Local News

  • Looking Back 1981-1983

     Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Each month, we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    Fishermen, foiled robberies and other topics unique to Brunswick County dominated headlines in The Brunswick Beacon in the early 1980s.

    In 1981, local fishermen came out in force to protect their waters from the county.

  • Holden Beach indicates support for Myrtle Beach MPO

    Holden Beach commissioners did not take an official vote but showed strong verbal support for a South Carolina road-building representative to pursue working with southeastern North Carolina representatives to build roads.

    The presentation by Mark Hoeweler of the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments was a highlight of Holden Beach commissioners’ regular meeting in town hall on Sept. 11.

  • Feral cat or house pet? Shallotte woman looks to slow growing feral cat population

    SHALLOTTE—A local resident’s love of animals has led her to reach out to help stop a feral cat colony in her neighborhood from increasing.

    Cindy Milam moved to Shallotte three years ago from Ocean Isle Beach. Already a cat lover, she had several indoor felines of her own. It didn’t take long for the neighborhood’s feral cat population to realize she was their friend.

    “One month after I moved here, one cat showed up. My kids were like ‘Mom, don’t feed it,’” Milam said.

  • BFA now taking applications for Christmas assistance program


    With summer over and school under way, it is time for one area organization to start gearing up for Christmas.

    The annual Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program takes organizers months of planning to deliver.

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency will begin taking applications, by appointment only, on Sept. 24. Applications will continue to be taken through Nov. 8, but don’t wait until the last minute. BFA officials say the closer the holidays get, the busier BFA employees and volunteers are.

  • Newly renamed justice center honors former sheriff


    BOLIVIA—Monday’s county commissioners meeting began with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office honoring former Sheriff John Carr Davis.

    Commissioners read a proclamation naming the John C. Davis Law Enforcement Center in Bolivia after him. Davis’ family surprised and surrounded him as he was recognized for his work. Davis received a standing ovation from the packed room as he was given a certificate of recognition.


    Personnel policy amendments

  • Warriors prepare to ride through Brunswick County

    The day to show your appreciation to warriors who have sacrificed for freedom is rapidly approaching.

    On Friday, Sept. 28, the Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride 2012 will be cycling through the area. The ride is a four-day event and is the last Warrior Ride of 2012. Rides began in late March and took place in the Carolinas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    Warrior Ride founders Debra and Bob Racine of Oak Island started the nonprofit organization seven years ago as a way to incorporate recreation and rehabilitation and to give back.

  • BCCOWA kickoff concert: Dailey & Vincent strummin' & singin' Sept. 25

    American bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent is bringing its special blend of toe-tapping music to Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium next Tuesday night, Sept. 25.

    The kick-off performance of the BCCOWA Performing Arts Series for the 2012-13 season starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Jamie Dailey was previously lead vocalist and guitarist for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver from 1999-2008.

  • Sunset Beach gets park survey results

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is scrutinizing two consultant-prepared design concepts for Sunset Beach Town Park.

    The board also received citizen survey results at its monthly workshop Tuesday morning at town hall.

    Top activities favored for a “passive public park” include viewing the water, walking/jogging, viewing wildlife, outdoor performances, picnicking and festivals/events.

    Top favored amenities for the park based on survey results include seating/benches, restrooms, shaded space, picnic tables and trails.

  • Oceanfront OIB house finalist in design contest

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Inside a photogenic house called Long Isle, at 210 E. First St., there’s a “sea of blue outside every ocean-side window.”

    That’s what publicist/decorator Catherine Sludds has to say about the two-story, blue-roofed vacation rental that is a finalist in Vacation House Review’s 2012 North Carolina Beach House Design Contest.

    Sludds and others who had a hand in the design and decorating scheme of the home are hopeful judges will feel the same way they do when the winning house is announced next month.

  • DSS and health boards abolished

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have taken over the county’s health and social services boards.

    In a 3-2 vote Monday night, with commissioners Charles Warren and Marty Cooke dissenting, commissioners dissolved the department of social services board and the board of health. Then they approved a resolution to assume control of the activities of a consolidated human services board. It’s effective immediately.

    The vote came after a lengthy public hearing and a presentation explaining the action by county manager Marty Lawing.