Local News

  • Sixty-eight-year-old business getting ready to retire

    SUPPLY—It was the mid 1940s when John Morton “Hitch” Parker first opened a store at the corner of what now composes the busy intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 211.

    Al Parker recalls his grandfather started his business, J.M. Parker & Sons, as a feed-and-seed and general store.

  • Shallotte budget

    SHALLOTTE—The town passed the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget last Thursday afternoon during a public hearing. No one from the community attended the meeting.

    The tax rate remains unchanged from the current fiscal year at a rate of 35 cents per $100 of valuation. The new town budget is 3 percent less than the previous fiscal year.

    As of June 21, the total percentage spent from the 2011-2012 budget is 80.91 of the general fund total of $4,091,598.99 with 90.76 percent of general fund revenues collected.

  • DSS board finds attorney to represent board

    BOLIVIA—After more than a year and a half without legal representation, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have found an attorney to represent them.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday, June 26, board members unanimously approved hiring Southport attorney Kenneth Campbell. The recommendation will be forwarded to county commissioners for approval.

  • West, South 2012 football schedules

     West Brunswick football schedule

    Aug. 10, New Hanover in BB&T Jamboree, 5 p.m.

    All games below start at 7:30 p.m.

    Aug. 17, Hoggard

    Aug. 24, Socastee

    Aug. 31, at North Myrtle Beach

    Sept. 7, at Laney

    Sept. 14, at South Brunswick

    Sept. 21, North Brunswick

    Sept. 28, at East Bladen

    Oct. 5, Whiteville, homecoming

    Oct. 12, Open

    Oct. 19, at West Bladen

    Oct. 26, South Columbus


    South football schedule

  • Women steal veteran's life savings

    UPDATE: Three suspects are in custody in the New Hanover County Jail.

    Detective Ed Carter said Maria Sloan, Velda Barnhill and Monica Frazier have turned themselves in to authorities in New Hanover County.

     Two suspects—Lisa McClain and Pamela Springer—remain at large.     

  • Brunswick County unemployment tops 10 percent in May

    After a brief dip less than 10 percent in April, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for May once again tops 10 percent.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 10.3 percent in May.

    May’s unemployment rate is higher than April’s 9.7-percent unemployment rate—Brunswick County’s first sub 10-percent rate in three years.

    The last time Brunswick County dipped below 10 percent unemployment was in April 2009.

  • Beaches consortium discusses the challenges of keeping sand on the beach

    “It is almost to the point where people on the coast are ready to choke. We send more money to Washington and the insurance companies than we ever get back,” said Harry Simmons, Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium at the June 14 meeting of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium in Sunset Beach.

    During the meeting, members discussed the progress of Brunswick County shore protection projects and reviewed the status of the sand management plan for the Wilmington harbor.

  • Family support: Hospice isn't just for patients

    SOUTHPORT—There is a woman in Southport who is sick.

    She isn’t sick with an ailment doctors can fix—she has a broken heart.

    Majel Reinheimer lost her husband, Walter, a year ago on June 11. He was the love of her life.

    “We were completely absorbed with each other and that was enough,” Majel said sweeping a long strand of hair from her shoulder.

  • It stinks: Sunset Beach says no to reporter at sewer meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—An attorney with the North Carolina Press Association says closure of a meeting to the public last week so town and county officials could discuss sewer installation issues was not justified.

    The response came after Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott told a Beacon reporter the June 13 meeting was not a public meeting.

  • Looking Back 1983-85

    Editor’s note: This is the next installment 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.

    It was an era of truckers’ strikes, corruption in government, and the end of driving on the beach at Holden Beach.