Today's News

  • Record crowd braves tropical downpour to honor veterans in Calabash

    CALABASH—A record crowd ventured through a late seasonal tropical downpour from Hurricane Ida to attend a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

  • Seven years after abduction, Alice Donovan finally laid to rest

    This past Saturday, Alice Donovan was finally laid to rest at a cemetery in South Carolina.

    Seven years ago to the date—on Nov. 14, 2002—the Galivants Ferry, S.C., woman was kidnapped and killed by two Kentucky prison escapees who were on a desperate run.

    On that date, Chadrick Fulks and Brandon Basham abducted Donovan in her car from the parking lot of Walmart in Conway, S.C., and headed north.

    They drove Donovan to Brunswick County before returning to Horry County, S.C., later that evening.

  • First Sunset Beach Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving morning

    A first Thanksgiving Day turkey trot is planned for the morning of Nov. 26 on the Sunset Beach island.

    Organizer Jean Hutchinson said a 5K course would be mapped out around the island for the event slated to start at 10 a.m. There will also be a smaller 1-mile trot.

    Hutchinson said the trots are designed to “to take all the guilt out” of traditional Thanksgiving feasting that’s sure to follow.

    Anyone interested in participating should meet at the corner of Sixth and Canal streets.

  • Parenting education program gives new insight on parenting

    Jennifer Carter wanted to join the Parenting Education Program offered by Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) to gain insight on how to parent.

    “It interested me because anything that’s going to give me advice on being a parent, I’m sure going to take it,” she said.

    The Parenting Education Program is a 12-week program free for all families to take together. Parents and children meet with trained facilitators separately and learn parenting, life and family skills.

  • Calabash's new administrator gets a swearing-in

    CALABASH—Town commissioners welcomed new town administrator Hiram “Marzy” Marziano as he was sworn in Monday during a ceremony at town hall.

    “This is a new day dawning for our town,” said Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who conducted the swearing and signing in of Marziano, 31, on his first day of work.

    Marziano was appointed to serve as town administrator, zoning administrator, personnel officer and budget officer for the town.

  • Documents to be used in superintendent search sent to board for approval

    Hired by members of the Brunswick County Board of Education earlier this month to assist with the search for a new superintendent, the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) is ready to get started.

    According to information sent to board members from the NCSBA obtained by the Beacon after making a public records request Nov. 16, a representative from the NCSBA will meet with the board Thursday, Nov. 19, to gain approval of several documents that will be used in the upcoming search.

  • Tuesday wreck flips car on U.S. 17

    A car overturned on U.S. 17 South Tuesday morning following a collision at the Frontage Road intersection.

    According to a report from the Shallotte Police Department, Jessie Michael Wood, 62, of 5310 Old Shallotte Road, Shallotte, driving a 2006 Ford, fell asleep at the wheel and ran a red stoplight at Frontage Road.

    Gail Lucille Mosca, 57, 605 Highlands Glen Drive, Shallotte, was driving a 2002 Toyota inside the intersection of the highway, when she was hit by Wood’s car.

    Wood’s Ford rolled over onto its side on the highway.

  • Planning board sets hearing on Dumpster regulations

    The Shallotte Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing for a new Dumpster screening ordinance at 6 p.m. Dec. 1, before the monthly board of aldermen meeting.

    If approved, the new ordinance will provide much more flexibility for existing businesses to screen trash receptacles than the current ordinance, according to town planner Allen Serkin.

  • Not all plants that look like palms are actually palms

    The Palm Reader (compiled by the Southeastern Palm and Exotic Plant Society) indicates “not all plants that look like palms are palms.”

    In everyday speech, the term “palm” can refer to just about any large-leafed evergreen bush or tree. One non-palm that really looks like a palm is the Sago Palm (Cycas revolute), commonly sold in coastal areas of the Southeast. The Sago Palm is actually a cycad. Cycads are an ancient group of plants that are closely related to cone-bearing trees such as pine and spruce.

  • Pondering the National Football League and lawn irrigation

    I’m sure I have too much time to think when I’m riding around in the pick-up truck. Recently, I was pondering just how strange it is that the New Orleans Saints are undefeated (at least at this writing).

    I remember when Archie Manning was exiled to the Big Easy from Ole’ Miss to quarterback for the then-new expansion franchise. Now, at least one of his sons is destined for Canton, Ohio. I guess that just means I’m getting old.