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Today's News

  • Checking stations nets 10 DWI charges, 49 citations

     A traffic checkpoint held Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, resulted in more than 15 arrests and several citations as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office teamed with neighboring counties to host Operation Firecracker.

    The checking station began at 11 p.m. just north of U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue in Shallotte. Brunswick County deputies teamed with deputies from the Columbus and New Hanover County sheriff’s offices and officers with the Shallotte Police Department to host the checking station.

  • Tornado touches down near Sandy Creek

     A tornado touched down near Sandy Creek late Saturday afternoon, according the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Reid Hawkins, an NWS meteorologist and science officer, said a small, EF-0 tornado touched down just east of Sandy Creek about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

    Hawkins said an EF-0 tornado has winds that reach a maximum of 70 mph, adding the twister caused some roof and fence damage, knocked down a tree and moved a tractor.

  • Road worker injured after being hit by a vehicle on job site

     A road construction worker was injured in a traffic collision early Monday morning, June 29, at a job site on N.C. 133 in Southport.

    An employee of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., based in Atlanta, was working during road construction when a vehicle struck him, the company’s communications specialist Christy Barger wrote in an email to the Beacon.

    “A third party vehicle traveling through the worksite struck the employee, causing multiple injuries,” Barger wrote.

  • School board approves principal, assistant principal changes

     Three weeks after approving several personnel changes that changed leadership at six Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick County Board of Education approved eight additional personnel moves following a human resources and finance committee meeting June 23.

    Five Brunswick County elementary schools will welcome new administrators to their respective campuses during the 2015-16 school year, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki wrote in a news release.

  • Shark attack victim continues recovery at children’s hospital

     Two children who were injured in separate shark attacks less than two miles apart more than two weeks ago in Oak Island are recovering from their injuries as fundraisers for each have been established to help offset their medical bills and travel expenses.

    Sixteen-year-old Hunter Treschl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and 12-year-old Kiersten Yow, of Archdale, lost parts of their left arms during the shark attacks June 14. Yow also suffered significant injuries to her left leg.

  • Project Lazarus coalition discusses drug overdose prevention

     BOLIVIA — More than a year ago, Wilkes County native Fred Brazon welcomed health care professionals and other local leaders from across the southeast region to Bolivia for a presentation about opioid overdoses in Brunswick County.

    Months after Brazon’s presentation, then-Brunswick County deputy health director Fred Michael helped organize a team of coalition members that would lead an effort to combat the issue in the county through Project Lazarus.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 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.

     

    Monday, June 15

  • Food safety reminders for the July 4th holiday

     Nothing screams picnic more than the 4th of July. It’s almost required that to eat outdoors on this holiday and I bet everyone has at least one party or other eating event planned for this holiday weekend. Enjoy!

    With that thought in mind, I’d like to offer some quick hot weather food safety reminders. Picnics, outdoor dining, feeding large groups of people and special summer food bring different problems and situations into the picture that you don’t perhaps think about the rest of the year.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 

     

    A simple lunch for a botanist on a field trip … and this mystery plant isn’t much of a mystery. I think you know what it is. There are two basic reasons why you should eat avocados:

  • Leaf-footed bugs: a mid-season pest for vegetables

     Have you ever noticed a small, orange-and-black critter congregating on your summer vegetable plants? Similarly, have you encountered a larger one that appears to be wearing bell-bottom pants? A common mid-season pest, leaf-footed bugs are nuisance pests on many fruit and vegetable crops, as well as nut trees and some ornamental plants. And as the summer wears on, they will become more problematic, so act now to avoid damage to your summer vegetables.

     

    What are leaf-footed bugs?