Today's Features

  • Join the town of Holden Beach from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, for Boo at the Beach at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard. The free event will feature booths with carnival games for children sponsored by groups, businesses and residents. A Halloween costume contest is at 6:30 p.m. Visitors can vote for their favorite booth, with the winner to be announced at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to sponsor a booth call Holden Beach Town Hall at (910) 842-6488.

  • Show off your photographic talents and share your corner of the county with others in the Brunswick Beacon’s 2016 “Brunswick Life” photo contest. Winners will receive cash prizes and inclusion in future Brunswick Beacon publications.

    There are three divisions to include all ages. The kids’ division is for 12 and younger. The teen division is for 13- to 18-year-olds, and the adult division is for photographers 19 and older. 

    Pick up your camera and show us what makes life in Brunswick County unique.

  • Fall activities for kids dominate Greenlands Farm’s Fall Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

    The event, rescheduled from last weekend because of Hurricane Matthew, will include fall activities for kids, including games and crafts.

  • Animal advocates are some of my favorite people. One of my favorite local animal welfare groups, Paws-Ability, is full of some of my favorite people. On Saturday, Oct. 22, I hope you’ll join us for the sixth annual Paws-Ability Bicycle Poker Run. This is our area’s largest animal charity event and benefits several organizations and thousands of needy pets. Besides helping dogs and cats that need help, the Bicycle Poker Run is a lot of fun. The event has been postponed from Oct. 8 to Oct. 22 thanks to the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

  • It kicked off Tuesday with a bike-fitting and beach party, followed Wednesday by breakfast and bicycling to Southport.

    The 10-Year Anniversary Coastal Carolina Tour of the Wounded Warrior Ride is well under way this week in Brunswick County.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    There’s no question our country is deeply divided. Just watch those political debates!

    All you need to do is turn on the TV, scroll through social media or listen to the background chatter in public places to see the extent of this great divide.

    Everything is so “charged.” You can either join the fever pitch or bury your head in the sand. Neither of these are good choices.

    Glass half-full or half-empty?

  • Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue never wastes any time celebrating the season of spooks.

    The department’s annual Station 31 Haunted Trail launches promptly at 7 p.m. this coming Saturday night, Oct. 1, continuing at the same time every subsequent Friday and Saturday in October and concluding Halloween night Monday, Oct. 31.

    Every year, the award-winning Grissettown Longwood Haunted Trail gets better and scarier, with thousands of people stopping by to brave it.

  • Study proves dogs understand our words and intonation

    “It’s not only what you say, it’s how you say it” is equally true for both humans and dogs, according to new research. Hungarian scientists have proven something most dog lovers, including me, took for granted: Our dogs understand our words and tones. This exciting study holds many valuable lessons for how we can better study, train, and interact with our beloved canine companions. 

  •  By John Nelson


    … Or, as the snail, whose tender horns being hit,

    Shrinks backward in his shelly cave with pain,

    And there, all smother’d up, in shade doth sit,

    Long after fearing to creep forth again …

    Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis, I.i.


  • Brunswick County’s Ninth Annual Fall Festival unfolds from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the government complex in Bolivia.

    The festival is free to everyone and includes hot dogs, drinks, candy, popcorn, a cake walk and haunted trail, hayride, carnival games, costume contest and face painting.

    For donations or questions contact Sgt. T.K. Nowell at (910) 253-2708 or First Sgt. Bert Reaves at (910) 253-2745.