Local News

  • MOU approved for Shallotte riverfront project, new park construction continues

     SHALLOTTE— The next phase of the town’s riverfront development is set to begin after the Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners of Durham (TND) and the town April 5.

  • Shallotte welcomes new business on Main Street

     By Janine Piburn

    Beacon Correspondent


    SHALLOTTE  — Scott’s Farm and Family Store and Bagel Dock Express will soon open their doors for business on Main Street.

    Both also have ties to well-known businesses in other North Carolina communities.

  • South Brunswick High School junior arrested on sex offense charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a South Brunswick High School junior accused of sexual assault during a homecoming bonfire on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

    Jibri Ali Ballard, 16, of Galloway Road in Bolivia, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 20, and charged with felony second-degree sex offense and misdemeanor sexual battery.

  • Leland police looking for missing teen

    Leland Police Department officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Leland teen.

     Colby Byers Abreu, 14, of Stony Woods Drive, was last seen at his home on Monday, Oct. 17, at around 5 p.m. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a light blue Nike jacket. He is described as a white male with short brown hair.

     Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Felicia Garnes at 332-5005.     

  • Nearly 11,000 BEMC customers experience brief outage Wednesday

    About 11,000 people in Brunswick County were without power for one hour and 20 minutes after a Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation transmission substation experienced a failure.

    The outage affected about 9,500 in the Leland-Winnabow area, more than 700 customers in the Bolivia area and more than 500 customers in the Supply area.

  • Brunswick County under water use state of emergency

    Brunswick County is under a state of emergency, and water conservation measures are imperative for all public water users after attempts at a temporary fix to a broken water main did not work.

    According to a county update, crews worked until 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, but an attempted band sleeve, which would have been a temporary repair to the broken water main, was not successful. The county’s water situation is no better than before.

  • Schools sustain hurricane damage

    Several Brunswick County Schools buildings sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request Oct. 4 to waive the requirement of three bids for work costing more than $10,000 if emergency repairs were needed at schools as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    Although schools reported damage totaling $18,906, school district spokeswoman Swencki said the request did not have to be enacted because each project was handled individually and none of the individual projects costs exceeded $10,000.


  • Supply man faces felony sex crimes involving child

    A Supply man is accused of committing sex crimes against a child.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 32-year-old Billy Joe Walton Jr. of Civietown Road on Wednesday, Oct. 12, on 17 felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and a felony count of disseminating obscenity to a child younger than 13.

    Warrants show Walton committed the crimes between July 12 and Oct. 12 against four victims, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Silver alert issued for missing Southport teen

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Southport teen.

    Gabrielle Grace Ryman, 15 of 415 West St., was last seen at her home Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 12:30 p.m. According to the alert, she is believed to be suffering from a cognitive impairment.

    Ryman is 5-foot-7 and weighs 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Southport police Sgt. Kevin Long at 279-2283.    

  • Shallotte police arrest three on multiple felony charges

    Three people are accused of depositing stolen checks to buy heroin between June and September.

    Christian Orion Russ, 24, of Longwood Road in Longwood, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 12, and charged with two felony counts each of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument, receiving stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretense, identity theft, exploiting disabled/elderly, conspiracy, receiving money improperly from a bank machine and depositing money into a banking machine.