Today's News

  • Compare, choose Medicare plans from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year.

    The annual election period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015. Take advantage of the annual election period, and save money, improve coverage or both.

  • What makes news and why is no secret

    Pssst! You! Yes, you!

    Look closer! I want to tell you something — the secret to keeping your name out of the Beacon.

    Ready? OK, here you go: Don’t do anything newsworthy.

    Nothing amazing. Nothing unusual. Nothing generous. Nothing humble. Nothing heart-wrenchingly brave. Nothing monumentally stupid.

    Basically, don’t do anything anyone would care to read about.

    Disappointed? Well, if you expected more, I’m sorry. But honestly, it’s that simple.

  • It pays to beware of scam artists

    Charlatans have plagued society throughout most of human history. While their methods have evolved with modern times, their goal remains unchanged: to swindle as much money as they can from honest people. Their victims, unfortunately, include many Brunswick County residents.

  • Flood maps up for review in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — New federal flood maps are up for review in Sunset Beach through November or December, Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts said at Monday night’s monthly town council pre-meeting work session.

    During the regular 7 p.m. meeting that followed, town building inspector Randy Walters said preliminary maps are friendly to construction and reflective of 1980s-‘90s maps. He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency did a flood study based on the latest data that’s only several years old instead of 30 years old.

  • Roundup of fall festivities and events continues this weekend

    With all of the scheduled events this month, there’s no reason not to get out and celebrate the season. Here’s a closer look at what’s happening this week around Brunswick County.


    Italian Festival at St. Brendan’s

    The parish community of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is celebrating the season with its second annual Italian Festival on the church grounds at 5101 Ocean Highway W. in Shallotte from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

  • Sunset Beach Police Report Sept. 29-Oct. 5

    Sunset Beach 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.

    Sept. 30

    Missing person reported at 811 Colony Place.

    Oct. 4

    Larceny on Canal Drive.

  • Carolina Shores to consider waste site options

    CAROLINA SHORES — Following debate, the Carolina Shores town board of commissioners has approved consideration of a sold-waste convenience site engineering proposal and a waste convenience site agreement with Waste Industries.

    Approval to have the items included for consideration on the board’s monthly meeting agenda at 2 p.m. this coming Thursday, Oct. 9, came at commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, Oct. 6.

  • Calabash Fire Department reports Sept. 2014

    During the month of September, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 172 calls: seven structure fires, one woods/brush fire, six fire alarms, five motor vehicle accidents, one gas leak, one investigation, five other, 17 public assistance and 128 EMS first-response calls.

  • BIG Sweep becomes Calabash trash bash

    CALABASH — They converged on Calabash to make the town cleaner.

    On a balmy autumn morning this past Saturday, 32 volunteers met at Calabash Community Park to once again pick up trash along town roadsides and even in the Calabash River.

    Calabash BIG Sweep, part of North Carolina and National BIG Sweep Day efforts Oct. 4, was divided into six teams consisting of town officials, town employees and other volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to clear litter out of the Seafood Capital.

  • Pumpkins everywhere

     I walk with a great group of women in the early morning. Not only do we get an hour of exercise, we keep each other up to date on news and events. Last week’s discussion was pumpkin. It seems the flavor of pumpkin is popping up everywhere at restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores. My friends are specifically fond of pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donuts and pumpkin coffee creamer.