Local News

  • Residents rally for Sandy relief

    CALABASH—It was an assembly-line operation last week at Turtle Crossing Cupcakes, only the participants weren’t baking cupcakes.

    Business owner Kathy Cody, assisted by shop employee Kia Vandekolk and Kathy Barry, another Calabash businesswoman-turned-volunteer, were busy boxing up donated items to take to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the North.

    “Everybody wanted to do something,” Barry said. “Nobody knew what to do.”

    They soon found out.

  • Greater law enforcement sought in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Residents say they would like to have more visibility from the sheriff’s office in their neighborhoods.

    Sharon Conway, chairwoman of the town’s HOA/POA advisory committee, spoke last Thursday afternoon, Nov. 8, at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting.

    During her report to the board, Conway said there are concerns about visibility of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in the Village at Calabash, one of six communities composing Carolina Shores.

  • Beacon to have open house to celebrate 50-year anniversary

    This November marks the 50th year The Brunswick Beacon has been serving Brunswick County.

    To honor this milestone, the Beacon staff is hosting an open house from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Beacon office. The Beacon is at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte, across the street from the post office.

    There will be a brief ceremony starting at 4:15 p.m., but visitors can stop by anytime between 4-6 p.m.

    There will be music provided by local bluegrass entertainers, as well as refreshments and cake.

  • Work set for Carolina Shores Town Hall uplift

    CAROLINA SHORES—Work was slated to begin this week for upgrades at Carolina Shores Town Hall.

    In his monthly report Monday at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop, town administrator Mike Hargett noted the scope of work for interior and exterior improvements has been adjusted based on recent board input.

    Revised pricing from contractors, with a 10 percent contingency, has resulted in an increased cost of $8,000, with funding to transferred from the town’s general fund contingency to “town hall capital project.”

  • Calabash fire building dismantled to make way for new one

    CALABASH—Now you see it; soon you won’t.

    First thing Tuesday morning, a work crew from Whiteville began dismantling the aging Calabash Fire Department building on Persimmon Road. The department is making way for construction of a new station at the same site.

    The new station will also take up land where the old Granny Allyn’s Restaurant stood at the corner of Persimmon and Thomasboro roads.

  • Veterans Day ceremonies, closures

    Several ceremonies are planned in the area for Veterans Day this Sunday, Nov. 11.

    Several local government offices are also closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the holiday. Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach, Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach town halls will all be closed Monday.


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  • Brunswick students take part in mock elections

    Even though they’re underage, Brunswick County students have gotten a chance in the past week to take part in the election process, too.

    Monday, the entire student body at Union Elementary School, from kindergarten through fifth grade, cast votes in the presidential election.

    The school-wide mock election was set up in the school gymnasium, which was decorated with red-white-and-blue and campaign signs for Obama and Romney.

  • Sunset park development guesstimates hit $826,000

    SUNSET BEACH—The potential cost of developing and accessorizing the new Sunset Beach Park is estimated at a “worst-case” high of $826,000.

    Greg Lambert, landscape architect for environmental consulting engineering firm Withers & Ravenel, said Monday night that figure was reflective of a “worst-case scenario” of needs and costs and that it could be less than that.

  • McIntyre narrowly wins over challenger Rouzer

    Election results show incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre narrowly beating challenger David Rouzer for the U.S. House of Representatives District 7 seat by 407 votes.

    Statewide results show McIntyre, D-Lumberton, with 167,524 votes, or 50.08 percent, to Rouzer’s 167,017 or 49.92 percent of votes in the tight race.

  • Iler, Rabon, Hamilton win General Assembly races

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    Incumbent Frank Iler (R-Oak Island) won re-election to N.C. House of Representatives District 17 over challenger Lundia Washington.

    Unofficial tallies Tuesday night show Iler with 27,485 or 66.19 percent of votes to Democrat Washington’s 14,038 or 33.81 percent of votes.


    Rabon wins