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Today's News

  • Crash on Makatoka Road leaves one injured

    A collision involving a pickup truck and a log truck sent one man to an area hospital Friday, Aug. 26.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper T. Chavis said it happened at 6 a.m. when 67-year-old William Jordan of Chadbourn was turning his log truck off a dirt road onto Makatoka Road, unaware that 29-year-old Michael Simmons of Ash was already driving his black 2011 GMC Canyon on Makatoka Road heading towards the log truck.

  • Worms and Coffee neon sign auctioned for $1,000 to Oak Island business owner

    An Oak Island business owner hauled in the Worms and Coffee neon prize at a liquidation auction of the Midway Trading Post last Saturday, Aug. 20.

    Rodney Keesee, owner of Strands Outfitters on Oak Island, cast a top bid of $1,000 to win the day’s coveted “Worms and Coffee” neon window sign that helped bring international fame to the small, simple store at the corner of N.C. 211 and Midway Road.

  • New BFA director resigns after 48 days on the job

    The newly appointed executive director of Brunswick Family Assistance abruptly resigned last week, just a month-and-a-half after officially taking over the reins of the 35-year-old nonprofit community service agency.

    Lou Nistler, who previously led the National Parkinson Foundation and Combined Federal Campaign in Washington, D.C., resigned from BFA last Friday, Aug. 19, BFA board chairman Bill Hadesty confirmed Tuesday.

  • Seven candidates apply for Sunset Beach mayor seat

    Seven people have applied to serve as Sunset Beach’s next mayor, but one does not meet the residential requirement.

    Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin provided the Beacon with resumes of six applicants submitted by the town’s Aug. 19 deadline.

    The six residents who qualified for consideration to fill the remaining term of former Mayor Ron Watts are Jeffrey Coffey, Peter Oler, Robert Forrester, Anita August, Robert Farrell and John Corbett.

  • Belville appeals lawsuit arbitration ruling

    BELVILLE — Belville’s lawsuit with developer Urban Smart Growth will go to the Court of Appeals before it reaches Superior Court.

    Town Attorney Jim Eldridge reported at the Aug. 22 town meeting a motion to enter arbitration was recently denied, but the town will appeal the decision before the lawsuit moves forward.

    “If we win the appeal, we will arbitrate. If we lose, we will litigate,” Eldridge said.

  • Southeastern Christian Academy to offer high school option in 2017-18

    SHALLOTTE — Fourteen years ago, Kim Lancaster opened Southeastern Christian Academy, a private Christian school on Red Bug Road in Shallotte that provides education for preschoolers through eighth-graders.

    “We are reaching out to students and providing a place for Christian education, but also excellence in academics as well,” Kim, the school’s director, said.

  • Shallotte Powerball winner to be on Oprah Network's 'Fix My Life'

    Shallotte resident Fontella Marie Holmes, who won $188 million last year in a recording-setting Powerball jackpot, will be featured in an upcoming TV episode with spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    Holmes, 27, will be included in the upcoming seasonal series, “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which launches with a four-part premiere Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

  • Federal appeals court ruling changes voting schedule

    Changes imposed on North Carolina’s voting laws by a federal appeals court led the Brunswick County Board of Elections to make changes to the early voting schedule and voting sites.

    North Carolina election law changes made in 2014 added a requirement to the 2016 election that voters must present a photo ID to vote in North Carolina.

    Voters would not have been able to obtain a photo ID on Election Day in order to vote.

  • SB board shutters amenity centers in commercial zone

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved what may be the last private amenity center in the island’s beach business (BB-1) commercial zone

    Approval at the board’s Aug. 4 meeting was for an amenity center for the Kingfish Bay development in Calabash.

    The board’s next action was to remove private amenity centers as a permitted use in the BB-1 zone.

    Both measures are advisory recommendations that will be forwarded to Sunset Beach Town Council for consideration.

  • DSS seeks foster, adoptive parents

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services will provide Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety — Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training to become a foster/adoptive parent beginning Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick County Department of Social Services at the government complex in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, contact Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.