Local News

  • Resolution requesting senior center on Carolina Shores agenda

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners on Thursday will consider a resolution requesting their area be considered as a site for a future senior center.

    If approved the resolution, on the agenda of the board’s monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, will ask the county to locate a senior center in the Carolina Shores or Calabash area.

    Brunswick County is planning three sites for a senior center in the Leland, Shallotte and Calabash areas, town administrator Linda Herncane noted in her monthly report.

  • Carolina Shores mayor says e-mail account 'compromised'

    Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby said his e-mail at town hall had recently been “compromised.”

    During the board’s monthly workshop Monday morning, Selby said from Oct. 19-Nov. 23, he did not receive e-mails sent to his town hall address.

    All of his e-mail was forwarded to a now defunct address, to “Mica Richards” at yahoo.com.

    Yahoo, he said, is investigating who might have done it and possibly tracing it to the computer that was used.

  • Thirteen charged in Southport drug investigation

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have charged 13 people following a four-day drug blitz.

    Sgt. Steve Lanier said 13 people were charged with 22 felony and misdemeanor drug charges after the four-day investigation, which included surveillance, vehicle stops and search warrants in the Southport area.

    Drug agents executed a search warrant Friday at 203 West 9th St., which Lanier described as the “hub” of the drug operations.

  • Informational meeting set for new Brunswick County MADD chapter

    After working as a reporter and news editor for about eight years, Stacey Manning had gotten used to interacting with police officers, firefighters, EMTs, attorneys and judges.

    But she never imagined a single call on Feb. 17, 2006, would suddenly thrust her from behind the scenes directly into a news story.

  • Attorneys’ opinions differ on charging for public records

    Some members of the Brunswick County Board of Education think the district should charge for public records requests that consume staff hours and resources to furnish, but the board has yet to set any costs.

    The board tabled the discussion earlier this month and decided to have Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, call other school districts and ask how much they charge for excessive requests.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said the board began discussing a charge when a request for six months of information was made.

  • Holden Beach Tree Lighting

    The Holden Beach Choir sings at the second annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Holden Beach on Thursday night. The evening included the annual tree lighting by Mayor Alan Holden, singing by the choir and visits with Santa for the children who attended.

  • Fresh trees for Christmas decorating: Fraser fir most popular choice

    Looking for a “real” Christmas tree to liven up the holiday season?

    Fraser firs, many of which are grown in western North Carolina, seem to be the most popular, according to experts.

    At Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Depot in Shallotte, managers say 5-6-feet-tall Fraser firs are far and away the most sought-after type of Christmas tree. Home Depot also has Douglas firs. Many other local businesses, including several roadside stands, have live Christmas trees for sale in Brunswick County.

  • Bankrupt developers ask to be relieved from driveway construction

    The real estate development company responsible for construction of The Landing, a 65,000-square-foot shopping center at the corner of N.C. 179 and Ocean Isle Beach Road, has declared bankruptcy. Representatives have asked Ocean Isle Beach commissioners to release them from one of the six original driveways that was included in the original bond.

  • Uniquely Brunswick County Photo Contest winners

    The Brunswick Beacon has chosen winners of the 2009 Uniquely Brunswick County Photo Contest. Winning photos will be published on the front of the Tidelines section in the next several issues.

    Winning photos may also be viewed online at www.brunswickbeacon.com; the main photo slideshow will be at the bottom of the homepage.

    The winners in the adult division are: Anne-Marie Rourk, first place; Frederick Schwartz, second place; Sam Smith, third place.

    Teen division winners: Elijah Jackson, first place; Alan Beauvais, second place; Austin Somers, third place.

  • More legal action filed in response to parasailing incident

    Those involved in an Aug. 28 parasailing incident that killed two women visiting Ocean Isle Beach continue to file motions and lawsuits in U.S. District Court.

    On Nov. 30, Ocean Isle Beach Water Sports Inc. and N.C. Watersports Inc. filed a third party complaint against Custom Chutes Inc. and Yale Cordage Inc., stating if the water sport companies are found liable in the death of Cynthia Diane Collins Woodcock, those companies are also liable because the parasail towline failed to hold the passengers during a wind gust.