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Today's News

  • Living the Beatitudes is not for the faint of heart

    Whether we find our home on the mountaintops of life or on the plains of ordinary stuff, we receive the same message. Whether we are actively prestigious in our nation’s governmental system or arduously putting one step in front of another to meet daily challenges, the message is repeated. Blessed are the peacemakers. Happy are the peacemakers. Holy are the peacemakers.

  • Moving this summer? Protect yourself by planning ahead

    By Attorney General Roy Cooper

    Guest Columnist

    Moving is hard work, and many of the millions of Americans who move between May and September hire professionals to help. If you’re planning to move this summer, learn what steps you can take to make sure it goes smoothly.

  • Need to reform welfare system

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    In 1996, a Republican-led Congress and a Democratic president signed a welfare reform bill that required recipient’s work. It was a good bill that helped move millions off welfare and into productive jobs.

  • You decide: How can a business stay afloat?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Operating a business is tough. Meeting payroll, hiring qualified workers, attracting buyers and complying with regulations are just a few of the challenges faced by business owners. Statistics show 44 percent of new businesses shut down within three years. Opening a business is no guarantee it will be a success.

  • Sauls-Lennon engagement

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lindsay Chapman Sauls of Holden Beach and Dr. Charles Lloyd Lennon III of Holden Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dixon and Kathryn Sauls of Farmville. The prospective groom is the son of Lloyd and Linda Lennon of Clarkton. A Nov. 28 wedding is planned at May-Lew Farm in Farmville.

  • Dancer graduates from Air Force basic training

    Airman First Class Ryan J. Dancer, son of Steven and Sharon Nelke Dancer of Leesburg, Ga., graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base on July 9. Dancer was an honor graduate and achieved expert marksman. He will continue his training by attending Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. His parents and all his grandparents —  Otto and Marian Nelke of Sunset Beach, Mary Dancer and Henry Greenemeyer of New Jersey, James Dancer and Joy Ritchie of Florida — attended his graduation.

  • Johndro graduates from basic training

    Air Force Airman 1st Class Ashley A. Johndro graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the granddaughter of Jennie Redmond of Leland.

    Johndro completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • County’s sex offender compliance policy serves as model

    The case of Army Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, a combat medic stationed at Fort Bragg who was reported missing in April 2012, attracted national attention. She was last seen alive in the company of Nicholas Holbert, who had been convicted of sex crimes against a child, helped lead police to her remains two years later and is awaiting trial on murder and other charges related to her disappearance and death. Although Holbert was a known sex offender, he was not registered because he was living in the woods behind the bar where he met Bordeaux and had no permanent address.

  • Time again to be identified by the T-shirt I wear

    Somewhere in the depths of my closet, I’ve buried a comfy gray T-shirt I haven’t worn in a long time. It hasn’t seemed appropriate to wear it in public in Brunswick County — not because it’s ill-fitting or ratty, emblazoned with profanity or promoting a potentially controversial issue, but because I’ve been so happy here at the helm of the Beacon newsroom.

  • Pest alert: Bagworms now active in landscapes

    By Sam Marshall