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Today's News

  • Brunswick County finance team wins awards, including distinguished budgeting

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County finance team, helmed by director Ann Hardy, have been recently honored with multiple financial awards, including distinguished budget presentation.

    According to county manager Marty Lawing, the finance department earned honors for the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 20, 2011.

  • Looking back: Beacon headlines from 1979, 1980

    Editor’s Note: This is the next in a yearlong series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    SHALLOTTE—The Beacon continued its coverage of the controversial liquor by the drink laws, featuring a story in the Jan. 4, 1979 issue of the Beacon, entitled, “Liquor by the drink and alcoholism relationship eyed.”

  • Commissioners opt not to re-appoint tax assessor to another term

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have opted not to re-appoint Brunswick County Tax Assessor Tom Davis to another term when his current term expires June 30.

    According to a letter sent to Davis from Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing, commissioners have decided not to re-appoint Davis to another term at the helm of the county tax department.

  • Shallotte Point home destroyed by fire

    SHALLOTTE POINT—A Shallotte Point home was destroyed by a fire Monday night.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said around 9 p.m. Monday, May 14, someone reported a house fire at 1788 Mary Sheldon Road in Shallotte Point.

    The homeowner was out of town, and no one was in the home when it caught fire, Garner said.

    The cause of the fire was a lighting strike, which Garner said attributed to several other house fires on Oak Island Monday night. Several strong storms with lightning moved through the area Monday night into Tuesday morning.

  • Tuesday’s canvass doesn’t change any elections outcome

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Elections officials completed an elections canvass at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, and elections director Greg Bellamy said no local races changed as a result of the canvass.

    “There were 191 provisional ballots, nowhere near enough to change the outcome,” Bellamy said.

    There will be a second primary Tuesday, July 17.

    All voting precincts will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on July 17.

  • Novant teams up with basketball legend Michael Jordan for new ad campaign

    The next time you see basketball great Michael Jordan on TV, it may not be for Nike Air Jordans, the Bobcats or even Fruit of the Loom.

    Jordan has recently teamed up with Novant Health, parent company of Brunswick Novant Medical Center, for a series of TV spots highlighting several health campaigns for the hospital and for Novant Health.

  • County sues bonding company over Saunders’ called bonds

    Brunswick County has turned to federal court in an attempt to complete infrastructure improvements in Mark Saunders’ various communities throughout the county.

    Brunswick County commissioners voted to call bonds for several of Saunders’ properties in March for infrastructure improvements for 11 communities under the umbrella of The Coastal Companies that total more than $11 million, Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said.

    The county has now sued the bonding company, Bond Safeguard Insurance Co., in U.S. District Court.

  • Former sheriff’s deputy sentenced for indecent liberties

    BOLIVIA—A former detective sergeant with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been sentenced to prison for indecent liberties with a minor.

    According to court documents Henry Thomas Cole, 46, pleaded guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court on May 10 to indecent liberties with a minor, a felony.

    Cole, of 2454 Southport-Supply Road, Bolivia, was first charged and arrested by agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation on April 24, 2011.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Possessing/concealing stolen property on Heights Place in Leland on May 11.

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Sikes Street in Winnabow on May 11.

    •Burglary on Robin Drive in Shallotte on May 11.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and vandalism on Boones Neck Road SW in Supply on May 11.

    •Vandalism on Swain Street in Bolivia on May 11.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center’s mission finds more than 90 people unaware of diabetes

    By Amy Myers

    Special to the Beacon

    BOLIVIA—One in three American adults are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, yet many don’t realize it because the debilitating, potentially deadly disease often shows few early symptoms, according to the American Diabetes Association.