Local News

  • Solar trash compactors up and running on Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH—It’s taken three years, but solar trash compactors have finally been installed at the beach.

    The units went in with town and resident fanfare on Friday morning, Sept. 7, at the gazebo on the beach in Sunset Beach.

    Town administrator Gary Parker said it was a first step in the town’s long-range plan to be environmentally responsible by providing recycling and trash-compacting units in public areas of the town.

  • No building moratorium for now in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has taken no action on a proposed building moratorium along Sunset Boulevard after several people spoke out against it on Monday night.

    Former Sunset Beach Mayor Cherri Cheek spoke as representative of a purchaser at council’s monthly meeting. Her son, Baxter Cheek, submitted to council copies of a rendering for one of the proposed commercial buildings for a 5.2-acre site across from Sea Trail at the base of the bridge. Cheek said there has been public perception of a “typical beachwear store” at the site.

  • One resident brings many questions to Sunset Beach community meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—Town resident Colie Dooley dominated the floor at one of town council’s community meetings last week.

    That’s because Dooley was the only resident in attendance at the Sept. 5 meeting for residents of Shoreline Drive West and Canal Avenue on the mainland.

    Dooley, outnumbered 8-to-1 by town council members and town staff in attendance, came armed with plenty of questions.

  • Phase 2 OKed for tree removal at Carolina Shores course

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has given the green light for more tree removal near the greens at Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett wrote a letter last week to golf course manager Philippe Bureau stating Phase 2 of the work at holes 13, 14 and 15 on the course has been approved.

    The work will be monitored by Hargett along with town building inspector/code enforcement officer Chuck Riggins, town public works supervisor Tom Donlon and the town tree committee.

  • Brunswick County NAACP banquet set for Saturday

    More than 200 people are expected to attend the Brunswick County Branch of the NAACP annual Freedom Fund Banquet this Saturday night.

    The event is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9600 Ocean Hwy. in Carolina Shores. It’s a black-tie-optional affair kicking off with a reception and silent auction.

  • Carolina Shores streamlines with a new UDO

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has its own land-usage document and zoning map after town commissioners approved a Unified Development Ordinance update Sept. 6.

    Approval came following hearings prior to the vote at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting last Thursday. Consultant Landin Holland with Holland Planning Consultants of Wilmington reviewed the draft UDO update at a 2 p.m. public presentation the preceded the meeting and again during a public hearing at the 3 p.m. monthly meeting.

  • Parents object to school uniform policy

    Two parents spoke out Tuesday opposing Brunswick County Schools’ uniform policy for three schools in the north end of the county.

    Parent Ronnie Lewis told the Brunswick County Board of Education he objects to the uniform policy because it’s not fair to make students all look the same.

    “My thing is there’s some kids out there, kind of big kids who could wear bigger clothes to hide their size,” he said. “They’re the ones being picked on because of size. Y’all are bullying my kids. It’s got to stop.”

  • 11th anniversary of 9/11

    The 11th anniversary of 9/11 is under way today with Lions, Legionnaires and VFW members waving flags at passing traffic from the N.C. 130 Bypass in Shallotte. A motorcade of motorcyclists, law enforcement and emergency personnel is proceeding up U.S. 17 in time for the annual 9/11 ceremony at Brunswick Community College today. For more details, pick up a copy of this week's Beacon.

  • Missing person alert issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office

    Around 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, Glenn McLellan, 74, left his home at 108 Windsor Circle, Ocean Isle Beach, driving a Silver Toyota Tacoma truck with a camper shell. The license number of his vehicle is XYM-2490. He is believed to be in the Lumberton area, but could come back to the Brunswick County area. If anyone has seen him or knows his whereabouts, please contact the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office at 253-2777 or Det. Tate Bond at 880-4945.

  • Murder trial witness says defense attorney paid him

    BOLIVIA—The defense in the murder trial of Craig Bryant, the man accused of killing Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw in 2008, promised to show “incredible” doubt in opening statements, but witnesses had different stories to tell.

    After presiding judge Thomas H. Lock denied two motions by the defense to dismiss the case at the conclusion of the prosecution’s case, Mike Willis, defense attorney delivered his opening statement.