A Topsail Island woman has been honored by the Discovery Channel as the Animal Planet 2007 Hero of the Year.
Jean Beasley is the founder and director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehab Center. She started the center in 1997 and each year they release between 12 and 20 recovered turtles back into the ocean.
As the 2007 Hero of the Year, Beasley receives a trip Hawaii, plus the animal welfare organization of her choice receives a $10,000 donation.
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