Local News

  • County agrees to help with funding for new sex offender court

    BOLIVIA— County commissioners have agreed to lend financial assistance to Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis’ latest specialty treatment court.

    Since 2008, Lewis has created special treatment courts for mental health, drug treatment and driving while impaired.

    The latest specialty court, known as SOAR Court—Sex Offender Accountability and Rehabilitation—received a $90,000 Governor’s Crime Commission award, Lewis said.

    But the grant will reimburse money used for the specialty court, not provide it up front.

  • Parents talk growth, renovation concerns for area schools

    Brunswick County parents want school representatives to go forward with facility and program upgrades.

    The school system hosted three community focus group meetings Jan. 22-24 at the county’s three high schools. They were designed to get input from parents and community members about how to meet student educational needs.

    Consulting firm KBR Building Group is handling information-gathering, which began with the consultant interviewing more than 300 people in fall 2012.

  • Buckle up

    An alien police officer chasing down a person not wearing a seat belt is the winning image in the Beacon’s first seat belt safety poster contest.

    Late last year, the Beacon began a seat belt usage safety campaign. To jump-start it, the Beacon launched a poster contest.

    The entire community was invited to participate, and artists of all age ranges were welcomed.

  • Paying it forward

    SHALLOTTE—Joyce Davis has had a painful year, yet she is smiling.

    Last August, Davis was diagnosed with inoperable stage III lung cancer. She had 14 radiation treatments that ended in November.

    During treatments she suffered a stroke. She is on oxygen to help with her breathing.

    Through all of the pain caused by the cancer and treatments, another pain—possibly a side effect—popped up in November—a toothache.

  • Sunset Beach: Town council gives approval to park-plan documentation

    SUNSET BEACH—With a Jan. 31 deadline looming for PARTF grant submission, a majority of town council has approved documentation for proposed master park plans.

    Prior to the vote at council’s Jan. 7 meeting, which town councilwoman Carol Scott said she could not approve, residents expressed concerns about park details.

    North Shore Drive resident Nina Marable said the proposal offered by Withers & Ravenel, the Cary-based engineering and landscape architecture firm hired to design the park, has “many questionable sections.”

  • Upcoming event celebrates the princess inside every young girl

    The Little Princess Ball is more than just a dance for attendees and volunteers.

    It’s a day of developing stronger relationships, building self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.

    “This is truly a special program that really touches the hearts of all involved,” said Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Marketing and Community Events Coordinator Melinda Johnson.

  • Where to watch the Super Bowl?

    Super Bowl XLVII


    When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 on CBS

    Where: Superdome in New Orleans

    Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers



    Locally there are a variety of places to watch the Super Bowl and celebrate with friends. Call your favorite restaurant and/or sports bar and see what they have planned. Here are a few Super Bowl Sunday activities in the area:


  • Sunset Beach: Mayor accuses board, staff of 'backroom games'

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato is accusing the town board and staff of “backroom games” after a council member was appointed to serve on a regional transportation group.

    At its Jan. 7 meeting, council unanimously approved appointing Mike Williams, rather than the mayor, to serve as the town’s sole representative on the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) technical advisory committee.

  • Calabash: Town partnership could build Spay-A-Stray program

    CALABASH—Paws-Ability has invited the town of Calabash to become a grant partner in its community Spay-A-Stray or Fix-A-Friend program.

    At its last monthly meeting Jan. 8, the Calabash Board of Commissioners considered the request initially proposed in November by Janie Withers, founder and president of Paws-Ability. Paws-Ability is a Brunswick County nonprofit that provides financial support for animal issues in the county.

  • Brunswick businessman Kemp Causey remembered

    Kemp Millard Causey came from humble beginnings in Horry County, S.C.

    He went on to become a successful Charlotte banker and bank president, founder of a Chapel Hill-based insurance company, developer, and Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce president.

    The 81-year-old Brunswick County businessman, who died Jan. 20, was one of a kind.

    Several who spoke Sunday at his funeral at his church, Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, could vouch for him, including Causey’s four adoring grandchildren.