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Today's News

  • Cedric Simmons update

    Cedric Simmons started and had seven rebounds and four blocked shots in Enel Brindisi’s 86-82 loss in an Italian professional basketball league game Dec. 30. Simmons played 19 minutes and scored two points.
    Enel Brindisi is 7-6 and tied for sixth in the 16-team league. Simmons is third in the league in blocking shots, averaging 1.5 a game (the leader is averaging 2.3 a game).

  • U.S. Golf Association stirs controversy with putter ruling

    There’s a monster storm cloud on the horizon of the golf world. It revolves around the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and their recent proposed rule change that would disallow anchoring a long putter against the torso.  

  • Resolve this year to learn more about your government

    Just a week into the new year, many of you are likely working on keeping your New Year’s resolutions.
    While you may be thinking about ways to eat healthier and get more exercise, we think it’s a great time to encourage you to get active in another way—make a resolution to be more involved in government issues that affect your life.
    In this week’s Beacon, on page 10A, we have a story about meeting dates and times for many town governments as well as the Brunswick County Board of Education and county commissioners.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated during two days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 19 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Dec. 19

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Joseph William Agovino, PG improper equipment.

  • County pay-hike proposal looms over salary study presentation

    Brunswick County commissioners and staff won’t know what a proposed new salary structure will look like until consultants present it at a workshop Tuesday, Jan. 8.

    But the numbers will immediately be held up to commissioner Marty Cooke’s proposed across-the-board 5 percent salary increase, which is estimated to cost $2.5 million annually.

    County manager Marty Lawing said it’s best to separate the two issues to do what’s best for the county.

  • Updates to website offer Leland residents more online services

    Just in time for the new year, Leland has an updated website at www.townofleland.com.

    “We changed the format and hope it is a little easier to manage,” town manager David Hollis told the town council at a Dec. 20 meeting. That was the first day the updated site went live.

    Hollis said Sabrena Reinhardt, the town staff’s executive assistant who was hired in May, was instrumental in the redesign.

    “Sabrena has worked on this since the summer. It was a lot of work,” Hollis said.

  • Leland police retire police dog, make plans for new officers

    Most police officers receive a pat on the back when they retire, but few get a pat on the head.

    But Gretchen, Leland’s 6-year-old Belgian Malinois police dog, appreciated the gesture while Mayor Brenda Bozeman read her retirement recognition at the town meeting Dec. 20.

    Gretchen served Leland for four years, working drug enforcement and other public service tasks before health issues cut her career short.

  • Leland Police report

    The Leland Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

     

    Dec. 13

    Kristopher Sharon Williams, 19, 1230 Mapletree Dr., Apt. 308, arrested on one count of felony larceny.

     

    Dec. 14

    Larceny; an unknown suspect took $500 worth of building materials from a construction site on North Palm Drive, Winnabow.

     

  • Holden Beach police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

     

    Dec. 16

    Breaking and entering, forcible entry and vandalism; suspect entered a house on Lions Paw Drive and caused $500 worth of damage.

    Breaking and entering, forcible entry and vandalism; suspect entered a house on Ocean Boulevard West and caused $300 worth of damage.

  • Brunswick school system intends to keep deputies in elementary schools

    Sheriff’s deputies will remain at local elementary schools through the new year.

    Additional security was added at Brunswick County elementary schools just days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school Dec. 14.

    School officials said then the county’s elementary schools would have a sheriff’s deputy on site until further notice. Area middle and high schools already had school resource officers (SRO) assigned to them.