Local News

  • New Bird Island kiosk dedicated in Sunset Beach

    The Bird Island Preservation Society has dedicated a new educational kiosk—a four-sign display of information about Bird Island.

    The ceremony took place at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the kiosk provided by the town of Sunset Beach in the gazebo parking lot on the island.

    Posted at the kiosk is a message to visitors, “If you walk approximately 1.2 miles west down the beach, you will reach Bird Island, which stretches 1.4 miles, crossing the South Carolina state line and ending at Little River inlet.” 

  • Brunswick County manager accepts Guilford County job

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing has accepted an offer to take the manager’s role with Guilford County.

    The Guilford County commission’s nine-member board voted 6-3 to offer the county manager job to Lawing.

    “They voted at 1 a.m. I confirmed today with the Guilford County chairman (Linda Shaw),” Lawing said Friday.

    “The time was right. You can’t schedule when an opportunity in a county will come.”

  • Carolina Shores celebrates Arbor Day

    CAROLINA SHORES—Second-graders from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School are once again helping the town celebrate Arbor Day.

    The town’s fifth annual event Friday included a planting of a redbud tree on the grounds of town hall.

    Arbor Day is celebrated in North Carolina on the first Friday after March 15.

    The town also received renewed recognition Friday as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

    For more details and photos, pick up a copy of next week’s Beacon.

  • Former county commissioner Warren sues Brunswick officials

    Former Commissioner Charles Warren is taking Brunswick County’s leadership to court.

    Warren filed a civil suit in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington on March 12 against current county commissioners Phil Norris, Marty Cooke, Scott Phillips and Pat Sykes, former commissioner Bill Sue, county manager Marty Lawing and county attorney Huey Marshall.

  • Teacher’s Voice an extension of role of teacher of the year

    The Brunswick County Teacher of the Year’s year would normally be winding down to the final weeks by the end of March.

    But in the past year Teacher of the Year has changed from honoree to advocate, which will extend her reign.

    Laura Hunter, a South Brunswick High School history teacher selected as Teacher of the Year by the Brunswick County Association of Educators last April, has built the role into the Teachers’ Voice in the school system.

  • Commissioners cap pay increase talk at $3 million

    BOLIVIA—A final meeting with Brunswick County’s salary study consultant Monday didn’t finalize any pay-raise options for the board.

    Brian Wolf, assistant project director with Evergreen Solutions, said the meeting was the last face-to-face, question-and-answer session included in their consulting contract, so he would try to answer all the questions commissioners still had.

    But county commissioners still questioned if they were comfortable with a pay-raise method.

  • Property owner ready to take county to court over land grab

    BOLIVIA—Boiling Spring Lakes property owner Dan Lichty is ready to take Brunswick County to court over eminent domain.

    Lichty lost one of his lots at the corner of West North Shore Drive and Lake Mount Road, behind the Kopp’s II convenience store, to Brunswick County to install a pump station for the Boiling Spring Lakes wastewater collection project.

    Lichty says the condemnation killed his development plans.

    He bought 10 lots in the same area intending to package them for commercial development.

  • Lawing up for Guilford County manager job

    BOLIVIA—A vote by Guilford County commissioners Thursday could unseat Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing.

    The Rhinoceros Times, a Greensboro newspaper, reported last week the Guilford County board was ready to vote in favor of offering their open manager position to Lawing.

    On Monday, Lawing confirmed he is a candidate for the position.

    “They are scheduled to make a decision at their (March 21) meeting,” Lawing said. “At this point I consider myself a finalist. We’ll see how the vote goes.”

  • Holden Beach police chief readies for busy season

    HOLDEN BEACH—The change of seasons is beginning in Holden Beach, not just winter to spring but snowbirds to tourists.

    Police Chief Wally Layne said at the March 12 town meeting the spring break college students have begun to arrive.

    It’s also the start of the busy season for Layne’s department.

    “Once the season begins, the call volume changes, traffic increases, more folks are on the beach—all the things associated with a tourist town,” Layne said.

  • Holden Beach fire chief suspicious of switch from fire fees

    HOLDEN BEACH—Tri Beach Fire Chief Doug Todd voiced his concerns to Holden Beach commissioners at their March 12 meeting over a county plan to end fire fees.

    Brunswick County is one of only two North Carolina counties to collect fire fees to fund local fire departments.

    Fire fees are based on square footage of structures in the area. Revenue is generated for each fire department from fees collected within a six-mile radius of each department.