Today's News

  • After record-setting year, Relay kicks off 2015 campaign

     SHALLOTTE — Lights, camera, cure.

    Just four months removed from completing one of the most successful Relay for Life campaigns in Brunswick County history, volunteers were back at it at Highest Praise Worship Center on Thursday, Oct. 2, to officially kick off the 2015 relay season.

  • Rotary helps SMS revitalize atrium garden

     SHALLOTTE — As you walk through the front doors at Shallotte Middle School, there are a few things impossible to miss. You’ll notice the green and gold Pirates memorabilia in a glass case, you’ll notice artwork from the students hanging on the walls, and now you’ll notice a revamped atrium garden in the courtyard area.

  • Deputies investigate bomb threats at South Brunswick High



    South Brunswick High School returned to normal schedule after a pair of bomb threats briefly disrupted instruction time Thursday morning, Oct. 2, at the school’s Boiling Spring Lakes campus.

    After receiving notification of a bomb threat through Yik-Yak, a social media site, local law enforcement officials swept South Brunswick prior to any students or staff arriving on campus, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki wrote in a news release.

  • S.C. murder suspect may be in Brunswick County

    A Longs, S.C., man wanted in a deadly shooting Monday, Oct. 6, may be hiding in Brunswick County, authorities said.

    Investigators are searching for 31-year-old Lakenneth Clarida, Horry County (S.C.) Police Department Lt. Robert Kegler said Tuesday. Clarida is described as a 6-foot-2 black man weighing 195 pounds.

  • Compare, choose Medicare plans from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year.

    The annual election period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015. Take advantage of the annual election period, and save money, improve coverage or both.

  • What makes news and why is no secret

    Pssst! You! Yes, you!

    Look closer! I want to tell you something — the secret to keeping your name out of the Beacon.

    Ready? OK, here you go: Don’t do anything newsworthy.

    Nothing amazing. Nothing unusual. Nothing generous. Nothing humble. Nothing heart-wrenchingly brave. Nothing monumentally stupid.

    Basically, don’t do anything anyone would care to read about.

    Disappointed? Well, if you expected more, I’m sorry. But honestly, it’s that simple.

  • It pays to beware of scam artists

    Charlatans have plagued society throughout most of human history. While their methods have evolved with modern times, their goal remains unchanged: to swindle as much money as they can from honest people. Their victims, unfortunately, include many Brunswick County residents.

  • Flood maps up for review in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — New federal flood maps are up for review in Sunset Beach through November or December, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said at Monday night’s monthly town council pre-meeting work session.

    During the regular 7 p.m. meeting that followed, town building inspector Randy Walters said preliminary maps are friendly to construction and reflective of 1980s-‘90s maps. He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency did a flood study based on the latest data that’s only several years old instead of 30 years old.

  • Roundup of fall festivities and events continues this weekend

    With all of the scheduled events this month, there’s no reason not to get out and celebrate the season. Here’s a closer look at what’s happening this week around Brunswick County.


    Italian Festival at St. Brendan’s

    The parish community of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is celebrating the season with its second annual Italian Festival on the church grounds at 5101 Ocean Highway W. in Shallotte from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

  • Sunset Beach Police Report Sept. 29-Oct. 5

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

    Sept. 30

    Missing person reported at 811 Colony Place.

    Oct. 4

    Larceny on Canal Drive.