Today's News

  • Fire destroys vacant Bolivia home

    An early morning fire destroyed a vacant Bolivia home Thursday, Sept. 7.

    No one was injured.

    Fire crews arrived at a fire at 1221 Zack St. at 2 a.m. and cleared the scene about 6:30 a.m., Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Garner said the cause of the fire was ruled undetermined.

    Sunset Harbor & Zion Hill, Supply Volunteer and St. James fire personnel also responded.

  • Brunswick County Academy named one of America’s Healthiest Schools

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Academy is one of only 13 North Carolina schools and one of only 323 United States Schools named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 list of “America’s Healthiest Schools”—and it’s not the first time.

  • Club Profile: Sudan Shriners and South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club

    4911 Old Shallotte Road, Shallotte

    Mailing address: P.O. Box 948, Shallotte 28459

    Email: contactus@sbisclub.com


    President: Kirby Bellamy

    First vice president: Chris Phipps

    Second vice president: Bill Bellamy

    Secretary: William Magee

    Treasurer: Michael Mattera

    Membership: Bill Magee, membership@sbisclub.com

    Website: sbisclub.com

  • NAACP lauds Hewett, Warren as latest honorees

    They’ve been involved in the community for decades. To this day, they still are with no plans to retire.

    Longtime Brunswick County residents Bernest Hewett and Charles Warren were lauded Saturday night as the latest honorees at the Brunswick County Branch of NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

    Hewett, 69, received the local chapter’s 2017 Service to the Community Award.

    The Brunswick County native previously served as president of the combined branches of Brunswick, Cedar Grove and Southport NAACP Chapters 5452.

  • Two minutes on Tuesdays meant so much

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    Since retiring to Brunswick County five years ago, my wife and I have been lucky to have been part of a volunteer program that has us visiting people each Tuesday.

  • You decide: Are the humanities still useful in a tech world?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife is part of a shrinking group of people. She is low-tech! Yes, she has a smart phone and a tablet, compliments of me, but she reluctantly uses them. Many days she forgets to turn them on, and even if they’re on, she’ll forget to check for messages. Rather than texting or emailing, she still likes writing letters, making phone calls or, better yet, talking to people in person.

  • We’re willing to help you help others — if you let us

    Hello again! Last week, we ran out of room for my column.

    Actually, as Beacon editor, I made the call that what other people had to say on the opinion pages of last week’s edition was more important and timelier than what I had to say.

  • Earlier Sunday alcohol sales make sense

    Gov. Roy Cooper on June 30 signed Senate Bill 155, called the “brunch bill” because it allows the sale of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays with local government approval, into law.

    The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association lobbied hard for passage of the bill, touted by its sponsors as an added boost to the state’s hospitality and tourism industries.

  • Sunset Beach delays park rules consideration again

    SUNSET BEACH — Heated debate including accusations and name-calling ensued as Sunset Beach Town Council once again addressed then postponed consideration of park rules and uses at the Sept. 5 meeting.

    In recent months, concern about park fees has arisen as it came to light the four owners of the for-profit Waterfront Markets LLC paid just a $25 permit fee to have weekly use of Sunset Beach Town Park for their Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach for 24 weeks.

  • Carolina Shores sets state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Irma

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners convened an emergency session last week to go over emergency plans as Hurricane Irma moved toward the United States.

    They also adopted a resolution ratifying a state of emergency for the town.

    The board’s monthly workshop and an economic development council meeting scheduled this past Monday, Sept. 11, were also canceled in anticipation of hazardous weather posed by the approaching storm.