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Today's News

  • Fishing heats up with calm, mild weather

    January can be an extremely tough month for Brunswick County fishermen. Air temperatures are frigid, marine conditions are predominantly rough, and “honey-do” lists’ seem to increase every time you tinker with fishing tackle. Yet somewhere past the howling winds and dismal days there is hope that a day will come to head offshore again. Not knowing what the targeted species may be, but simply to push the throttles forward and head out to the blue water.

  • Cart-path-only: Aggravation

    This past year has been one of the wettest in the history of Brunswick County. Many courses have been cart-path-only for weeks and weeks. This slows play because golfers must leave their carts on the path, walk to their ball (which may be on the far side of the fairway) and then hit.

    A good tip is to take three clubs to the ball. The club you think you need, plus one longer and one shorter. Then you won’t have to walk back and forth if the distance is too long or short for what you thought

  • New BCC tobacco policy is long overdue

    Although various studies indicate most people who try to quit smoking or using tobacco products do so cold turkey, they also indicate gradual cessation is a more successful strategy.

    The latter is the same approach Brunswick Community College is taking toward becoming a tobacco- and smoke-free campus by the fall semester of 2017.

  • Las Vegas Night means 2016 events are soon in full swing

    While it’s true there’s always something going on and there are many things to do here in Brunswick County, some days, nights and weekends can be busier than others. We tend to experience a bit of a post-holidays lull after the first of the year, but then we get back into gear with big social occasions, usually starting at the end of January with the Shallotte Rotary Club’s Las Vegas Night.

  • You decide: Does North Carolina follow a wilder economic ride?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I love the North Carolina State Fair. My wife will tell you that around June 1, I start the countdown to the opening of the fair. Everything about the fair — the farm animals, the exhibits, the food, the happy people and even the rides — appeals to me.

    Maybe my “love affair” with the state fair has something to do with my youth. My father would frequently take me to a local county fair where my favorite activity was riding the roller coaster.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Paying for college

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

  • To all our Beacon readers, thank you

    As you’re reading this, I’ll be sorting through files at the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office.

    That’s right. I accepted a new job.

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my time at the Beacon. I’ve said it time and time again, but I think your job is only as good as your boss.

    Having said that, I had two damn good ones.

  • Stormwater, retaining tax rate top goals in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Stormwater and retaining the current tax rate are among top topics for the upcoming fiscal year for the town board of commissioners.

    They were among issues addressed at the board’s annual retreat Thursday, Jan. 28, at town hall. The session was led by Mayor Pro Tem John Manning because Mayor Joyce Dunn was out sick.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Jan. 23-29 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 23

    Warrant for other agency served on Kenneth Wayne Williams, 33, of 231 Hardy Road, Whiteville.

    Jan. 27

    Alex G. Martinez, 24, of 1203 Iva Ave., Gastonia, charged with possession of marijuana.

    Kevin J. Echeverria-Ponce, 23, of 306 S. Ransom St., Gastonia, charged with possession of marijuana.

  • Mosquitoes a biting topic in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — With mosquito season just around the bend, how to control them was more than small talk Monday in Carolina Shores.

    With moist conditions and standing water, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the Feb. 1 town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop that March typically marks the start of mosquito season and the town needs to plan in accordance.