Today's News

  • Fire commission agrees on standards, seeks more input

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Fire Commission came to an agreement among most of its 19 members on proposed fire department standards during an April 5 meeting.

    Chairman Walt Eccard, mayor of Shallotte, also created two subcommittees — one for municipal fire departments and one for rural departments — to take another look at the standards to see if they are fair to both groups.

  • OIB studies water, sewer fees

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials took their first step at the April 10 town meeting to add water and sewer system development fees to meet the cost of growth.

    North Carolina House Bill 436, the “Public Water and Sewer System Development Fee Act” signed by Gov. Roy Cooper in July 2017, allows the town to charge a fee for capital improvement or to meet the costs of running existing facilities that serve new development.

    Town commissioners hired McGill Associates to perform a fee analysis, which was presented Tuesday.

  • Leland man pleads guilty in puppy’s beating death

    A Leland man accused of beating a puppy on Christmas Day pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of felony cruelty to animals.

    New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year-old Christopher Anthony Simpson on Jan. 22 and charged him with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor cruelty to animals. Simpson was released the same day on $2,500 bail.

    Simpson was re-arrested Jan. 23 and his bail increased to $100,000.

  • Shallotte approves third lot for property swap with ABC board

    By Janine Piburn

    Beacon Correspondent


    SHALLOTTE —Aldermen agreed April 3 to include a third lot in the property swap on Wall Street with the ABC board.

    During their March meeting, aldermen approved two lots to be swapped in an inter-board agreement and resolutions between the town and the ABC board

    The property exchange is necessary for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to straighten Shallotte Avenue.

  • Free Dump Week set for April 16-21

    If you only make it to the landfill once a year, your time has come again as Brunswick County hosts the spring Free Dump Week, April 16-21.

    Brunswick County Solid Waste and Recycling offers residents a free week of trash disposal at the Brunswick County Landfill at 172 Landfill Road NE in Bolivia.

    The landfill opens from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

    “The biggest thing we ask is, everybody be patient. It’s a large event. The wait can get pretty long,” solid waste coordinator Micki Bozeman said.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 6.4 percent

    The Brunswick County unemployment rate dropped for the first time in five months to 6.4 percent for February.

    Unemployment numbers have increased for Brunswick County since the September 2017 rate hit 4.9 percent, rising steadily to 5.2 percent in October, 5.8 percent in November, reaching 6.1 percent in December then starting 2018 by jumping to 6.9 percent in January.

    A year-to-year comparison showed Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in February 2017.

  • You decide: Can we reduce invisible unemployment?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    We’ve seen great improvement in reducing unemployment in the nation and North Carolina in recent years. Many economists think the most frequently cited jobless rate could fall below 4 percent this year. Indeed, there is already talk of the labor market being at “full employment” and an increasing number of companies are citing problems of finding qualified workers as their biggest problem.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in General Assembly, we met in committees or traveled to

    meetings almost every day and welcomed the new super cranes to the Port of Wilmington.

  • A volunteer extraordinaire

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    April is National Volunteer Month. Celebrating those who donate their time to help their communities and their fellow man has its origins in National Volunteer Week, which President Richard Nixon created by executive order in 1974.

  • District court docket for March 26, 28 and 29


    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on March 26, 28 and 29 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, March 26

    Judge C. Ashley Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez: