Local News

  • Halloween happenings

    It’s time to get spooky this weekend as several Halloween events unfold in Brunswick County.

    Several kids’ parties are planned Friday night. And Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting “Dracula” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Happenings include:

  • Sea Trail women trick-or-treat for seniors

     SUNSET BEACH—Credit Halloween boredom for spurring four Sea Trail women to charitable action.

    Three Halloweens ago, Linda Blanchette realized her neighborhood had few children or trick-or-treaters, so on a lark she decided to go door-to-door and collect candy from her neighbors in Planter’s Ridge.

  • Services draw a crowd for beloved shellfish man Carson Varnam

     VARNAMTOWN—Carson Varnam was remembered Monday as a faithful family man who made his living from the river, selling shellfish to people who for years came to buy from his stand next to his home on Varnamtown Road.

    Varnam, 76, died last Friday after a long illness.

  • Suspects sought in Sea Trail mail thefts

     Police in Sunset Beach and Surfside Beach, S.C., are on the lookout for a woman who is a suspect in several recent incidents of mail theft in Sea Trail.

    Joan Baggett Hamilton, 46, of Surfside Beach, is sought for larceny, according to a bulletin issued by the Surfside Beach Police Department. She is described as having an extensive criminal history of larcenies and drug possession.

  • Chamber, Beacon team up for series of business workshops

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and The Brunswick Beacon are sponsoring a series of business workshops aimed at helping owners of small and mid-sized businesses navigate the tricky economy.

    The first workshop is set for 7:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at The Purple Onion Annex on Cheers Street in Shallotte.

    “We want to cover everything from putting together a business plan to ‘business killers’… to marketing,” Chamber president Cathy Altman said this week.

  • Cancer survivor hasn’t missed a relay yet

    In 1996, Betty Singletary participated in Brunswick County’s first-ever Relay for Life at West Brunswick High School, a year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was in the midst of her treatments.

    She was one of five survivors who participated.

    Then-Brunswick Community College administrator Dianne Ledbetter helped organize the first event, and Singletary said after the first one, people started taking notice.

  • Ocean Isle to receive $2.5 million for beach renourishment

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    Ocean Isle Beach has received $2.5 million, its full federal share of funding, for the next beach renourishment phase scheduled for the 2010 fiscal year.

    Along with Ocean Isle Beach, Wrightsville Beach received $3 million and Carolina and Kure Beach received $3.5 million.

    The money was awarded as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009.

  • Fire investigation completed; report released

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    The first of nearly 20 calls came in at 6:58 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. Each reported a fire at 1 Scotland Street in Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to a report from Fire Marshal Scott Garner of Brunswick County Emergency Services, firefighters responded to the scene within three minutes from the initial 911 call, but the house was already “fully involved with flames.”

  • State General Assembly races draw opponents, one unopposed

     Three candidates, including longtime Democratic incumbent R.C. Soles, are vying for the N.C. Senate District 8 seat up for a two-year renewal this year. District 8 encompasses Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties.

    Republican incumbent Bonner Stiller is seeking a fourth two-year term in the District 17 N.C. House of Representatives race, with a challenge from Democrat Vernon Ward.

  • Turnout ‘huge’ for early voting throughout Brunswick County

    More than 23,000 people had voted as of Tuesday afternoon at one-stop voting locations throughout Brunswick County. Another 1,749 people had mailed in absentee ballots, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections.


    “We’ve already had more one-stop voters than we had in 2004 total,” deputy elections director Sara Ashcraft said Tuesday. “Turnout is huge.”


    By 6 p.m. Tuesday, 23,741 people had voted at the seven one-stop sites, and they were continuing to pour in as the day continued.