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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Trailblazers exemplify giving back to community

    Each of their stories started with an idea or an interest, and from there they started changing lives.

    This week, the Beacon launches “Trailblazers,” a feature that takes a closer look at some of the people who are changing lives in Brunswick County and beyond.

    Trailblazers replaces “Most Interesting People,” and while it kicks off this week with 10 profiles, it is scheduled to run all year long with a new Trailblazer featured once a month in Tidelines.

  • Health department polls county staffers about going smoke-free

    The Brunswick County Health Department is in the midst of tallying results of a survey of county employees to determine if county property should be smoke-free, in the wake of the new state law banning smoking in restaurants and bars.

    The state’s new no-smoking law goes into effect Jan. 2.

    Right now, smoking is not allowed inside county offices and not within 50 feet of the health department due to state law.

  • Calabash EMS undergoing 'positive' changes

    CALABASH—Calabash Emergency Medical Services has a new chief and other changes in the works.

    Former Calabash EMS secretary Melissa Artz is serving as acting chief of the department since former chief Jeff Oxnard recently took a personal leave of absence.

    “Basically she is filling out the rest of Jeff Oxnard’s term,” Troy Thorup, board secretary and spokesman for Calabash EMS, also known as Station 29, said this week.

    The position will be up for re-election in June.