Today's News

  • If you’re looking for me, follow the cloud of Lysol

    I sat in the doctor’s office wrapped in a sweater. My teeth were hitting together and my body trembled--I was freezing despite the 90-degree weather. A sore throat, fever and chills had finally forced me to go to a doctor.

    As I sat in the urgent care’s waiting room, I heard the doctor ask who was next.

    “It’s a lady. She’s got fever, chills and sore throat,” a nurse told him.

    “Well, did you give her a mask?” he asked.

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    There is a lot going on in Brunswick County, and each week we do our best to bring you as much of it as fairly and accurately as we can.

    Many of you know that although our dateline is always for Thursday—which is the day the newspaper is delivered to homes through our subscription service—you can pick up a copy of the Beacon on Wednesdays.

  • Boat safety is paramount

    Waterways in Brunswick County are often busy, but they can get hectic and dangerous this time of year.

    Last week, at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, people were injured in a boat wreck near Holden Beach. How sad it is that the wreck appears to have involved alcohol and a law enforcement official who, if what he is charged with is true, should have known better.

  • Summer enrichment programs available through 4-H

    Brunswick County 4-H has more than 25 events still planned for its summer Discovery 100 program.

    During the last two weeks, youth from across the county have enjoyed trips to Indigo Farms, the USS North Carolina battleship, the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial, Popular Grove Plantation, Thalian Hall, Screen Gem Studios and Wonderland Farms. They also attended an educational workshop on wind energy taught by Perry Grosch, a 4-H member.


    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Sharyike Shenard Powell, 26, of 118 S. 11th St., Wilmington, and Jennifer Sharmaine Hall, 24, of 920 N. 5th St., Wilmington, with felony larceny and misdemeanor larceny at Walmart. They were taken to Brunswick County Detention Center on $12,000 secured bonds.

    •Police charged Michelle Mastine Clewis, 33, of 1149 Stone Chimney Road, Supply, with identity theft. She was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

  • Thefts, break-in reported in Sunset Beach

    Thefts, break-in reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a breaking and entering and larceny reported July 10 at 607 W. Main St. in Sunset Beach.

    Taken were three bicycles, two of which have been recovered. A blue bicycle is still missing.

    On July 8, a young man reported he left three surfboards and a skim board overnight on the beach strand and they were gone the next morning. Missing are a 7-foot yellow and green board, a 6-foot red and white long board, one taxi-yellow board with a red emblem and a yellow and red 3-fin skim board.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From July 6-12, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 13 calls and made three drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Brierwood, Wildwood, Shallotte Point, Brunswick Plantation and Village of Calabash.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports:

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole a video camera, mini video tapes, a camera bag and a van. Police later arrested Michael McKinney, 38, of 2245 Boones Neck Road SW, Supply, and charged him with possession of stolen property.

    •Vandalism on Ocean Boulevard East; suspect damaged three vehicles.

  • Reward offered for St. James home shooting suspect arrest

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects who shot into two homes on Saturday, July 4.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison said two homes in St. James were shot into on the night of July 4. One home was waterfront; the other was one block back from the water. Caison said the shots, from a large-caliber handgun, likely came from a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 253-2777.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.