Today's News

  • Fire investigation completed; report released

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    The first of nearly 20 calls came in at 6:58 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Each reported a fire at 1 Scotland Street in Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to a report from Fire Marshal Scott Garner of Brunswick County Emergency Services, firefighters responded to the scene within three minutes from the initial 911 call, but the house was already “fully involved with flames.”

  • State General Assembly races draw opponents, one unopposed

     Three candidates, including longtime Democratic incumbent R.C. Soles, are vying for the N.C. Senate District 8 seat up for a two-year renewal this year. District 8 encompasses Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.

    Republican incumbent Bonner Stiller is seeking a fourth two-year term in the District 17 N.C. House of Representatives race, with a challenge from Democrat Vernon Ward.

  • Turnout ‘huge’ for early voting throughout Brunswick County

    More than 23,000 people had voted as of Tuesday afternoon at one-stop voting locations throughout Brunswick County. Another 1,749 people had mailed in absentee ballots, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections.


    “We’ve already had more one-stop voters than we had in 2004 total,” deputy elections director Sara Ashcraft said Tuesday. “Turnout is huge.”


    By 6 p.m. Tuesday, 23,741 people had voted at the seven one-stop sites, and they were continuing to pour in as the day continued.


  • Scam artists target classified advertisers

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    Buyer beware.

    Scam artists are everywhere, and recently they’ve been targeting The Brunswick Beacon’s classified ads.

    Kim Bleecker, classified sales representative, said relay operators have begun calling, claiming to be calling on behalf of a hearing impaired person wanting to place an ad. More often than not, the relay operator will act leery when asked to give a name, address and phone number—required information to place an ad.

  • Race to Washington: State senator, Libertarian candidate challenge Washington veteran for seat in U.S. Senate

    Editor’s note: Democratic candidate Kay Hagan declined the invitation to the candidates’ forum. The Beacon made several attempts to reach Hagan by phone and e-mail for an interview, but she was unable to be reached by press time Tuesday.

    If it were up to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, the U.S. would begin drilling for oil immediately to break its dependence on foreign oil.

  • The race to Washington: U.S. House of Representative challenger tries to unseat six-term incumbent

    In a battle of 10 counties, only one candidate will make it to Washington to represent North Carolina’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Republican Will Breazeale is challenging six-term incumbent Mike McIntyre in their race to Capitol Hill. McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, has served Southeastern North Carolina in Congress for 12 years, and Breazeale says it’s time for new representation in Washington.

    McIntyre maintains he’s the man for the job.

  • Two of three gubernatorial candidates face off at candidates’ forum

    WILMINGTON—It was a silent night for Democratic candidates Friday at the Stand Up and Vote Candidates’ Forum.

    The event, co-sponsored by various media outlets, including The Brunswick Beacon, featured Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).

    Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue, the Democratic nominee for governor, declined the invitation to the forum, as did Dole’s opponent, N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan.

  • Four of five county commissioners up for re-election

    The face of Brunswick County’s governing board could change dramatically after next week’s election. Four of the five sitting county commissioners are up for re-election Nov. 4.

    The District 2 seat, held by Marty Cooke, became a contested race after the death of county commissioner and chairman David Sandifer in April. Either Cooke or his challenger Marion Davis will serve the remainder of Sandifer’s term, which ends in 2010.

  • Chief jailer resigns; interim captain to resume full-time duties

    BOLIVIA—After 22 years with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Kevin Holden has resigned.

    Sheriff John Ingram said Holden resigned on Monday from his post as captain over the detention division. Capt. Phil Perry has been named interim jail administrator and will resume full-time duties as jail administrator next Monday.

    Holden was hired in July 1986. In 2000, he was promoted to captain of detention. Until his resignation Oct. 27, Holden was making an annual salary of $70,933.

  • Don’t complain, vote for change

    In light of the current economic situation, it’s no surprise many Brunswick County families are feeling a crunch. From high gas prices to increases in everything from groceries to services, it’s been a little bit harder for many to make ends meet.

    Some families in Brunswick County are worried about whether or not they’ll be able to keep their homes, while others are uncertain about job security.