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Today's News

  • Upset over resignation

    To the editor:

    My reaction to the article on the [Shallotte] planning director’s resignation was the more I read, the angrier I got.

    How can supposedly educated people do such inappropriate things? Did the aldermen ask Mr. Sabiston to place an ad for the replacement of Mr. Rogers? If the answer is no, and I believe it is, then there needs to be an ad placed for Mr. Sabiston’s job.

  • Thanks for teacher support

    To the editor:

    Upon reading Katie McGee’ s recent “Superintendent’s Corner” (Beacon 10/25), I applaud her efforts to acknowledge the untiring efforts of the teachers in our schools.

    Her premise is to enlist a letter writing campaign to the president of the United States articulating the necessity to promote schools and educators and to recognize their outstanding work.

  • Agrees with hospital suggestion

    To the editor:

    This letter is in response to the article written by Ray Gilbert of Longwood. He had expressed a desire for our current Brunswick Community Hospital to be converted to a V.A. Center once the new hospital is built.

    I totally agree with Mr. Gilbert.

    Our veterans do not get the medical care they need and deserve. As stated by Mr. Gilbert, these men and women are our heroes. They have given so much for this country and deserve better.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests and issued the following citations last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

  • The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 36 calls last week, issued 23 uniformed citations, six drug charges and 43 total charges.

  • Several vandalism calls reported over weekend

    Sheriff’s deputies investigated about 15 vandalism calls Saturday night. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Caison said a suspect or suspects shot out car and business windows with a BB gun in the Supply-Holden Beach area Saturday night.

    Around the county vandalism was “pretty light” during the Halloween weekend, Caison said. “Other than that it was a safe Halloween,” he said.

    Anyone with information about Saturday’s vandalism is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 253-2777.

  • Chuck Fleming: Young Warrior

    By Elsa Bonstein

    Beacon Correspondent

    When most boys were playing baseball and going to Boy Scout meetings, Chuck Fleming of Sunset Beach was serving in the Navy. He enlisted on Nov. 12, 1947, at the age of 15. By the time he was 16, Fleming was an air traffic controller.

    Today, these boys-turned-soldiers are called “Young Warriors” and are part of an organization called Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS). All of the members of VUMS were underage when they served in the U.S. military. Some were as young as 12 or 13 years old.

  • Young Warriors: Veterans of Underage Military Service

    By Elsa Bonstein

    Beacon Correspondent

    Membership in Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS) requires a person to have served in the U.S. military while under the age of 17.

    World War II Merchant Marine vets need to be younger than 16, and women vets of World War II need to have served while under the age of 20.

  • Seven vie for three Board of Education seats

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    They’re responsible for selecting qualified individuals to teach children. They’re responsible for spending tax dollars efficiently. They’re responsible for all 18 schools in the Brunswick County School District.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education is also responsible for nearly every decision made regarding Brunswick County Schools. And it’s the voters’ responsibility to choose the best candidates for the job.

  • Mother remembers daughter who died in Ocean Isle fire one year ago

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    It’s been a year since a house fire at 1 Scotland St. in Ocean Isle Beach claimed the lives of seven college students. Among the victims was Allison Walden, a 19-year-old from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

    Diane Walden, Allison’s mother, says dealing with the loss of her daughter is just as hard today as it was last year.

    “It’s been very difficult,” Diane Walden, said in a phone interview Monday from her Chagrin Falls home. “It’s difficult every day.”