Today's News

  • Wal-Mart evacuation sparked by intentionally-set fire

    The Wal-Mart Supercenter in Shallotte was evacuated Thursday night after someone intentionally set fire in the women’s undergarments section, Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said.

    Store employees extinguished the fire using dry chemical extinguishers before local fire departments arrived. Corporate employees ventilated the store using the its existing air handling units.

    “They’re definitely to be commended for doing a great job,” Dunwell said.

    Read this week’s Beacon for more information.

  • All 17 BCC Practical Nursing students pass state exams

    The entire graduating class of Practical Nursing (PN) students at Brunswick Community College has passed the state licensure exam. This is the first perfect pass rate since 2004 for BCC PN graduates.

    Tanya Mace, director of practical nursing, said the dedication from the 17 PN students as well as a “strengthened curriculum” taught by the faculty contributed to a perfect pass rate.

    “Those at the helm have the experience and knowledge to help the students succeed,” Mace said.

  • It's 'Seussical: the Musical!'

    Brunswick Little Theatre’s “Seussical: The Musical,” showcasing a cast of 53 men, women and children of Whoville, opens this weekend at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    It will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 and 15, Saturday, Aug. 9 and 16, and in matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 and Aug. 17.

    BLT’s summer 2008 production is described as a colorful musical extravaganza for all ages, from the littlest Who to the grinchiest Grinch.

  • Dancing with the B.C. Stars brings in $200,000

    Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars raised $200,000 for Brunswick Community College students and crowned a new dancing star.

    Dinah Gore of Sunset Beach was voted the star of Brunswick Community College Foundation’s first “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” fundraiser.

    Twenty-one couples including local “celebrities” and professional dancers performed choreographed numbers of their choice. Votes were cast online and during Friday’s event for $10 each. More than 2,000 votes were cast before the fundraiser began.

  • Info sought in death

    Forty-nine-year-old Valerie Burns was last seen in downtown Wilmington before investigators found her body in her burning car on a dirt road in Leland early on July 30.

    Investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have been canvassing downtown Wilmington and surrounding areas, passing out fliers of Burns and searching for leads about who she may have been with and where late July 29 or early July 30.

    “We have some leads we’re working on; persons of interests we’re looking at,” Capt. Gene Caison said.

  • Gang ties claimed in theater stabbing

    SHALLOTTE—One claims to be a Blood, the other a Crip.

    Shallotte detective Eric King said those two juveniles got in an altercation Friday night, which ended with one stabbing the other.

    King said when Shallotte Police responded to the reported stabbing around 8:15 p.m. Friday at the Coastal Cinemas in Shallotte, both the victim and the suspect told police about their gang affiliations.

    The suspect, a 14-year-old boy, claimed affiliation with the Bloods gang. The victim, a 15-year-old boy, claimed affiliation with the Crips gang.

  • Officers get shock of their lives

    BOLIVIA—They say it’s the longest three seconds of your life.

    Unless, that is, you opt for five seconds.

    That was the reaction of the 20-some sheriff’s deputies and detention officers who underwent Taser training Saturday, complete with exposure to the Taser.

    As part of the sheriff’s office Taser training, all deputies and detention officers must be exposed to the Taser, sheriff’s office training coordinator Lt. Sammy Turner said.

    The reason for this, Turner explained, is twofold.

  • State takes over Southeastern Center's finances

    WILMINGTON—The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has taken control of Southeastern Center’s financial affairs.

    The Southeastern Center for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Assistance is the local management entity, or LME, for all mental health services in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.

    Southeastern Center does not provide mental health services but manages a network of providers.

    On Aug. 1, the state assumed all financial control of the LME.

  • May accommodations revenue jumps; June numbers will tell full story

    Brunswick County saw a 13.85 percent increase in accommodations tax revenue in May over the previous year, but the total for June will tell a more complete story, officials say.

    Tourism officials say several factors, including the fact the month had five weekends in it compared to four last year, contributed to the increase. Because June had four instead of the five from 2007, combining the two months’ receipts will give Tourism Development Authority officials a better idea of how the 2008 rental season fared, TDA executive director Mitzi York said this week.

  • Commissioners set Sept. 2 public hearings for map amendments

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners approved the following items at the regular meeting Monday evening.

    •Scheduled a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 for map amendment Z-08-623.

    •Scheduled a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 for map amendment Z-08-625 and Z-08-626.

    •Approved change order No. 1 to the contract of Carmichael Construction for $29,950 for the water service area system improvement.

    •Approved a budget amendment for the city of Northwest force main upsize.