Today's News

  • Two towns lack enough candidates to fill open seats


    The story published on pages 9A and 10A of the July 27 edition contained an error.

    Patricia “Pat” Kwiatkowski filed to run for a seat on the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners on July 19. The Beacon regrets and apologizes for the error.

    By Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

  • Holden Beach woman wins $200K in lottery

    A Holden Beach woman won $200,000 in her first time playing the lottery.

    North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Bonnie Cox carried the scratch-off ticket around for more than a week before she discovered it was a winner.

    “I just put it in my purse and forgot about it,” Cox said in a news release. “I only remembered to scratch it because it was getting in the way when I was looking for something.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs Jaguar’s Lair settlement, delays park use guidelines

    SUNSET BEACH — Following a closed session Tuesday, Sunset Beach Town Council unanimously voted to accept settlement and subdivision improvements agreements involving the Jaguar’s Lair bond litigation.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said the settlement agreement involves the town, Bond Safeguard Insurance Co. and Jaguar’s Lair developer Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation LLC.

    Richardson said there are two other entities in the proposed settlement agreement: Angels Trace Investments LLC and Jaguar’s Lair Golf LLC.

  • Labor Day Booze It & Lose It campaign under way in N.C.

    State and local law enforcement officers aim to make holiday travel safer during the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s annual Labor Day Booze It & Lose It enforcement campaign through Sept. 4.

    “Labor Day is a joyous family holiday that should never be marred by the tragic results of a drunk driver,” Mark Ezzell, director of the GHSP, said in a news release. “Law enforcement agencies across North Carolina are partnering with our office to prevent these tragedies by taking drunk drivers off the road.”

  • Museum, planetarium receive grant award

    In January, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium together were one of 54 science centers across the state to receive a grant award as part of the second year of the $2.39 million North Carolina Science Museums Grant Program.

    “These funds are critical to our museum and planetarium operations in providing STEM education to our patrons and students,” executive director Terry Bryant said in a news release. “We are very appreciative of these state funds.”

    Bald Head Island Conservancy also received grant funding.

  • Calabash commissioner cleared of assault charges

    Assault charges against Calabash town commissioner Jody Nance have been dismissed.

    Nance, 62, was cleared of charges of simple assault and communicating threats against his brother-in-law, John Climer of River Road in Calabash, following a trial Aug. 4 at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    District Court Judge W. Fred Gore found Climer, 61, guilty of a simple assault charge against Nance.

    Climer was sentenced to five days in jail, which was suspended, and placed on unsupervised probation for 18 months.

  • Calabash approves revised vacation time

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a revised policy for town employees’ vacation time.

    The change came at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 8, and allows employees to accumulate vacation leave time “without any applicable maximum” until Dec. 31 of each year. On that date, an employee with accumulated leave can have the excess converted to sick leave so that no more than 240 hours or 30 days are carried forward into the following calendar year.

  • Shallotte to buy Mulberry Street lot

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen gave staff approval at a closed session Aug. 11 to negotiate a contract to buy the property at 149 Mulberry St. owned by Phillip and Cynthia King.

    Mayor Walt Eccard said they plan to use the property for additional parking for Mulberry Park.

  • Brunswick County named SHIIP’s Southeast County of the Year

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey named Brunswick County as Southeast County of the Year for the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). Regional winners were announced July 25.

  • Red Cross needs blood donations

    The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

    In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.