Today's News

  • 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.

  • Principal’s position a matter of principle

    All seems forgiven between West Brunswick High School Principal Brock Ahrens and Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden.

    Ahrens rescinded his resignation at Pruden’s request in a choreographed scene during commencement exercises Saturday, June 14, that bore little resemblance to the meeting before the West Brunswick High faculty and staff less than 24 hours earlier.

  • Carolina Shores addresses garbage at full-house meeting

    CAROLINA SHORES — A full-house crowd turned out for a special called town board of commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, June 17, to address options relating to the town recycle center.

    The 10 a.m. meeting was recessed at 10:05 a.m. by Mayor Walter Goodenough “until you people learn how to behave,” Goodenough said after banging the gavel when residents would not be quiet.

  • Town finance director departs Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker has been appointed to serve as acting finance director and budget officer for the town following the departure of longtime town employee Donna Rogers, who has been serving the past few years as town finance director.

    The town board unanimously approved the measure at its monthly workshop Tuesday morning, June 17, at town hall.

    Town clerk Lisa Anglin said Tuesday afternoon Rogers left employment with the town June 6 upon “mutual separation” with the town.

  • Sunset Beach police reports June 9-15

     Sunset Beach Police Department


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


    June 10

    Breaking and entering, larceny reported at a unit at 213 Clubhouse Road.


    June 11

    Breaking and entering, larceny, reported at an address on Second Street.


    June 13

    Larceny reported at a unit at 213 Clubhouse Road.


    June 14

  • Do the right thing to go 'round the roundabout

    When it comes to navigating the new Sunset Beach roundabout, some drivers are gettin’ it and some aren’t.

    Construction is nearing completion of the new mainland entry to the island bridge where stop signs are no longer needed.

    Instead, motorists must heed yield signs at its four entries and go with the flow in a right-hand direction — as opposed to going left, also known as “wrong.”

    Those are standard rules of the roundabout.

  • Calabash hires new attorney, approves budget

    CALABASH — The town has a new attorney.

    Benton Toups with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog (CSH) Law Firm of Wilmington was introduced at the monthly town board of commissioners meeting June 10.

    Commissioners approved scheduling a special meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, to iron out a town attorney agreement.

    Toups replaces former town attorney Mac Tyson, who resigned in March after serving as town attorney since June 2012.


    Budget approved