Today's News

  • NCDOT installs safety feature at U.S. 17 intersection

     SHALLOTTE — One of the busiest intersections in the southern region of Brunswick County has been even more congested lately as North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are working to install a feature meant to improve safety for motorists.

    For the last two months, NCDOT crews have worked on installing offset lefts on U.S. 17 at U.S. 17, U.S. Business 17 (Main Street) and Old Shallotte Road, NCDOT communications officer Brian Rick wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Carolina Shores couple relies on communication, sense of humor 65 years later

     CAROLINA SHORES — While Hank Mattutat was studying at New York University by way of the G.I. Bill following his Army service in World War II, he made the trek to Long Island one summer for a beach trip with a tight-knit group of friends.

    During the beach excursion, Hank was introduced to a pretty young lady named Marilyn.

    That’s when Hank turned to one of his close pals and told him, “I’m going to marry that girl.”

  • Jail escapee to serve more than two years in prison

     A judge sentenced a Southport man charged with escaping from Brunswick County Detention Facility to more than two years in state prison Wednesday, July 8, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 22-year-old William Hewett to serve 26 to 44 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty to escaping from a county jail, felony fleeing to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

  • South Brunswick Charter School to operate on traditional school calendar

     Students and staff at South Brunswick Charter School will operate on a traditional school calendar during the upcoming 2015-16 school year instead of the year-round schedule they adopted.

  • Sunset Harbor couple celebrates 70 years of wedded bliss

     Julian and Jerry Odom can finish each other’s sentences these days with relative ease.

    After 70 years of marriage, those things come naturally.

    On June 2, 1945, Julian and Jerry Odom “tied the knot” in Dillon, S.C., with no relatives or witnesses present.

    Seventy years later, the Odoms are full-time residents of Sunset Harbor after moving from Fayetteville in 2003. The couple has been visiting the Brunswick County area since 1983 and made it their permanent home two years ago.

  • district court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 29 and 30 and July 1 and 2 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, June 29

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • Finicky felines finally understood: New study batters beliefs about cat’s bitter taste preferences

     Finicky felines. Picky pussycats. Critical kitties. If you share your home with a cat, chances are you’ve been victimized by an angry swipe, upturned nose or cold stare after offering a new food. For years we’ve chalked this up to cats being cats and simply expanded our buffet selections. New science published in BMC Neuroscience proves our feline’s taste buds are more different from our own than previously believed. Now if I can only get my cat to stop staring at me.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    We are confronted this week with a beautiful native species, one that really is a bit mysterious. It is a perennial herb commonly seen in gardens, maybe even yours. It is known historically, and in natural environments, only from the southeastern USA, from South Carolina west to Louisiana. This species is unmistakable. It is an obvious member of the sunflower family and is blooming now.

  • Take this food preservation quiz

     Preserving food really isn’t a practice that is going out of style. With the growing focus on local and homegrown food, many people want to preserve the fruits and vegetables of summer for later use.

    If you’re an old hand at preserving or are thinking of giving it a try for the first time this year, here’s a quiz to see if you’re on the right track. Answers if you think these statements about food preservation are true or false.

    1) All vegetables and meats must be pressure canned.

  • A divine question that begs human response

     Denominations, which use the Revised Common Lectionary, have reached the end of a long, post-Easter cycle of readings from the Johannine community. Among the many questions posed by John’s followers is one that echoes through the ages: “Do you love me?” is the divine, age-old, everlasting, soulful question presented to Simon Peter by Jesus.