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Today's News

  • Hankins ekes past Cox for District 13 judge

    At press deadline Tuesday, election results showed Pauline Hankins eking past W. Richard Cox for the District 13 seat being vacated by retiring District Court Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr.

    Unofficial results late Tuesday showed Hankins with a total of 39,271 votes in Columbus, Bladen and Brunswick counties, or 50.6 percent of the vote to Cox’s 38,304 votes among the three counties composing the district.

  • County approves $1.3 million for water line projects

    Brunswick County commissioners approved $1.3 million worth of water line projects at their Nov. 5 meeting.

    Brunswick County Engineer Brigit Flora reported bids were opened for the Old Shallotte Road water line on Oct. 25.

    The county received nine bids and staff recommended awarding the project to McArthur Construction, the lowest bidder.

    McArthur Construction bid $833,449.32 to install 18,800 linear feet of 12-inch water line along Old Shallotte Road to connect it to lines on McMilly Road and Green Bay Road.

  • Proudly serving Brunswick County for 50 years


    The dateline for the first edition of The Brunswick Beacon, which was then called the Shallotte Press, was Nov. 1, 1962.
    A few issues later, after a reader won a naming competition, the newspaper changed its name to The Brunswick Beacon.
    In the 50 years since this newspaper was founded by Robert Stanley, men and women of all ages and all walks of life have come to work here, trying the best we can to continue to provide this community with accurate, high-quality journalism, photography and advertisements, while entertaining a broad spectrum of readers.

  • Brunswick will follow UNCW path to consolidate DSS, health boards

    Brunswick County will look to the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a model for consolidating services provided by the health and social services departments.

    Brunswick County commissioners voted to consolidate the board of health and the department of social services boards into a single agency after a Sept. 17 hearing.

    “Seven weeks ago you decided to consolidate health and social services,” assistant county manager Steve Stone told commissioners Monday night.

  • Red Ribbon week at Cedar Grove Middle School

     “The best me is drug free.”

    That was the message shared last week during National Red Ribbon Week.

    Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply celebrated the national drug prevention campaign with flair of its own. Students and staff wore crazy socks and hair, dressed as nerds, wore red and participated in a school-wide assembly where the Port City Spokesmen wheelchair basketball team performed and shared personal testimonies.

  • Special Operations Report

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

  • County approves DOT plan to abandon Middle Dam Road

    Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to endorse clipping the end of Middle Dam Road despite complaints from residents.

    The last 30 yards of Middle Dam Road, off Copas Road in Shallotte, end on property owned by R.D. White III, who petitioned the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to abandon it and return it to private property.

    But residents who have a long family history living on the road didn’t see any benefit in shortening the road for anyone except White.

  • Public safety radio upgrade delayed until 2013

    Snakebit best describes Brunswick County’s efforts to install the North Carolina State Viper radio communications system.

    Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano reported to county commissioners Monday night the new system won’t be online until January 2013 at the earliest.

    Marzano said the popularity of the system statewide has delayed the county’s attempt to transition to the public safety radio and paging system.

  • County has best home-sales numbers in years

    With five buyers almost ready to become homeowners, Teresa Boyd, who works for Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty in the Highlands neighborhood in Shallotte, is excited to come to work.

    Boyd said Monday she’s seen great improvement in the housing market since the late spring, a huge improvement in prospects, offers and sellers accepting offers.

    “This time last year I could go weeks without anybody stopping into the sales office,” she said.

    She isn’t sure what caused the change in attitudes, but she’s happy to see it.

  • Brunswick County voters keep board of education intact

    Incumbents reclaimed the three Brunswick County Board of Education seats that were up for grabs in Tuesday’s General Election.

    In District 1, voters re-elected Bud Thorsen by 62 percent of the vote over Ray Gilbert. Thorsen received 33,592 votes to Gilbert’s 20,434 votes.

    Thorsen, the Chief Court Counselor for 13th Judicial District, has served on the board for14 years, acting as chairman from 2000-2002 and again in 2010.