Today's News

  • County takes over Calabash rescue

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has approved taking over the assets of the Calabash Volunteer Rescue

    The county will take three vehicles and a building, and assume the debt on the assets.

    County Manager Ann Hardy asked commissioners to approve a budget amendment of $400,000 to cover the total assumed debt of $358,000 and any unforeseen additional costs at the Monday, June 1, board meeting.

  • Belville explores more cost cutting to keep tax rate steady

    Belville officials have proposed holding the town’s property tax rate to $0.0683 per $100 valuation for another year, but continued to look for areas to trim expenditures for 2015-16.

    At its May 18 town meeting, Belville’s board of commissioners reviewed the donations it would make as part of the annual budget.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams said the town received requests for $7,250 in donations in the upcoming budget.

    “The total was $5,200 for all donations (in 2014-15),” Williams said.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 25

    Thomas Chappell was arrested on charges of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia after causing a disturbance on Thomas Garst Lane.

    Curtis Williams was cited and released after leaving Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard without paying for merchandise.

  • A direct lesson in dealing with roundabouts

    I understand there is a little bit of controversy with the new, and future, roundabouts in the area.

    As I have heard it, some folks don’t like traveling through it or haven’t gotten the hang of roundabouting, yet.

    There’s good news though. I’m here to help. I have been through this before.

    Once upon a time, eight or nine years ago, I lived and worked much closer to Raleigh, the epicenter of this roundabout outbreak.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we honored our fallen military heroes, as well as our living veterans; we passed a bill to save magistrates from termination because of religious beliefs; and we analyzed the final House budget that we passed the previous week.

    The beautiful weather of Memorial Day weekend turned into a hot and humid week in Raleigh. The shortened week gave us time to catch our breath and continue to analyze the budget we passed in the House and sent to the Senate on May 22.

  • All are entitled to have, and share, opinions

    Of all the editorials we’ve published in my time here at the Beacon taking the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners to task, the only one that prompted the commissioners themselves to respond in writing is the one from May 7 condemning the Ku Klux Klan.

  • Roundabouts require more practice, our patience and sound design

    Regardless of whether motorists like them, roundabouts  (or traffic circles) seem to be the ways of the future for busy Brunswick County intersections.
    The small one at First Street on the island of Ocean Isle Beach took some getting used to once it opened several years ago. A larger version was successfully installed at the foot of the Mannon C. Gore Bridge to Sunset Beach island last summer and, despite initial trepidation, appears to function as intended.

  • Babson to continue baseball career at SCC

    SHALLOTTE  — West Brunswick senior Brett Babson signed a letter of intent June 2 to play baseball at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville.

    “I want to get a start on (college baseball) and continue to play ball,” Babson said. “I plan to transfer and go on to a four-year college.”

    Worley Edwards, the SCC athletics director, was at the signing. (SCC is interviewing for new baseball coach.)

  • West Brunswick Youth Softball Organization scholarships
  • Saadiq Johnson to continue basketball career at Averett

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Saadiq Johnson has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Averett Unversity in Danville, Va.

    “They recruited me hard,” Johnson said. “I fit in well with the players in the program. And they win — I like to win.”

    Johnson will be receiving nearly $21,000 per year from an academic scholarship.

    “It helps my family so I can go up there, play basketball and get an education,” he said.

    Averett showed an interest in Johnson in the fall.