Local News

  • Oyster Festival art depicts classic local roast

    The artist of the 30th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival official artwork says this year’s piece depicts what local oyster roasts looked like years ago.

    Brunswick Beacon graphic artist Keith White and Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith unveiled the official artwork for the 30th annual North Carolina Oyster Festival during an event on Wednesday, Aug. 25. 

    White, a Shallotte native, has been chosen as the official artist for the festival for the second consecutive year.

  • Career technical education programs aims to reduce dropouts

    School officials are excited to integrate vocational arts into the daily curriculum at Brunswick County Academy. They believe it will help reduce the dropout rate and provide students additional opportunities to be successful.

    With the help of a $1.9 million federal School Improvement Grant, a new career technical education (CTE) program will be implemented at Brunswick County Academy (BCA) this fall, which will introduce students to three areas of vocational arts.

  • Manufactured home sellers seeing business pick up after 2009 ‘disaster’

    Solid oak cabinets, walk-in closets and simulated or solid surface countertops are luxuries you might not expect from a manufactured home, but led by customer requests, those are they types of amenities available in today’s market.

    And homebuyers are responding.

    Local manufactured home sales companies are reporting better business during the first half of 2010 than all of 2009, but difficulty obtaining mortgage loans remains an issue for buyers.

  • Upcoming pageant promotes community involvement

    It’s not an “as seen on TV” beauty pageant.

    Little girls are told not to wear make-up. Flippers, which are fake teeth used to fill in gaps caused by missing teeth, and hairpieces are not allowed. Pageant director Holly Shepard said little girls “should look like little girls.”

    “Pageants don’t have a good name, and I’m trying to let everybody know it’s not what you see on TV,” she said.

  • African teachers travel overseas for training with local resident

    Teachers Loukia Dokakis and Afrothiti Dokakis are committed to providing their students with the best possible education.

    So committed, in fact, the teachers flew from Botswana, Africa, to Brunswick County last week for a training session with a local education consultant. It marked their second trip to the U.S. for educational training in the past year.

    After hitting the 20-year mark in her teaching career, Loukia Dokakis began to wonder if she had enough motivation to continue teaching.

  • Schools successfully show growth, continue to work toward proficiency

    BOLIVIA—If a school fails to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the school year, it does not mean it is a failing school, Bob Grimes, director of secondary education for Brunswick County Schools, said.

    “We try hard to educate the public and help them understand, but still there’s the perception that that school is a failing school,” he said.

  • Boater rescued after saving drowning man

    A South Carolina boater who works in Brunswick County had a close call trying to save a North Carolina man from drowning Saturday.

    C.P. Parker, 52, who works as a superintendent for Blue Sky Building of Shallotte, was returning with his wife and daughter from fishing in their boat on Waties Island last Saturday afternoon when they heard cries for help.

  • No butts about it: Leland, Oak Island targeted for Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

    Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, has targeted the towns of Oak Island and Leland for its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.

    Keep Brunswick County Beautiful Chairman Steve Cherry said the towns were targeted to track cigarette butts and to provide the town with cigarette receptacles, which KBCB members hope will reduce cigarette litter.

    In Leland, Cross Creek Commons shopping center was selected for the program. In Oak Island, the focus was on the beach, and the Oak Island Pier was selected for the program.

  • No charges filed against former Bald Head Island mayor

    District attorney Rex Gore has declined to file charges against a former mayor who challenged the residency of several Bald Head Island registered voters last year, resulting in many of them being removed from the voter registration rolls.

    Larry Lammert, former mayor of Bald Head Island, became the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) inquiry in May, after concerns were raised to Gore about how Lammert obtained the information.

  • Jim Quick and the Coastline Band headline concert series Friday in Ocean Isle Beach

    Brunswick County’s summer concert series continues with a performance by Jim Quick & Coastline Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The free concerts always take place in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    Described as an eclectic blend of blues, soul and rock, Coastline is renowned for “hard-driving Carolina backbeats, Georgia-Southern rock, Cajun-inspired grooves.”