Today's News

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, Aug. 17

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Jacob Ward and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases Aug. 17 during a grand jury session:

    Jamar Lee Bell, failure to report new address sexual offender, habitual felon.

    Jamar Belle, habitual misdemeanor assault, assault on a female.

  • Ensure safe travels as summer concludes

    While the autumnal equinox falls on Sept. 23 this year, the unofficial end of summer comes this weekend with the Labor Day holiday.

  • Local band Bailout unveils new CD Sunday, Sept. 6

    Join local band Bailout for a Labor Day-eve release party of its new CD, “Postcard — Greetings from Ocean Isle Beach,” at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant, 61 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bailout, also known as “The Band 2 Big 2 Fail,” is a local favorite renowned for playing the hits as well as original songs, which are showcased on the new CD.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department: Aug. 27-30

     Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 27

    Larceny of vehicle, larceny, breaking and entering a vehicle (two counts) on 34th Street.

    Aug. 28

    Breaking and entering, larceny on 37th Street.

  • Beacon's first Outdoor Living Show is Sept. 12

    Learn all you need to learn about life in the great outdoors, from mowing and growing to grilling and kayaking.

    Details on these topics and more will be available at The Brunswick Beacon’s first Outdoor Living Show scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 .m. next Saturday, Sept. 12, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Admission is free to this indoor/outdoor show, which will highlight everything you can imagine for outdoor living and fun.

  • Bands of the (last) Week: Last hoorahs: Summer concert series winds down Labor Day weekend

    It’s the last of the Brunswick County Summer Concerts and Movies season, and what a season it’s been.

    The season launched in April with a performance by EBS Band in Southport, followed by many more scheduled shows and movies for the next five months in seven other Brunswick County towns/venues — Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Leland, Shallotte and Calabash.

  • Labor Day weekend: Contestants dig OIB Sculpture Contest

     IF YOU GO

    What: Ocean Isle Beach Family Sand Sculpture Contest

    Where: on the beach behind Ocean Isle Beach Community Center at 44 E. First St.

    When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5

    How much: Free to participate and free to watch

    It’s an end-of-season chance to get crafty using the finest building materials known to creative beach hands.

  • Resident teaches old squirrel new saxophone tricks

    Things were starting to get squirrelly in John Goss’ backyard.

    It was obvious the day Sammy, one of the black-and-gray fox squirrels that reside at Sandpiper Golf & Country Club, showed up at Goss’ home overlooking the first hole of the community’s Piper course.

    “I started seeing the squirrel here, so I started putting peanuts in the yard,” said the former U.S. Department of Defense employee, who has been retired for 20 years, the past 13 of them in Sunset Beach.

  • Better luck soon to come

    In a few of my recent columns, I have stated that fishing in Brunswick County can be world class one day and absolutely unbearable the next. Months such as May and October, for example, will often test this theory because of the great the fish bite. However, August is a month that always holds true to this theory.