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Today's News

  • Will SCOTUS healthcare ruling be the end of Obama(care) era?

    I’m beginning to understand why our fearless leader President Barack Obama doesn’t think too highly of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    I used to think Obama simply dislikes anyone with the audacity to disagree with him, but now, oh wait, no, that is all it is.

    He really detests when people oppose him or his ideas, especially, it seems, if they wear a robe.

    Maybe he always wanted to be in their elite legal club. Who knows?

  • County curbside recycling begins in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—All Brunswick County residents can now participate in curbside recycling.

    The county’s new contract with Waste Industries, which took effect July 1, allows for all county residents to participate in curbside recycling if they choose to do so.

    To participate in curbside recycling pick-up, residents must pay an annual fee of $77.04, which includes a 96-gallon recycling cart and pick-up every other week.

  • Brunswick County crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents:

    •Larceny on Shingletree Road in Calabash on June 29; suspect stole construction materials.

    •Fraud and larceny of a child support card on Long Beach Road in Southport on June 29. •Vandalism and breaking and entering on Bulkhead Bend in Carolina Shores on June 29.

    •Larceny and fraud on Ocean Highway East in Calabash on June 30.

    •Fraud and harassment on Dosher Cutoff in Southport on June 30.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team roundup

    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 June 25-July 1, special operations deputies issued 86 total traffic citations and charges.

    Deputies set up checkpoints on N.C. 133, Pireway Road, Old Shallotte Road, Mount Misery Road and Longwood Road.

  • Sparks’ ‘Safe Haven’ addresses serious topic, falls short in its story development

    I loved “The Notebook.” I loved the book. I loved the movie. I loved the story.

    That was the first and last Nicholas Sparks novel (or movie) I loved.

    Recently, while on assignment in Southport, construction crews were busy building a set for the upcoming movie adaptation of Sparks’ novel, “Safe Haven.”

    With production on the movie under way, and the stars heading to town, I thought it would be fun and timely to review the book at the heart of the movie.

  • Veterans’ health events scheduled for July in Shallotte, Oak Island

    Two upcoming veterans’ events have been scheduled for Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office would like to invite all veterans to attend the veterans’ health fair at Shallotte Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 20.

    The health fair will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, which is behind Rourk Library at 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive in Shallotte.

  • Leland man pleads guilty to indecent liberties with a minor

    BOLIVIA—A Leland man has pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a minor.

    According to the district attorney’s office, Corey Allen Sullivan, 24, pleaded guilty last week in Brunswick County Superior Court to three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

    The incidents, to which Sullivan pleaded guilty, occurred with a 14-year-old Leland girl in July 2009. The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault. The victim told investigators Sullivan would provide her with alcohol, then engage in sexual acts with her.

  • Four of five women wanted in financial scheme taken into custody

    BOLIVIA—Four of the five women wanted in connection with a scheme that drained a veterans’ life savings have been taken into custody.

    Lisa McClain, the alleged ringleader of the scheme, however, remains at large.

    At press time Monday, McClain was the only suspect who had not been arrested.

  • College student wins $1 million in lottery

    Mikala Fields, a community college student from Oak Island in Brunswick County, says she plans to use the $1 million she won on a 20X The Money ticket to buy a home, a new car and invest for the future.

    She is the first player to win the top prize since the $10 game launched on May 16.

    Fields, who plans to study nursing, was at home on Friday evening when she learned of her big win.

  • Man injured in weekend shooting in Sunset Harbor

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a weekend shooting in the Sunset Harbor community near Bolivia.

    According to Sgt. Del Routh, sheriff’s office spokesman, deputies responded to a home on Cox Landing Road in Sunset Harbor around 2:20 a.m. Sunday, July 1. When deputies arrived on scene, the victim, who had been shot, had already been taken to Brunswick Novant Medical Center for treatment, Routh said.