Today's News

  • Unofficial Brunswick County general election results

    Below are unofficial Brunswick County general election results available at press time Tuesday night. Updates on local races will be posted online as they become available, with complete reports to be published in the Nov. 17 edition.

    With 26 of 26 precincts reporting


    Brunswick County Schools $152 million bond referendum

  • Voters appear to OK $152M school bond

    Early election results Tuesday night indicate Brunswick County voters approved a $152 million school bond referendum that would pay for many capital projects beginning in 2017.

    School officials gathered at their administration building in Bolivia on Tuesday night to watch the precincts tally their votes.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said there are 94,311 registered voters in Brunswick County, with an estimated 47,156 voting in the 2016 election. Of that number, the bond needs 80 percent, or 37,724 votes, for the bond to pass.

  • Corbett appointed new Sunset Beach town councilman

    SUNSET BEACH — Retired Army Col. John Corbett was chosen to fill a vacant Sunset Beach Town Council seat by a tie-breaking vote Monday night.

    The decision did not come without conflict after Corbett was nominated and approved by councilwoman Carol Scott and councilman Pete Larkin. But he received dissenting votes from councilmen Mark Benton and Richard Cerrato, resulting in a tie.

    Mayor Robert Forrester then cast a tie-breaking vote favoring Corbett at the Nov. 7 evening meeting.

  • Bird Island damages from Hurricane Matthew assessed

    SUNSET BEACH — Hurricane Matthew didn’t spare Bird Island when it rained and blew over the region Oct. 8.

    In fact, Matthew brought a “pretty impressive over-wash,” said Hope Sutton, stewardship and southern sites manager with the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve.

    Matthew spurred over-wash in the Mad Inlet area, Sutton said, speaking at a Bird Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee meeting Monday, Nov. 7.

  • Beacon’s sixth Holiday Happenings Christmas Show glistens Saturday, Nov. 12

    Santa, entertainment and more than 70 vendors kick off the holiday shopping season at The Brunswick Beacon’s sixth annual Holiday Happenings Christmas Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road SW in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking are free.

    Unique artist/artisan booths among the vendors will include a variety of items suitable for gift-giving, from art to jewelry to photography. Food will also be available for sale.

  • Boat owners invited to ‘deck out’ for Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla

    Calling all area boat owners.

    Organizers of the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla invite you to decorate your boats for the holidays and participate in the upcoming 13th annual flotilla on Super Saturday in Ocean Isle Beach on Saturday, Nov. 26.

    Flotilla organizers are issuing a plea for more participants for the annual fundraiser to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance.

  • Brunswick Concert Band performs Nov. 18 and 20

    They’re a diverse group of musicians who gather at Duke Energy Media Center in Southport to practice on Tuesday nights.

    Next week, those rehearsals are going public when the Brunswick Concert Band presents its next concert in two performances, “A Celebration of Music Past.”

  • Post-hurricane debris cleanup continues in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Storm debris pickup from Hurricane Matthew isn’t even halfway done, according to a town official.

    As of this past Monday morning, Nov. 7, a recorded 8,099 cubic yards of post-storm debris or 81 tractor-trailer loads of had been removed and transported to the county solid waste center in Bolivia 22 miles east of Sunset Beach.

    “We’re not even halfway through the town,” public works director Dustin Graham said at Monday night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

  • Carolina Shores navigates drainage improvements

    CAROLINA SHORES — After weathering two intense storms, town commissioners addressed at length a town-wide drainage spot improvement program at a board workshop Monday.

    Robert Tucker of East Coast Engineering detailed a lengthy, finalized list of town-wide projects to be done in phases. Authorization to proceed with the program will be on town commissioners’ consent agenda at their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at town hall.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Oct. 28-Nov. 6

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

    Oct. 28

    Vanessa Louise Stewart, 23 of 1257 Pipset Point, Apt. D-103, Myrtle Beach, S.C., was arrested on charges of trafficking in opium or heroin and conspiracy to traffic in opium/heroin.

    Iesha Scurry, 23, of 1247 Stoney Brook Drive, Conway, S.C., was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to traffic opium/heroin.

    Oct. 31

    Report of prescription fraud at Walgreens.