Local News

  • Commissioners approve launching censure proceedings

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday voted four to one to begin censure proceedings on commissioner Charles Warren for a code of ethics violation.

    The alleged ethics infraction centers on Warren’s refusal to step down as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, a violation of the county’s code of ethics, according to county attorney Huey Marshall.

  • Former Wilmington assistant named Carolina Shores administrator

    Mike Hargett, a former assistant city administrator in Wilmington, has been named Carolina Shores’ new town administrator, according to a press release issued Monday.

    Hargett replaces former administrator Linda Herncane, who retired Feb. 1. His duties begin Feb. 14.

  • Countywide talent show Saturday

    "A Talent Spotlight," the countywide talent show featuring acts from four area high schools, will take the stage this weekend.

    The noncompetitive talent showcase will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College Campus. Winning acts from recent talent shows at West Brunswick, South Brunswick, North Brunswick and Early College high schools will perform.

    Admission is $5 at the door. Children 6 and younger will be admitted free.

  • POSTPONED TILL APRIL: Brunswick Stew & Que cancelled for this Saturday

    The third annual Brunswick Stew & Que slated for this Saturday has been postponed until April 16 due to concerns about the weather.

    The competitive Brunswick stew cook-off, sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, was scheduled for this Saturday at Planet Fun in Shallotte. It has been cancelled, it was announced Thursday, because the weather forecast is calling for rain and inclement weather.

  • Beacon publisher demands chair return document to DSS department

    For more than a week, DSS chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren had been in possession of a public document, which belongs to the Department of Social Services.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Warren removed three audio recordings of DSS meetings from interim DSS director Neil Walter’s possession. Warren then returned two audio recordings—the November and December meeting recordings—but still had the January audio recording, claiming he is the custodian of the document, in this case the audio recording, because he is chairman.

  • Brunswick County’s first search and rescue dog retires

    At the age of 12, one springer spaniel’s career of locating lost and missing people has come to an end.

    On Saturday, Jan. 22, Brunswick County’s first search and rescue dog, Sir Bailey of Judah, retired after more than 11 years on the job.

    Bailey, as he is commonly called, was born on May 11, 1998, and began obedience and search and rescue training the same year. In 1999 he became Brunswick County’s first certified search and rescue dog and a founding member of Brunswick Search & Rescue (BSAR).

  • Celebrate marriage

    Marriage isn’t always a walk in the park. Just ask anyone who is married.

    An area event plans to celebrate the bonds of marriage—Hearts and Souls 2011 Coastal Carolina Christian Marriage Conference.

    “It is a tune-up for marriages. It offers a chance to celebrate the value of marriage and gives couples a forum to do that,” said the Rev. Brad Ferguson, pastor of New Beginnings Community Church.

  • Seniors celebrate grand re-opening of senior center

    Recently the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Senior Site in Supply opened as a site for Shallotte seniors, but the transition was controversial. The site closed for several weeks until another group decided the facility met their needs perfectly.

    Seniors from the Sunset Harbor Senior Center decided the Supply location is the perfect place to call home.

  • The ice is thawing… Busy 2011 predicted

    Allen Serkin, town planner shared good news to with the Shallotte Board of Aldermen during their February meeting Tuesday.

  • Community helps plan Waccamaw Blue Trail

    A blue trail along the Waccamaw River is an idea in its beginning stages, and residents of Brunswick and Columbus counties are invited to help make the plans.

    “The idea has been formulating over the last couple of years,” Melinda Johnson, marketing and community events coordinator for Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, said at a meeting Jan. 27 at the Waccamaw Community building in Ash.

    “We need your feedback, concerns, ideas and questions.”