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Today's News

  • Four rescued from ocean in Sunset Beach

    Three adults and a child were rescued from the ocean Sunday, May 17, after getting caught in strong currents at Sunset Beach.

    Around 2:30 Sunday afternoon, May 17, town beach patrol was alerted about a child in distress in the water about 100 yards from the shore east of the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.

    Three adults went into the water to assist the child, who was brought safely back to shore by one of the adults.

  • Sunset Beach issues alert about IRS tax scam

    The town of Sunset Beach has issued a notice to residents about an IRS tax scam.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner said her department recently received several complaints about bogus phone calls. The callers identify themselves as agents from the Internal Revenue Service who tell the person answering the telephone they are being sued by the IRS.

    Joyner said the callers have been very persistent, urging call recipients to wire money.

  • DENR recommends no more emissions tests

    The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is recommending the state eliminate vehicular emissions testing in more than two dozen counties, including Brunswick County, in 2016.

    Emissions tests are required in 48 counties for most cars and lightweight trucks at a cost of $16.40 each.

    Citing improved air quality, DENR secretary Donald R. van der Vaart said last month eliminating testing can be done without harming air quality or violating federal standards.

  • WBHS Show Choir presents award-winning concert May 21

    Last Saturday, May 9, the West Brunswick High School Show Choir traveled to Atkins A & T High School in Winston-Salem to win third place in the state finals of the William Peace University North Carolina Show Choir Competition.

    The choir, one of eight high schools in the competition, will present its award-winning performance at a free spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited.

  • Brunswick County Summer Concerts & Movies launch for season

    Get ready for seasonal concerts at the beach and beyond, in eight Brunswick County towns.

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2015, starting this Friday, May 22, with Holiday Band in Ocean Isle Beach and CC Martin in Leland.

    More of the series is in store Sunday, May 24, with Andrew Thielen Big Band playing an afternoon Memorial Day weekend gig in Shallotte and The Imitations performing that evening in Holden Beach.

  • Memorial Day: Annual services remember those who paid ultimate sacrifice

    Memorial Day services this year will once again honor soldiers and veterans both past and present.

    In the days and weekend leading up to Memorial Day, it’s also a time when local veterans will be distributing red paper poppies for donations at local businesses to honor those who lost their lives in the line of service as well as those currently serving in United States armed forces.

     

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  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 10 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed individual departmental budgets, we passed a major property insurance reform bill, and I continued to have visitors from back home.

    It was so hot last week in Raleigh that on May 12, when it hit 90 degrees, everybody who owned a seersucker suit was wearing it. The budget meetings were also hot and heavy, as were some of the debates over revenue and appropriations.

  • Sunset Beach focuses on park work, costs

    SUNSET BEACH — To date, $687,246 has been spent on the new Sunset Beach Town Park from a total budgeted amount of $961,000.

    The total includes anticipated revenues of $418,000 in state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) money and $4,980 in Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) grants, plus $538,020 in appropriated fund balance.

    Those were some of the numbers outlined by town finance director Bonnie Schwerd at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, May 19.

  • Calabash helps battle S.C. house fire

    Extra fire and rescue units, including members of the Calabash Fire Department, were called to a house fire Monday afternoon, May 18, near Little River, S.C.

    A passing Horry County, S.C., police officer spotted the fire about 5 p.m. at the single-family house at 232 S.C. 57 N., also known as Wampee Road, about four miles south of the state line.

    About 5:10 p.m., a second alarm summoned more units, including Calabash, to the scene, said Brian Van Aernem, spokesman for Horry County Fire Rescue.