Local News

  • Schools mull possibility of sales tax referendum in November

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County residents said no to the quarter-cent sales and use tax referendum during the May 6 primary election. More than 58 percent of voters, 7,015, voted against the proposal.

    Now, the board of education is pondering whether it wants to ask county commissioners to place the referendum back on the ballot for November’s general election.

  • Shallotte man found slain in Myrtle Beach, S.C., parking lot

     A Shallotte man was found slain in the front seat of his car in a Myrtle Beach, S.C., parking lot Monday morning, June 16.

    Myrtle Beach police found Alton Antonio Daniels, 34, dead of an apparent gunshot wound to his chest.

    “The victim had blood on his chest and was not responding to officers,” an incident report reads.

    Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified the body as Daniels late Monday night.

  • North, South, West graduates heading in right direction

     BOLIVIA — A North Brunswick senior fell into her dad’s arms and begged him not to cry. Her request was too late.

    Despite her dad’s best attempt to shield his emotions with a pair of Oakley sunglasses, Megan Lowry burst into tears simultaneously as the father and daughter celebrated high school graduation on a hot day on the campus of Brunswick Community College as Brunswick County Schools held commencement exercises Saturday, June 14.

  • Turtle freed from tangled kite string

    Special to the Beacon

    Summertime is turtle time in Brunswick County — a time turtle volunteers, vacationers and local residents look forward to, when mother turtles make their yearly crawl on land to deposit their eggs.

    Those are moments not many experience, not even the volunteers who walk the beaches every day checking for nests.

  • Carolina Shores addresses garbage at full-house meeting

    CAROLINA SHORES — A full-house crowd turned out for a special called town board of commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, June 17, to address options relating to the town recycle center.

    The 10 a.m. meeting was recessed at 10:05 a.m. by Mayor Walter Goodenough “until you people learn how to behave,” Goodenough said after banging the gavel when residents would not be quiet.

  • Town finance director departs Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker has been appointed to serve as acting finance director and budget officer for the town following the departure of longtime town employee Donna Rogers, who has been serving the past few years as town finance director.

    The town board unanimously approved the measure at its monthly workshop Tuesday morning, June 17, at town hall.

    Town clerk Lisa Anglin said Tuesday afternoon Rogers left employment with the town June 6 upon “mutual separation” with the town.

  • Calabash hires new attorney, approves budget

    CALABASH — The town has a new attorney.

    Benton Toups with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog (CSH) Law Firm of Wilmington was introduced at the monthly town board of commissioners meeting June 10.

    Commissioners approved scheduling a special meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, to iron out a town attorney agreement.

    Toups replaces former town attorney Mac Tyson, who resigned in March after serving as town attorney since June 2012.


    Budget approved

  • Detectives search for missing Southport man

     Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in located a missing Southport man.

    Matthew Hoffman, 21, of Blue Water Street, was last seen at his home this morning around 2am. He was wearing a black shirt, gray pants and black boots. He is 5'6" and weighs about 150lbs.

    Hoffman has cognitive disabilities, Flax said.

    Anyone with any information about Hoffman’s whereabouts is asked to contact Det, Jason Fennell at 910-880-4895.

  • West Brunswick High School principal rescinds resignation

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick High School's principal has decided to stay after all.

    Principal Brock Ahrens resigned abruptly Friday afternoon, June 13, after a dispute with Superintendent Edward Pruden regarding graduation eligibility requirements.

    Ahrens’ resignation came during a faculty meeting in which Pruden told the West Brunswick staff 18 seniors who met all of the academic requirements but failed to comply with attendance requirements will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises Saturday, June 14, at 9 a.m.

  • New Sunset Beach channel unveiled on ATMC

    SUNSET BEACH — Live on ATMC — it’s Sunset Beach!

    The town of Sunset Beach has officially launched its own new public informational channel on ATMC TV.

    Channel 99, devoted exclusively to information about the town of Sunset Beach and things going on within the town, debuted May 23.

    Town administrator Susan Parker said citizens in the Sunset Beach area with ATMC cable will be able to access local information on Channel 99.