Today's News

  • Two for mayor, five for three council seats in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Two people are vying for the mayor’s race while five residents have filed as candidates for three available town council seats up for grabs in Nov. 3 municipal elections in Brunswick County.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein is seeking re-election to a third two-year term. Rich Cerrato also has filed as a candidate for mayor.

    Town council incumbents Lou DeVita and Len Steiner are seeking re-election to four-year terms in at-large races. The council seat of Ron Watts, who is not seeking re-election this year, is also available.

  • BFF felines

    Daisy, left, and Hannah are best friends forever felines and two tabbies looking for a good home at Cat Tails. Daisy is almost 5 and Hannah, who’s a little shyer, is almost a year old. To see them, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Daisy and Hannah, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment.

  • Carolina Shores assistant town manager apologizes for culvert letter tone

    CAROLINA SHORES—Assistant town manager Amanda Chestnut issued a written apology Tuesday for any harsh wording in a recent letter mailed to residents about maintaining their driveway culverts.

    A number of residents, at least one of them threatening to take legal action, expressed concern about what they thought was a threatening letter.

    Their concern centered around copies of a letter dated July 6 from Chestnut that was mailed to several hundred residents, said Marlene Stewart, a town resident and member of the newly formed Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores.

  • Special meeting Friday to consider censuring Carolina Shores mayor

    CAROLINA SHORES—Two town commissioners have called a special meeting for 11 a.m. Friday at town hall to consider appointing a replacement commissioner and a resolution of “formal censure” of Mayor Stephen Selby.

    The July 24 meeting was called after town commissioner Jack Csernecky resigned Tuesday.

    Selby took issue with the specially called session that includes him on the agenda, noting a sheriff’s deputy delivered a notice to his door Tuesday.

  • If you’re looking for me, follow the cloud of Lysol

    I sat in the doctor’s office wrapped in a sweater. My teeth were hitting together and my body trembled--I was freezing despite the 90-degree weather. A sore throat, fever and chills had finally forced me to go to a doctor.

    As I sat in the urgent care’s waiting room, I heard the doctor ask who was next.

    “It’s a lady. She’s got fever, chills and sore throat,” a nurse told him.

    “Well, did you give her a mask?” he asked.

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    Many of you know that although our dateline is always for Thursday—which is the day the newspaper is delivered to homes through our subscription service—you can pick up a copy of the Beacon on Wednesdays.

  • Boat safety is paramount

    Waterways in Brunswick County are often busy, but they can get hectic and dangerous this time of year.

    Last week, at the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, people were injured in a boat wreck near Holden Beach. How sad it is that the wreck appears to have involved alcohol and a law enforcement official who, if what he is charged with is true, should have known better.

  • Summer enrichment programs available through 4-H

    Brunswick County 4-H has more than 25 events still planned for its summer Discovery 100 program.

    During the last two weeks, youth from across the county have enjoyed trips to Indigo Farms, the USS North Carolina battleship, the traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial, Popular Grove Plantation, Thalian Hall, Screen Gem Studios and Wonderland Farms. They also attended an educational workshop on wind energy taught by Perry Grosch, a 4-H member.


    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Sharyike Shenard Powell, 26, of 118 S. 11th St., Wilmington, and Jennifer Sharmaine Hall, 24, of 920 N. 5th St., Wilmington, with felony larceny and misdemeanor larceny at Walmart. They were taken to Brunswick County Detention Center on $12,000 secured bonds.

    •Police charged Michelle Mastine Clewis, 33, of 1149 Stone Chimney Road, Supply, with identity theft. She was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

  • Thefts, break-in reported in Sunset Beach

    Thefts, break-in reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a breaking and entering and larceny reported July 10 at 607 W. Main St. in Sunset Beach.

    Taken were three bicycles, two of which have been recovered. A blue bicycle is still missing.

    On July 8, a young man reported he left three surfboards and a skim board overnight on the beach strand and they were gone the next morning. Missing are a 7-foot yellow and green board, a 6-foot red and white long board, one taxi-yellow board with a red emblem and a yellow and red 3-fin skim board.