Today's News

  • Leland man faces murder charges after crash

     A Leland man faces two second-degree murder charges after a car crash Saturday, Dec. 27.

    Twenty-six-year-old Eric Lavon Hill was involved in a single-vehicle crash at 4:20 a.m. Saturday when his car struck a tree and killed the passengers in his car, 22-year-old Anika Aikman of Wilmington and 23-year-old Jonathan Clark of Leland, Sgt. Jeremy Humphries wrote in an email to the Beacon.

    The wreck occurred at Willow Pond Lane and Grandiflora Drive in the Magnolia Greens community in Leland, Humphries said.

  • Christian recovery center restores hope, peace and joy

     ASH — Helping others through personal nightmares is a local pastor’s dream come true.

    Larry Shreve founded a faith-based recovery facility, Brunswick Christian Recovery Center, for male drug addicts and alcoholics in 2010. Now one of the men Shreve helped guide through a nightmare is helping his mentor run the day-to-day operations of the center.

  • Community Christmas heightens holiday at Ocean View Baptist

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It was a holiday wonderland with a twinkle-light canopy cascading from the ceiling, red poinsettias on tables, entertainment and festive foods.

    That’s just the atmosphere organizers were hoping for as a free community Christmas dinner unfolded on Christmas Eve Eve (Dec. 23) inside the freshly transformed family life center at Ocean View Baptist Church on Beach Drive.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases Dec. 15 during a grand jury session:


    Carl G. Ballard, first-degree sexual offense/child, indecent exposure with child.

    Amanda L. Barnhill, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, heroin possession.

  • Lung recipient has picture-worthy 2014

    What a year it was for Buddy Norris.

    Just as the Shallotte sign maker was released from yet another trip to the hospital for treatment for the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, he was called to Atlanta to get a new set of lungs three days before Thanksgiving.

    Norris’ double-lung transplant Nov. 24-25 has been viewed as nothing short of a miracle, and he and his family aren’t taking it for granted.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, Dec. 15

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Holiday gifts lend perspective on new year

    I’m having to write my column this week on Christmas Eve because of our early holiday deadlines, but I can already tell you about a few gifts I’ve received for the holidays this year.

    Today, one of my favorite newsroom visitors, 9-year-old Georgia Ann Durieur, came to the Beacon with Christmas greetings and another delightful story to share. She wrote and illustrated it herself on one of our computers. Here it is:

  • There is a common cause in Christian unity, reconciliation and justice
  • Waste reduction still a priority for 2015

    The launch of a new year is giving organizers of local anti-litter and recycling campaigns a renewed outlook for reducing the amount of waste in Brunswick County.

    Reducing the amount of litter as well as encouraging recycling will continue to be priorities for Keep Brunswick County Beautiful (KBCB), a local nonprofit offshoot of Keep America Beautiful, which since 1953 has encouraged individual and community responsibility for cleaner environments.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson