Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had no votes on bills, we had frequent caucus meetings that stretched more than two hours in some cases, and House and Senate leaders reached a budget compromise.

  • Local events, attendance demonstrate caring

    First off this week, I want to thank everyone who helped make the Beacon’s inaugural Outdoor Living Show a success this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. I hope all who attended enjoyed themselves and learned more about some of the local businesses and civic organizations that support our community — and maybe gained inspiration for home improvements and to get involved in the groups that make Brunswick County great.

  • Scorpions’ Washington national champion in jumps

    North Brunswick High School junior Jayhlen Washington is getting attention as a football player this fall. But it may be hard to match the attention he received this summer, when he won two national championships in track.

    Washington competed in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships, which took place July 27 to Aug. 2 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

    Competing as a member of the East Coast Track & Field Academy Club, Washington won the triple jump and the long jump for boys 15 to 16.

  • Retained tax formula pleases local leaders

    Local leaders are pleased the state budget maintains the sales tax distribution formula they favored and have lobbied for.

    The $21.735 billion budget, delayed for weeks until its approval this past weekend in Raleigh, maintains an existing formula for allocation of sales tax revenue, with 75 percent going to county where a sale originated and 25 percent based on population, “ensuring no local government will lose revenue under the change,” reads a news release issued Monday by the North Carolina General Assembly.

  • Service dog blamed for attack at outdoor show

    A small dog is recovering after being bitten and injured in an attack by a Canine Angels service dog last Saturday at a show sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon.

    The Jack Russell/Chihuahua mixed breed dog was taken for treatment by a local veterinarian shortly after the attack Saturday morning at the Beacon’s Outdoor Living Show at Shallotte Middle School.

  • Calabash Fire Department report for August 2015

    During the month of August, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 149 calls: eight structure fires, two woods/brush fires, eight fire alarms, six motor vehicle accidents, an investigation, 12 public assistance calls, three other, and 109 EMS first response calls.

  • Calabash welcomes new town clerk

    CALABASH — Town commissioners welcomed new town clerk Sue Stuhr at their monthly meeting Sept. 8.

    Stuhr took the oath of her new office from Calabash Mayor Mary Knight at the monthly meeting.

    Stuhr, who previously served as town clerk for the town of Ocean Isle Beach, was hired to her new position after former Calabash Town Clerk Kelley Southward left the town in August to start a new job near Charlotte.

    Fee schedule

  • Dr. Ernie’s top 10 dog dental questions, part II

     Last week, I shared five of my top 10 doggie dental questions. This week, let’s look at the rest of the most common queries I get concerning a dog’s oral cavity.

    6) Do small or large dogs have more problems with their teeth?

  • Subdivision rezoning gets final approval in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have given second and final approval to a rezoning request for proposed Phase 3 development in Calabash Lakes subdivision from residential R8 to planned residential development (PRD).

    Approval came at the monthly board meeting last Thursday, Sept. 10.

    The change is designed to accommodate a shift from previously approved townhouses to single-family detached houses, with the majority of the housing in the 1,500 to 2,200-square-foot range. The change also reflects a reduction in the number of units from 220 to 98.

  • Sponge or dishcloth?

     Well, what is it? A kitchen sponge or a dishcloth? I personally like cloths, but I know many people favor sponges.

    Sponges are great for wiping up spills and absorbing liquid and some have a scrubby side that helps clean grime from pots and pans and dishes. But, they also absorb harmful foodborne pathogens along the way. There have been some scientific studies showing the kitchen sponge or dishrag is the germiest thing in most homes and, if not cleaned between uses, can be a prime spot for germ growth.