Local News

  • Traffic court under way again in district court

    BOLIVIA—Traffic court is up and running again in Brunswick County.

    The fledgling traffic court program had been on hold since mid-April, when Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued an administrative order halting the program created by District Attorney Jon David.

  • Brunswick County remembers Sept. 11

    On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Brunswick County had several memorial services to remember the attacks.

    On Friday, Shallotte Middle School had its second annual memorial service. Then on Sunday, Sept. 11, members of the FDNY Carolina Retirees’ Association hosted its annual memorial service at Brunswick Community College.

    To see photos from both events, pick up the Sept. 15 issue of the Beacon.

  • DSS appointments draw confusion

    RALEIGH—Members of the N.C. Social Services Commission have appointed two members to the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, and not the two members endorsed by county commissioners.

    At their Sept. 6 meeting, Brunswick County Commissioners endorsed two candidates—Dean Walters and Sue Carroll—for the two vacant positions on the board.

    The vote was four votes to one, as Charles Warren, county commissioner who also serves as chairman of the DSS board, opposed the measure.

  • Sept. 11 events

    FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will once again conduct its annual Sept. 11 ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, in Brunswick County.

    The day will begin with traditional Sept. 11 services at 8 a.m. at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church on U.S. 17 near Shallotte. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony will follow in the Victory Garden at Brunswick Community College.

    Once again, local Lions Club, American Legion and VFW members will be on the Whiteville Road/N.C. 130 overpass from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., waving flags at traffic passing below on U.S. 17.

  • Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association still alive and kicking

    SUNSET BEACH—They converged at 10 a.m., if not by car then by bicycle.

    By business meeting time at 10:30 a.m., a phalanx of bicycles filled the yard of a marshfront residence on the island where the latest meeting of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association took place Sept. 3.

    Close to 50 residents gathered to listen to issues that particularly concern them as residents of the island—terminal groins, parking, garbage-can rollback rules and a sewer installation update.

  • Florence Skipper

    Florence Evelyn Piner Skipper, 97, of Leland, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
    She was born in New Hanover County on Dec. 27, 1913, and was a daughter of the late William Amos Piner and Molly Stokley Piner.
    She is survived by three children, Carol Potter of Leland, Phillip Skipper of Orange, Va., and Polly A. Black of Leland; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

  • Delmas Green

    Delmas Green, 85, of Supply, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Carrol S. Roberson Hospice Center in Fayetteville.
    Funeral services will be announced at a later date by Smith Funeral Home Inc. of Whiteville.

  • Neighbors helping neighbors

    BOLIVIA—Neighbors lending a helping hand have taken on a whole new meaning in Brunswick County.

    Bruce and Adrienne Hollenbeck lost their home to foreclosure in June. Since then they have been living underneath tarps set up in their yard. That is, until their neighbors stepped in.

    Last Tuesday evening, less than one week since the couple’s story appeared on the front page of the Beacon, the Hollenbecks sat anxiously in their front yard waiting for a new, temporary home.

  • When it erodes away

    There is no better time to see what Mother Nature can do than the morning after a hurricane.

    The east end of Ocean Isle Beach is historically susceptible to high winds, tides and waves, and despite avoiding a direct blow from Hurricane Irene, the east end sustained damages.

  • Shallotte Crime Report


    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Common law robbery on Shallotte Avenue by the suspect taking money from the victim; the suspect took $3,900 in cash and a cell phone from the victim.