Today's News

  • Five rescued after boat capsizes near Holden Beach

     Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued five people after their boat capsized in the Lockwood Folly Inlet on Saturday morning, Oct. 4.

    Coast Guard Sector North Carolina officials received notification from a good Samaritan reporting a disabled vessel at anchor within the inlet had capsized, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard Newsroom.

    Coast Guard officials issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island.  

  • Shallotte man charged with insurance fraud

     A Shallotte man has been charged with insurance fraud after authorities say he filed a false claim in August.

    Christopher Eric Grissett, 41, of 4160 Ruby Way NW, was arrested Oct. 2 and charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

  • Navassa man accused of sex crimes with children

     A Navassa man arrested Sept. 28 is accused of touching himself on his front porch in front of children in 2005 and 2010.

    Hernan Flores-Crontreras, 55, of 101-2 Shasta Lane, was arrested at 12:03 a.m. on charges of indecent exposure and indecent liberties with a child, according to the Brunswick County Detention Facility website.

    The charges come from the Navassa Police Department and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, jail records show.

    Flores-Crontreras is incarcerated on $50,000 bail.

  • After record-setting year, Relay kicks off 2015 campaign

     SHALLOTTE — Lights, camera, cure.

    Just four months removed from completing one of the most successful Relay for Life campaigns in Brunswick County history, volunteers were back at it at Highest Praise Worship Center on Thursday, Oct. 2, to officially kick off the 2015 relay season.

  • Rotary helps SMS revitalize atrium garden

     SHALLOTTE — As you walk through the front doors at Shallotte Middle School, there are a few things impossible to miss. You’ll notice the green and gold Pirates memorabilia in a glass case, you’ll notice artwork from the students hanging on the walls, and now you’ll notice a revamped atrium garden in the courtyard area.

  • Deputies investigate bomb threats at South Brunswick High



    South Brunswick High School returned to normal schedule after a pair of bomb threats briefly disrupted instruction time Thursday morning, Oct. 2, at the school’s Boiling Spring Lakes campus.

    After receiving notification of a bomb threat through Yik-Yak, a social media site, local law enforcement officials swept South Brunswick prior to any students or staff arriving on campus, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki wrote in a news release.

  • S.C. murder suspect may be in Brunswick County

    A Longs, S.C., man wanted in a deadly shooting Monday, Oct. 6, may be hiding in Brunswick County, authorities said.

    Investigators are searching for 31-year-old Lakenneth Clarida, Horry County (S.C.) Police Department Lt. Robert Kegler said Tuesday. Clarida is described as a 6-foot-2 black man weighing 195 pounds.

  • Compare, choose Medicare plans from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year.

    The annual election period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2015. Take advantage of the annual election period, and save money, improve coverage or both.

  • What makes news and why is no secret

    Pssst! You! Yes, you!

    Look closer! I want to tell you something — the secret to keeping your name out of the Beacon.

    Ready? OK, here you go: Don’t do anything newsworthy.

    Nothing amazing. Nothing unusual. Nothing generous. Nothing humble. Nothing heart-wrenchingly brave. Nothing monumentally stupid.

    Basically, don’t do anything anyone would care to read about.

    Disappointed? Well, if you expected more, I’m sorry. But honestly, it’s that simple.

  • It pays to beware of scam artists

    Charlatans have plagued society throughout most of human history. While their methods have evolved with modern times, their goal remains unchanged: to swindle as much money as they can from honest people. Their victims, unfortunately, include many Brunswick County residents.