Today's News

  • Brunswick County Summer Concerts & Movies launch for season

    Get ready for seasonal concerts at the beach and beyond, in eight Brunswick County towns.

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2015, starting this Friday, May 22, with Holiday Band in Ocean Isle Beach and CC Martin in Leland.

    More of the series is in store Sunday, May 24, with Andrew Thielen Big Band playing an afternoon Memorial Day weekend gig in Shallotte and The Imitations performing that evening in Holden Beach.

  • Memorial Day: Annual services remember those who paid ultimate sacrifice

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

    In the days and weekend leading up to Memorial Day, it’s also a time when local veterans will be distributing red paper poppies for donations at local businesses to honor those who lost their lives in the line of service as well as those currently serving in United States armed forces.



  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 10 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed individual departmental budgets, we passed a major property insurance reform bill, and I continued to have visitors from back home.

    It was so hot last week in Raleigh that on May 12, when it hit 90 degrees, everybody who owned a seersucker suit was wearing it. The budget meetings were also hot and heavy, as were some of the debates over revenue and appropriations.

  • Sunset Beach focuses on park work, costs

    SUNSET BEACH — To date, $687,246 has been spent on the new Sunset Beach Town Park from a total budgeted amount of $961,000.

    The total includes anticipated revenues of $418,000 in state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) money and $4,980 in Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) grants, plus $538,020 in appropriated fund balance.

    Those were some of the numbers outlined by town finance director Bonnie Schwerd at Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly workshop Tuesday, May 19.

  • Calabash helps battle S.C. house fire

    Extra fire and rescue units, including members of the Calabash Fire Department, were called to a house fire Monday afternoon, May 18, near Little River, S.C.

    A passing Horry County, S.C., police officer spotted the fire about 5 p.m. at the single-family house at 232 S.C. 57 N., also known as Wampee Road, about four miles south of the state line.

    About 5:10 p.m., a second alarm summoned more units, including Calabash, to the scene, said Brian Van Aernem, spokesman for Horry County Fire Rescue.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department May 11-17 2015

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

    May 11

    Felony larceny of jewelry from Capeside Wyne.

    May 14

    Donald Charles Leuder, 53, of 405 Davie Drive, Wilmington, charged with felony larceny.

    May 17

    Damage to property (vehicle), Great Egret Circle

    Damage to property (vehicle), Moorehen Lane.

  • Getting stuck for ducks
  • Veteran’s Amnesty Day worth repeating, replicating

    Memorial Day affords us a chance to pause, remember and acknowledge those who have died in military service to our country. But let us also spare a thought for the veterans and active service members, as well as their families, and the sacrifices they have made.

  • NCDOT to host meeting May 21 on proposed OIB roundabout

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to address improvements to the existing N.C. 904/N.C. 179/Ocean Isle Beach Road intersection in Ocean Isle Beach, where a roundabout is proposed, on Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    This public meeting will be in an open house format without a formal presentation at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, at 3 W. Third St.