Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open, we passed two bills to increase economic development and we passed a bill to help Brunswick County police its waterways.

  • You decide: What’s behind the productivity slump?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    We all hear about trends in jobs, the unemployment rate, household income, consumer spending and economic growth. These important economic numbers are reported each month and are given great attention in the press.

  • Meeting state legislators, including ­— finally­ — Sen. Rabon

    Beacon reporters have being covering government meetings for the past several weeks where officials have told us how a possible change to the state’s sales tax distribution method would damage our local economy, maybe irreparably.

    When the issue came up at Shallotte’s last board of aldermen meeting, we asked if any town officials were planning to take the cause to Raleigh because, if they were, we’d like to join them.

  • Our county suffers under sales tax plan

    As the General Assembly continues to grapple with formulating a 2015-16 fiscal year budget, its members are considering whether to change the way sales taxes are distributed.

  • Trial for former officer accused of killing teen won’t start in 2015

     The trial for a former Southport police officer accused killing a schizophrenic teenager in January 2014 won’t be scheduled until after the start of 2016.

    Bryon Vassey faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Keith Vidal, who died of a single gunshot wound to his chest in his Boiling Spring Lakes home on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Sheriff: Body cameras a resourceful tool for deputies, detention officers

     BOLIVIA — Whether a road patrol deputy is performing a traffic stop or responding to the scene of a major crime, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram wants his officers to be accountable for their actions.

    Thanks to the purchase of 90 body cameras earlier this year, the sheriff has a valuable tool to determine whether his deputies perform professionally and appropriately.

  • Leland man accused of dragging his child’s mother through parking lot

     A Leland man accused of dragging his child’s mother through a parking lot Monday is facing a pair of misdemeanor charges.

    Leland police arrested 26-year-old Edwin Saravia-Escobar and charged him with assault on a female and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after they said he dragged the woman by her hair through a parking lot in the 200 block of Village Road while she was holding their 5-year-old son Aug. 10, warrants show.

  • Ash man accused of shooting his father

     An Ash man accused of shooting his father faces a felony assault charge after his arrest last week.

    Deputies arrested 47-year-old Michael Ray McKeithan, of Stout Road, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury Thursday, Aug. 13, warrants show.

    McKeithan is accused of shooting his father, Paul McKeithan, with a 12-gauge shotgun near Michael McKeithan’s home in Ash. 

  • Brunswick Coalition discusses ways to combat drug abuse problem

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County is one step closer to officially launching Project Lazarus.

    The idea to establish a coalition in response to extremely high drug overdose rates was presented at the beginning of last summer. Now the county’s coalition is moving forward with the application process.

  • Floodplain mapping group presents new Brunswick County maps

     BOLIVIA — For the first time since 2006, the federal government revised studies and developed new flood hazard areas that will affect Brunswick County residents and homeowners within the next year.

    Representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) presented the revised maps and studies during a public meeting, which at least 75 residents attended, at the county government complex Tuesday, Aug. 18.