Today's News

  • Paws Place secures land for indoor/outdoor facility

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — Summer heat and humidity hung thick as a blanket one recent July morning as Tony Durso and the usual Paws Place team toiled and tended to assorted dogs amid the outdoor kennels at Paws Place.

    It was just another typical sweaty dog day for humans and canines alike at the no-kill rescue facility on Boiling Spring Road, but maybe not for long.

  • Mark Roberts Band plays Ocean Isle Beach on Friday, Aug. 14

    Called one of the hottest bands in the Southeast, The Mark Roberts Band specializes in suitable-for-dancing sounds of beach and classic rock.

    The Wilmington-based band is heating up the next Ocean Isle Beach summer concert stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    The band’s don’t-miss style is described as soulful, dynamic and downright magical.

    “Our shows are designed to touch everyone,” says band namesake/front man Mark Roberts, who also serves as lead vocalist.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 7 2015

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 7

    Jeffery Martin Miller, 33, of 221 Creek View Drive, Sunset Beach, charged with DWI.

  • Carolina Shores sends sales tax resolution

    CAROLINA SHORES — A resolution opposing a sales tax redistribution measure in North Carolina has been sent by the town to the state house budget committee.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the town board of commissioners meeting last Thursday, Aug. 6, said town staff members were advised last week the state senate has removed the measure as part of its budget so the house and senate can agree on the budget and forward it to Gov. Pat McCrory.

  • Calabash Fire Department report July 2015

    During the month of July, 2015, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 164 calls: eight structure fires, a woods/brush fire, a vehicle fire, two fire alarms, 13 motor vehicle accidents, a water rescue, 14 public assistance calls, two other and 122 EMS first-response calls.

  • First Carolina Boat Bash set for Saturday at Bird Island

    Promoters of the Carolina Boat Bash planned for Saturday at Bird Island say they’re hoping for a safe event that won’t cause any problems locally.

    The Aug. 15 event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the South Carolina side of the North Carolina-owned reserve, is being orchestrated by WYAV Wave 104.1 Radio of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • ONDBEAT: Here's what's news under Sunset Beach summer sun

    Overall, except for those trying to scout out or carve out a parking space somewhere in proximity to the ocean, this past Fourth of July was quiet and uneventful in Sunset Beach.

    That’s how Sunset Beach Assistant Police Chief Joe Smith summed up the busy summer holiday in his department’s monthly report at the Aug. 3 Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

    There were fewer fireworks than ever before, he said, which made the department happy as well as most of the owners and occupiers of the array of stick-built island beach houses.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major bond proposal bill, the House Speaker responded to the Planned Parenthood controversy and we had some Brunswick County officials visit us about the proposed sales tax redistribution plan.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: After 19 weeks of trying to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bills 215 and 209, Beacon staff traveled to his office at the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh on Aug. 11 to speak with him in person.

  • ‘JonVoyage’ to a man who helped keep us honest

    Last Thursday night packed a one-two gut punch for me. First, I had every intention of catching as much of the Republican presidential candidates’ debates in my hometown as I could because I was not only interested in what they might have to say, but also in the spectacle of the event.

    But, as is usually the case for me, my day and evening didn’t go according to plan. I was still at work in the office when the first debate ended and missed it completely.