of a credit card and credit card fraud on Bostic Place in Shallotte; suspect removed victim’s credit card from her purse and made purchases at various area stores and gas stations.

  • This average American can’t fathom Palin’s $150,000 wardrobe

    Dressed in a tailored red suit, black knee boots and expensive heels, she poses behind the podium. She can go from politician to moose hunter just by changing into her fleece sweater and camouflage pants.

    No, it’s not vice-presidential Barbie—it’s Sarah Palin.

    Recently Palin has caused quite a stir with her red leather jackets, pink suits and black knee-high boots. The items themselves are not the problem—in fact, they’re quite stylish. It’s the cost of this wardrobe that’s the problem.

  • Supply woman charged with trafficking

    Shallotte Police charged Ava Bellamy Maree, 50, of 3530 Windy Point Road, Supply, with trafficking opium at Thomas Drugs in Shallotte on Oct. 21.

    The responding officer also confiscated a crack pipe in her possession.

    Maree was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, and released Monday night on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

    Shallotte police also charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

  • 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.