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Today's News

  • Bridge construction on schedule in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—With a peak-hours, tourist-season construction moratorium lifted since Labor Day, new bridgework is progressing on time, a construction official said this week.

    Project superintendent Mark Hackney, on duty at the mainland construction site of the future $31 million, 65-foot-tall Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge, said Tuesday work is on schedule.

    Construction of a concrete-and-steel detour bridge on the island is also nearing completion. Hackney said the structure should be ready for public use in about three more weeks.

  • Second teen arrested, more charges in Sunset Beach thefts

    SUNSET BEACH—A second teenager has been arrested and more charges have been placed against another 16-year-old charged last week with theft of a golf cart.

    Carlos Morales, 16, of 7219 Westbrook Ave., was arrested Sept. 24 in connection with the theft of a golf cart from Live Oak Drive reported Sept. 20.

    Additional charges against Morales and Shay Gales of 7267 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, include larceny of a firearm, first-degree burglary, and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering. Gales was initially charged with the golf cart theft Sept. 22.

  • Ghosts? Anomalies? Or things that can be explained away?

    As part-skeptic, part-believer in some things unexplainable, I was always eager to tag along each October with a friend turned certified ghost hunter while I was a reporter in Kentucky.

    Each October for several years, I’d catch up with Patti Starr, a once-restaurant manager who now leads an interesting life as a full-time ghost hunter. Patti teaches a ghost-hunting course at a Kentucky community college and takes part in a traveling lecture series with well-known psychic/medium Chip Coffey.

  • Upcoming November election gets reporter fired up about politics

    I’ve been fired up about the upcoming election since last January, when I had the opportunity to cover the Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It was an incredible experience, and one I hope to repeat. Since then, which hardly seems like nine months ago, I’ve had many more opportunities to cover debates, elections and other political functions. I can’t get enough of it—it’s the best part of my job.

  • Saving the wolves and rocking the political boat

    Last Wednesday, my family sat down to dinner. It is rare when we can all get together during the week. Grandma had cooked a roast and invited everyone to our house. We were in the middle of dinner when the phone rang.

    I jumped up to get it but wasn’t quite fast enough. Grandma can be quite spry when it comes to the phone. It’s usually for her anyway.

    “Hello,” she said.

    We had all stopped eating and we were waiting for her to finish up and come back to the table so we could eat.

  • Gossip destroys lives

    We are living in a time when many men and women are caught up in a web of lies and half-truths.

    The National Enquirer and many other gossip magazines have become major enterprises because the appetite for vicious rumors and half-truths is at fever pitch.

    Bad news has become a psychological drug for many people. Some people actually experience a feeling of euphoria when they read or share vicious gossip or rumors about others.

  • Dealing with clear and present dangers in Brunswick County

    I have observed an increasing number of dead deer along side of the rural and city roadways of Brunswick County lately.

    Deer crossing our roadways into the path of oncoming cars and the hunters lurking in the bushes waiting to shoot them pose clear and present dangers to nearby residents of Brunswick County.

  • Debating, public forums key part of political process

    When The Brunswick Beacon joins other sponsors this month in hosting two political forums, some key players won’t be there.

    On Tuesday, Oct. 7, The Beacon will join the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association and other media sponsors in hosting a forum that features candidates for local and state political offices.

    Among attendees for the 6 p.m. event at Odell Williamson Auditorium will be candidates for the Brunswick County Board of Education, Brunswick County Commissioners, N.C. Senate, N.C. House and U.S. House of Representatives.

  • DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Sept. 17

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerks Michelle Warth and Lisa Quick:

    Angela R. Ballengee, drink beer/wine while driving, DWI, expired/no inspection sticker, all voluntarily dismissed.

  • Johnson-Smith

    Mitchell and Cheryo Johnson Sr. of Waxhaw announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Maya Donnell Johnson, to Lamonte' Devon Smith of Athens, Ga. The prospective groom is the son of Darnell and Linda Smith of Charlotte and the grandson of the Rev. Vertis and Joyce Gause and Ola Jane Smith of Thomasboro. An Oct. 18 wedding is planned at Marvin AME Zion Church in Waxhaw. The couple will make their home in Athens.