Local News

  • County’s unemployment dips slightly in February

    Unemployment dipped to 10.1 percent statewide, but Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remains at 11.9 percent for February.

    According to February numbers recently released by state’s employment security commission, unemployment rates across North Carolina dipped .3 percent from 10.4 percent in January to 10.1 percent in February.

    Brunswick County also experienced a .3-percent drop in unemployment—from 12.2 percent in January to 11.9 percent in February.

  • T-shirts will be plentiful in Ocean Isle

    Ocean Isle Beach will not be lacking in T-shirt shops this summer season.

    According to Justin Whiteside, town planner, Xtreme Surf and Sport is currently preparing to open its doors in an outparcel adjacent to the Lowes Foods, Eagles is renovating the old IGA and Waves plans an upcoming expansion at its current location.

    Ocean Isle commissioners chuckled as someone said, “I think we are in the wrong business.”

  • Golden Corral on hold, Smith Avenue extension project extended

    SHALLOTTE—Plans for Golden Corral are on hold until further notice. According to Allen Serkin, planning director, the applicant asked in March for the issues to be placed on hold for consideration by the board of aldermen until the April meeting.

    Prior to this month’s meeting, the applicant requested the items be withdrawn from consideration from the board’s agenda until further notice.

  • Retiring after 25 years with Black's Tire

    SHALLOTTE—Fifteen years ago a man drove from Tabor City to Shallotte to help a company store for the day.

    Fifteen years later, Arnold Ward celebrated his last day of work at Shallotte Black’s Tire and Auto Service. Ward, the store manager for 14 years, retired after 25 years with the company. At the time he came to Shallotte, he was employed at the company’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., store.

  • Area religious leaders show support for Racial Justice Act


    SHALLOTTE—Area religious and community leaders gathered Thursday at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church to take a stance on the North Carolina Racial Justice Act and the law’s potential repeal.

  • Shallotte Budget Meetings Scheduled


    Shallotte officials are scheduled to discuss the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget through a series of workshops.

    All meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend.

    The first meeting at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, will focus on the capital improvement program, general fund and general administration.

    During the second meeting at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, the board will discuss the fire department and the police department’s budgets.

  • Firefighters injured in lightning-caused house fire in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Two firefighters were injured fighting a fire caused by lightning that destroyed a home in the Sandpiper Bay community during Saturday night’s thunderstorms.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said the fire, at 7407 Balmore Drive, was “fully involved” on the roof, garage and a car parked in the driveway as firefighters arrived on the scene following the 10:12 p.m. 911 call.

    “We made sure the homeowners were out,” he said.

  • POA office workers' departure an issue in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A roomful of Carolina Shores POA residents turned out to hear and ask about ongoing issues Monday, including the recent departure of two POA office employees.

    Carolina Shores POA president Peter Gulliver asked a Beacon reporter to leave before the board meeting began.

    Prior to the meeting, former POA office manager Vicki Samuels and office assistant Suellen Bennett distributed information outlining concerns surrounding their recent job departures.

  • Calabash American Legion yard sale is Saturday

    Calabash American Legion Post 503 will hold its annual yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, at Calabash Medical Center, 10081 Beach Drive, Calabash.

    There will be a rain date of April 23 at the same location.

    All monies raised will go to help members of the post, those serving in the armed forces, and those in the veterans’ home in Fayetteville.

    If there are any questions, call 575-5037.

  • Brunswick Stew & Que stirring up this Saturday

    Up-and-coming chef Justin Gillette will be among judges judging Brunswick stew as the third annual Brunswick Stew & Que unfolds 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, at Planet Fun/Starz Grille in Shallotte.

    The event was postponed from February due to inclement weather.