Local News

  • BFA opens second fulltime office to serve Leland area

    LELAND — Brunswick Family Assistance has opened a second full-time office to assist individuals and families in crisis in northern Brunswick County.

    The new office in the Leland Business Center at 324-I Village Road behind the new Domino’s Pizza opened quietly Jan. 16 to begin volunteer training, but hosted an official opening Jan. 29 announcing services are available five days a week.

    The office is open 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

  • Little Free Libraries invite ‘park time reading’

    They’re as varied as the books they contain.

    Colorful wooden Little Free Libraries are popping up around the county, especially now that Smart Start of Brunswick County has joined in to bring books to younger readers.

    “We are so excited with what we’re calling ‘park-time’ reading,” said Smart Start executive director Helen Gabriel. “We’re happy to be delivering books through Little Free Libraries.”

  • Jury convicts man of killing Leland woman in 2015

    WHITEVILLE — A Columbus County jury convicted a man Monday afternoon of killing a Leland woman in a plot to steal her car and use it to kidnap his ex-girlfriend.

    After a little more than an hour of deliberating, the jury found 45-year-old Nathan Tyler Jr. guilty of first-degree murder, of first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the April 28, 2015, death of Alicia Marie Deans, a 26-year-old mother of two.

  • Carolina Shores reviews billboard design

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is on the brink of erecting a new billboard.

    At a special called meeting last Thursday, Jan. 25, town commissioners reviewed a picture and debated potential design and color for the future billboard that will be used to promote the town.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall later responded to the Beacon in an email that the billboard is part of the town’s economic development committee marketing strategy.

  • OIB to have parks meeting Feb. 5

    Ocean Isle Beach will host a public meeting Monday, Feb. 5, in the Betty S. Williamson Meeting Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. to receive public input for parks and recreational needs to assist with developing both the town park master plan as well as the system-wide parks and recreation master plan.

    The portion of the discussion for the town park master plan will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by discussion for the system-wide parks and recreation master plan from 7 to 8 p.m.

  • Leland creates public safety committee

    Leland has created a seven-member public safety committee to work alongside the town’s fire and police departments, express the citizens’ vision of public safety within Leland and surrounding communities, and act as advocates for safety.

    Those who want to be considered for appointment to the first Public Safety Committee are encouraged to apply before the Feb. 23 deadline.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Homebrewers Club


    Members get together in Jim Hill’s Sunset Ridge garage to brew beer the first Thursday and the first Saturday of each month September-June.


    Email Jim Hill at jimhill1284@gmail.com

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Ocean Isle Beach Homebrewers Club is a place for people who want a little more out of a beer, so they make it themselves.

    “It’s a bunch of retired men, and one woman, who have either homebrewed (beer) over time or wanted to learn,” organizer Jim Hill said.

  • Leland TDA sets objectives to promote town

    LELAND — The Leland Tourism Development Authority received a strategic plan Jan. 17 to offer more opportunities to draw visitors to the town this year.

    “There has been a shift in the tourism industry, with travelers now seeking out meaningful experiences, including outdoor activities, agri-tourism and hands-on, local (activities),” said Jackie Harlow, the town’s tourism and marketing coordinator, who presented the plan.

  • Riverwalk park projects expected to start by February

    BELVILLE — Building up the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park was the focus of Belville’s town meeting Jan.22.

    A contingent of representatives from the Coldwell Banker SeaCoast Advantage Leland office including Leland managing broker Chris Royal, Ophard Willis, Daryl Bundy, Sean Skutnik and Ray Repage attended Monday’s meeting to present a check for the construction of the planned arts pavilion in the park.

  • County to test reverse osmosis plant for GenX removal

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 16 to spend $599,600 to hire an engineering firm to study water treatment options at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

    Brunswick County public utilities director John Nichols told commissioners in December his department advertised for engineering firms to help determine the level of treatment the plant will need to remove contaminants in the Cape Fear River from the county’s drinking water.