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Today's News

  • 11th Beacon Expo serves up healthy options Feb. 25

    Saturday will be the perfect day to get focused on health as The Brunswick Beacon’s 11th annual Beacon Health Expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free, and free childcare will be available.

    Featured are 64 vendors bringing a variety of free screenings and demonstrations, a seminar and information on an array of health-oriented topics.

    Participants include hospitals, dental offices, wellness centers, and hearing and eye care specialists.

  • WBHS production showcases Black History Month

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick High School theater students are coming together to show Black History Month is the history of America in their production of “Freedom Riders,” by Tom Quinn.

    Pastor Bill Negron, who’s co-directing with WBHS theater arts teacher Jennifer Creighton-Negron, said this has been the message for the last nine years WBHS has performed Black History Month pieces.

  • Novant Health restricts access to avoid spread of flu

    Out of concern for the health and well-being of its patients, Novant Health is asking the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of all of its hospital facilities because of the widespread outbreak of the flu virus throughout the community. This restriction is effective Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 a.m. until further notice.

    The restrictions apply to all hospitals throughout the Novant Health system, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • Central Reach Project may finish mid-March

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach is still awaiting absolute confirmation it can use the dredges in place to add the 100 cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into the current Central Reach Project effort.

    Town Manager David Hewett said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given the town a verbal OK for the addition, but said the request is in the Office of Legislative Affairs for further review

  • Calabash Merchant’s Association workshop

    All business owners within the town of Calabash are invited to attend a workshop with the Calabash Merchant’s Association, local economic development committee and community service committee at Sanborn Hall, 882 Persimmon Road in Calabash, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27.

    The merchant workshop goals are to assist local merchants by networking and brainstorming ideas for cooperative efforts with the town to support promotion of local growth in the community.

    For more information, call 579-6747.

  • Fire fee formula raises uncertainty in Calabash

    CALABASH — Chalk up Calabash as another town concerned about possible fire fee changes in Brunswick County.

    At their monthly meeting Feb. 14, town commissioners discussed the county’s current survey and “peer review analysis” of the county fire protection system, which has sparked concern about whether the county will change the way county fire departments, particularly the Calabash Fire Department, are financed.

  • Leland to study burying power lines

    LELAND — Burying power lines along Village Road could be the next move Leland officials make to ensure downtown development succeeds.

    The town board authorized an agreement with Duke Energy for an engineering study, design documents and estimated cost to move Village Road overhead power lines underground at its Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting.

    Officials also agreed to fund the study with a budget amendment appropriating $90,000 from the General Fund.

  • Teen Court set for Feb. 28

    The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County Schools.

  • Sunset Beach denies dredging report

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has denied a motion to accept a dredging report from the town environmental resource committee.

    The 3-2 vote came during the board meeting Tuesday morning, Feb. 21.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato made a motion to accept the ERC report to be used by government agencies participating in an upcoming dredging scoping meeting.

  • Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood

    During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

    Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.