Today's News

  • Carolina Shores moves toward annexation

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved a May 7 public hearing to consider annexing property for a future medical facility.

    Up for consideration for voluntary annexation are two noncontiguous Brunswick County parcels owned by Coastal Medical Properties LLC, three noncontiguous parcels and a contiguous parcel owned by Willow Tree Brunswick LLC and a contiguous parcel owned by Novant Properties LLC.

  • Ole! Second Fiesta Mexicana set for dos de Mayo (May 2) @ St. Brendan

    St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is getting into Cinco de Mayo mode again with its second annual Fiesta Mexicana scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dos de Mayo — three days early this coming Saturday, May 2.

    Contrary to misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which isn’t until Sept. 16.

  • May brings Cinco de Mayo specials, benefit buffet

    Area Mexican restaurants are celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year. Let us count the ways.

    Uno — San Felipe Mexican Restaurant in the Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center will be having all-drink specials (margaritas, cerveza) on Tuesday, May 5. It will also offer free T-shirts to everyone.

    Dos — San Felipe Mexican restaurants in Leland and Southport will also be having drink specials and free T-shirts.

    Tres — Las Palmeras, 1780 Chandlers Lane in Sunset Beach, is having food and drink specials.

  • Strawberry fields ripen for picking

    Cold, wet weather has put a bit of a damper on this year’s crop of strawberries.

    “I can sum it up in four letters — rain,” said David Holden, co-owner of Holden Brothers Farm Market on U.S. 17 just south of Shallotte.

    “It like to totally destroyed (the season),” he said.

    But the popular produce market’s pick-your-own strawberry fields have been open and ready for business.

  • District 17 House update

    This week we debated and passed at least two very controversial bills on judicial elections and abortion; we passed a record number of bills out of committees and directly onto the House floor; and we put in the longest days of the session so far, going more than 14 hours.

    The week started off in Raleigh very warm, but turned cooler as the days went on. The attitudes of the legislators were also hot and cold, depending on whether our bills were getting passed.

  • Why have some states recovered faster?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The economic world doesn’t treat everyone and everything equally. We clearly see this in the ongoing debates about income inequality, CEO pay, the minimum wage and taxes. Another way we see this is in economic geography. For example, in North Carolina, for several decades we have watched urban counties adding jobs and incomes at a much higher rate than rural counties.

  • ALREADY SOLD: Buyer snaps up Sunset Beach's first Southern Living Showcase Home

    SUNSET BEACH — The area’s first Southern Living Showcase Home has already been sold, but visitors have a chance to tour it for the next two weekends.

    The Southern Living Builder Showcase Home at 8826 Kirkcaldy Court in the Thistle Estates residential and golf community in Sunset Beach, built by Whitney Blair Custom Homes of Ocean Isle Beach, has been open for tours since April 17.

  • Detectives arrest man wanted in December larceny

    Brunswick County sheriff's detectives have arrested a Longwood man suspected of larceny at a Carolina Shores sandwich shop last winter.

    Curtis James Robinson, 52, whose last known address is on Daniel Butler Road, was wanted on charges of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of failure to appear in court, according to a sheriff’s office news release. He was arrested Monday, April 27.

  • Detectives seek Leland man in thefts

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the community's assistance in finding a wanted Leland man.

    Ryan Tyler Duffy, 23, of Holly Hills Drive, is wanted on charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and felony larceny, according to a news release.

  • Lack of ‘uber’ clarity is an editing error

    One night last week, when I was checking in with my dad to let him know I was on my way home from work, he offered his usual critique of that week’s Beacon. More often than not, my parents start by reading my column because they’re my parents, then read the rest of the editorial page.

    As most readers know, our staff writers write a weekly column on a rotating basis. Now that my folks have met each of our reporters in person, they make a point of reading their columns, too.