Local News

  • Town of Shallotte celebrates firefighters, new fire station

    SHALLOTTE—Firefighters stood at attention in the truck bay of the new fire station Thursday, receiving commendations from their chief and town staff.

    It was the first-ever achievement ceremony for the Shallotte firefighters and Fire Corps members, but it won’t be the last, officials say.

    Fire chief Paul Dunwell, Mayor Pro Tem Buddy Kelly and town administrator Paul Sabiston honored all the firefighters—full- and part-time, volunteers and paid staff—with achievement certificates.

  • Shallotte adjusts budget, discusses traffic

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved allowing the town administrator to amend the 2007-2008 budget up to $5,000 to balance the outgoing spending plan as necessary.

    The board met Tuesday evening for its pre-agenda meeting, during which they also approved final tax releases for fiscal year 2007-2008.

    In other business, the board heard from town administrator Paul Sabiston about possible traffic options for the new Food Lion planned for South Willis Drive and Sellers Street.

  • Boat ramp closes

    Sunset Beach’s island boat ramp has closed.

    The privately owned boat access on the island causeway was to remain open through summer, but was closed last week to make way for construction of the new $32 million, 65-foot-tall Intracoastal Waterway bridge. It should be complete by the end of 2010.

    Boaters may use the boat ramp at Ocean Isle Beach as an alternative.

    The town of Sunset Beach has been negotiating the possible purchase of property for a boat ramp on the mainland side of town near the current pontoon bridge.

  • Sunset Beach meeting June 30

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 30, to vote on the town’s proposed budget, which takes effect July 1.

    No new tax increase is being projected for the 2008-2009 fiscal year budget.

    The tax rate for the proposed $5,785,436 budget is 9.5 cents per $100 of valuation, compared to the current 11.5 cents.

    The new, lesser rate is expected to cover all of the town’s projected operating anad maintenance expenses and capital expenditures while returning $200,000 to the fund balance.

  • Former state champs coaching summer team

    Two of the coaches this summer for the Southwest Trojans baseball team bring a unique perspective. Stuart Champion and Brett Hickman played on the West Brunswick High School baseball team that won the Class 3A state championship in 2004.

    The memory of that season is still fresh in their thoughts, and Champion and Hickman say that season has valuable lessons for these Trojans, a junior American Legion team of West Brunswick ballplayers, many of whom will be on the high school varsity next year.

  • Young shows skills in State Games

    GREENSBORO—Monica Young and her East All-Star soccer team failed to win the gold medal Sunday in the State Games, losing 2-0 to the South, but she left the competition with a sense of accomplishment.

  • Southwest Trojans win three games

    The Southwest Trojans swept Southwest Onslow in a doubleheader Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Trojans beat Whiteville 6-4. The Trojans are 11-2 as they enter the final games of the regular season, set to end July 2. Game summaries are below.

    Trojans 12, 7

    S.W. Onslow 1, 4

    The Southwest Trojans swept Southwest Onslow 12-2 and 7-4 in two Junior American Legion baseball games Saturday.

  • Post 68 goes 2-1 in recent legion baseball games

    LELAND—Another powerful hitting attack enabled Brunswick County Post 68 to beat Jacksonville Post 265 15-5 in eight innings June 18.

    Ryan Waldrep (2-0) was the winning pitcher.

  • Ocean Isle Beach kidnapping, rape case to begin this week

    First reported at 10:15 a.m. Monday, June 23

    Jury selection will begin Tuesday morning for the trial of a Supply man accused of kidnapping and raping two teenage girls from Ocean Isle Beach in 2001.

    Forty-nine-year-old Larry Raynor is accused of kidnapping two girls, then 15-and-16-years-old, from the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, where they were vacationing in June 2001.

    The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault.

  • One dies in local fishing tournament

    One person fishing in the Jolly Mon fishing tournament has died.

    Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard have confirmed two people were recovered from the water Saturday. One person was later pronounced dead. Coast Guard officials would not release the name of the victim or the survivor, saying they had to wait until the next of kin had been notified.

    Brant McMullan, organizer of the Jolly Mon Fishing Tournament said this is the first fatality of the Ocean Isle Beach-based tournament since it began in 1992.