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Today's News

  • Out with AYP, in with AMO

    Brunswick County Schools recently received accountability results for the previous school year.

    "There were small gains in overall reading and math proficiency," Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said this week.

    "We are pleased our middle schools made expected growth and one made high growth," Pruden said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From July 30 to Aug. 5, special operations deputies set up checkpoints on Thomasboro Road, Hickman Road, Bridgers Road, Mount Misery Road, and E.F. Middleton Boulevard.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Beacon writers win national press awards

    Brunswick Beacon staff writers Rachel Johnson and Laura Lewis have won national writing awards. Both were recognized as winners in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

    Johnson won two awards. She won third place in the best agriculture story for all daily and non-daily newspapers with a circulation of 6,000 or more. Her award was for a story she did about tobacco farming in Brunswick County.

  • Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have investigated the following incidents:

    July 26

    •Fraud, obtaining money/property by false pretense on Long Beach Road, Southport.

    Aug. 3

    •Found property (bank cards) on U.S. 17 N. near Maco Road in Leland.

    •Larceny of a rotary phone and shotguns on Morgan Road in Supply.

    •Larceny and burglary of an open utility trailer on Holden Beach Road in Supply. •Criminal damage to property (vandalism) and larceny, mobile home on Malmo Loop Road in Leland.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center celebrates first birthday

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Novant Medical Center just celebrated an important birthday—its own.

    Tuesday, July 31, marked the first birthday of the hospital, which opened a year ago.

    Hospital spokeswoman Amy Myers described the anniversary as “capping a dramatic turnaround for medical care in Brunswick County that began with Novant Health’s arrival six years ago.”

  • UPDATE: 'Deplorable' puppy mill busted in Leland

    Deplorable.

    That’s how officials are describing the horrific scene they encountered Friday in the Leland area.

    Acting on an anonymous tip, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by shelter and animal rescue groups, descended on a puppy mill at 2059 Maco Road. The team rescued 158 dogs and 26 birds. Two people were arrested.

  • Sunset Beach police report

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents.

    •A larceny was reported Aug. 2 on West Main Street.

    •Jeffrey Lance Nolte, 50, of 1477 Lake Front Drive, Salem, Ohio, was charged with DWI on Aug. 1.

    •A warrant for driving while license revoked was drawn Aug. 4 for San Juanita Lozano, 28 Rackleys Place, Elizabethtown.

    •Dominic Gene Moracco, 57, of 1117 Sun St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with trespassing Aug. 6.

  • Jet Ski business is a no-go in Sunset Beach

     Jet Ski business is a no-go in Sunset Beach

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposed Jet Ski operation in the town has been turned down by the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA).

    Town building inspector Sandy Wood, speaking at town council’s pre-meeting work session Monday night, said after the applicants told CAMA what they wanted to do, “CAMA said no way.”

    Wood said the applicants could still come back and build a different type of pier.

  • It's 5 a.m.—do you know where you are and why you're up?

    I had awakened at my usual pre-dawn-Tuesday hour to get some things accomplished. It was, after all, newspaper-drop-dead-deadline-day, a significant time of the week—every week, rain, snow, hurricane or humidity—here at the Beacon.

    While visions and sounds of the prior night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting danced and grumbled in my head—another story to crank out ASAP Tuesday—I cranked up the coffeemaker and logged onto cyberspace.

  • Deep-sea catch dedicated to OIFC's Capt. Brant McMullan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was a good fishing day by any standard.

    Terry Johnson couldn’t believe the bounty of fish caught as he accompanied young men on a deep-sea expedition Aug. 3.

    “Captain Brant [McMullan] knew that we were going out with Matt Richards on his new boat,” said Johnson, who works at the fishing center.

    Johnson was referring to Richards, first mate who goes out on fishing charters every day.