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  • Southport man killed in wreck on N.C. 211

    A Southport man was killed Sunday when his vehicle was struck head-on by a police cruiser on N.C. 211 near Oak Island.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Troy Pope said Jack Ferguson Kirkland, 73, of Southport, was killed Sunday when his van was struck head-on by a Southport Police cruiser.

    The Southport Police officer, Joshua Wesley Gaughf, 22, of Bolivia, was not at fault, Pope said.

    Pope said Gaughf was traveling north on N.C. 211 about a half a mile from Oak Island.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Warren booted from DSS board

    BOLIVIA—The tables have turned and it was county commissioner Charles Warren’s turn to be removed Monday night.

    During Monday night’s county commissioners’ meeting, commissioners voted four votes to one to remove Warren from the DSS board for, among other things, removing fellow board member Pat Sykes and a Beacon reporter from a December 2011 DSS board meeting.

    Warren cast the lone dissenting vote.

  • Jury selection in drive-by murder trial to begin Monday

    BOLIVIA—Jury selection for a murder trial in which a Calabash man was killed in a 2008 drive-by shooting began Monday afternoon in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Matthew Lee Baber, 28, of Sunset Beach, has been charged with murder, felony conspiracy and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle.

    Baber is represented by Shallotte attorney James Payne. Assistant district attorneys Lee Bollinger and Caitlin Richards are representing the state, and Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg is presiding.

  • Commissioners chairman to manager: ‘Hold the tax rate’

    BOLIVIA—After several hours of presentations over two days, Brunswick County commissioners set one major goal for the upcoming fiscal year—hold the line on taxes.

    In fact, when Brunswick County Manger Marty Lawing asked commissioners for a direction in the upcoming budget process, commissioners chairman Bill Sue replied, “The direction is, hold the tax rate.”

    Commissioners Scott Phillips, Phil Norris, Marty Cooke and Charles Warren all agreed.

  • Missing televisions may have ended up in Puerto Rico and Mexico

    A few of the flat-screen televisions stolen from Holden Beach and the other Brunswick County beaches have been recovered, but many of the stolen TVs were shipped to Puerto Rico and Mexico, Holden Beach police chief Wally Layne told town commissioners Tuesday night.

    “One male and his wife have been arrested,” Layne said, while federal authorities are helping try to apprehend another suspect.

    The face of the fugitive was caught on a motion-activated security camera at one of the beach houses.

  • Black History Month: Cemetery benefit Sunday

    For decades—if not centuries—Pleasant View Cemetery has offered quiet respite for the dearly departed and their loved ones.

    The historic African American community cemetery, off Old Georgetown Road in Sunset Beach, has long been a peaceful resting place for numerous local families.

    Tucked at the end of an unpaved lane winding between Sea Trail Golf Course and Sea Trail residential area, the cemetery existed even before there was a Sea Trail.

  • Health expo set for Feb. 25

    Get ready for free, professional health screenings, chair massages and information.

    All of this and more will be showcased at Health Expo 2012, slated for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 25, at West Brunswick High School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the sixth annual expo will feature about 40 vendors and sponsors converging in the school gymnasium and elsewhere at the school on N.C. 130, according to Christy Williamson, expo representative for the Beacon.

  • Calabash sign needs something instead of nothing, citizen says

    CALABASH—A resident says the town welcome sign needs to make people feel more welcome.

    Former town commissioner Cecelia Herman, speaking at Tuesday night's monthly Calabash town board meeting, took issue with the sign at the north-bound entry into town on N.C. 179 when it's blank.

    "It makes me feel like our town is closed, that there's nothing going on there," Herman said, asking the board to consider putting something on the sign even when nothing special is happening.

  • Ocean Isle mascot dog passes on to canine heaven

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Doppler was an Ocean Isle mainstay, an anchor, light and fixture routinely stationed right next to the Intracoastal Waterway.

    People who visited Ocean Isle Fishing Center usually met and socialized with the friendly golden retriever, since that’s where he most often could be found.

    “He was my pet,” said Capt. Brant McMullan of the fishing center’s official canine greeter. “He’d been here ever since we opened.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs raises for firefighter certifications

    SUNSET BEACH—Following debate that took up much of Monday morning, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved salary adjustments for employees who have received certifications.

    Council voted 4-1 to approve the salary adjustments at the specially called 9 a.m. meeting. Town councilwoman Carol Scott cast the only dissenting vote.

    The vote means council will go ahead and grant 2.5 percent pay increases for 17 certifications submitted by Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee.