Today's News

  • Artist stops by OIB on his way to Alaska

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach is just one of Dave Lavernia’s many stops on a tour that will eventually land him in Alaska, but it’s one of his favorites.

    Lavernia, artist and owner of DaveL Designs, struck up a friendship with OIB Surf & Java owner Jesse McCrery last year. When McCrery asked him to perform a live art show in front of the coffee shop in February, Lavernia agreed.

    The weather, however, did not.

  • Schools mull possibility of sales tax referendum in November

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County residents said no to the quarter-cent sales and use tax referendum during the May 6 primary election. More than 58 percent of voters, 7,015, voted against the proposal.

    Now, the board of education is pondering whether it wants to ask county commissioners to place the referendum back on the ballot for November’s general election.

  • Shallotte man found slain in Myrtle Beach, S.C., parking lot

     A Shallotte man was found slain in the front seat of his car in a Myrtle Beach, S.C., parking lot Monday morning, June 16.

    Myrtle Beach police found Alton Antonio Daniels, 34, dead of an apparent gunshot wound to his chest.

    “The victim had blood on his chest and was not responding to officers,” an incident report reads.

    Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified the body as Daniels late Monday night.

  • North, South, West graduates heading in right direction

     BOLIVIA — A North Brunswick senior fell into her dad’s arms and begged him not to cry. Her request was too late.

    Despite her dad’s best attempt to shield his emotions with a pair of Oakley sunglasses, Megan Lowry burst into tears simultaneously as the father and daughter celebrated high school graduation on a hot day on the campus of Brunswick Community College as Brunswick County Schools held commencement exercises Saturday, June 14.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives was Budget Week. The Senate had finished with the budget, Senate Bill 744, the previous week. It was our job in the House to review it, make our changes, and send it back to them for their agreement and approval. This budget actually consists of adjustments to the biennial budget we passed last year. We are adjusting the 2013-2015 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. We have newly revised revenue projections and spending priorities. So, it was a busy week.

  • Band of the Week: Carolina Breakers play Holden Beach on June 22

    If you go

    What: The Carolina Breakers

    When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22

    Where: Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach

    Admission: free


    The Carolina Breakers are a high-energy, award-winning variety band consisting of four lead vocalists and a horn section covering the musical gamut — beach, boogie, Motown, funk, R&B, disco, classic rock and country.

  • Summer reads: Author signings celebrate latest books

    Two authors named Mary are coming to town in the next few days to sign copies of their latest books.

    Mary Alice Monroe will be at Silver Coast Winery at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, to sign copies of her latest novel, “The Summer Wind,” by way of Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach.

    The novel is the second in Monroe’s Lowcountry Summer Trilogy.

    Tickets, $7.50 at the door, include the cost of a beverage of one’s choice.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


    The 2014 short session has proved to be nothing short of eventful, and we are continuing to work hard in order to accomplish our goals during this time. 

  • Turtle freed from tangled kite string

    Special to the Beacon

    Summertime is turtle time in Brunswick County — a time turtle volunteers, vacationers and local residents look forward to, when mother turtles make their yearly crawl on land to deposit their eggs.

    Those are moments not many experience, not even the volunteers who walk the beaches every day checking for nests.

  • Election year dilemmas sometimes have no easy answer

    November’s general election can’t come — and go — soon enough to suit me.

    As someone who loathes politics, I seem to be an anomaly in the journalism world. My distaste for elections has only soured in my more than two decades in this business. I believe they’ve become less and less about choosing the best leader and more about choosing the lesser of two evils through the years. That’s not always the case, but it generally seems that way.