Local News

  • Local food producers, sellers organizing, getting the word out

    GRISSETTOWN—Farmers, ranchers and gardeners need to start thinking of themselves as marketers if they want to launch a successful local food initiative in Brunswick County.

    That’s what Annette Dunlap of the N.C. Department of Agriculture told a group of interested farmers and retailers gathered at Silver Coast Winery Friday morning for the first of many meetings to discuss the county’s growing local food movement.

  • Sweepstakes request dealt a delay in Calabash

    CALABASH—A request for a conditional use permit for a sweepstakes business was tabled Monday night by the Calabash Zoning Board of Adjustment.

    Chris Wisdo has submitted an application for a special/conditional use permit for 13 gaming-station computers in Calabash Plaza in the town's central business district.

    "We're considering a computer that offers a sweepstakes," said Wisdo, comparing the venture to contests offered by Pepsi and McDonald's.

  • Breaking NewsTractor trailer accident causes delays on U.S. 74-76

    Brunswick County emergency officials are urging motorists on U.S. 74-46 westbound and U.S. 421 southbound to use caution after an earlier wreck.

    According to emergency officials, a tractor trailer traveling south on U.S. 421 wrecked while exiting into the westbound lane of U.S. 74-76 around noon Tuesday.

    The U.S. 421 exit ramp as well as the right lane of U.S. 74-76 will be closed for an extended period of time for cleanup. Motorists are urged to use caution as they pass through this area and to expect delays.

  • Oyster festival deemed damp, but not dreary success

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Even the rains couldn’t keep people away from their oysters last weekend.

    Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Altman said last weekend’s N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach was a success, despite a slow rainy start to the two-day festival on Saturday.

    “I think all in all it was successful, especially Sunday. Typically, Sunday is a slower day for us. This year, Sunday was like our Saturday,” Altman said.

  • EDC director says economy hasn’t yet harmed future plans

    Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw says the downward-spiraling economy is the worst he’s seen in his career, but it so far hasn’t deterred developers and industrial executives from considering the county as a site for future business.

    Bradshaw said recently he expects to make two announcements of new industries by the end of the year.

    “We’ve got clients who are still looking,” he said. “They haven’t phased back.”

  • Former Holden Beach police officer sues town

    A former Holden Beach police officer has sued the town of Holden Beach.

    Terri Oxford filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 8 for gender discrimination and wrongful termination, violations of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act and for common-law violations of negligent infliction of emotional distress.

    Oxford, who worked for the police department from 1999 until 2008, claims in her lawsuit she was denied a promotion and wages because she is a female. She further claims she was harassed and retaliated against for complaining about discriminatory treatment.

  • Sunset Beach brakes for bike path tweaks

    SUNSET BEACH—Plans for future bicycle and pedestrian paths continue to be scrutinized in Sunset Beach.

    Last week, the Sunset Beach Planning Board instructed consultant Don Eggert of the Cape Fear Regional Council of Governments to tweak plans presented at an Oct. 16 meeting.

    The board wants Eggert to include paths on the Sunset Beach island, town administrator Gary Parker said.

  • Principal, parent return to court in December

    BOLIVIA—The principal of Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School and a parent of former students will appear in court once more following a continuance to their individual cases.

    Patricia Rourk and Tracey Danka each received a continuance on their court dates last Wednesday because the docket contained more than 300 cases. The two will return to the Brunswick County Courthouse on Friday, Dec. 12, on two separate charges.

  • N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach

    This weekend marked the N.C. Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach. For the full story, more photos and the winners of the oyster stew cook-off, the oyster shucking contest and the road race, pick up next week's issue of the Beacon.

  • Dee Hill's fumbled futureVideo included

    West Brunswick High School football coach Jimmy Fletcher had no idea why the sheriff and three deputies showed up at school, demanding to see Dee Hill, a then 18-year-old known student athlete, on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006.

    Fletcher was even more confused when he saw a deputy place Hill in handcuffs and escort him off school grounds in the back of a squad car.

    Hill had been arrested and charged with burglary, kidnapping and larceny.