Today's News

  • Community leaders seek to establish Project Lazarus in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — What began as a project in Wilkes County a decade ago is sweeping across North Carolina and has officially made its way to Brunswick County.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

    Wilkes County native Fred Brazon welcomed health professionals from across the southeast region of the Tar Heel State to Bolivia on Wednesday, June 25, for a presentation on Project Lazarus.

  • Brunswick County under state of emergency as Arthur blows by

    Hurricane Arthur is passing just to the east, paralleling the local coastal area as a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds as Brunswick County remains under a state of emergency. Sustained winds of 40 to 55 mph, with gusts in the 60 mph range along the coast, are forecast for the remainder of Thursday and Thursday night.

  • Cat season: Brunswick County Animal Services inundated with homeless felines

    SUPPLY — Lt. Tommy Tolley led an impromptu tour past cages filled with homeless kittens and cats.

    Feline breeding season has arrived, said the director of Brunswick County Animal Services, walking past assorted cats and kittens in cages in adoption, intake and stray rooms.

    The shelter 429 Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) is full to feline capacity.

    “Spring and summer are the biggest birthing time of all the cats,” Tolley said. “We knew we were going to get hit hard.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs budget with no tax increase

    SUNSET BEACH — A split council narrowly adopted the town’s proposed $5,865,487 budget for fiscal 2014-2015 with no tax increase Monday night, June 30.

    The town tax rate will remain at 10.5 cents per $100 valuation in the 2014-15 fiscal budget that took effect Tuesday, July 1. The budget garnered the approval of town council members Lou De Vita, Wilson Sherrill and Mike Williams. Council members Terry Johnson and Carol Scott casting dissenting votes.

  • Train show makes stop July 12-13 at Brunswick Plantation

    Model trains aren’t just for kids or Christmastime.

    In the heat of summer, aficionados in the form of the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club (IMRRC) are staging a train show Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days inside Brunswick House at Brunswick Plantation.

    The show will include several operating train layouts in assorted scales including G, O, HO, N, Z and S.

    Members will also be on hand to provide information on locomotives that don’t run and advice on how to get started in model railroading.

  • Leotta's 'Bowl of Rice' released

    Local author Joan Leotta has released her third digital book in the Legacy Honor Series.

    “A Bowl of Rice,” from Desert Breeze Publishing, deals with nurses in Vietnam, Leotta said.

    It focuses on Anna Maria O’Shea, who becomes a nurse to continue her family’s Legacy of Honor. Choosing to stick to her commitment to service, she loses her long-time college love. The pain of war proves stronger than her private heartache.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    The 2014 short session continues to be nothing short of eventful, and we are working hard in order to accomplish our goals.


    Closing all coal ash ponds

    I am proud to report the Senate passed an aggressive plan for coal ash mitigation that will give North Carolina the strictest regulations on coal ash in the country and make it the first state to force closure of all coal ash ponds.

  • Celebrate Summerfest July 3 in Shallotte

    Shallotte’s SummerFest kicks off with a free concert featuring Sea Cruz from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street.

    Sea Cruz specializes in oldies, classic rock, disco, beach music and the hottest new songs.

    For more information, go to www.townofshallotte.org, call 754-4032 or email rjohnson@townofshallotte.org.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Almost daily, the question being asked by people back home is: “When will the short session be over?” It’s hard to answer, as we are pushing to finish our work, but budget negotiations are continuing.

  • Celebrating a year on the job

    By the time you read this column, my one-year anniversary at the helm of the Beacon newsroom will have come and gone. I can’t believe it’s been a year already; time really does fly when you’re having fun.