Today's News

  • Oil spill spurs higher prices for some local shrimpers

    VARNAMTOWN—The bad news is there’s a horrendous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The good news is it’s spurring higher prices for some East Coast shrimpers.

    “The prices have gone real high,” said Nicky Varnam, owner of Garland’s Fresh Seafood, standing in the midday humidity as a shrimpboat unloaded Friday at his business overlooking the Lockwood Folly River.

  • SBI launches investigation into former Bald Head Island mayor obtaining tax information

    BALD HEAD ISLAND—Former Bald Head Island Mayor Larry Lammert was out of town when he learned State Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at Bald Head Island Village Hall and said he was the subject of an SBI investigation.

    Lammert learned about the investigation June 4, when he received call from the village attorney saying SBI agents were at village hall and advising him to retain a criminal attorney.

  • New county ordinance to require mandatory reporting by pawnshops, scrap metal dealers

    A new county ordinance will require pawnshops and scrap metal dealers to report receipts of all goods purchased and pawned, and local law enforcement officers say this will help close cases.

    Brunswick County commissioners at their June 7 meeting adopted electronic record keeping requirements for pawnbrokers and scrap or surplus dealers.

    “We had a volunteer system where pawn brokers, scrap metal dealers complied voluntarily except for a couple,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives Capt. Gene Caison said.

  • New trial date set for West Virginia man accused of raping girl in Brunswick

    A new trial date has been set for a West Virginia man accused of raping a girl in Brunswick County in 2008.

    Adam Wesley Hudson, 19, of 342 ½ Witcher Road, Belle, W.Va., has a new trial date of Aug. 23, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Hudson first went to trial in July 2009, but the trial ended in a hung jury, with jurors deadlocked in 10-2 in favor of acquittal, assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, who prosecutes sex offenses and child abuse cases, said in a previous interview with the Beacon.

  • Sunset Beach man arrested for operating mushroom lab

    SUNSET BEACH—A Sunset Beach man has been arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana and mushrooms.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, drug agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Ronald Ishman Grimsley, 20, of 8922 Carra Lane, Sunset Beach, on June 4.

    After executing a search warrant at Grimsley’s Sunset Beach home, drug agents discovered a clandestine laboratory, where drug agents seized 47 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms, 32 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Homes sought for dogs after owner dies

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Wanted: a good home for three dogs left homeless after their owner recently died.

    It’s a message Peter MacQueen, president of the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, has posted for Missy and her grown pups, Missy Jr. and Pretty Girl, three shepherd-husky mixes.

    Their owner, Bobby Harrison, died a few weeks ago of cancer, MacQueen said.

    One of Harrison’s last wishes was to find good homes for them. MacQueen is still trying to do that.

  • Oppressive heat causes concern for elderly, needy

    SUNSET HARBOR—To beat the heat, Walter “Dutch” Spencer spends lunchtime at the Sunset Harbor Senior Center, visits his neighbors and family members and spends time at various places in Southport where he can relax and enjoy the air-conditioned comfort.

    This week, the 83-year-old, who has lived in his home on N.C. 211 since 1965, learned from senior center director Harriett Benton that, since his house is without air conditioning, he can receive a free box fan from Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

  • Calabash OKs reduced apartment fees with note

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved allowing a developer to pay a reduced amount for apartment building fees, along with a note agreeing to pay the difference in subsequent months.

    Jim Myers of Calabash Town Center was to write a check Tuesday for $160,000 to cover for building permit fees for 168 apartments he plans to build on a site off Old Georgetown Road instead of $210,121.06.

  • Lightning ignites house fire in Carolina Shores


    Lightning ignited a house fire at 3 Sunrise Court in Carolina Shores at the height of a storm around 10 p.m. Sunday.

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork said lightning struck a tree then hit the occupied single-family ranch home, which was about 50 percent destroyed.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Crabapple Road; suspect stole a washer, dryer and two air conditioning units from victim’s residence.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Wood Treatment Road in Leland; suspect cut locks on victim’s trailer and stole a torch kit and a saw.

    •Larceny on Shoreline Drive SW in Supply; suspect stole victim’s water pump.