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Today's News

  • New board, new development approved

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    LELAND — Leland officials wrapped up the last town meeting of 2017 by swearing in board members and approving new development for 2018.

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman and council members Pat Batleman and Bob Corriston, all incumbents who won their seats back in the November election, took their oath of office as administered by deputy town clerk Nancy Sims to open Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Carolina Shores eyes two communities for possible annexation

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    The town of Carolina Shores is exploring the possibility of voluntarily annexing two adjacent residential communities, Carolina Shores North and Ocean Forest at Calabash.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall confirmed last week the town is participating in a preliminary “exploratory partnership” with the two POA subdivisions, both located in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) next to its corporate limits, about “unification through annexation.”

  • Holden Beach man’s collection builds from love of automobiles

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Some folks just know what’s waiting for them under the tree on Christmas Day.

    Neil Clarke of Holden Beach is one of them.

    He got a toy car or two to add to the collection he’s amassed over the past 25 years.

    Clarke caught the collecting bug when his daughter, Sherrie Carlisle, was in sixth grade.

    A friend of hers, Johnathon McCloud, gave Clarke his “collection” of nine to 10 cars.

  • Officials should resolve to read our newspaper

    When I was going through Leadership Brunswick County, presenters told us about the goings-on in the organizations they represent. Without exception, every event and development they described had already been reported in the pages of this newspaper. As the editor, it made me proud to know our news team has its finger on the pulse of our community.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    It seemed as if we were in session the last four weeks in Raleigh, with committees meeting every few days. Since Thanksgiving, I have had meetings on transportation, education, river water quality and other environmental issues.

  • Where do Brunswick County’s homeless go in rainy, cold weather?

    The Rev. Donna Phelps

    Guest Columnist

    It’s raining and where do I go?

    This question came to mind today as I watched the rain pour down my windshield in the old Streetreach van. To be honest, the elements won’t be a walk in the park, but everyone has walked in the rain at some point. It’s natural. From the richest of the rich to the poorest of the poor, the rain lands on everyone’s head from time to time.

  • Seasonal sickness is a cruddy thing to deal with

    It started with a twinge, then the tickle of a noxious feather at the back of my throat.

    Like most people, I survived Thanksgiving without overdosing on turkey or hanging out with germy people. So I thought.

    But promptly on the following back-to-work Monday, everything started to change.

    I tried chasing the obnoxious thing with assorted liquids and Campbell’s Homestyle Chicken Noodle soup to no avail.

  • No more excuses for DWI

    Almost every week, the Brunswick County Criminal District Court docket is chock-full of driving while impaired charges.

    Of the DWI collisions that made headlines in the Beacon in the past year, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported four as fatal, including a Dec. 10 crash in Supply.

  • Women accused of taking more than $27K in items from store

    Four women are accused of stealing more than $27,000 in merchandise from the Dollar General in Supply where they worked.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Denise Marie Davis, 34, of Supply; Cheryl Brown Hickman, 44, of Shallotte; Donna Gail Norton-Espinoza, 37, of Supply; and Kimberly Danielle Rhodes, 25, of Shallotte, each on a larceny by employee charge.

  • Man faces first-degree burglary charge in Supply break-in

    A Sunset Beach man is accused of breaking into an apartment in Supply while five people, including two children, were there.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 24-year-old Coty Allen Gales, of Lula Street, on a first-degree burglary charge, two felony probation violations and a parole violation Dec. 18.

    A warrant shows Gales broke into the apartment on Holden Beach Road between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Dec. 14 with the intent to commit felony assault and larceny after breaking and entering.