Today's News

  • $15K grant to build playground in Ash

    Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and national nonprofit KaBOOM! awarded the Roosevelt and Ruth Marlow Educational and Recreational Foundation a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground in Ash.

    Play equipment donated by Union Elementary School in the 1990s became outdated and had to be removed from the park. The park occupies a tract of nearly four acres donated by the late Roosevelt and Ruth Marlow to build a playground and recreation center.

  • With the new year, begin a new you


    I thank Elsa Bronstein for the wonderful introduction last week and her service with the Beacon for the last several years. She left big shoes to fill and I hope I can bring the same enjoyment she has given to so many people over the years. I wish her the best of luck with her new ventures and may she continue to touch people as she has done.

  • Hoping for great weather, great fishing in 2017

    The past few weeks have been filled with shopping and traveling to see relatives, but believe it or not the new year is finally here. There have been many different forecasts and predictions for how good and bad the fishing will be, but this week, I’d like to give a quick recap of what good and bad occurred in 2016.

  • Two arrested in BSL attempted armed robbery

    Boiling Spring Lakes police arrested two people Dec. 31 they say attempted an armed robbery Dec. 31.

    Dennis Quane Cromartie, 22, of Southport was charged with felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony possession of a firearm by felon and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. He was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in Cumberland County in 2011, North Carolina Department of Correction records show.

  • Water line rupture affects Oak Island residents

    Brunswick County Public Utilities consumers in Oak Island on Long Beach Road — from Fish Factory Road to Vanessa Drive and Old Bridge Road from Vanessa Drive to 3926 Old Bridge Road — experienced periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system Friday afternoon, Dec. 30, because of a main line rupture near 4273 Long Beach Road.

    Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increased the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

  • Trojans sweep foes in CFA tourney

    WILMINGTON — The West Brunswick girls’ and boys’ basketball team each won three games in the fifth annual Cape Fear Academy Holiday Basketball Challenge.

    West’s boys are 8-2 and West’s girls are 5-6. Game summaries are below.



    West Brunswick beat Wilmington Christian Academy 53-27 in a first-round girls basketball game Dec. 29 in the Holiday Basketball Challenge.

  • Fire damages Ocean Isle Beach home, no one injured

    Fire damaged an Ocean Isle Beach doublewide home Dec. 29. No one was injured.

    A neighbor reported the fire in the 1800 block of East Long Acres Drive at 7:30 a.m., Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department Chief Buddy Causey said. Crews had the fire under control about 8:15 a.m.

    No one was home at the time. Causey said the fire started in one of the electrical outlets outside the home and spread.

    Causey said the homeowner’s insurance company is investigating to determine the extent of the damage.

  • Leland man county’s fifth lottery winner in 2016

    William Jones of Leland got a Christmas present he couldn’t imagine when he found a winning Carolina Panthers ticket for the North Carolina Education Lottery worth $200,000 in his stocking.

    “My wife bought the ticket for me as a stocking stuffer,” Jones said in a news release. “It’s a pretty good Christmas present that’s for sure.”

  • Post-holiday municipal meetings scheduled

    The Carolina Shores Town Board of Commissioners will convene for its first monthly pre-agenda meeting of the new year at 10 a.m. next Monday, Jan. 9, followed by their monthly economic development commission meeting at 1 p.m. and regular meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road.

    For an agenda/packet, go to carolinashoresnc.com or call town hall at 575-4877.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant siren test Jan. 11

    The public alert notification sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested Wednesday, Jan. 11, between 10 and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at low-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.