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Today's News

  • BHO seeks to raise $35K for summer blitz

    Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. (BHO) welcomes the first of three groups, totaling nearly 300 volunteers, kicking off its Brunswick Blitz this June.

    This summer, BHO plans to complete more than 30 home repairs for the elderly, disabled, veterans and very low-income homeowners in Brunswick County. But in order to do this, BHO needs to raise at least $35,000.

  • Detectives seek man who flashed restaurant employees

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the community's assistance in identifying the man who exposed himself to two restaurant employees in the Shallotte/Ocean Isle Beach area about 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

    The dark-skinned man is thought to be in his mid- to late 40s and was last seen wearing a blue Duke hat, a striped shirt and khaki shorts, according to a sheriff’s office news release

    He left the restaurant, which was not identified, in a champagne-colored Toyota Solara.

  • DSS recruiting foster, adoptive parents

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services will prove Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety-Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training to be a foster/adoptive parent starting June 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Social Services Building B in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, call Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • Vehicle registration late fee takes effect July 1

    Beginning July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners must pay their annual vehicle registration renewals by the expiration date or face a late fee. The new fees were passed by the General Assembly last September and require one of three graduated late fees to be assessed on late registration renewals starting in July.

  • New reward offered in case of missing Holden Beach teen

    The FBI is offering a new $5,000 reward in the case of Rachel Natacha Owens of Holden Beach, who disappeared five years ago at age 15.

    Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car May 5, 2011, on her own without force. She has had no contact with her family or friends since then.

    The FBI received information that Owens may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio as recently as 2014 and are expanding the investigation to Ohio.

  • Holden Beach board approves town noise ordinance

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners officially approved the town’s noise ordinance that has been in the works, pending one change.

    The four newest Holden Beach town commissioners — John Fletcher, Kim Isenhour, Peter Freer and Ashley Royal — introduced ordinance changes immediately after taking their seats on the board Dec. 8, along with Ken Kyser, the only re-elected commissioner, and approved the majority of the changes at a special called meeting Dec. 16.

  • Agents arrest 29 people on prostitution charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 people, including a former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy, on a charge of soliciting prostitution after conducting three separate operations in different areas of the county between Feb. 3 and March 2.

    According to information released to the Beacon this month, two female agents posed as prostitutes and posted an advertisement on Backpage, a classified advertising website. Those who responded to the ad were arrested, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Man leads deputies on chase into South Carolina

    A Tabor City man was arrested after leading Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase into South Carolina early Friday morning.

    Deputies tried to stop 37-year-old John Lee Green about 1:30 a.m. after they saw him strike a stop sign at Etheridge and Longwood roads, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • ‘All clear’ bulletin issued after bomb threat evacuation at South Brunswick High School

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office issued an all-clear bulletin following a bomb threat evacuation this morning at South Brunswick High School.

    Shelter that was in place for South Brunswick Middle School has also been lifted.

    Parents were asked not to come to the school and to monitor social media for additional updates. Students were reported as safe.

    Officials with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene.

    The school was following standard safety protocols, according to updates.

  • Memorial Day ceremonies salute those who served

    Memorial Day services this year will once again honor soldiers and veterans both past and present.

    Several Memorial Day ceremonies are planned this year, starting with afternoon events Sunday, May 29, in Shallotte’s new Mulberry Park and continuing Monday, May 30, with ceremonies in Sunset Beach, Calabash, Holden Beach and on the Battleship North Carolina.