Today's News

  • Shark attacks leave no one to blame

    We feel it is safe to say everyone in Brunswick County is as sorry to read about three separate shark encounters that left three children injured within four days along our beaches as we are to report them. Our community strives to be hospitable, welcomes visitors and wants all to enjoy the time they spend here.
    Perhaps the most maddening aspect of the story is the fact no one is at fault for what happened, especially to the children who were maimed at Oak Island last Sunday afternoon.

  • Swamp park adventures, part II

    To bring you up to speed, two weeks ago a few of my Beacon coworkers and I were granted a preview of a zip line course at Shallotte River Swamp Park, which had its official grand opening last Friday. My colleagues completed the entire 10-line course, while I managed to finish 1¾ of it, having gotten myself stuck on my second effort because of vertigo, short arms and a sudden panic attack.

  • Tennessee couple indicted in OIB robbery

    A Tennessee couple accused of robbing an Ocean Isle Beach business last fall have been indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury.

    Kendrick Stefon Patton, 22, and Ashley Nicole Turner, 18, both of Columbia, were each wanted on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show Patton was booked there Dec. 23, 2014, while Turner was booked there April 22.

  • Woman indicted in Shallotte robbery attempt

    An Oak Island woman accused of trying to rob Walgreens in Shallotte on March 1 has been indicted by a Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury.

    Police said 37-year-old Jennifer Dawn Smith passed a note demanding pain medication to a pharmacist at the business off Main Street, Police Chief Rodney Gause said. She threatened in the note to blow up the store if the pharmacist didn’t give her painkillers.

  • 5-year-old Ash girl who was reported missing found safe

    Five-year-old Haley Alexis Caulk, who was reported missing from from her home in Ash on Monday afternoon, has been found safe with a neighbor, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office news release.

  • Annual Jolly Mon King Classic this weekend
  • Ken Kosak: St. James GM

    St. James is the largest golf course community in Brunswick County and the second largest in North Carolina. Only Pinehurst is bigger.

    St. James has 81 holes of golf designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin and our own Tim Cate. There are four clubhouses, five restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centers, tennis courts and a marina. St. James has more than 3,200 members.

    Being the general manager of this active showcase community is not easy.

  • Drum action heating up
  • Two Supply residents win money in N.C. Education Lottery in same week

    It turns out Brunswick County’s streak of lottery luck this year isn’t over.

    North Carolina Education Lottery officials announced Betty Martin of Supply was the winner of the $192,955 jackpot in the Carolina Cash 5 game. Martin, who told them she plans to use the money to pay off her home, cars and credit cards, chose her own numbers to win the jackpot in the June 6 drawing.

    Martin learned of her big win while watching television after the drawing.

  • Two children lose limbs in separate shark attacks


    Two children are in stable condition after each lost an arm in separate shark attacks Sunday, June 14, less than two miles apart on Oak Island.

    At 4:40 p.m., a 12-year-old girl from Asheboro lost part of her left arm and leg during an attack near the Ocean Crest Fishing Pier, said Kyle Thomas, the town’s public information officer.

    Less than two hours later, at 5:51 p.m., a 16-year-old boy from Colorado Springs, Colo., lost his left arm during an attack near 55th Avenue, Thomas said.