Local News

  • Brunswick Beacon named best in class in North Carolina

    The Brunswick Beacon has been named best in its class in North Carolina.

    Last Thursday, Feb. 17, the Beacon’s news team received first-place honors in the North Carolina Press Association’s 2010 News, Editorial and Photojournalism Contest.

    In winning first place general excellence for newspapers circulation more than 10,000, judges said, “I chose the Beacon because of breadth of coverage, sharp, reader-friendly design and good editing.”

  • Ash teenager dies from single gunshot wound

    An Ash teenager died Tuesday from a single gunshot wound.

    According to information provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call at about 3:47 p.m. and found David Purifoy, 14, of Ash, had been shot in a wooded area near Inman Road in Ash.

    Purifoy was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives are assisting North Carolina Wildlife in an investigation, but the shooting appears to be accidental, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • Shallotte presents first landscape award

    SHALLOTTE–The Shallotte Appearance Committee decided several months ago to recognize area businesses that go above and beyond to beautify the community.

    They formulated the Landscape Recognition award. On Monday  town officials presented the first framed certificate and placed a sign in the ground to recognize the recipient, Autumn Care of Shallotte on Mulberry Street.

    Autumn Care, a nursing and rehab facility, was recognized for its recent work to landscape and beautify its property.

  • Hundreds gather from around country to pay tribute to former clogging instructor

    More than 300 cloggers gathered on Feb. 12 at Cape Fear Middle School in Rocky Point to pay tribute to their clogging instructor, Jimmy Watson.

    Leland resident Jimmy Watson was the owner and director of many clogging studios throughout the East Coast. For more than 20 years, he shared his love of clogging with thousands of dancers.

    Along with his wife, Sue, Jimmy Watson began shagging and square dancing, but decided those types of dances didn’t offer enough involvement for children. He began a career in clogging at the age of 40.

  • Governor’s proposed budget included fewer education reductions than expected

    The 2011-2013 proposed state budget released by Gov. Bev Perdue on Feb. 17 calls for fewer reductions for public school than local officials originally expected.

    According to information on Perdue’s website, public schools can expect a net reduction of 3.9 percent if the budget proposal is approved. Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer for Brunswick County Schools, said local officials had been expecting a 5-10 percent reduction.

    “It paints a little rosier picture than what we had been expecting,” she said.

  • West Brunswick staff remembers former student as ‘the best of West’

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School teachers and school administrators remember former student Billy Ray Stone for having the biggest and brightest smile.

    “He had nothing but smiles,” assistant principal Mike Stanley said.

    They remember how caring and thoughtful he was.

    “I didn’t even teach him but he came by to see me every day,” teacher Connie Love said.

     And they remembered his big dreams and determination.

  • Hundreds of acres burned in weekend brush fires

    A local burning ban has been issued after weekend brush fires torched hundreds of acres throughout the county.

    “This burning ban restricts all burning in and around 100 feet of all structures located within the county,” Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner wrote in a press release.

    Garner said the local burning ban was implemented Saturday afternoon after the county experienced red-flag conditions.

  • Calabash approves ads, higher pay range for future administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have agreed to begin advertising for their vacant town administrator position.

    The decision came at a specially called meeting Feb. 16.

    The board also approved increasing the annual salary range of the position to $52,000-$68,000, from a previous, lower range of $47,389-$62,179.

  • Calabash Community Park on 'fast track' for summer

    CALABASH—The town long-range planning committee is trying to come up with a basic layout for the town’s future community park.

    It is also seeking contractors to get prices for a building and types of playground equipment. Plans call for a pavilion with stage and picnic area with grills and picnic tables, lawn sports, restrooms, parking and a walking trail. Last spring, the town was awarded a $56,700 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant to build its first park.

    The committee has been looking at different styles of buildings.

  • 'Creative' signage could become law in Calabash

    CALABASH—A proposed text amendment allowing for “creative” signs in the commercial area will soon get closer review by the town planning and zoning board.

    The decision came following a two-and-a-half-hour-long joint workshop Monday attended by town commissioners and the planning and zoning board.

    Town commissioner Forrest King proposed “creative signs” text that he said could be implemented as an exception to the town ordinance prohibiting animated signs.