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Today's News

  • Offshore oil drilling opponents ask county commissioners to reconsider resolution

    BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County Board of Commissioners resolution advocating seismic surveys and offshore drilling development brought a host of opponents to Monday’s commission meeting.

    The resolution, passed July 6, said the board supports seismic surveying in the Atlantic Ocean to promote future offshore drilling efforts off the coast. It states there is a lack of demonstrated harm to marine mammal populations or coastal communities and effective mitigation measures used by the geological and geophysical industry protect individual animals.

  • Leland opens new town hall for review, town meeting

    LELAND — Leland residents had their first chance to walk through the new town hall July 16 before a dedication ceremony prior to the monthly town meeting.

    Officials also christened the building by hosting the meeting in the new commissioners’ meeting room on the second floor.

    Visitors were able to walk through the completed, but unfurnished, two-story town hall, which includes administration offices and the meeting room in one wing along Town Hall Drive and the police department, whose wing runs along Old Fayetteville Road.

  • Supply man sought on felony charges turns self in

    A 19-year-old Supply man wanted on two felonies turned himself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon, July 22.

    Zachary Sky Matthews of Green Pine Drive faces breaking and entering, larceny and misdemeanor injury to real property charges, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Matthews is accused of breaking into a home on Lewis Street, damaging  the home’s front door and door frame, and stealing a microwave oven and electronics worth $250, warrants show.

  • Sunset Beach mayor to advance promotions policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Mayor Ron Watts has been tasked with creating a promotions policy for the town to serve as a guideline for the local merchants association.

    Watts, speaking at town council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, July 21, said he would have something ready in time for council’s next monthly meeting Aug. 3.

  • County Attorney Huey Marshall to retire after drug citations

     Longtime Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall announced his retirement, effective Aug. 1, after he was cited on drug charges during a traffic checkpoint Wednesday, July 15, in Supply.

    Deputies were holding a license checking station at Stone Chimney and Turnpike roads at 7:30 p.m. when they smelled a “strong odor of marijuana” from Marshall’s vehicle, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Calabash entertains idea of seafood festival

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have unanimously approved investigating the possibility of having a seafood festival next spring.

    Approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting July 14 following a presentation by Helen Kapalka, a member of the town’s community services committee.

  • Candidate filing ends for November elections

    A handful of candidates, including a number of incumbents, waited until the final day of the filing period to run for office in the November municipal election.

    Council, commission or alderman seats as well as mayoral seats are up for election in each of Brunswick County’s 19 incorporated towns. The filing period opened at 8:30 a.m. July 6 and ended at noon Friday, July 17.

    The end of the filing period also showed a small number of elected officials chose not to seek re-election.

  • Holden Beach seeks NCDOT crosswalks, votes down $500,000 toilets

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach staff sought help from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to improve the town’s crosswalks after receiving complaints about deficient pavement markings, signs and maintenance.

    But according to the NCDOT, the town improperly created crosswalks at every beach access — 24 in all — along Ocean Boulevard.

    Christy Ferguson, the town’s shoreline protection and recreation manager, updated commissioners about the issue during their July 14 meeting.

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board OKs changes

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved changes updating members’ duties and responsibilities as well as those of the town board of adjustment.

    Unanimous approval of the town-initiated amendments to the unified development ordinance (UDO) came at the board’s July 16 meeting.

    Town planning director Rawls Howard said town staff reviewed Articles 3 and 4 of the town UDO related to the enabling authority of the boards and updated language to reflect changes in state statutes regarding the boards’ powers, authority and procedures.

  • Kindred Spirit gets a new bench

    SUNSET BEACH — Thanks to Tom Thomas, people penning their thoughts at the Kindred Spirit mailbox have a new place to perch.

    Monday, the 82-year-old Atlanta resident rode a bicycle down to the popular sanctuary to view a newly installed, second bench he made for the site long renowned for its notebooks.