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Today's News

  • You decide: What is your local economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina has a lot of local governments. To be exact, there are 100 counties and 552 municipalities in the state. North Carolina is one of only seven states with triple digits in the number of counties, with Texas taking the prize at 254. We’re 18th among states in the number of municipalities, but far below the record holder of Illinois with 2,729.

  • Be smart about alligator encounters in and around our county

    It is normal to see alligators in coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida, but rarely are they orange. Brunswick County has boasted two of them in the past two months, making national news along with one sighted in Hanahan, S.C., in early February. Aside from these unusual specimens, the largest reptile in North America remains relatively unchanged since prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

  • Even when you don't have time for one, birthdays happen anyway

    Here it is, March 13, my birthday, and I’ve spent the past 14 hours of it at the office.

    I’m happy to have made it through another year of life and I’m the last person to complain about spending it at work, because my Beacon coworkers are more like family to me than most of my blood relatives. (I have a lot of them — my maternal grandmother alone was one of 11 surviving children who all had children of their own.)

    This year’s birthday started out feeling like a bother, though.

  • Man sentenced for selling cocaine in Leland

    A Wilmington man will spend at least seven years in state prison after pleading guilty to felony drug charges in Brunswick County Superior Court on Wednesday, March 8.

    Judge C. Winston Gilchrist sentenced 36-year-old Wendell L. Ray to serve a minimum of 88 months to a maximum of 118 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after Ray pleaded guilty to two counts of selling and delivering cocaine, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Warrants: Ash man broke into store twice in three weeks

    A 31-year-old man is accused of breaking into the same Ash store twice in three weeks.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Matthew Jordan Norris, of Alligator Road NW in Ash, on Thursday, March 9, and charged him with two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods or property and misdemeanor injury to real property.

    Warrants show Norris broke a window at Ash Grocery, 3892 Whiteville Road, on Feb. 24 and again March 7.

  • Former Carolina Shores Mayor Jack Elliott dies

    Former Carolina Shores Mayor Jack Elliott has died.

    Elliott, 89, died March 7 at SECU Hospice Care in Bolivia, according to an obituary from Brunswick Funeral Service in Shallotte. Elliott’s passing was also announced at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting last Thursday afternoon, March 9.

    Elliott, a native of Philadelphia, became the newly incorporated town of Carolina Shores’ first elected mayor in 1998.

  • Oak Island Pier closed, deemed unsafe

    Oak Island’s pier, which was damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October, will remain closed to the public at least until next spring, town officials announced March 13.

    Town development services director Steven Edwards notified Mayor Cin Brochure and the pier’s operator, A.C. Thomes Jr., in an emailed and hand-delivered letter Friday, March 10, the public was accessing the pier, which he deemed unsafe for human occupancy and ordered to be boarded to prevent trespass.

  • Holden Beach receives disaster grant approval

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a $5.99 million disaster grant for repair of beach strand damages incurred by Hurricane Matthew in Holden Beach, the N.C. Department of Public Safety announced.

    The town is sorting through the details to determine what exactly this approval means for its Central Reach Project, which is expected to be completed this month. Dredging officially began Jan. 4 with a window through the end of March.

  • Flu still widespread in North Carolina

    An additional 17 flu deaths were reported in North Carolina for the week ending March 4, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Flu activity has started to decrease, but the virus is still widespread in the state.

    The total number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season, which started Oct. 2, is 83. The two most recent weekly flu reports have accounted for 33 of those deaths.

  • Wildfire risk typically higher through May

    The North Carolina Forest Service is urging residents across the state to think safety and exercise caution during the spring fire season, which typically lasts from March to May.

    “During the spring fire season, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in a news release. “There are many factors to consider before doing any burning.”

    North Carolinians thinking about burning debris should contact their county ranger for advice first, Troxler said.