Today's News

  • Rides bringing thousands of bicyclists to Sunset, Ocean Isle beaches

    SUNSET BEACH—Close to 2,000 bicyclists descended here Sunday as the two-day Bike Multiple Sclerosis: Breakaway to the Beach Ride ended for the first time in Sunset Beach.

    The first bicyclists crossed the finish line at the Village at Sunset Beach at 11:05 a.m. Sunday.

    Because the new high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge won’t yet be open, alternative plans were made to have this year’s ride end in the parking areas near Ingram Planetarium and the Village at Sunset Beach.

  • Two Brunswick couples celebrate septuagenarian anniversaries

     A 70th wedding anniversary is a celebration indeed.

    Two couples in Brunswick County achieved that marital milestone in the same week.

    Connecticut natives Nick and Lillian Szeszkowski were honored at a 71st anniversary party Sept. 9 at Shallotte Assisted Living.

    New Jersey natives Matthew and Theresa’s 70th anniversary was Sept. 7. They were feted with an early surprise party by their family in July.



  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Counterfeit currency and false pretences on Long Beach Road in Southport; suspect used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase items.

    •Armed robbery on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia; suspect showed a handgun and demanded money from the register. The suspect stole $534 in cash, a cordless phone and a cell phone.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects last week. All information is provided by the Holden Beach Police Department.

    •Kathy Yvonne Anderson, 56, of Supply, was arrested for outstanding warrants and was also charged with careless and reckless driving and driving while license revoked on Sept. 18.

    •Edward Christopher Stutey, 40, of Supply, was charged with displaying an expired registration plate on Sept. 16.

    •An attempted burglary was reported at 179 Ocean Blvd. W. on Sept. 18.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Sept. 13-19 K-9 deputies answered 16 calls, wrote 16 citations and made seven drug arrests. K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Grey Bridge Road and Village Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Richard Gerald House Jr., 38, of 203 Hepworth Way, Wilmington, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • ONDBEAT: Typical summer drifts into sunset

    As another summer fades gently into the horizon (we hope; one that remains relatively hurricane-free), it could go down as one in which some beachgoers just weren’t paying attention.

    Though signs are posted prominently at both ends not to use the emergency beach strand thruway in Sunset Beach, some people still did not believe and used it.

    Local emergency workers spent much of their summertime at the beach fairly amazed at the number of “illiterate” people who chose to take this path less traveled (not to mention illegal).

  • UPDATE: Calabash administrator says insults led to resignation

    CALABASH—Town administrator Hiram “Marzy” Marziano says he resigned last week after 10 months on the job because he felt insulted by some commissioners and didn’t deserve that kind of treatment.

    Marziano’s resignation was announced at a specially called town board of commissioners meeting Friday.

    His written letter of resignation, effective Sept. 15, was unanimously accepted by the board following a 20-minute closed session Sept. 17.

    Marziano, accompanied by his wife, Morgan, then exited town hall.

  • Commissioners’ spending: Travel for training seminars and conferences

    As part of the Beacon’s public records request and ongoing series about the true cost to be governed in Brunswick County, here is a look at how much the county paid for commissioners to attend training seminars and other conferences from July 1, 2009, until Sept. 9, 2010.

    Marty Cooke: $684

    •$150 check to attend North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ (NCACC) Annual Conference in August 2010. 

  • Commissioners’ spending: Credit card receipts

    As part of the Beacon’s public records request and ongoing series about the true cost to be governed in Brunswick County, here is a look at how much the county paid for commissioners’ credit-card receipts from July 1, 2009, until Sept. 9, 2010. County credit cards, available to all county commissioners, were used by commissioners Marty Cooke, Bill Sue and Scott Phillips. Commissioners Phil Norris and Charles Warren did not make any county credit-card transactions during the 14-month period, according to documents provided to the Beacon.