Local News

  • Elections: Incumbents face challengers in bids for N.C. General Assembly seats

    Three seats representing Brunswick County and its coastal communities are up for grabs on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    N.C. Senate District 8 incumbent Bill Rabon, R-Southport, is being challenged by Danny Hefner, D-Ocean Isle Beach. N.C. House District 17 incumbent Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, faces off against challenger Lundia Washington, D-Bolivia, while District 18 incumbent Susi Hamilton, R-Wilmington, is being challenged by Louis Harmati, R-Winnabow.

  • Voters complain about machines, numbered ballots

    Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy says there are no problems with voting machines as early voting continues in the county through this Saturday, Nov. 3.

    In the past week, some residents have complained to The Brunswick Beacon about problematic machines that, had they not been paying attention, showed them casting votes for the wrong presidential candidate, they claim.

    Another man complained about the use of numbered ballots and a concern his vote choices could be monitored.

  • Sunset Beach meetings scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the town hall conference room with its newly appointed 50th-anniversary committee.

    Council’s regular monthly session starts at 6:45 p.m. Monday for a 15-minute work session, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

    On the agenda is a public hearing for public comments regarding the proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

  • Volunteers needed for first Charles Dickens Christmas Festival

    Volunteers are sought to participate and assist with the county’s first Charles Dickens Christmas Festival planned for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Southport.

    Brunswick Arts Council is presenting and orchestrating the event that will take place 1-9 p.m. both days in downtown Southport. The celebration is a tribute to the renowned English author, whose 200th birthday was this past February.

  • 59th Annual Oyster Roast is Saturday in Varnamtown

    VARNAMTOWN—A shuckin’ good time is just around the bend in Varnamtown.

    This coming Saturday, Nov. 3, Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church will be the site of this riverfront fishing town’s 59th annual oyster roast.

    The event is from noon-5 p.m. at the church at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The cost for the oyster roast is $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Meals will consist of hot, fresh oysters roasted over an open fire, hot hushpuppies, pickles and coffee. Soft drinks will be sold separately.

  • Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 40th home

    CAROLINA SHORES—Six-year-old Aaliyah Crawford rode her pink bicycle around the yard while her mom, Lakeisha Stanley, talked on her cell phone on the front porch.

    The two, along with Stanley’s grandmother, Mary Stanley, have been enjoying their new Habitat for Humanity home, which was dedicated during a ceremony Tuesday.

    The three-bedroom, 1,248-square-foot house is the 40th one built through Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity.

  • Candidates outline stances for District 13 judgeship

    Two candidates, W. Richard Cox and Pauline Hankins, are vying Tuesday in the nonpartisan race for District 13 Judge.

    The seat is being vacated by retiring District Court Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr.


    Richard Cox

    Cox, an attorney who lives in Sunset Beach, is seeking election after he was encouraged by a study group at his church, then by others.

    “This district is my home where my wife and I are

  • N.C. insurance commissioner calls June hearing for proposed increase

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has ordered a hearing about a proposal to increase homeowners insurance rates by as much as 30 percent for this area.

    The insurance companies, represented by the N.C. Rate Bureau, have requested an overall average increase of 17.7 percent in rates statewide. The proposed hike targets the southeastern region of the state for the largest increases— about 30 percent—for territory 8 encompassing Brunswick County.

    Goodwin has said proposed rates seem to be excessive and unfairly discriminatory.

  • Halloween event cancelled at Old Sunset Beach Bridge

    Halloween at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge has been cancelled. As Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast, bringing all-day rain and wind, the Old Bridge Preservation Society has cancelled the Halloween event that had been planned Saturday, Oct. 27.

  • WEATHER UPDATE: Brunswick County upgraded to Tropical Storm Watch


    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has upgraded Brunswick County to a tropical storm watch. A tropical storm watch is an announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

    Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said on Friday afternoon the county is preparing for the storm.