Today's News

  • The First Tee teaches golf and core values

    The First Tee of Brunswick County received its charter in 2005 and began programs in February 2006. Since then, the local chapter has grown and flourished through community support, donors, parents and guardians, and enthusiastic kids.

    Each year, more than 400 children are reached through after-school and Saturday programs and summer camps. Another 6,500 Brunswick County students receive the National Schools Program of The First Tee through their physical education classes.

  • More debate, less 'shouting down'

    A politically astute friend of mine from high school is now my Facebook friend and often posts links to articles about what’s going on in Congress.

    He’s an Independent who leans to the left on a few issues, but he posts news and commentary from all sides of the arguments and is always asking for input from everyone on topics ranging from healthcare reform to Supreme Court confirmations. He likes debate.

  • Board rates superintendent 'unsatisfactory' in most areas on evaluation

    Despite being named regional superintendent of the year, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee was given “mostly unsatisfactory” marks on her evaluation, completed by the Brunswick County Board of Education Tuesday night.

    “The ranges were unsatisfactory to a little above average on a few things,” McGee said Tuesday night. “I’m really distraught. It’s the best school year we’ve ever had in all directions.”

  • Calabash man indicted in sports-betting enterprise

    A Calabash man is among 11 indicted Wednesday for unlawfully operating a sports-betting enterprise in Queens County, N.Y.

    According to the district attorney’s office out of Queens County, investigators executed search warrants Wednesday morning and recovered $210,100 from a safe at the home of William E. Jennings, 55, 1380 N. Middleton Drive, Calabash. The safe was found in a box of Christmas decorations.

    He is listed in a press release from the DA’s office as an “agent” in the operation.

  • N.C. 'sales-tax holiday' this weekend

    Local retailers are gearing up for North Carolina’s sales tax holiday, set for Aug. 7-9, during which clothes and computers are among the hot items for back-to-school shopping.

    During the weekend, shoppers will not pay sales tax on clothing, shoes and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreation equipment of $50 or less per item, computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item.

  • Brunswick Debs finish 2-2 in World Series

    SUMTER, S.C.—Brunswick County reached the final six before losing 11-1 in six innings Monday night to host Sumter in the Dixie Debs Softball World Series.

  • Inlet View opens on Shallotte River

    Fresh, local seafood with a view of the river—that’s what the owners of the newly opened Inlet View Bar and Grill at Shallotte Point had in mind when they built the two-story restaurant that opened last week.

    And that’s just what they’re serving.

    On a typical afternoon around lunchtime, diners can find owner Samantha Hughes in the kitchen heading shrimp, making slaw or just making sure the restaurant has everything ready for the lunch crowd.

  • Low bidder doesn't qualify for bond; town delays vote

    A week after declaring ECI, Eastern Contractors Inc., of Little River, S.C., the low bidder to construct additions and renovations to town hall, Shallotte aldermen learned the company does not qualify for a performance bond.

    Town administrator Paul Sabiston informed the board at Tuesday night’s meeting he received a call from an ECI official stating the contractor was not eligible to receive a performance bond from a bonding company.

  • Shallotte aldermen want to push for new outer loop road

    Shallotte aldermen say N.C. DOT’s proposed path for an extension to Old Georgetown Road isn’t exactly what they thought it would be, and it might be putting a crimp in the town’s planning for future needed roads.

    Last week, the DOT presented a proposed new route for extending the road from Ocean Isle Beach Road to Shallotte, not using a “straight line” in one of the alternate proposals, but a more southern route, connecting with Hale Swamp Road.

  • There are now more ways to keep you connected to Brunswick County news

    Recently, I wrote about ways you can keep up with news from The Brunswick Beacon, specifically by signing up to receive our e-mail newsletter blast.

    Since then, we’ve had several new users sign up, and we appreciate your interest in reading the Beacon online.