Local News

  • One killed in wreck on U.S. 17 near Brunswick Electric

    SUPPLY—A man was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 17 in Supply.

    Few details were immediately available, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said Tuesday. More information about the people involved was expected to be released Tuesday afternoon.

  • BEMC offers $5,000 reward for power-outage vandalism

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for breaking into the BEMC Hickmans Crossing substation in Calabash and committing vandalism that resulted in a power outage.

    About 3,600 co-op members in the Calabash area were without power from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, to 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, as a result of the vandalism.

  • VFW monthly breakfasts resume this Sunday, Feb. 5

     Calabash VFW Post 7288 will resume its first-Sunday-of-the-month breakfasts starting in February. For $5, one can have a sit-down breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage patties or links, home-fried potatoes, eggs to order, grits, toast, coffee and juice. Pictured preparing the home fries is breakfast chairman Kirk Earney, who spends two days preparing the potatoes before they’re served. The monthly breakfast is served on the first Sunday from 8-11 a.m. at the post, 900 Carter Drive. For more information, call 579-3577.

  • Cash is king in 2012


    If there were a magic crystal ball, this would be a good time to gaze deeply into it and forecast 2012.

    While no known psychics have stepped forward to read the future of Brunswick County’s economy and real estate markets, the Beacon asked several area Realtors to make predictions about 2012.

  • Poachers beware: The Green Swamp Preserve is protected land

    Charles Darwin called it “one of the most wonderful plants in the world.”

    There is only one species of the plant that grows in a small corner of the world.

    It is the Venus flytrap. And it is only found in the wild in this region.

    The Nature Conservancy is working to preserve its natural habitat, right here in Brunswick County.

    “They are only found in the wild in a 100-mile radius around Wilmington,” said Sara Babin, conservation coordinator. “This is the only place in the world they grow naturally.”

  • Damascus Road Revival

    Do you know how hard it is not to spend a dollar that is in your wallet, especially when it’s the last one?

    I have been carrying around a dollar bill for at least two weeks now. When I received it back in my change at a gas station in Sunset Beach, I immediately noticed a red stamp on the dollar. It reads “Track this bill @ www.wheresgeorge.com.” The red stamp appears on both sides of the bill.

  • Judge denies Warren’s request for injunction

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks on Wednesday denied Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren’s request for an injunction to stop a hearing to remove Warren from the county’s Department of Social Services board.

    Hooks’ order, filed at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Brunswick County Superior Court, allows county commissioners to legally proceed with the removal process. The order also nullified a temporary restraining order preventing the hearing.

  • Carolina Shores workshop, retreat set for Monday at SBIC

    The monthly workshop of the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at BCC’s South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17.

    The workshop will be followed by the board’s annual daylong budget retreat at the same location.

    Agendas should be ready by mid-week.

  • Sunset Beach council to resume talk about garbage roll-back

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council is set to revisit rescinding the town’s roll-cart citation and fine program at its monthly meeting next Monday night, Feb. 6.

    At their monthly workshop Jan. 24, council members agreed to rescind the program following lengthy discussion that included input from several residents and business owners.

    Council also agreed to have an unsightly and messy island trash bin removed. They said it would remain out for at least a month, however, until word gets out that it will be removed.

  • Brunswick County schools get grades from state

    The State Department of Public Instruction recently released “report cards” for school districts and individual schools in North Carolina for the 2010-2011 school year.

    The school district’s average student population is higher than the state average in elementary and high schools. Brunswick County Schools average 579 students in elementary school, compared to the state average of 497 students, and 880 high school students compared to 794 statewide.