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Today's News

  • Brunswick news reaches France through newspaper Web site

    One of The Brunswick Beacon’s most loyal readers does not live in Brunswick County. In fact, he doesn’t even live in America.

    His name is Glyn Roberts.

    Originally from England, he now lives in France and keeps tabs on all things Brunswick County by reading The Brunswick Beacon online every day.

  • Four West soccer players make first-team All-Waccamaw Conference

    Coaches have selected fourteen county soccer players to be on the inaugural All-Waccamaw 3A/2A Conference boys’ soccer team.

    Four members of the Waccamaw Conference championship West Brunswick High School team are on the all-conference first team: Chaz Earp, Aaron Frye, Jesse Mayo and Chip Mendoza. All are seniors except Frye (junior).

    Four others made the second team: Corey Bell, Josh Cortes, Chandler Inions, Casey Leonard. All are seniors.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Bob Grimes

    BY KATHRYN JACEWICZ

    When Bob Grimes came back to Brunswick County in 2007 to take over as principal at North Brunswick High School, he didn’t exactly know what he was getting himself into.

    “I didn’t know a whole lot about the status of the school,” he said. “I knew by looking at the test scores they were not where they should be, or where I thought they should be. And obviously the state didn’t feel that they were where they should be, either.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Robert Lawson "Roblo"

    BY KATHRYN JACEWICZ

    “Everybody can rap, but it just depends on what you do with it.”

    Robert Lawson may only be 17 years old, but he knows how to bring attention to his music and has already built a fan base into the millions.

    Lawson—better known as Roblo—burst onto the music scene two years ago when he began writing, recording and producing his own songs.

    His love of songwriting stems from his introduction to poetry in fifth grade when he was a part of the Basketball Poets, a program that incorporates poetry and basketball.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Clarice Holden

    “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”

    Clarice Holden begins each day with these words. She feels the words of the Jabez prayer help keep her grounded and achieve her goals. In addition to running a women’s clothing store, Island Breeze, Holden spends her time working with mission projects overseas and helping local charities raise funds to meet needs.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    When you see Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, her petite frame is balancing a multitude of bags. “This is how I stay organized,” she said gesturing to three bags of various sizes and shapes. “Each bag represents an organization.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Anita Hartsell

    Growing up, Anita Hartsell knew many of the men in her family served in the armed forces, and she looked up to them. She didn’t know any women in the military, and if she had, she says she probably would have considered joining the service.

    But fate had other plans—plans that have allowed Hartsell to serve her country in another way—helping former military men and women in Brunswick County receive federal and state benefits they deserve.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Annexation foes

    MIDWAY ROAD—You’ve probably seen their signs along N.C. 211: Handmade plywood emblems reading, “Stop Municipal Theft!”; “No St. James Annexation”; “On Day 8 God Made STJ: His Only Mistake.”

    Every day, a new sign with a similar sentiment seems to pop up along the corridor, and it appears some people in the area are not happy with the situation.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 9, 10, 11 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec. 9

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Jimmy Martin Anderson, communicating threats, harassing phone call, domestic criminal trespass, all voluntarily dismissed, state motion to continue denied.

    Wilson E. Baucom, assault on a female, voluntarily dismissed, state motion to continue denied.

  • Brunswick County drops to 37th among fastest-growing counties

    Brunswick County has dropped from 28th to 37th on the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest list of 100 fastest-growing counties in the United States.

    Census Bureau numbers released Dec. 23 show Brunswick County with an estimated population of 103,160, an increase of 30,017 residents or 41 percent from 2000 to 2008. The estimate base for April 1, 2000, showed a population of 73,143.

    Census Bureau tallies estimate the top 100 counties’ growth rates through July 1, 2008.