Today's News

  • Plans 'full bore ahead' for Calabash Town Center

    CALABASH—A developer of Calabash Town Center said plans are proceeding “full bore ahead” after a master site plan was approved 3-2 last week by Calabash commissioners.

    Developer Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners hopes to have work on the future multi-family and commercial project under way by next February, which is about a year later than he had originally projected.

  • Setback rules on Sunset Beach Planning Board agenda

    Setback rules on Sunset Beach Planning Board agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—Amendments for setback dimensional requirements on through lots in all Sunset Beach zoning districts are on the agenda of the next planning board meeting Dec. 3.

    The issue will be addressed at a public hearing, along with the definition of a “through lot” and proposed rezoning of the last area in the town’s jurisdiction zoned AF-1 to MR-1.

    The meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the town hall conference room.


  • Sheriff's substation thriving in Calabash after May opening

    CALABASH—Six months to the date after its grand opening, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office South Substation in Calabash is doing well, overseers say.

    The station, which officially opened May 26, has proven to be a vital presence in a building along Beach Drive in downtown Calabash that previously served as an office at Carolina Shores Resort.

  • Taste of Home Cooking School a success

    The Brunswick Beacon sponsored a "Taste of Home Cooking School" Saturday, Nov. 21, during which the crowd received numerous door prizes from local and national sponsors and learned some short cuts for tasty holiday dishes.

  • Board discusses charging fees for time involved in public records requests

    The Brunswick County Board of Education is considering charging a fee for excessive public records requests.

    They say many staff hours and attorney fees are incurred in furnishing those requests. Charging such fees, according to legal counsel for the North Carolina Press Association, is illegal.

  • Wish upon a falling star or wish upon a piece of dust

    Falling stars are a beautiful sight, as they race across the sky. I hear the excitement in everyone’s voice as I listen about an experience people had viewing a falling star.

    I love to watch the show of falling stars. In addition to watching, you could, as the saying goes, make a wish upon a star and see it will come true. Personally, I prefer saying a prayer but not only as I see a falling star.

    One reason not to make a wish on a falling star would be a falling star is not a star at all but dust left behind by a comet.

  • No tea from Brunswick's fall-blooming camellias

    Sweet iced tea is as southern as magnolia blossoms and chopped pork barbeque. It’s probably blasphemous to admit, but I, as a redneck southern boy, don’t like sweet tea. That’s almost as bad as admitting that I don’t particularly like grits. Even though I may not appreciate all of the southern cuisine, the leaves of a camellia are the source of green, black, oolong and white teas.

  • Make a plan: Now is the time to plant trees and shrubs

    The time is here for planting trees and shrubs. Review your existing trees at this time. Damaged and diseased trees should be cut down, but we need to think about the value of trees in our environment.

    Trees help provide oxygen, keep our soils from eroding, and keep our yards shady and beautiful. Just remember, if you take down a tree, please replant one or two in its place.

    When it comes to planting trees, there are some vital steps that must be taken to ensure the tree you plant will successfully grow and provide years of shade and pleasure.

  • Give thanks every day--even when things are not going well

    It is so easy to sing songs of praise and thanksgiving when all is going well. It’s not even that difficult when we perceive this is as good as it gets.

    Typically, at Thanksgiving services, we pause to render gratitude for all that God has done in us and with us and through us and for us during the past year. We conjure up memories of all the wonderful happenings we have experienced, the glorious graces we have received. And then we pray our appreciation.

  • 'Island Home Tour' at Ocean Isle benefits Museum of Coastal Carolina

    “It’s all about the family and the views,” Island Home Tour homeowners agree. That’s why they built their homes.

    They have agreed to open their homes for the Island Home Tour because they want to support the Museum of Coastal Carolina and its contribution to education, environment and entertainment for the area.

    The home tour takes place from 3-5 p.m. on Dec. 5 followed by an Island Good Time reception and auction at the museum from 5-7 p.m.

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