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Today's News

  • Hurricane Jose lingers as Hurricane Maria threatens coast

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center in Miami announced Hurricane Maria became a Category 5 storm as of 8 p.m. Monday.

    By Tuesday afternoon, the hurricane was 110 miles southeast of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, moving northwest at 10 mph. Forecasts show it was likely to continue in that direction and reach Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

    The hurricane was reported to have sustained winds of 160 mph; 110 mph is considered a major hurricane.

  • County board OKs school bond financial advisor, water connection

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved a contract Monday night with Stephens Inc. to serve as the financial advisor to issue the first phase of General Obligation (GO) bonds for Brunswick County Schools improvements and expansion.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said the $152 million in bonds will be issued in phases with $52,950,000 to be issued in July 2018.

    In July 2020, $47,550,000 will be issued for phase two and $51,500,000 will be issued in July 2022 for phase three.

  • District court docket for Sept. 5, 6, 7 and 8

     

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 5, 6, 7 and 8 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, Sept. 5

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

  • Sunset Beach to address park fees Oct. 2

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council is stepping up consideration of town park fees and other matters after Mayor Pro Tem Carol Scott took issue with ongoing delays and a lack of agenda items at council’s second meeting of the month Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    Following debate about a deadline and time factor, council informally agreed to address park rules and fees at its next meeting Monday, Oct. 2.

    Scott also complained about a scant agenda Tuesday.

  • Know your rights in nursing homes

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    "Please don’t put me in a nursing home” is a sentiment I hear often from my senior clients. Many people seem to equate nursing homes with captivity and the end of all freedom. Realistically, though, as we live longer than our predecessors, often with various disabilities and debilitating health problems, nursing homes will eventually become the only option for many of us.

  • You decide: What is the good and bad in today’s economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Although my late mother never finished high school, she still was a wise person. One of her favorite sayings was, there are two sides to every story. Of course when I tried to use this logic after I disobeyed one of her rules, she would reply, “There are exceptions!”

  • September is National Recovery Month

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Since our son’s death of a drug overdose almost five years ago Oct. 10, 2012, an additional 200,000 men and women have died as a result of the same disease, an addiction to drugs and alcohol. At the time of Patrick’s passing, the tsunami of death because of addiction was just reaching shore. Many were already dead or dying, but the worst was yet to come.

  • An extended editor’s note in lieu of a lengthy column

    As some readers may know already, the Beacon isn’t printed here in Shallotte. Since our press shut down in 2011, the fine folks at The News & Record in Greensboro have been helping us bring our print edition to readers each week via the U.S. Postal Service and more than 50 racks we have in and around Brunswick County.

    By the end of this month, Greensboro’s press will have shut down as well, shifting its duties — including the printing of the Beacon — to its neighboring newspaper’s press at The Winston-Salem Journal.

  • It is not too late to prepare for 2017 hurricane season

    Even before Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma wrought their devastation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has the potential to be extremely active — maybe the most active since 2010. In the first nine weeks of the 2017 season, which runs through Nov. 30, there were six named storms — twice as many as would typically form by early August.

  • Latest Lockwood Folly dredge work finished, for now

    Maintenance dredging of the Lockwood Folly Inlet has been completed, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week.

    USACE Wilmington District completed work in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island that resumed in late August. Work by the shallow-draft side-cast Merritt dredge had to be suspended in July after the half-century-old vessel had to be taken up to Manns Harbor near the Outer Banks for repairs to a hole and breach on the dredge boat that had caused it to start taking in water.