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Today's News

  • New era begins for the Old Sunnyside School

     

    SHALLOTTE—Former students and teachers returned to the old Sunnyside School at 221 Village Road last week to begin a new chapter for the building.

    Students and teachers were joined by past mayors, Save Old Sunnyside committee members, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education, Brunswick County Schools representatives, the mayor and aldermen for a ribbon cutting reception.

  • Homeless in Brunswick County: Part 1

    There is no fear deeper than being homeless.

    It’s scary not knowing where your next meal will come from, where you will sleep, where you will bathe, or if you will survive.

    Fear lurks around every corner for the homeless. Will I be arrested today? Will I get killed in my sleep? Will someone steal my shoes? Will people even acknowledge me in public?

    “I learned to wear all black so I could fade into the background,” said Jay Hancock.

  • Holden Beach’s annual free Festival by the Sea is Saturday

    In a struggling national economy, everybody’s favorite two words are “It’s free.”

    Those two words describe Holden Beach’s Festival by the Sea. Once again, there will be free admission and free parking. A family can spend its money on food and crafts instead of on admission.

    The two-day festival is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, under the high-rise bridge on the island.

  • Ghost lore and legends

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—There is something spooky lurking outside. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters?

    Not if you live in Brunswick County.

    If you live here—or are visiting—you may want to call Will and Allison Smith of Ocean Isle Beach. They have been tracking and researching the county’s ghost sightings, legends and lore for several years.

  • Beach music and more highlight this weekend’s Festival by the Sea

    A Southern rock band, three beach-music bands and an Elvis impersonator highlight the concerts at Festival by the Sea this weekend.

    Some stadium seating will be available in front of the pavilion, but festival-goers are welcome to bring lounge/tailgating chairs.

    Jaded Mayberry, the Southern rock band, performs “The Joker” by The Steve Miller Band, “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyd and other songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Hootie and The Blowfish, Sister Hazel and John Mellencamp.

  • Beating all the odds—Defying breast cancer

     

    SUPPLY—When Betty Lou West heard her doctor diagnose her with cancer, she closed her ears.

    She didn’t want to hear any more. She knew her course of action and told her doctor not to tell her the type of cancer or the stage.

    “When I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1967, the doctor knew I wouldn’t take treatment,” West said.

  • Are politics stalling a road project?

    SHALLOTTE—The mayor and board of aldermen have been accused of being in the midst of “a ridiculous political struggle.”

    Harold Matthews, chairman of the Northside Business Community, appeared before the board of aldermen at its Oct. 4 meeting to ask the town to aid business owners along N.C. 130.

    He asked the board to consider spending $4,200 to fund a concept plan and to support a proposal to connect old N.C. 130 and the new N.C. 130.

    Matthews asked the board repeatedly to make a decision that night.

  • Homeless: Nowhere to turn for help

    Last week I received a phone call from my editor saying she thought there was a homeless couple sitting in front of the entrance to Walmart. She knew I was working on a story about homelessness in Brunswick County and suggested I check it out.

    I was just leaving the Beacon for the evening and decided to head over. As I arrived I saw a couple that appeared to be about my age. They were sitting on the ground holding a sign that read “Please Help.”

  • Animal rescue needs help finding missing dog

    Forever Friends Animal Rescue needs help finding Moo Moo, a Dalmatian mix who escaped from his foster home Wednesday, Oct. 26. He may be in the Sunset Beach/Seaside/Sea Trail area. The dog is very timid but not aggressive. Volunteers are trying to locate Moo Moo. If you spot Moo Moo, please call Forever Friends at 383-2100 or Janie at 336-918-1074.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Robbery with a dangerous weapon on Paisley Drive; suspect robbed the victim of $100 using a knife.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Forest Drive; suspect kicked in the door and took medication.