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.

  • SBHS junior accused of sexual assault at homecoming event

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

  • 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.

  • Water line break repair attempts continue

    Despite an unsuccessful first attempt to patch a raw water line break and a continued state of emergency for Brunswick County, officials said residents’ limited water use has kept the water flowing.

    County Manager Ann Hardy and public utilities director Jerry Pierce updated county commissioners at a special called meeting Thursday, Oct. 20, on drinking water availability and the second attempt to fix the water pipe.

  • 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.

  • Leland committee receives business study results

    LELAND — Leland’s economic development committee finished the first town business survey in time to provide a brief overview of responses at its Oct. 13 meeting.

    The LEDC sent the survey to 352 businesses in July in an effort to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced and opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow.