Local News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 10:42 a.m. March 7, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Consultants propose $1.1M plan for Ocean Isle Beach Town Park

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach’s consultants from McGill Associates proposed a $1.1 million town park project at a Master Plan meeting Monday night.

    Town commissioners hired McGill Associates to create a Town Park Master Plan for the 1.7 acres of open space at Gatha Drive and East Second Street beside the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    Mike Norris, McGill Associates land planning and recreation director, and Michael Norton, Shallotte office director, met with town residents Feb. 5 to talk about parks and recreation wants and needs.

  • Carolina Shores seeks planning board/board of adjustment member

    Carolina Shores is accepting Notice of Interest forms to fill a planning board/board of adjustment vacancy with a term expiration date of March 2019.

    The appointed member will serve as an alternate member and must reside within the corporate limits of the town.

    Forms are available at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road. Once completed, return them to town clerk Nicole Hewett.

    For more information, call Hewett at 575-4877 ext. 103.

  • GenX levels remain low in county water supply

    Brunswick County test results for the GenX chemical in the water supply showed low levels were reported March 5.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

  • Correction

    A story published in last week’s edition contained an error. Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO commissioner Rodney McCoy stated the permit for water from the Cape Fear River was for 110 million gallons per day, the area is already at almost 84 million gallons per day and the state won’t budge on increasing it, which Chairman Jeff Gerken challenged as not true. The Beacon regrets and apologizes for the error.

  • Three groups seek to name I-140 bridges in Brunswick County

    Naming the Interstate 140 bridges in Brunswick County could be a longer road with three submissions for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to consider.

    Former Brunswick County commissioner Bill Sue was the first to receive support, from current county board members and Leland’s town council in January, to name the bridge over the Cape Fear River after him, an effort started by his wife, Bidgie Sue.

  • Fraternity Profile: Freemasons



    Grand Lodge of NC

    District 12

    AF&AM Masonic Lodges

    (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons)

    Brunswick County

    Pythagoras Lodge #249

    201 E. Nash St.


    Meets 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays (dinner 6:30 p.m.)

    Shallotte Lodge #727

    5072 Main St.

    Meets 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays

    Oak Island Lodge #758

    2408 E. Oak Island Dr.

    Meets 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays

  • Flood areas mapped in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town engineer Robert Tucker unveiled maps of the town’s flood-prone areas Monday at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop.

    Tucker said in the last two weeks, the state has finally released two flood-plain maps for this area, adding they haven’t changed since August 2014.

    He distributed maps to commissioners, citing residential streets Sunfield Drive and Oakbark Court.

  • Annual flushing program to begin April 2

    Every year, Brunswick County and the municipalities and other utilities that purchase water from Brunswick County implement an annual flushing program. Public utilities employees flush the water mains by opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short period of time.

    The flushing cleans out sediment and allows routine maintenance of the more than 5,000 fire hydrants in the Brunswick County service area. Flushing may result in discoloration and presence of sediment in your water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of short duration.

  • Lottery supports Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    The N.C. Education Lottery is supporting efforts this month to raise awareness about problem gambling and let those affected know that help is available.