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Today's News

  • OIB resident earns one of state’s highest honors at 90th birthday party

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — For one Brunswick County resident, Saturday night was a celebration, awards ceremony and a chance for family and friends to celebrate the first 90 years of their loved one’s decorated life.

    Bob Bradicich, a resident of Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach, celebrated his 90th birthday with more than 100 family members and friends inside the Plantation Club at Ocean Ridge on Saturday night, Jan. 17.

  • Rouzer announces flagship office will be in Brunswick County seat

     BOLIVIA — When former Congressman Mike McIntyre announced he was retiring as the top political leader of the 7th District, Brunswick County residents wanted assurance that his replacement would address coastal issues as McIntyre did for 18 years.

    McIntyre’s successor, U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, held a news conference on the third floor of the Brunswick County Courthouse on Monday, Jan. 26, to announce Bolivia would be his flagship office.

  • Mastodon tooth found off coast donated to museum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It was an ordinary day for the Rev. Jim Taylor and his wife Alpha, or so they thought.

    Last spring, the Shallotte couple were fishing in the surf down toward the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, savoring another opportunity to spend time at the beach together — “just goofing off,” Taylor said.

    “I was out in the surf, and (Alpha) was down the beach a ways,” he recalled, when he felt something hit his foot.

  • Town, developer agree on mediator for Jaguar's Lair

    The town of Sunset Beach and developer of Jaguar’s Lair have retained a professional mediator to help them resolve a dispute over infrastructure and bonding requirements in the unfinished community.

    The town and Coastal Communities, developer of the Ocean Ridge community, have agreed to have Robert O’Quinn, a certified mediator in Wrightsville Beach, lead meetings between the two parties in the near future.

  • Jenkins named one of state’s top community college staffers

     BOLIVIA — When Velva Jenkins began her career at Brunswick Community College 29 years ago, she had to place a bucket in her office to catch the leaking rainwater during heavy storms.

    Fast forward to the present day and Jenkins enjoys a cozy corner office in Building A on the campus in Bolivia, where she quietly and effectively goes about her business as one of the state’s top educational staffers.

  • Brunswick real estate market trending in positive direction

     BOLIVIA — As numbers from last year’s trickled in at the beginning of the year, local real estate brokers had plenty of reason to be enthused about the market again.

    Annual sales numbers obtained by the Beacon last week show that Brunswick County had a 7 percent increase from 2013 to 2014 in total sales revenue, which mostly include the housing market, according to figures from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • Union donates books to school recovering from fire damage

     With a school in a neighboring county in need, a Brunswick County elementary school offered a helping hand.

    After a fire at Old Dock Elementary School in Columbus County destroyed the school’s library Jan. 7, Union Elementary in Shallotte launched a book drive to collect hundreds of books to donate to Old Dock.

  • Building activity energizes Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Signs of revived building activity are dotting the landscape in Carolina Shores.

    At a Jan. 21 town planning board workshop, Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said it has been a busy inspection season. The town is also looking to hire an additional building inspector, he said.

  • Aviation company sues Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Odell Williamson Municipal Airport’s fixed base operator has filed a lawsuit against the town of Ocean Isle Beach, alleging it tried to take over the airport building illegally last week. 

  • Man sought in jewelry theft captured in S.C.

    Authorities in Horry County, S.C., captured a man accused of stealing nearly $30,000 in jewelry from a Boliva residence last month.

    Douglas Wilson Branton, 30, of Nathan Drive in Loris, was wanted on a charge of felony larceny, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a warrant, he stole 48 pieces of jewelry, valued together at $29,263, from the home on Woody Trail sometime between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, 2014.