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Today's News

  • Hurricane Arthur gives way to happy holiday

    I’m relieved this year’s Fourth of July holiday and weekend was without tragedy after last year’s terrible rip current drownings, and especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, which mostly just soaked us here Brunswick County and put a damper on some pre-holiday plans.

  • Finding homes and care for cats

    According to the American Pet Care Products Association, people are expected to spend more than $58 billion on their pets this year alone. And regardless of whether they are millionaires or living on the street, most people these days treat their pets as members of the family.

    People were not as educated about spaying or neutering their pets as they are now. They did not understand that not only did it spare their four-legged friends from life-threatening illnesses and improve their quality of life, but it also reduced the number of strays who become homeless nuisances.

  • Voters were wrong about sales tax

    To the editor:

    It was sad to read in last week’s Beacon what can't be funded because of the voters’ rejection of the sales tax referendum. I think the main reason it failed was that the county did a poor job of selling it to the people. What people saw was a sales tax for sand, not the fact that our beaches bring millions of dollars of tourist money to the county.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 25, 26, 27 and 30 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Wednesday, June 25

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina adjudicated the following cases June 23 during a grand jury session:

    Isaac Anderson, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, resisting public officer.

    Kyle Whitney Anderson, two counts of trafficking in MDA/MDMA, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver MDA/MDMA, maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance.

  • Summer kids' movies now showing on the big screen in Shallotte

    Buckle into your movie seats.

    It’s kids’ movie time for another summer.

    Now that school is out, Coastal Cinema 10 at 5200 Bridgers Road in Shallotte has once again launched its seasonal Summer Kids’ Movie Series.

    Movie showings are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 21.

    Admission for all ages is $1 per person. Admission is subject to seating availability, and groups are welcome.

  • Band of the Week: Smokin' Hot ready to set Sunset Beach on fire July 16

    Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot is a sizzling seven-piece rhythm-and-blues band.

  • Finding God in the reality of television

     

     

    Hubby Dear teases me about my television viewing. He finds my choices both amusing and confusing. In a way, so do I. Upon reflection, however, there does seem to be a method to all my madness. There are reasons for my options.

  • House fire extinguished on Sunset Beach island

    Firefighters extinguished a fire that broke out inside a house last week on the Sunset Beach island.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Fire Chief Richard Childres said the fire, reported at 7:55 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at an unoccupied house at 410 29th St., is believed to have been the result of a wiring or mechanical issue.

    Fire damages were confined mostly to the kitchen, with smoke damage throughout the structure.

  • Get outside

     Katherine E. McKee, Ph.D

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent