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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach to address park fees Oct. 2

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council is stepping up consideration of town park fees and other matters after Mayor Pro Tem Carol Scott took issue with ongoing delays and a lack of agenda items at council’s second meeting of the month Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    Following debate about a deadline and time factor, council informally agreed to address park rules and fees at its next meeting Monday, Oct. 2.

    Scott also complained about a scant agenda Tuesday.

  • Know your rights in nursing homes

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    "Please don’t put me in a nursing home” is a sentiment I hear often from my senior clients. Many people seem to equate nursing homes with captivity and the end of all freedom. Realistically, though, as we live longer than our predecessors, often with various disabilities and debilitating health problems, nursing homes will eventually become the only option for many of us.

  • You decide: What is the good and bad in today’s economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Although my late mother never finished high school, she still was a wise person. One of her favorite sayings was, there are two sides to every story. Of course when I tried to use this logic after I disobeyed one of her rules, she would reply, “There are exceptions!”

  • September is National Recovery Month

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Since our son’s death of a drug overdose almost five years ago Oct. 10, 2012, an additional 200,000 men and women have died as a result of the same disease, an addiction to drugs and alcohol. At the time of Patrick’s passing, the tsunami of death because of addiction was just reaching shore. Many were already dead or dying, but the worst was yet to come.

  • An extended editor’s note in lieu of a lengthy column

    As some readers may know already, the Beacon isn’t printed here in Shallotte. Since our press shut down in 2011, the fine folks at The News & Record in Greensboro have been helping us bring our print edition to readers each week via the U.S. Postal Service and more than 50 racks we have in and around Brunswick County.

    By the end of this month, Greensboro’s press will have shut down as well, shifting its duties — including the printing of the Beacon — to its neighboring newspaper’s press at The Winston-Salem Journal.

  • It is not too late to prepare for 2017 hurricane season

    Even before Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma wrought their devastation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has the potential to be extremely active — maybe the most active since 2010. In the first nine weeks of the 2017 season, which runs through Nov. 30, there were six named storms — twice as many as would typically form by early August.

  • Carolina Shores rescinds state of emergency

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners last week rescinded the town’s state of emergency and took a closer look at issues spurred by Hurricane Irma.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the monthly commissioners meeting last Thursday, Sept. 14, there was about a half-inch of flooding at Oakbark Court, Sunfield and Palmer drives.

    Overall, he added, none of the town’s developments faced flooding except for some garages and at Northwest Drive and Gate 5.

  • Carolina Shores Craft and Car Show Sept. 23

    The town of Carolina Shores launches its first craft and car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores.

    The car show will take place outside while local crafters display and sell their handmade creations inside the Brunswick Community College building, said event organizer Mary Timothy, a Carolina Shores town commissioner.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Sept. 4-17 2017

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests.

    Sept. 4

    Financial card fraud on Clippers Way.

    Sept. 5

    Vehicle stolen from Dogwood Drive.

    Sept. 9

    Richard Brent Henson, 27, of Royal Poste Road was arrested on a cocaine possession charge.

    Gregra Lee Bellamy, 56, of Royal Poste Road was arrested on charges of receiving goods and cocaine possession.

    Sept. 10

    Damage to property on Clubhouse Road.

    Sept. 16

  • Roasted chicken thighs can be a simple, elegant dish

    Chicken thighs (dark meat) are often maligned as being unhealthy. Chicken breasts, on the other hand, because they are composed of white meat, are thought of as a healthier option, but breasts and thighs actually don’t differ that much in nutrient content.