Local News

  • ‘American Ninja Warrior’ shares life lessons with summer camp students

     SUPPLY — Last year, Wilmington resident Solomon Harvey represented the southeast region on NBC’s television show, “American Ninja Warrior.”

    The spotlight was on Harvey again last week — this time at Supply Elementary School, where he was a guest speaker at Camp Invention, a summer program for elementary-school students offered through Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

  • Carolina Shores OKs first reading for proposed annexation

     The town of Carolina Shores is one step closer to welcoming a business that could bring $1 million in investments and 12 jobs inside the town limits.

    At a town board workshop Monday, July 6, commissioners approved the first reading of a petition for a voluntary annexation at a property off U.S. 17 that would place Beach Window and Door, a window and door manufacturing business, inside Carolina Shores town limits.

  • Detectives seek suspects in break-in cases

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying those responsible for several breaking and entering cases near Bolivia and Winnabow in the last two weeks.

    Most of the break-ins have occurred in the areas of Malmo Loop, Maco and Funston roads, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a news release issued Saturday, July 4.

    Flax provided additional details about two possible suspects in a news release issued Tuesday, July 7.

  • Gantry collapses at U.S. 74/76 construction site

     A gantry collapsed at a Brunswick County highway construction site last week, but no one was injured as a result.

    As North Carolina Department of Transportation crews worked on U.S. 74/76 near Leland and the Brunswick River about 3 p.m. on June 30, a gantry collapsed and dropped a girder into the marsh, NCDOT spokesman Brian Rick wrote in an email to the Beacon.

    A gantry is a bridgelike structure used to support construction equipment such as cranes.

  • Teen in critical condition after being struck by vehicle in Southport

     A teenage boy is in critical condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington after being struck by a vehicle Saturday night in Southport.

    Southport police arrested 23-year-old Joseph Simeon Smith, of Tobes Road NE in Bolivia, and charged him with serious injury by vehicle, driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed for a pedestrian, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

  • Brunswick election filings set for July 6 through July 17

    Candidate filings for all 19 municipalities in Brunswick County open at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, and continue through noon Friday, July 17.

    This November will be a little busier for municipal races in Brunswick County compared to even years, county elections director Sarah Knotts said.

    Up for re-election are council, commission or alderman seats in each of Brunswick County’s incorporated towns.

  • Calabash woman among those celebrating U.S. citizenship

    CALABASH — She submitted an application to become a United States citizen Jan. 15.

    Five months later to the day, Hungary native Zsuzsanna “Suzy” LaManna became an American citizen after taking the oath of citizenship and passing her naturalization test with flying colors — in vivid American red, white and blue — at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Durham.

  • 'Worms and Coffee' proprietor Mike Richards dies

    He was a vivid presence who made a difference through his Bolivia store renowned for its “Worms and Coffee.”

    Mike Richards, longtime operator of Midway Trading Post at 3296 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) next to Midway Road, died June 21 at 70.

    “Nobody expected it,” Richards’ wife Carole said. “He was playing golf the day before he went to the hospital.”

    Richards had been in the hospital seven days before he died.

  • Sunset Beach reaches settlement with Palm Cove

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has unanimously approved a settlement agreement with owners of 10 lots in Palm Cove at the east end of the island.

    Approval came at council’s monthly meeting this past Monday night, June 29.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said highlights of the agreement are to allow a common, privately owned and maintained boardwalk stretching across all 10 lots. The boardwalk will not be on the dunes and will connect to three dune crossovers over the dunes themselves.

  • Heat demands have AC repairmen working overtime

    The summer heat has taken its toll on air conditioners and the people who repair them.

    With pre-Fourth of July temperatures soaring into the humid 90s this week, malfunctioning air conditioners have repair companies and technicians working ‘round the clock.

    “It’s crazy busy,” said Justin Fulford, sales manager with Fulford Heating & Cooling on Holden Beach Road.