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Today's News

  • Former Leland officer convicted of attempted murder, sentenced to 20 years in prison

     A former Leland police lieutenant was sentenced to 20 years in South Carolina state prison last week after pleading guilty to a pair of attempted murder charges.

    Circuit Court Judge Larry B. Hyman sentenced 40-year-old Howard “Hank” Smith of Supply to serve 20 years in the South Carolina Department of Corrections on two counts of attempted murder. The attempted murder charges were levied upon Smith after he led officers on a high-speed chase from Supply to South Carolina in September.

  • BCC Foundation raises more than $25K at community breakfast

     The Brunswick Community College Foundation held its annual community breakfast Wednesday, April 15, inside the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center on the campus.

    The breakfast featured guest speaker Celia Rivenbark, a renowned columnist and humorist.

    BCC’s director of resource development Elina DiCostanzo called the event “an overall huge success.”

    Two hundred sixty-five community members attended the event, which raised $25,460.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant assessment open house April 28

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials have scheduled an open house for Tuesday, April 28, to provide information on the agency’s assessment of the two units at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant during 2014.

    The informal open house is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport. There will be informational posters and NRC staff will be available to answer questions about the safety performance of the Brunswick plant as well as overall NRC oversight and inspection.

  • Supply woman faces drug trafficking charges

     A Supply woman is accused of trafficking prescription pills.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 50-year-old Dori Duke Maultsby-Nehilla, of Pine Knoll Lane, on four counts of trafficking opium, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, selling and delivering a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Man convicted of sex offenses two years ago released on parole

     A man convicted of three felony sex offenses more than two years ago and sentenced to 10 years in state prison has been approved for release on parole.

    Albert R. Baldwin was approved for parole Friday, April 17, after serving two years of a 10-year sentence in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a news release from the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

    Baldwin was convicted of two counts first-degree sexual offense and statutory rape and sex offense Oct. 4, 2012, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Supply woman accused of violating state school attendance law

     Deputies jailed a Supply woman accused of allowing her son to miss too many days of school.

    Jerri Brewer Collis, 48, was arrested April 2 on a misdemeanor school attendance law violation after she failed to bring her son, a student at Cedar Grove Middle School, to school the required amount of days, a warrant shows. She was briefly incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • Lack of ‘uber’ clarity is an editing error

    One night last week, when I was checking in with my dad to let him know I was on my way home from work, he offered his usual critique of that week’s Beacon. More often than not, my parents start by reading my column because they’re my parents, then read the rest of the editorial page.

    As most readers know, our staff writers write a weekly column on a rotating basis. Now that my folks have met each of our reporters in person, they make a point of reading their columns, too.

  • Legislators should support lifeguard liability limits

    After a relatively uneventful summer last year, it would have been easy to forget four people died in less than 36 hours on Brunswick County’s beaches the previous summer.

    Soon after the deaths, which were ultimately blamed on dangerous rip currents, county and municipal officials thoroughly reviewed their policies, procedures and practices to ensure the very best efforts were being made to keep residents and visitors safe on our coast.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

     

    “I grieve at what I speak,

     And am right sorry to repeat what follows…”

    King Henry VIII.

     

    Pardon me for repeating a recent mystery plant. Every now and then I do this –– not to grieve my dear readers –– but rather to bring some new aspect of an old friend to bear. Therefore, behold this lovely flower!

  • The secret to Chicken Winston is its seven-ingredient de jonghe sauce

     At one time or another, we’ve all been to a restaurant and had a really fantastic meal and wished we could make that same meal at home. And you probably could, if only you knew the exact ingredients, how to prepare the special sauce and how long to cook it. But, it always seems there’s an ingredient or two you’ve left out, as it just doesn’t taste quite the same as what you had in the restaurant.