Today's News

  • Parenting education program gives new insight on parenting

    Jennifer Carter wanted to join the Parenting Education Program offered by Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) to gain insight on how to parent.

    “It interested me because anything that’s going to give me advice on being a parent, I’m sure going to take it,” she said.

    The Parenting Education Program is a 12-week program free for all families to take together. Parents and children meet with trained facilitators separately and learn parenting, life and family skills.

  • Calabash's new administrator gets a swearing-in

    CALABASH—Town commissioners welcomed new town administrator Hiram “Marzy” Marziano as he was sworn in Monday during a ceremony at town hall.

    “This is a new day dawning for our town,” said Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who conducted the swearing and signing in of Marziano, 31, on his first day of work.

    Marziano was appointed to serve as town administrator, zoning administrator, personnel officer and budget officer for the town.

  • Documents to be used in superintendent search sent to board for approval

    Hired by members of the Brunswick County Board of Education earlier this month to assist with the search for a new superintendent, the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) is ready to get started.

    According to information sent to board members from the NCSBA obtained by the Beacon after making a public records request Nov. 16, a representative from the NCSBA will meet with the board Thursday, Nov. 19, to gain approval of several documents that will be used in the upcoming search.

  • Tuesday wreck flips car on U.S. 17

    A car overturned on U.S. 17 South Tuesday morning following a collision at the Frontage Road intersection.

    According to a report from the Shallotte Police Department, Jessie Michael Wood, 62, of 5310 Old Shallotte Road, Shallotte, driving a 2006 Ford, fell asleep at the wheel and ran a red stoplight at Frontage Road.

    Gail Lucille Mosca, 57, 605 Highlands Glen Drive, Shallotte, was driving a 2002 Toyota inside the intersection of the highway, when she was hit by Wood’s car.

    Wood’s Ford rolled over onto its side on the highway.

  • Planning board sets hearing on Dumpster regulations

    The Shallotte Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing for a new Dumpster screening ordinance at 6 p.m. Dec. 1, before the monthly board of aldermen meeting.

    If approved, the new ordinance will provide much more flexibility for existing businesses to screen trash receptacles than the current ordinance, according to town planner Allen Serkin.

  • Not all plants that look like palms are actually palms

    The Palm Reader (compiled by the Southeastern Palm and Exotic Plant Society) indicates “not all plants that look like palms are palms.”

    In everyday speech, the term “palm” can refer to just about any large-leafed evergreen bush or tree. One non-palm that really looks like a palm is the Sago Palm (Cycas revolute), commonly sold in coastal areas of the Southeast. The Sago Palm is actually a cycad. Cycads are an ancient group of plants that are closely related to cone-bearing trees such as pine and spruce.

  • Pondering the National Football League and lawn irrigation

    I’m sure I have too much time to think when I’m riding around in the pick-up truck. Recently, I was pondering just how strange it is that the New Orleans Saints are undefeated (at least at this writing).

    I remember when Archie Manning was exiled to the Big Easy from Ole’ Miss to quarterback for the then-new expansion franchise. Now, at least one of his sons is destined for Canton, Ohio. I guess that just means I’m getting old.

  • Whatever happened to Advent? It's the forgotten season

    Halloween’s bags of candy are scarcely garnered by trick or treaters, young and old, when turkey sales hit the scene.

    Pumpkins for pies replace those that decorated doorsteps. At the same time, department and grocery store workers race to remove the vestiges of both holidays to make room for all things Christmas.

    Red and green become the favored colors instead of shades of orange and brown. I watch it all and wonder what ever happened to Advent. Does anyone even recognize its presence?

  • Realtor's murder suspect to be released on house arrest

    Craig Bryant, the man charged with the April 26, 2008, murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has posted his $310,000 bond. He will be released from jail on house arrest.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jane Evans, Bryant posted his bond, but, at press time Tuesday, he was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center while paperwork for his house arrest was processed.

  • Renowned violinist Caroline Goulding to perform at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    The Brunswick Community College Foundation and Coastal Financial Associates are bringing renowned violinist Caroline Goulding accompanied on piano by Alicja Basinska and Janine Randall, with special guests The Sea Notes Choral Society of Brunswick County, to Odell Williamson Auditorium at 6 p.m. Jan. 9.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships at Brunswick Community College. General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets, including a post-show reception and priority reserved seating, are $50.