Today's News

  • Drug court, law enforcement unite to tackle drug problems in Brunswick

    “How long has it been since you’ve used drugs or alcohol?” Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis asked the sandy-haired 20-something standing before her at the first session of drug treatment court.

    Sixteen days, he responded.

    Marijuana, he replied when she probed further for the substance he last used.

    Then he took a deep, long breath and continued—and cocaine, heroin and alcohol.

    “The court appreciates your honesty,” Lewis replied.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team puts heat on drug areas

    It’s sweltering. Beads of sweat quickly turn to buckets as temperatures soar into triple digits.

    But still, they’re out there, conducting driver’s license checkpoints and keeping pressure on areas in the county notorious for drug activity.

    On a 100-degree Monday afternoon they visited North Mulberry Road, McMilly Road, The Quarters, Pinecrest and Hale Swamp Road.

    They were going back later that afternoon and then again that evening.

    And they’ll be back tomorrow, next week, next month and as long as it takes.

  • A chicken and a congressman

    A 4-foot, 10-inch bright yellow chicken stood on the courthouse lawn Monday morning, holding up a sign that read, “Who’s the bigger chicken, me or McIntyre?”

    Supporters of Will Breazeale, the Republican Party’s candidate for U.S. Congress (District 7) stood within viewing distance of U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s office and protested the incumbent’s refusal to participate in a proposed debate against Breazeale.

    Leanne Bell, Breazeale’s campaign scheduler and wife of campaign advisor George Bell, coordinated the protest.

  • Home sales rise again in June, average price dips

    Brunswick County saw a 37 percent increase in existing home sales in June compared to the previous year. The average price of a home in the area has decreased 24 percent, according to the latest information from the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    The NCAR report indicates Brunswick County realtors sold 218 houses in June, compared to 159 in June of 2007. The number is also an increase over the 172 sold in May of this year.

  • Substance abuse has various causes and treatments

    They’re not weak.

    They’re not unmotivated.

    They aren’t suffering from a lack of willpower.

    They’re suffering from addiction.

    Kenny House, substance abuse counselor at Coastal Horizons, said common misconceptions about people suffering from substance abuse are that they’re weak, unmotivated and lack willpower.

    But these ideas are untrue.

    “The flip side of that misconception is that addiction really is best described as a brain disease expressed in compulsive behavior,” House explained.

  • Commissioners support port feasibility study

    BOLVIA—County commissioners are trying to steer clear of the “if you build it they will come” mentality regarding the proposed state port’s infrastructure.

    On Monday, commissioners approved a resolution in support of a transportation feasibility study for the proposed international terminal near Southport.

    Commissioner May Moore, whose district includes Southport, said the study would look at alternatives and costs for port infrastructure, including roadways.

  • County approves C&D service contract extension

    Brunswick County Commissioners approved a one-year extension and amendment to the county’s contract with Sandlands Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfill on Monday.

    To cover rising fuel prices, Sandlands requested the inclusion of a fuel surcharge to the fee-for-service agreement. The request stated fuel “is a very significant portion of Sandlands’ cost of this operation.”

  • Brunswick County Health Department awarded accreditation designation

    Brunswick County is among six county health departments recently accredited by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.

    “I would like to thank Fred Michael and the whole management team who did all the work leading us to becoming accredited,” Don Yousey, health department director, said.

  • Beacon news team wins four national newspaper awards

    The news staff of The Brunswick Beacon recently learned it has won four awards in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

    The team of Kathryn Jacewicz, Caroline Curran and Laura Lewis won first place for their coverage of an Ocean Isle Beach fire that killed seven college students and injured six others.

    They were competing against other non-daily newspapers with circulations of 12,000 or more across the nation.

    Judges said, “Clearly a lot of effort went into this coverage. Excellent job. In-depth information.”

  • In the Pink: Boutique opens in old Calabash Post Office building

    CALABASH—People still stop by the new business looking for the post office, but business owner Vickie Harper is willing to re-educate them—the old Calabash Post Office is now the new Wants & Wishes Boutique.

    It’s in a shopping complex at 10152 Beach Drive, where the old post office operated for nearly three decades before its closure last November.

    Painting the building pink seems to have gotten attention, Harper said.

    Inside, where the postal counter once stood, customers will find a jewelry counter instead.