Local News

  • Brunswick voters rush the polls; Democrats defeated

    See all The Beacon's election coverage here.


    More than 50,000 Brunswick County residents voted in this year’s election, with a large number voting early, and Democratic candidates for county seats all lost to Republicans.

    Some 50,759 people, or 66.94 percent of registered voters, cast their ballots in Brunswick County in this year’s election.

  • Senior Follies light up stage Nov. 8-9 weekend



    Golden-age talent will take center stage as Senior Follies, a fundraiser for Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, unfolds Saturday night, Nov. 8, and Sunday afternoon, Nov. 9, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Unofficial General Election results for Brunswick County

    All precincts have now reported.

    Registered Voters: 75,827

    Ballots Cast: 50,759

    Voter Turnout: 66.94 %

    Precincts Completely Reported: 23 of 23

    Race winners for Brunswick County include:

    Bettie Fennell for State Senate

    Bonner Stiller for House of Representatives

    Dewey Hill for House of Representatives

    Marty Cooke for County Commissioner District 2

    Charles Warren for County Commissioner District 3

    Scott Phillips for County Commissioner District 4

  • Business briefs

    Terhune buys design firm

    Doug Terhune of Carolina Plantations Real Estate has purchased the custom home design firm of Plan View Design of N.C. LLC.

    Plan View Design has been designing custom homes at local communities such as Ocean Ridge, Rivers Edge, Sea Trail and Brunswick Forest for years.

    The home are viewable in 3D, which gives clients the ability to tour inside and outside of the home prior to construction.

  • Shallotte Police arrest one for heroin, marijuana possession

    Shallotte Police officers charged a Supply man with possession of heroin and marijuana on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

    According to Shallotte Police officer Kyle Jones, Anthony Junior Bell, 38, of 1882 Ridge Road, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

    According to Jones, Bell was arrested after police responded to a disturbance at the Microtel in Shallotte.

  • Voters head to the polls

    Rainy weather hasn't stopped people from going to the polls this morning.

    Voters were lining up at the Supply precinct polling place—the Brunswick Educational Transition Center—where Register of Deeds candidate Brenda Mercer Clemmons was doing some last minute campaigning.

    At the old Shallotte fire department building, as a light rain sprinkled outside, poll workers said there were lines throughout the morning, but by around 10:30 a.m., it had slowed to a steady, constant flow.

    Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and will stay open until 7:30 p.m.

  • Lack of food, money threatens Brunswick Family Assistance’s future

    By Stacey S. Manning

    Managing Editor

    Officials with Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) say if they don’t come up with about $50,000 before mid-January, the nonprofit agency may have to close its doors.

    BFA, based in Shallotte, provides crisis services for families and individuals throughout Brunswick County by offering assistance with food, rental and utilities payments, clothing, disaster needs and more.

  • What is Brunswick Family Assistance?

    By Stacey Manning

    Managing Editor

    In 2007, Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA), a community nonprofit organization, helped 4,500 families—about 15,000 individuals. By the end of 2008, BFA officials estimate they’ll serve 5,500 households or 18,000 clients.

  • Voter turnout steady

    Throughout the day today, local polling places reported steady voter turnout.

    A steady stream of voters and local candidates arrived at Town Creek District Park this morning to cast their votes and, for the candidates, attempt to secure some last-minute votes.

    While the northern precinct was busiest early this morning, candidates arrived mid-morning in hopes of gaining some critical votes needed to capture their seats while voters continued to arrive at a steady pace.

  • Fire department draws debate in Carolina Shores



    CAROLINA SHORES—The future of the Calabash Fire Department was a hot topic at a commissioners’ workshop Monday.