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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach receives drop box for unwanted medicines

    Sunset Beach is now officially a medicine drop-off location, Sunset Beach Police Chief Kenneth J. Klamar said.

    “In an effort to keep unused and unwanted prescription medicine out of the hands of others, we are proud to offer this service to our community,” he said in a news release issued Tuesday. “In cooperation with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and Safe Kids NC, we were able to obtain this drop box at no cost.”

  • SBI warns of scam

    The State Bureau of Investigation has learned the SBI’s main phone number, 919-662-4500, is being used in a scam asking for money. The public should know that the SBI would never solicit money from a private citizen.

    “Unfortunately there is no way to prevent spoofing of a phone number,” SBI assistant director Chris Laws, who oversees the agency’s information technology section, said in a news release. “In the event you receive such a call, simply hang up.”

  • GenX tests find low risk of health effects in drinking water

    Brunswick County officials received the results of testing for the chemical GenX from raw and treated water from the Cape Fear River, the source of drinking water for Brunswick County Public Utilities.

    According to preliminary assessment reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), while there are no U.S. regulatory guideline levels for GenX, there is a low risk of adverse health effects from drinking water with the concentrations of GenX found in the samples.

  • BEAT rally scheduled July 17 in Sunset Beach Town Park

    The Brunswick Environmental Action Team is teaming with Oceana for a rally against offshore drilling and seismic testing at 10 a.m. Monday, July 17, in Sunset Beach Town Park at 206 Sunset Blvd. N.

    The event includes a lineup of speakers.

    “Despite bipartisan resolutions against offshore drilling and seismic blasting from municipalities up and down the Atlantic coast, the Trump Administration is moving to expand unnecessary dirty and dangerous offshore drilling,” reads a news release about the event.

  • Welcoming the return of long work weeks

    My calendar tells me I only worked three days last week. My body tells me differently.

    There was the Fourth of July, which fell on a Tuesday this year. Tuesdays, however, are our usual production days here in the Beacon newsroom. That meant our Tuesday was really Monday, July 3, and, man, did we hustle. We managed to get everything done early enough so that I could take in the fireworks that night on Ocean Isle Beach, which were as spectacular as ever.

  • Play remains vital for children

    This year’s Independence Day fireworks in Calabash were preceded by activities for children, including faith painting and a dunk tank, to make the annual event even more family-friendly. These additions not only helped kids blow off a little steam on a humid evening, but also encouraged them to participate in playtime.

  • Veterans committee continues to offer grant program

    The Committee to Honor America’s Veterans announced the continuation of a grant program designed to help veterans, military personnel and their families.

    Grants will be awarded to existing veterans support organizations in Brunswick County, such as but not limited to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, Elks, Veterans Welcome Home & Resource Center in Little River, S.C., Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg and the Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune.

  • Federal funds awarded to Brunswick County

    Brunswick County has been awarded $16,864 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

  • GenX forum set for July 19

    A public forum to answer questions about the chemical GenX found in the Cape Fear River, which supplies Brunswick County with its drinking water, is scheduled for July 19 in Supply.

    The GenX forum will be at 7 p.m. in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Carolina Shores receives $17,500 grant

    Carolina Shores is among seven coastal communities that will receive a portion of $100,000 in grants to help them prepare for hurricanes, storms and growth.

    The town will receive $17,500 to produce a flood mitigation manual to aid property owners in reducing flooding, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a news release issued Monday.

    The N.C. Division of Coastal Management uses a portion of its federal funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support local land-use planning and management projects in North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties.