Today's News

  • Marionette workshop sets BLT summer stage

    Brunswick Little Theatre is proud to offer its first-ever marionette workshop led by Frank Blackmon.

    The workshop will meet Mondays and Tuesdays for four weeks:  June 22 and 23, June 28 and 29, July 6 and 7 and July 13 and14. Participants may choose the afternoon session (2-4 p.m.) or evening session (7-9 p.m.).

  • Band of the Week: Steve Owens & Summertime accompany solstice, dads' day June 21 in Holden Beach

    Award-winning Steve Owens and Summertime will have a double celebration the first day of their namesake season when they hit the stage of Holden Beach at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21, the first day of summer and also Father's Day.

    The Roanoke Rapids-based band walked away with the "Favorite New Artist of the Year" award at the 2012 Carolina Beach Music Awards in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The multi-musician beach group was also nominated for 2014 Cammy Awards.

  • First SBIC crafts fair set for Saturday, June 20

     IF YOU GO

    What: South Brunswick Islands Craft Fair

    When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20

    Where: South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 U.S. 17 W., Carolina Shores

    How much: Free

    Brunswick Community College, its South Brunswick Islands Center and 65 vendors are getting crafty for the first South Brunswick Islands Craft Fair scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the SBIC at 9400 U.S. 17 W. in Carolina Shores.

    Admission is free.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department June 7-June 14

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    June 7

    Miguel Marcos Angel Sepulveda, 48, of 5974 Beach Drive, Shallotte, charged with no operator’s license.

    June 10

    Larceny of cell phone reported on beach strand.

    June 13

    Larceny of iPad reported at River Creek Apartments.

    Damage to personal property attempt; razor under car tire on Great Egret Circle.

  • 11th-hour vested rights sought in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Just as Sunset Beach Town Council scheduled a June 29 public hearing to consider reduced multi-family density in the town’s island commercial district, a developer is seeking vested rights.

    The town board of adjustment has delayed until July 8 deciding on developer Sammy Varnam’s request for vested rights to build a multi-family development in the island’s commercial district.

  • Changes en route as county takes over Calabash EMS

    Transitioning Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services to be taken over by Brunswick County EMS is a process that started about six months ago, Calabash EMS board president Troy Thorup said last week.

    But issues within the volunteer squad date back at least a half dozen years before that.

    “Ultimately, how we came to this decision wasn’t easy,” said Thorup, citing challenges as the current Calabash EMS board strived for the last “six or seven years” to rebuild the department.

  • Boiling Spring Lakes a two-time top 20 safest city

    Boiling Spring Lakes ranked as one of the top 20 safest cities in North Carolina for the second consecutive year, according to security site SafeWise.

    “It’s good recognition for our residents,” Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said. “We take the safety of the city as a priority of local government.”

    The SafeWise Report released its latest “50 Safest Cities in North Carolina” report June 8.

  • Sheriff’s helicopter provides primary shark patrol

    OAK ISLAND — Town officials said the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office helicopter is being employed to monitor shark activity off the coast after two children were maimed in separate shark attacks Sunday afternoon.

  • Correction

    A story published in the June 11 edition contained an error. Ocean Isle Beach officials approved a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for town needs over the next five years with the town listing two replacement vehicles for the police department each year at about $63,000. The Beacon regrets and apologizes for the error.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte 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.

    June 10

    Brandon Lee Maines, 22, was arrested on an order for arrest on a probation violation in Rowan County.

    Property damage; someone cutting victim’s tire causing $273 in damage.

    June 11

    Credit card fraud; someone used victim’s credit card to make purchases at Murphy USA and Wal-Mart totaling $150.

    June 13