Today's News

  • House, Senate pass healthcare overhaul; Obama signs bill Tuesday

    After what President Barack Obama called “a century of striving,” Congress passed sweeping healthcare legislation, which Obama signed into law Tuesday.

    On Sunday evening, members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic measure 219 votes to 212 votes, with all 178 House Republicans voting against it.

    Thirty-four Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., crossed the aisle and also voted against the bill.

  • School works to eliminate 'high risk' safety, security concerns

    According to data released by Brunswick County Schools officials, most safety and security features at each of the county schools are operating at a moderate to low risk.

    Data released at an operations/safe schools committee meeting last Thursday details all security features that were of prior concern along with current status and any ongoing activities.

    Most of the items listed as moderate security risks have been budgeted for in the upcoming 2010-2011 capital outlay budget funding request, which was approved by board members last week.

  • Gang awareness presentation teaches warning signs, prevention

    A Brunswick County student drew a six-pointed star on his bookmark as part of a classroom assignment. The teacher, thinking it was the Star of David, asked the student if he was Jewish.

    “He looked at her like she was Greek,” Deputy Jason Fennell of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, said.

    But the star was representation of the Crips gang. The sixth-grade student, Fennell said, was a validated gang member.

  • Everyone has an opinion about healthcare reform; what's yours?

    It started on Facebook.

    Then it was Twitter.

    Soon, I was getting notifications in my e-mail.

    One said, “A victory for common sense.”

    One praised the president.

    One simply announced it had happened.

    “The healthcare bill just passed!” it proclaimed.

  • Beacon news team wins state press awards

    The North Carolina Press Association has honored the news team of The Brunswick Beacon with community journalism awards.

    The Beacon was among the top award-getters in its division for community newspapers with a circulation of more than 10,000 at the press association’s winter convention on March 18.

    In its division, the Beacon won second place in general excellence.

  • Senior directs 'Just Another High School Play'

    It may be “Just Another High School Play,” but this one is entirely student directed and produced.

    For her senior project, West Brunswick High School student Maddison Brambley decided to focus on the importance of arts in school curriculum. Brambley said she decided to focus on the importance of arts in schools based on her own experience in theater and choir and what performing has done for her.

    “I really feel confident about what I do, and I’m not scared to be myself on stage,” she said.

  • Cabbage can be steamed, boiled, braised, stuffed or stir-fried

    While many of us will be having corned beef and cabbage this week in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, myself included, I was thinking about the first time I can remember the aroma of cabbage cooking in the kitchen.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Daniel Elliot Reynolds, 55, of 132 Oak St., Lewiston, Mass., with driving while impaired, no operator’s license and left of center and hinder and delay/giving false information. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2,000 secured bond.

    •Larceny of a GPS device on Pine Street; suspect removed a $500 global positioning system from victim’s car.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Michael R. Gerew of Apex; charged with resisting a public officer.

    •Keith A. Murray of Raleigh; charged with resisting a public officer.


  • Golf action


    The Beachcombers played at Carolina Shores. Low gross: Reese Evans, 85; Harry Haggerty, 86; Dan O’Connell, 87; Jim Fitzner, 88. Low nets: O’Connell, 68; Fred Ortiz, 70. Team two best balls per hole: O’Connell, Ortiz, Haggerty and Bill Cameron at 29 under. Golfer of the week was O’Connell.