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Today's News

  • To all our Beacon readers, thank you

    As you’re reading this, I’ll be sorting through files at the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office.

    That’s right. I accepted a new job.

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my time at the Beacon. I’ve said it time and time again, but I think your job is only as good as your boss.

    Having said that, I had two damn good ones.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Jan. 23-29 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 23

    Warrant for other agency served on Kenneth Wayne Williams, 33, of 231 Hardy Road, Whiteville.

    Jan. 27

    Alex G. Martinez, 24, of 1203 Iva Ave., Gastonia, charged with possession of marijuana.

    Kevin J. Echeverria-Ponce, 23, of 306 S. Ransom St., Gastonia, charged with possession of marijuana.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 19, 21, 22, 25 and 26 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.

     

    Tuesday, Jan. 19

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutors Jacob Ward and Cathi Radford 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 Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases Jan. 19 during a grand jury session:

    Darius Andrews, flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle, reckless driving to endanger, misdemeanor child abuse, break or enter motor vehicle.

  • Healthful kitchen makeovers

     How many times have you heard someone say, “There is nothing to eat in this house?” But the refrigerator is full. Perhaps they’re really thinking that there is nothing that’s easy to prepare. I’d like to also add to that easy to prepare — and healthy.

  • Spinal disc injury in dogs: five fast facts

     A reader recently wrote me about her beloved Dachshund who became tragically paralyzed. She asked for more information on spinal injuries in dogs. Here are five fast facts every dog owner should know about back injuries.  

     

    What does it mean for a spinal disc to rupture?

  • Didn't we just decorate the Christmas tree?

     

    I must be getting old faster than I think. Time escapes my grasp and causes me to gasp both with delicious delight and haunting horror. I may as well be singing along with Tevye and Goldie: “Sunrise, Sunset … swiftly flow the days!” No matter … the trees have long departed. The ornaments are stowed. Santa is hibernating. The parties have lessened. Gratefully, the ashes of memory persist.

  • Your Happiness Quotient: Cranky, perky or in-between?

    By Linda Arnold

     Look around you. I’m sure you’ll see your share of “Susie Sunshines” and “Donald Downers” out there. And those who fall in the middle.

    Are some folks just born more cranky? Or more perky? Or, are they conditioned through life experiences?

  • Your Happiness Quotient: Cranky, perky or in-between?

    By Linda Arnold

     Look around you. I’m sure you’ll see your share of “Susie Sunshines” and “Donald Downers” out there. And those who fall in the middle.

    Are some folks just born more cranky? Or more perky? Or, are they conditioned through life experiences?

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Before the onslaught of Western culture in the Southeast, there existed stunning forests of a particular pine, a pine that towered well more than 100 feet high, with trunks seven feet in diameter, true Southern giants. Try as you might now, you will not happen upon such a scene now: groves of these, thick within the Sandhills, as far as the eye can see.