Today's News

  • Two arrested for Ash breaking and entering

    ASH—Two suspects were arrested this week, charged with breaking and entering into an Ash home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley said a safe with more than $4,000 in cash was stolen from an Ash home on Whiteville Road.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 11, the homeowner noticed a forced entry to the backdoor of the home, which was last secured July 26. Stanley said a safe with $4,700 in cash and multiple blank checks were stolen from the home.

  • Oyster Festival art depicts classic local roast

    The artist of the 30th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival official artwork says this year’s piece depicts what local oyster roasts looked like years ago.

    Brunswick Beacon graphic artist Keith White and Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith unveiled the official artwork for the 30th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival during an event on Wednesday, Aug. 25. 

    White, a Shallotte native, has been chosen as the official artist for the festival for the second consecutive year.

  • UPDATE: Missing Shallotte woman returns home

    UPDATE: According to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Amanda Marie Davis has returned to her home.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing Shallotte woman.

    Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said detectives are searching for Amanda Marie Davis, 28, of Shallotte. Davis was last seen at her Shallotte home around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, Stanley said. She is possibly driving a gold four-door Mercury Marquis.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing teen.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, detectives are searching for Aylissa Garcia, 17, of Leland.

    Garcia was last seen at her Leland home around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18. She left her home on foot and hasn’t returned as of Thursday afternoon, Stanley said.

    She is possibly with Rasheed Merrick, a black male, in the Navassa area.

  • Designer says farewell as she moves on to other opportunities

    Writing for a newspaper was all I had dreamed about doing since I was a little girl. I imagined myself sitting at a desk in my own little cubicle, with my fingers racing across a keyboard, just as I am doing now. Since February of 2007, I have lived my childhood dream here at the Beacon.

    My career in the newspaper business started when I was 19 years old. I attended UNC-Charlotte and livedwith my parents in Statesville. Like many other college kids, I worked waiting tables.


    A Georgia man has been arrested in connection with larceny of a boat trailer at Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Andrew Skipper Pate, 27, of Kinnesaw, Ga., was charged with larceny of a boat trailer on Monday, Aug. 16. He was arrested with the help of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department, according to the incident report.

    Pate was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and held on a $10,000 secured bond. The boat and trailer have been recovered.

  • Career technical education programs aims to reduce dropouts

    School officials are excited to integrate vocational arts into the daily curriculum at Brunswick County Academy. They believe it will help reduce the dropout rate and provide students additional opportunities to be successful.

    With the help of a $1.9 million federal School Improvement Grant, a new career technical education (CTE) program will be implemented at Brunswick County Academy (BCA) this fall, which will introduce students to three areas of vocational arts.

  • Redfish action is the best thing going inshore

    Local inshore fishing remains locked into our long summertime pattern, as the hot weather continues to make early morning and night fishing more productive than anything else. Redfish action is the best thing going inshore, while black drum are there to be caught after dark.

    The redfish are still schooling inside and can be taken around the creeks as well as along the bridges, docks and points inshore. Redfish are moving and feeding only when the tide is really flowing, so the action is best on strong currents, when the water really kicks up a fuss.

  • Fill the Pantry Tournament raises more than $10,000

    The Fill the Pantry Golf Tournament, to benefit the Loaves and Fishes food Pantry, was played July 31 at Crow Creek Golf Club. The tournament raised more $10,000 that will be used to supply the needy of Brunswick County with hams and turkeys during the holiday season.

    The overall tournament winners in the captain’s choice event were Larry McCarthy, Glen Maynard, Joe Melton and Ed Jacobs with a score of 57.

  • Dog days of summer march on

    As I boarded my boat and headed out for another day of fishing, I glanced down at my water temperature gauge. It read 89 degrees; is that possible? I dipped my hand into the bait well and the water was hot. I thought to myself, “If I were a fish, would I want to live here?” And thus it’s not hard to find reason for the slow fishing our area is experiencing.