Local News

  • Calabash sets Tuesday meeting for leader search

    CALABASH—Town commissioners are scheduled to meet at a special work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, to discuss plans for finding a new town administrator.

    The board voted to have the meeting during a previous specially called meeting Sept. 17, when the sudden resignation of former town administrator Marzy Marziano was accepted. In an interview with the Beacon last week, Marziano said he resigned after 10 months on the job because he felt insulted by select commissioners.

  • County declares a state of emergency

    Due to heavy rains and flooding throughout the day, Brunswick County declared a state of emergency at 5:30 p.m. Monday. 

  • Updated road closings

    The following information about road closings is taken directly from the Brunswick County Emergency Services EOC website.

    Check back frequently for up-to-the-minute updates as we get them.


    17 N&S is now open between Goodman and Lanvale

    ***ROAD CLOSED***

    1200 Block of OBW and west has been shut down due to flooding in Holden Beach 

  • Ten inches and counting: More rainfall expected Wednesday and Thursday

    Hazardous weather in Southeastern North Carolina is expected to continue Wednesday and Thursday.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said a storm system expected to impact the area Wednesday was unrelated to Tropical Depression 16, expected to reach North Carolina on Thursday.

    “For tomorrow, they were saying in the seven-to-eight inch range, but it may be higher than that,” Marzano said Tuesday night of Wednesday’s estimated rainfall.

  • Bomb threat causes morning evacuation at WBHS

    SHALLOTTE—It was a conversation overheard by a West Brunswick High School student that prompted a lockdown and evacuation of the school’s campus Wednesday.

    Superintendent Ed Pruden said at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, a student overheard the word “bomb” in a conversation among other students and immediately reported the incident to the principal.

    “They did just a brief lockdown and then went into evacuation after getting everybody in place,” Pruden said.

  • More than 100 turtles emerge from last loggerhead turtle nest at Holden Beach

    Wave after wave of baby loggerheads—104 in all—made a mad dash to the ocean Friday night.

    It was the last nest of the 2010 sea-turtle season on Holden Beach.

    “This is so awesome,” said Jenny Kreider, who came with Mandy Overmeire from Meadville, Pa. “We’ll have to write it in our guest book. This is the last night of our vacation, so it’s the perfect ending.”

  • A Triple Crown kind of year for turtles at Holden Beach

    Holden Beach Turtle Patrol volunteers must feel like they just won the Triple Crown.

    Leatherback, loggerhead and green turtles all hatched on the island and made it safely to sea.

    The final tally showed 3,118 baby turtles hatched and were released to the ocean—out of 3,502 eggs laid this year, according to turtle patrol record keeper Ken Clagett.

    The 59 baby leatherbacks emerged on Aug. 5 from the first-known leatherback nest on Holden Beach. More than 200 people watched.

  • DSS board calls emergency meeting to name interim director

    Forty-six days after suspending Social Services Director Jamie Orrock, the Brunswick County Board of Social Services called an emergency meeting to hire an interim director Tuesday.

    After a closed session to discuss “personnel” at the emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon, board members unanimously appointed Neil Walters of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to serve as interim director.

    Board attorney Gary Shipman said he did not know how much the county would pay Walters while he served as interim director, but said it was in the $7,000-per month range.

  • Town looks at drainage issue while repairs begin on Scotland Street house

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Repairs for damage to a Scotland Street house property owners believe stems from dredging and flooding following a recent storm will cost more than $10,000.

    While town officials cannot offer much help for the private property repairs, they are taking a closer look into the flooding issue.

    Jim and Kim Brown of 30 Scotland Street said they have repaired four sinkholes against their backyard sea wall since the town dredged the concrete canal about a year and a half ago.

  • CRC votes to continue with sandbag limit enforcement

    The N.C. Coastal Resource Commission (CRC) has decided to resume enforcement a current policy regarding sandbags as temporary erosion control devices.

    According to a press release from Division of Coastal Management (DCM), the enforcement will lead to removal of sandbags that “have exceeded time limits outlined in commission’s rules, and are not covered with sand and vegetation.”

    A moratorium in accordance with Session Law 2009-479 had previously postponed enforcement of sand bags with expired limits, but it expired Sept. 1.