Today's News

  • BSRI to close senior sites for four days due to dwindling funds

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., which provides meals and other programs for senior citizens in need, has announced it must take “drastic action” in May and June to make its finances last until the end of the fiscal year.

    To do so, BSRI director Jim Russell has announced all senior centers and nutrition sites will be closed two Fridays in May and two in June—May 15 and 29 and June 12 and 26.

    The BSRI staff will be furloughed during the closures, and all other BSRI programs will not operate those days.

  • Alleged attempted rapist's case dismissed after state's only witness flees

    BOLIVIA—The 12-year-old victim of an alleged attempted first-degree rape returned to her native Mexico before Virginio Colin Isidoro went to trial, leaving the district attorney’s office without its only witness and without a case.

    Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart said all charges against 37-year-old Isidoro were dismissed when the girl left the country with her mother and sister, before the trial began in April.

    The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sex crimes.

  • Oak Island man arrested for string of Southport break-ins

    SOUTHPORT—An Oak Island man accused of breaking into several Southport-area businesses has been arrested.

    Shawn Duane Brennan, 26, of 219 NE 48th St., has been arrested and charged with three counts of property damage, two counts of common-law robbery, three counts of breaking and entering, illegal burning of a building and possession stolen goods.

    Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said in addition to breaking into several Southport-area businesses, Brennan also allegedly set fire to Prevatte and Prevatte Law Firm on Howe Street.

  • Leland fugitive captured in Belize

    A Leland man convicted in Brunswick County while on the run has been captured in Belize.

    According to Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart, Brian Keith Perry, 40, was captured in Belize on Saturday, May 9.

    Perry failed to appear in Brunswick County Superior Court on the third day of his trial in December 2008. The trial continued, and a jury convicted Perry of statutory rape, indecent liberties with a child and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • DOT allows construction to resume on Oak Island Bridge after five-month suspension

    OAK ISLAND—Five months after a fatal girder collapse at the construction site of the second Oak Island Bridge, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials allowed construction to resume.

    Work on the Middleton Drive construction site had been suspended since Dec. 3, 2008, when a girder collapsed, killing Jose Montalvo of Sumter, S.C. On May 7, NCDOT Resident Engineer Wayne Currie lifted the temporary suspension on the bridge project, and work resumed the following day.

  • Shallotte planners recommend approvals; mull Main Street request

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended approval of annexing and rezoning property on Lake Shore Drive and subdividing a tract on Main Street but put off until next month another Main Street subdivision request because staff had numerous comments.

    The board voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s board meeting to recommend approval of annexing .6 acres on Lake Shore Drive and rezoning it from the county’s RA-15 zoning to the town’s R-10, a low-density residential zoning district.

  • It's summertime, and all you need is a salad bowl and an appetite

    All kinds of ripe produce are now just beginning to overflow from gardens and orchards and the one dish that really means “summertime” is the salad!

    With the abundance of fruits and vegetables this time of the year, just toss them into a salad bowl and enjoy them, with or without a dressing. Summer salads only require a nice, clear dressing, not a heavy, creamy dressing. For grilled zucchini, squash, eggplant or even fresh green beans, try using a garlicky or citrusy dressing.

  • May gardening tips: Proceed full steam ahead for attractive turfgrass

    Now is the time to get started on the warm season grass activities (e. g. Bermuda, Centipede, Zoysia, and St. Augustine). Seed, sprig, plug or plant rolls of sod now and throughout the summer in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina.

  • Driver-Wemyss

    Crystal Driver and James Wemyss of Ocean Isle Beach were married April 18 at Orton Plantation Gardens with Judge Marion Warren officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Tom and Shirley Driver of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Phil and Nancy Wemyss of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    She wore an ivory/champagne, satin A-line dress with a split front and gathered waist and beaded lace detail. She wore an ivory, elbow-length veil with beaded detail.

  • Do we have a need for extreme makeovers?

    Susan Boyle from Britain is a name and a face that has been displayed across television screens worldwide. She has become a Cinderella icon, a woman whose ordinary appearance hid extraordinary talent.

    No one paid much attention to this 47-year-old who unabashedly admitted she had never been kissed. In fact, the only attention given her was mockery offered with expressions of blatant condescension.

    And then, she sang.