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Today's News

  • Southport Internal Medicine to host open house

    Southport Internal Medicine will host a community open house from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

    The public can meet the group’s newest physician, Thomas Beckett, M.D., and tour the new office at 1456 Howe St., Suites 201 and 202, Southport.

    The group moved to its new office in October 2007. Just a few blocks from the former office at 11 East 9th St., the new, larger office is across from Kerr Drug.

  • Festival, Coffey receive awards

    At the recent North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events Showfest, the North Carolina Oyster Festival, hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, won several awards including event of the year, best brochure and best event photo. Kristin Coffey, the chamber’s festival and events director, earned the festival event director of the year award. 'Kristin has done an amazing job in planning, implementing and growing our festival,' stated chamber president Cathy Altman.

  • Curves plans 10th annual food drive

    Curves of Shallotte will be participating in the Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks.

    Last year, the Curves Food Drive collected nearly 11 million pounds of food for local communities all over the world. This year, Curves has set a goal to collect 15 million pounds to help even more people in need of healthy food.

  • Calabash commissioners fire town administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have voted to fire town administrator Donna Prince “without cause.” They will buy out the remainder of her contract, which was to expire in November.

    The unanimous vote came Feb. 20 following a specially called, closed meeting attended by the town’s five commissioners, Mayor Anthony Clemmons and attorney Mark Lewis.

  • Former manager arrested in Sea Fine Art Gallery thefts; some art recovered

    CALABASH—The former manager of a local art gallery has been arrested and charged in connection with a break-in and theft of art from the gallery.

    Russell J. Brassard, 72, of 222 Beachwood Drive, Calabash, was charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny on Feb. 19, two days after the reported break-in at the closed Sea Fine Art Gallery in the Harbor Court complex in downtown Calabash.

    Brassard was slated for a first court appearance last Thursday and has a trial date of March 25, according to the Brunswick County criminal clerk of court office.

  • Calabash appoints interim clerk

    The Calabash Board of Commissioners have appointed deputy town clerk Kelley Southward as interim town clerk, according to Mayor Pro Tem Forrest King.

    Southward will serve as interim clerk until the board either chooses her permanently for the job or someone else is hired.

    She replaces Donna Prince, who served as both town administrator and town clerk before she was fired “without cause” last week. (See related story on the front page.)

  • Health Expo 2008 Saturday at WBHS

    Get your cholesterol checked, donate blood and receive the latest health information from local professionals at Health Expo 2008, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The event is sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon.

    Exhibitors will be set up in the West Brunswick gymnasium. Participants will have access to various free screenings including oxygen saturation, lung health, blood pressure, cholesterol, surface electromyography, blood sugar, vision, hearing and more. Chair massages are also available.

  • Shallotte man pleads guilty to child sex charges

    A Shallotte man has pleaded guilty to several rape and sexual assault charges.

    Marvin Alfred Legg, 48, of Shallotte pleaded guilty to the following charges last Wednesday: one count of first-degree statutory rape; one count of first-degree statutory sex offense on a child younger than 13; three counts of statutory rape on a child who was 13, 14, or 15; three counts of statutory sex offense on a child who was 13, 14, or 15; and six counts of indecent liberties with a child.

  • Sheriff's office K-9 officer wins national award

    BOLIVIA—While chasing a slobbery, red Kong toy thrown by his handler, Hanno suddenly becomes distracted. The wind shifts, and as it does, it brings with it a familiar scent—drugs.

    Hanno is no longer concerned with playing with his favorite toy; the German shepherd has a job to do.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 doesn’t wait for his handler, Cpl. Rich Roman, to tell him what to do. The seasoned veteran immediately encircles an SUV, where Roman has hidden a bag or marijuana to show how Hanno trails a scent.

  • Leland Crime report

    Leland Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports:

    •False pretense on Village Road.

    •Larceny by an employee and forgery on New Pointe Boulevard.

    •Larceny on Lanvale Hills Circle; suspect removed registration plate from victim’s vehicle.

    •Missing/endangered person on Hickory Hill Drive. The subject returned home.