Today's News

  • ‘Voice of a victim’ shares story of loss, forgiveness at 15th annual candlelight vigil

    LELAND—Before she was the managing editor of The Brunswick Beacon, Stacey Manning was the only child of a single mother. 

    She was the proud daughter of “a 5-foot-5-inch woman of integrity and strength,” on whose head Manning could easily rest her elbow. 

    P.J. Summitt was “the type of mom who could keep me in check simply by raising her eyebrow,” Manning said. 

  • Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle provides seniors independent living

    For Corky Godfrey, where she came from “can’t hold a candle” to Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle Beach.

    “Oh, it’s heaven,” she said. “It’s heaven.”

    Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle, an independent living community off N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach, has been open since Sept. 6. The 70,000-square-foot facility has 70 apartments—30 studios, 32 one-bedrooms and eight two-bedrooms. So far, there are 12 occupants whose ages average in the early 80s.

  • BCSO volunteers garner more than 2,400 volunteer hours in 10 months

    During the first 10 months of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office volunteer program, department volunteers amassed more than 2,400 volunteer hours.

    Volunteers at the department volunteered for 2,405 hours, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley.

    By utilizing volunteers rather than paid staff, volunteers saved Brunswick County taxpayers $35,790 in the 10-month time period, Stanley said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Thanksgiving musings from a thankful columnist—political and otherwise

    Instead of writing about all the ways House Speaker-turned minority leader Nancy Pelosi has ruined our country, I thought I’d share what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, in keeping with the spirit of the season.

    After all, the fact that she is no longer House Speaker come January is reason enough for all of us to be thankful this holiday season.

    I guess that’s one. Here are a few more, in no particular order.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on Black Chestnut Drive in Leland; suspect threw a rock through victim’s back window.

    •Property damage on Pearl Boulevard in Calabash; suspect cut victim’s trees and burned bushes.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Long Beach Road in Southport; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole a pocketbook.

  • JobBoost to begin in December in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County is one of 38 counties in the state with high unemployment rates selected for the JobBoost program to curb unemployment.

    At a Brunswick County Board of Social Services meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 16, it was announced Brunswick County would be eligible for the state program, which reimburses employers $6 per hour per eligible worker for five months.

    “This is going to be a good program for us,” interim DSS Director Neil Walters told board members.

    The $5.5 million project will begin Dec. 1, 2010, and run until April 30, 2011.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Nov. 15-21, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote five citations and made six drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Seashore Hills and Brunswick Forest.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Janice Michelle Evans, 35, of 7299 Carlon Road, Longwood, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia for having a crack pipe.

  • Home invasion reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating a home invasion and thefts reported Friday night, Nov. 19, in Sunset Beach.

    Two males, one of them masked, entered a condominium on Queen Anne Street and allegedly threatened the victims with a silver-plated revolver, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

    Money, a cell phone and marijuana were reported stolen.

    Smith said on Monday no warrants had been drawn but probably are soon coming.

  • Sunset Beach island residents urge committee to rethink parking

    SUNSET BEACH—Island residents’ comments varied at a town parking committee meeting Monday, but the consensus seemed close to unanimous: they don’t want parking on their streets.

    “Unfortunately, we’re being asked to sacrifice ours so visitors can have a place to park,” said Dr. Joseph Stolfi, who lives on North Shore Drive.

    Imagine the outrage, he said, if mainland residents found visitors’ cars all up and down their streets, “with all the attendant noise and trash.”