Local News

  • Author to read short stories Aug. 25 @ Hickmans Crossroads Library

    Author T.D. (Tim) Johnston will read short stories from his book, “Friday Afternoon and Other Stories,” at the next scheduled program at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

  • African Children's Choir sings Sept. 18 @ BCCOWA

    The African Children’s Choir is making a return appearance to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

    Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. Call the Odell Williamson Auditorium box office at (910) 755-7416 for more information.

  • Seven candidates apply for Sunset Beach mayor seat

    Seven people have applied to serve as Sunset Beach’s next mayor, but one does not meet the residential requirement.

    Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin provided the Beacon with resumes of six applicants submitted by the town’s Aug. 19 deadline.

    The six residents who qualified for consideration to fill the remaining term of former Mayor Ron Watts are Jeffrey Coffey, Peter Oler, Robert Forrester, Anita August, Robert Farrell and John Corbett.

  • SB board shutters amenity centers in commercial zone

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved what may be the last private amenity center in the island’s beach business (BB-1) commercial zone

    Approval at the board’s Aug. 4 meeting was for an amenity center for the Kingfish Bay development in Calabash.

    The board’s next action was to remove private amenity centers as a permitted use in the BB-1 zone.

    Both measures are advisory recommendations that will be forwarded to Sunset Beach Town Council for consideration.

  • Worms and Coffee neon sign auctioned for $1,000 to Oak Island business owner

    An Oak Island business owner hauled in the Worms and Coffee neon prize at a liquidation auction of the Midway Trading Post last Saturday, Aug. 20.

    Rodney Keesee, owner of Strands Outfitters on Oak Island, cast a top bid of $1,000 to win the day’s coveted “Worms and Coffee” neon window sign that helped bring international fame to the small, simple store at the corner of N.C. 211 and Midway Road.

  • Shallotte Powerball winner to be on Oprah Network's 'Fix My Life'

    Shallotte resident Fontella Marie Holmes, who won $188 million last year in a recording-setting Powerball jackpot, will be featured in an upcoming TV episode with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    Holmes, 27, will be included in the upcoming seasonal series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which launches with a four-part premiere Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

  • Investigators seek Shallotte Dollar General robber

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the man who robbed the Shallotte Dollar General store at 1351 Brick Landing on Saturday night, Aug. 20. No one was injured.

    A call came into the 911 center at 9:55 p.m. about a man coming into the store waving a gun and demanding money from employees in the store, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. No customers were in the store.

    The robber left with an undisclosed amount of money, but it’s not known where he headed.

  • Crash on U.S. 17 in Shallotte leaves three injured

    A collision involving a car and a dump truck on U.S. 17 in Shallotte sent three people to an area hospital Wednesday, Aug. 17. 

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper T. Chavis said it happened at 9:40 p.m. when 76-year-old Joseph Goldenburg of Asheville turned his gray 2004 Toyota Corolla left onto Red Bug Road and in front of a northbound Kenworth dump truck.

    Both vehicles crashed into the median, with the truck landing on its right side, Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief David Robinson said

  • Shallotte police arrest woman on drug charges


    A Myrtle Beach, S.C., woman is accused of fraudulently acquiring oxycodone pills from a Shallotte drug store.

    Holly Leann Gladish, 31, of Gordon Street was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery and uttering a forged instrument.

  • Leland man accused of selling marijuana to minors

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of selling marijuana to teens.

    Douglas Howard Secor, 43, of Huckabee Drive NE was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with three counts of felony selling/delivering marijuana to a minor, three felony counts of selling/delivering marijuana to a minor younger than 16 but older than 13 and maintaining a dwelling for selling marijuana.

    Warrants show Secor sold marijuana to a 13-year-old, a 14-year-old and twice to 15-year-olds from his home between June 5 and July 22.