Today's News

  • Farmer's market volunteers needed

    As the Shallotte Farmers Market enters its sixth year in 2011, a volunteer market manager is sought.

    The position is available through the Downtown Shallotte committee.

    For the past three years, Linda and Jack Herrick led the way as managers. The couple, involved from the start, has watched the farmers market grow annually.

  • 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:

    •Strong-arm robbery on Longwood Road in Longwood; suspect slammed victim’s head in the door and stole money.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Whiteville Road in Ash; suspect broke into victim’s vehicle and stole items.

    •Harassing phone calls on Cattle Run Lane in Carolina Shores; suspect called victim and made threats.

  • 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 Dec. 13-19, K-9 deputies answered 16 calls, wrote seven citations and made eight drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Seashore Hills, Turkey Trap Road and Longwood Road.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

  • U.S. population jumps to 308 million

    Officials with the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released the results of the 2010 Census, and the U.S. population now tops 308 million people.

    According to Census officials, the official resident population of the United States as of April 1 was 308,745,538 people, a 9.7 percent increase compared to the 2000 Census.

    North Carolina’s population increased 18.5 percent, up 1.48 million people from 8 million to 9.5 million residents.

  • Do you have what it takes?

    Are you looking for a lifestyle change in 2011?

    The Shallotte Fire Department is seeking new volunteer recruits, but not everyone has what it takes.

    “This is for people who want a lifestyle change. We are talking about life and death. This isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle,” said Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell IV.  “We are always putting ourselves at risk to save someone else. We are not the type of people who put ourselves first.”

  • People line up for Christmas distribution with Brunswick Family Assistance

    By 7:30 a.m., people started lining up in the cold last Thursday to receive food and toys.

    Brunswick Family Assistance has provided this year for 948 families in need, said Lora Freeman, BFA’s assistant program manager. Freeman and festively clad volunteers greeted clients at the old Movie Gallery storefront Dec. 16 in Shallotte where toys were being distributed, including 12 bicycles that went out on lottery.

    Those family numbers include 1,022 seniors and children BFA assisted this year.

  • 2010: The year of the voter and the year their voices were heard

    This past year was a year of a great many things.

    We had some great stories in 2010. We had big news.

    In next week’s Beacon, we take a look at the stories that shaped 2010, and how each one of those stories will undoubtedly shape and affect the future. So, don’t forget to pick up the Dec. 30 issue of the Beacon, where you’ll find those stories.

  • Commissioners OK school funding agreement for next two fiscal years

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved an agreement to continue funding Brunswick County Schools for the next two fiscal years.

    The new agreement for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 provides schools with 36.5 percent of property tax proceeds collected after the county subtracts all general fund debt services.

  • It's Christmastime–Let's eat cake!

    It’s Christmastime!

    December is by far my favorite month of the entire year. The only thing that could possibly make it better is if the weather were warm enough to sit on the beach and swim in the ocean.

    During the month of December, I have one excuse after another to indulge in everything from shopping and sugar cookies to decadent birthday cake and Christmas music. The entire month always passes in a whirlwind of activity.

  • Commissioners schedule public hearing for reimbursement ordinance

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for a proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

    Commissioners first addressed the proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance at their Dec. 6 meeting to consider the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick County Medical Center, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    But commissioners previously expressed concerns the proposed ordinance opened the door to any public or private agency that wants to be reimbursed by the county.