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Today's News

  • Making the right choice in an election can be a complicated thing to do

    By Stacey Manning

    Managing Editor

    OK, since it’s over, I can admit it. Throughout this election season, I was one of those voters who didn’t know exactly what buttons I was going to push on the voter screen.

    I’ve heard conversations about it in my office, on television and in the general public.

    “How could you not know?” people asked.

  • Early voting is indeed a privilege

    Laura Lewis 

    “We just went and voted!” Beacon cohorts Kathryn Jacewicz and Sarah Shew Wilson crowed last week upon returning to the newsroom from one-stop voting at the National Guard Armory on Main Street in Shallotte.

    There were no lines, no hassles, no broken-down machines, they gloated.

  • Fraud destroys romance and endangers election credibility

    By John Heidtke

    Guest Columnist

    Truth can be inconvenient

    During 1961, I was dating a young lady from my church where both families were members. The relationship developed to a point where a “friendship ring” is given by the man to signify his good intentions.

    I was scrubbing floors and washing windows for a living. A ring was priced as much as my entire month’s income. I couldn’t afford it.

  • Charges expected against theft suspect

     STAFF REPORT

     

    SUNSET BEACH—A warrant has been issued by Sunset Beach Police for a South Carolina man wanted in connection with break-ins and thefts reported this summer.

  • CIS founder visits Brunswick County

    SUPPLY—The founder of Communities in Schools, an organization dedicated to helping students stay in school and succeed in life, visited Brunswick County last week.

    Speaking to Brunswick County’s CIS members and local educators, Bill Milliken shared some of his past experiences and tips for success.

    Milliken stressed the importance of an education in today’s society.

    “It’s not an alternative anymore to dropout,” he said.

  • Sunset Beach surviving financially, town staffer says

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—In trying economic times, the town of Sunset Beach is holding its own and in one instance doing better than last year.

    Town finance director Donna Rogers, speaking at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night, said the town’s local-option sales tax is 26 percent higher in the first quarter than last year, while accommodations tax is a “little less than 1 percent” higher than the previous fiscal year.

  • Early voting closed, election day Tuesday

    Early voting in Brunswick County is now closed. Election Day begins Tuesday, Nov. 4, and polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visit www.brunsco.net to find your assigned voting precinct.

  • Brunswick’s most senior citizen to be mentioned on Today show

    BY SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    She still remembers growing up in rural Brunswick County, raising a family and working hard for everything she had.

    And Bessie Hewett has more memories than most, considering she is possibly the county’s oldest living resident.

    The Supply native will celebrate her 108th birthday this month surrounded by generations of offspring, and she will even garner a mention on an upcoming broadcast of NBC’s “Today” show, along with other centenarians from across the country.

  • Unemployment remains high; residents still seeking assistance

    SARAH SHEW WILSON

    STAFF WRITER

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained at 6.9 in September, while 77 other counties saw decreases between August and September, according to statistics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Some 3,341 Brunswick County people were unemployed in September, out of a labor force of 48,559.

    Eli Smith, manager of the Brunswick County ESC office, said he saw more claimants in October, which is partially due to tourism-based jobs scaling back during the off-season.

  • Local rock group to perform Nov. 8 in Longwood

    STAFF REPORT

    A group of musicians and friends from the Ash area recently formed a rock band “Blackwater Outlaws” and will perform Nov. 8 at Big Woods ATV Park in Longwood.

    The band members include Jason Coveyou, 28, of Ash on guitar and vocals; Myron Norris, 27, of Ash, on guitar and vocals; Travis Norris, 32, of Ash, on vocals; William Norris, 53, of Ash, on bass guitar and vocals; and Butch Register, 51, on drums.