Today's News

  • Senate health reform bill moves forward; Christmas Eve vote expected

    After a series or party-line votes on healthcare reform this week, senators are expected to cast what could be their final vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act early Christmas Eve.

    The week of votes on the reform bill began with a cloture vote at 1 a.m. Monday, when a 60-40 party-line vote gave senate Democrats the three-fifths majority needed to move for with the bill.

  • New feature will highlight those who are changing people’s lives and the community

    Each year, The Brunswick Beacon highlights some of the community’s most interesting people in its annual 10 Most Interesting feature. Once a year, a single issue of the paper is devoted to telling the stories and featuring photos of those readers suggest are among the most interesting in Brunswick.

    This year, when we made a call for suggestions, we received more than we anticipated. With so many good suggestions, we wondered how we could do more than just feature 10 people this year.

  • Wallet loss, theft, damages reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a lost wallet reported Dec. 11 in the Great Egret Circle area of Sunset Beach.

    A Canadian Border serviceman reported he had lost all his military identification, a Canadian Border badge and badge holder and other items, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

    Police also investigated a report a 41-year-old son stole items from his elderly mother at an address on Indigo Circle.

  • West Brunswick students recognized for effort

    Louis Slover, assistant principal at West Brunswick High School, said when he was in high school, he was the “everyday kid.”

    He came to school, followed the rules and always tried to do his best. He may not have been at the top of his class, but he put forth effort.

    The teachers and administration at West Brunswick High School want the “everyday kids” to know they appreciate their efforts. Sixty-eight students were honored Friday morning with Effort Awards during a ceremony and breakfast celebration.

  • Shallotte man charged with sex crimes; more charges expected

    Shallotte Police officers have arrested a local resident for sex exploitation of a minor, and more charges may be forthcoming, officials say.

    Last week, police charged Marcus James Scott, 40, of 495-4 River Bluff Drive, Apt. 4, Shallotte, with two counts of sex exploitation of a minor. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $6,000 secured bond.


    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents during the past week. The information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Identity theft at GoGas; suspect used victim’s stolen credit card to purchase gas.

    •Larceny of a check and mail tampering on Arnold Palmer Drive; suspect opened victim’s mail and removed a check.

    •Larceny of a pipe laser in the Belk parking lot; suspect took a pipe laser valued at $3,900 from the company’s pickup bed.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female, resisting a public officer, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked on Causeway Drive. Suspect Larry Cheyenne Pigott Jr., 21, was driving while impaired, assaulted his girlfriend, attempted to run her over and ran from officers while being placed under arrest.

  • Virginia Williamson students study countries around the world

    Third-grade students at Virginia Williamson Elementary School are more globally aware after studying cultures from around the world.

    Students started studying different cultures several weeks ago and culminated the unit with Tour Around the World Thursday afternoon, where they were able to present the information learned during their studies.

  • BCC to offer continuing education classes

    The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Onya Galloway, administrative assistant.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • A Christmas miracle--one of many in 2009

    Christmas is a time of miracles. For Christians, it’s the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus with gifts and songs, gaily decorated homes, special church services and family gatherings.

    Year-round there are miracles aplenty right here in Brunswick County.

    Tides come and go, season follows season, each with its own beauty. Gulls and pelicans soar overhead. Salt marshes rustle in the evening breeze as a great blue heron rises and flies into a violet and gold sunset.

    That’s a miracle.