Local News

  • Town finance director departs Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker has been appointed to serve as acting finance director and budget officer for the town following the departure of longtime town employee Donna Rogers, who has been serving the past few years as town finance director.

    The town board unanimously approved the measure at its monthly workshop Tuesday morning, June 17, at town hall.

    Town clerk Lisa Anglin said Tuesday afternoon Rogers left employment with the town June 6 upon “mutual separation” with the town.

  • Calabash hires new attorney, approves budget

    CALABASH — The town has a new attorney.

    Benton Toups with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog (CSH) Law Firm of Wilmington was introduced at the monthly town board of commissioners meeting June 10.

    Commissioners approved scheduling a special meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, to iron out a town attorney agreement.

    Toups replaces former town attorney Mac Tyson, who resigned in March after serving as town attorney since June 2012.


    Budget approved

  • Detectives search for missing Southport man

     Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in located a missing Southport man.

    Matthew Hoffman, 21, of Blue Water Street, was last seen at his home this morning around 2am. He was wearing a black shirt, gray pants and black boots. He is 5'6" and weighs about 150lbs.

    Hoffman has cognitive disabilities, Flax said.

    Anyone with any information about Hoffman’s whereabouts is asked to contact Det, Jason Fennell at 910-880-4895.

  • West Brunswick High School principal rescinds resignation

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick High School's principal has decided to stay after all.

    Principal Brock Ahrens resigned abruptly Friday afternoon, June 13, after a dispute with Superintendent Edward Pruden regarding graduation eligibility requirements.

    Ahrens’ resignation came during a faculty meeting in which Pruden told the West Brunswick staff 18 seniors who met all of the academic requirements but failed to comply with attendance requirements will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises Saturday, June 14, at 9 a.m.

  • New Sunset Beach channel unveiled on ATMC

    SUNSET BEACH — Live on ATMC — it’s Sunset Beach!

    The town of Sunset Beach has officially launched its own new public informational channel on ATMC TV.

    Channel 99, devoted exclusively to information about the town of Sunset Beach and things going on within the town, debuted May 23.

    Town administrator Susan Parker said citizens in the Sunset Beach area with ATMC cable will be able to access local information on Channel 99.

  • Sunset Beach non-interest sewer assessment deadline June 30

    June 30 is the deadline for Sunset Beach property owners to pay off their sewer assessment interest-free.

    In June 2013, Brunswick County Public Utilities completed construction of the Sunset Beach wastewater collection system.

    Because the project was funded as a special assessment district, property owners who benefited from the project were assessed their proportionate share of the cost of the project.

  • Past Calabash VFW Post commander new state commander

    By Frank Richardson

    Special to the Beacon

    VFW Calabash Post 7288 now boasts having the new North Carolina VFW state commander among its members.

    Jack Goin, who served as Calabash Post commander from 2006 through 2008 and later served several positions in the Department of North Carolina VFW, officially took over the reins as commander of the North Carolina VFW effective June 8.

  • Carolina Shores adopts budget with no tax increase

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town has adopted its budget for fiscal year 2014-15 with no tax increase.

    Approval came at the town board of commissioners meeting Thursday, June 5, at town hall.

    The $1,384,200 budget, which takes effect July 1, calls for retaining the town’s current tax rate of 10 cents (.1016) per $100 property valuation.

  • UPDATE: Ocean fatality is Carolina Shores woman

    A 63-year-old Carolina Shores woman has been identified by Sunset Beach police as the person pulled unresponsive from the ocean at Sunset Beach late Tuesday morning.
    At approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Patricia Marie Rene was pulled from the water just east of the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier

    A group of bystanders found the woman unresponsive in the water about 200 yards from the pier, along the shore directly behind the island’s gazebo, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts said.

  • Ingraham donates $25K to seniors group

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Overwhelmed by his own emotions, John Ingraham is grateful for the opportunity to help those people who can’t help themselves.

    That’s why last Friday night, June 6, was so special for Ingraham as the Shallotte businessman donated $25,000 to Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. during a customer appreciation night at The View at Brick Landing Plantation.

    Ingraham, owner of First Financial Education Centers LLC, presented the check to BSRI President and CEO Jim Fish as part of a “tropical celebration.”