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Today's News

  • Vehicle registration late fee takes effect July 1

    Beginning July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners must pay their annual vehicle registration renewals by the expiration date or face a late fee. The new fees were passed by the General Assembly last September and require one of three graduated late fees to be assessed on late registration renewals starting in July.

  • New reward offered in case of missing Holden Beach teen

    The FBI is offering a new $5,000 reward in the case of Rachel Natacha Owens of Holden Beach, who disappeared five years ago at age 15.

    Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car May 5, 2011, on her own without force. She has had no contact with her family or friends since then.

    The FBI received information that Owens may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio as recently as 2014 and are expanding the investigation to Ohio.

  • NCDOT tags Cape Fear Jetport as $215M boon to economy

    A North Carolina Department of Transportation report on the economic impact of the state’s airports estimates the Cape Fear Regional Jetport provides $215 million to the state’s economy.

    Odell Williamson Municipal Airport provides a $3.3 million economic impact, according to the same report. Its economic impact increased from $2.1 million in 2012.

    The NCDOT Division of Aviation Economic Impact of Airports report states Cape Fear Regional directly impacts the economy with $129 million in jobs and businesses working from the airport near Oak Island.

  • Agents arrest 29 people on prostitution charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 people, including a former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy, on a charge of soliciting prostitution after conducting three separate operations in different areas of the county between Feb. 3 and March 2.

    According to information released to the Beacon this month, two female agents posed as prostitutes and posted an advertisement on Backpage, a classified advertising website. Those who responded to the ad were arrested, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Man leads deputies on chase into South Carolina

    A Tabor City man was arrested after leading Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase into South Carolina early Friday morning.

    Deputies tried to stop 37-year-old John Lee Green about 1:30 a.m. after they saw him strike a stop sign at Etheridge and Longwood roads, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Communication breakdowns offer teachable moments

    Last Thursday night, I returned to the office to finish a few tasks I didn’t complete before my dinner date with my high school boyfriend’s parents here in Shallotte.

    Robert and Kathy Hall, of King, have known me most of my life, starting when I dated their only child back in the ‘80s. They, like Keith, have been my dear friends since then. These days, they venture to Brunswick County with members of their church at least once a year. Ever since I moved here almost three years ago, they’ve made a point of treating me to dinner during their visit.

  • Rabon must explain SB 875

    Senate Bill 875 should come as no surprise to residents of state Senate District 8, specifically those in Brunswick County, who have been represented by Bill Rabon for the past six years.

    During the first half of Rabon’s tenure, he was touted as a champion for the district, especially the areas along the coast.

    In 2011, he was among primary sponsors of Senate Bill 110 to allow terminal groins to be used as erosion control devices. It was a move supported by at least one Brunswick County beach municipality, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Photos enhance story of 50-year marriage

    By Sharon Markatos

    Guest Columnist

    Being married 50 years is quite an accomplishment, but not that unusual. The circumstances behind how my husband, John Markatos, and I, the former Sharon Thompson, met are quite unique.

    In 1943, a photograph was taken of my brother standing next to my mother, who was holding John and pregnant with me. The Markatos family and the Thompson family lived in a four-family house on the East Side of Cleveland, Ohio.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed the 2016 budget out of the House Appropriations Committee and out of the full House, we had official visitors from our county boards of commissioners, and I had visitors from home: Oak Island.

  • Remembering their sacrifice

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

    Every year on the last Monday in May, our nation pauses to pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

    Memorial Day is a day to honor and memorialize our fallen heroes for their courageous fight for freedom, liberty and security. It is also a time to thank our veterans who have served as well as our men and women in uniform who are serving.