Today's News

  • East end street closings hearing Sept. 8

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials will host a public hearing on commissioners’ intent to permanently close portions of eight streets on the east end of the island for a planned development.

    At their July 14 town meeting, town commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary conceptual plan for the 47-lot, gated development on the east end of the island beyond Shallotte Boulevard.

  • Fort Anderson Confederate flag in need of repair

    Controversy over displaying the Confederate flag has arisen in Southern states following the June 17 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

    But the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson visitor’s center in Winnabow has had to take down its Confederate flag for another reason: To save it from deteriorating.

    Jim McKee, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian, said the flag, which has been on display on a wall in the museum, was ready for an upgraded display with a conservation-grade case.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a bill to enable the death penalty to be carried out, we had a long budget meeting for public input and we saw many bills finally moving through committees.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist


    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 18 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • Tax redistribution will hurt our economy

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist

  • You decide: What is the state of our state’s education?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The kinds of jobs needed in the economy have dramatically changed in the last century. One hundred years ago, most North Carolinians worked on the farm. Knowledge about farming was passed from generation to generation with little need for “book learning.” The stamina and strength to endure backbreaking work, day after day, were the main requirements for success.

  • On campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Welcome to the first edition of “On Campus at Brunswick Community College.”

    I want to thank The Brunswick Beacon for giving BCC this new voice in our community. The focus of “On Campus” is to promote community awareness of college programs, services and accomplishments; to broadcast the achievements of our students; to engage the local community in special events; and to introduce the public to individuals who contribute in various ways to the life of the campus.

  • Hazmat exercise program keeps us all safe

    To most of us, developing an exercise program means getting into and maintaining our best physical condition.

    To emergency preparedness and public safety officials, developing an exercise program means establishing a routine practice schedule to prepare for out-of-the-ordinary events that threaten the health of a community.

  • Healthy competition bodes well for Brunswick County

    Those poor folks back in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Even though I moved from that area more than four years ago, some of them still can’t escape me.

    Take my pal Jennifer Hulon, one of my former co-workers at the Morning News in Florence, S.C. It’s been close to a decade since we worked in the same office, but there we were Saturday, face to face again but in different roles at Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach for the McLeod Foundation’s “Top Hats and Tiaras” Ball.

  • Sunset Beach OKs funding merchants group

    SUNSET BEACH — Following lengthy debate, town council has approved a compromise giving $15,000 to the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association for the next four months along with a separate request for proposals (RFP) measure requiring tourism and marketing entities to apply for funding in the future.

    Council also approved a town grant funding policy for nonprofits requiring a 1:1 cash match.