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Today's News

  • Stalking stars in Hollywood

    As the Beacon’s Los Angeles correspondent, at least for this week, I felt it my duty to report to you the sights and scenes of the 80th Academy Awards.

    It was total coincidence I just happened to be in the City of Angels when the red carpet was rolling out this past Sunday. Or was it?

    Maybe it was fate, written on the “stars,” so to speak. It also was my birthday. Maybe I’ll get a bonus for reporting on it and for having a birthday.

  • Closed meetings must meet the letter of the law

    When an everyday citizen becomes an elected official, there’s often a tough road ahead. In addition to learning the ins and outs of basic government duties, officials have to educate themselves about the community they’re in, the topics they’re discussing and general government procedures.

    An important part of an elected position is understanding open meetings and open records law. Federal and state laws dictate how certain information is discussed, decided upon and shared with the public.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 13 and 18 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Feb. 13

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

  • Judge Lewis hears grand jury cases, issues indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Marie Jordan returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Feb. 18:

    Charles Michael Anderson Jr., 32, of 169 Collins Glenn Drive, Murrells Inlet, S.C.; misdemeanor larceny, felony larceny.

    Hulan Ashley Anderson, 54, of 399 Peru, Sneads Ferry; felony breaking and/or entering, larceny after breaking/entering.

  • Pressley-Siler

    Announcement is made of the engagement of Hannah Elizabeth Pressley to Jonathon Paul Siler, both of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Pressley of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Siler, also of Shallotte. A 7 p.m. March 7 wedding is planned at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach. A reception will follow in the family life center.

  • Taunton-Strommen

    Announcement is made of the engagement of Chantal Taunton of Bolivia to Clint K. Strommen of Carolina Shores. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jo and Annie Van Den Heuvel-Leinaerts of Maastricht, The Netherlands. The prospective groom is the son of Cliff and Betty Strommen of Carolina Shores. An April wedding is planned.

  • Lear-Vivas

    Announcement is made of the engagement of Stacy Rechelle Lear to Jon Vivas, both of of Missoula, Mont. The bride-elect is the daughter of Frank and Deborah Lear of Holden Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Manuel Vivas of Chicago and Dorothy Vivas of Mount Vernon, N.Y. A 4 p.m. May 24 wedding is planned at Heritage Hall, Fort Missoula, Missoula, Mont. The couple has a wedding Web site at www.empressandcommander.com.

  • Frank-Hutton

    Jessica Alexandria Frank and Clinton Wyatt Hutton of Sunset Beach were married Dec. 15, 2007, at Tidewater Golf Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., with Dr. Ronald A. Veenker officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Joyce D. and Geoffrey M. Frank of Sunset Beach.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Matron of honor was her sister-in-law, Heather K. Rhodes of Elgin, S.C.

    The groom is the son of Frances D. and Harry W. Hutton of Hampstead.

    Best man was Bobby Earwood of Holden Beach.

  • Virginia Williamson Elementary announces award winners

    Virginia Williamson Elementary School has announced its second nine-weeks awards. They are as follows:

    A Honor Roll

    Fifth-grade: Hannah Caison, Kacey Galloway, Caison Mankin, Ariana Thomas, Gracie DeStefano, Brianna Mintz, Samantha Michalski, Emma Elliott, Luci Tramposch, Billie Jean Bailey and Amber Merklinger.

    Fourth-grade: Charlotte Floyd, Olivia Thorson, Hannah Black and McKenzie Jordan.

    Third-grade: Sydney Bitancor, Austin Dickerson, Aidan Goble and Savannah Campbell.

  • Life is a balance between chaos and control

    My husband was scheduled for cataract surgery. “It is a simple procedure,” everyone comments, “endured by many senior citizens. Your vision will be so improved that you will be wishing that you had done it years ago.”