Today's News

  • Brunswick County property taxes due

    BOLIVIA—Have you paid your 2011 property taxes yet? If not, you have until Thursday, Jan. 5, to pay your taxes before interest begins to accrue.

    “The last three days of last week and the four days this week are our busiest times in the tax office,” Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry said this week.

    “We are on target with our 2011-2012 collections, thanks to the citizens and businesses who have paid their taxes, especially during these difficult economic times,” Perry said.

  • Beacon looks back on 50 years

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.


    The new year marks a time of reflection for The Brunswick Beacon. With lots of changes over the years, 2012 marks 50 years of continual news coverage for the newspaper in Brunswick County.

  • Beacon looks back on 50 years

    If it weren’t for Jo Ann Simmons, there might not have ever been a Brunswick Beacon.

    The first edition of this newspaper was published under the name of the Shallotte Press on Thursday, Nov. 1, 1962.

    But the name Shallotte Press didn’t stick for long. A contest was launched challenging subscribers to come up with a new name for the newspaper. A $50 cash prize awaited the winner.

  • No appointment necessary; just walk in

    SHALLOTTE—No appointment necessary. Just walk in. It has been that way for more than 50 years.

    Generations of grandfathers, fathers and sons have come to Shallotte to have their first hair cut in the same shop and by the same barber who gave their father his first haircut.

    Evans Barber Shop is a bit of a local legend as is its owner Buddy Evans. It’s a local spot to catch up on all the latest happenings, to say hello to old friends, get and give advice and of course to get a haircut and a shave.

  • New Year resolutions and more

    A New Year means a new start and for many people it’s a time to assess their lives and make a choice to change something—a New Year’s resolution.

    New Year’s Day has traditionally been a day of strangeness for me.

    New Year’s 2000, I awoke with the flu and the world had not ended. My resolution that year was not to buy into the end of the world theories.

    And yes, I know some say 2012 is it. I don’t buy it.

  • Southport nuclear plant under scrutiny: More inspections, oversight coming

    Brunswick Nuclear Plant is under scrutiny by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    “The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has determined that fuel oil tank rooms serving the Brunswick nuclear plant’s emergency diesel generators were not properly protected from possible flooding, a finding of ‘low to moderate safety significance’ that will result in increased NRC inspection and oversight of the facility,” states a press release by the NRC.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on East First Street; unknown subjects gained entry into a home and removed three TVs.

    •Larceny on East First Street; someone removed a charbroil grill from under the house.

  • Shallotte Crime Report


    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Shoplifting at Walmart; suspect attempted to steal two 32-inch TVs.

    •Rogelio Magana Hernandez, 28, of 43 Brooks Court, Shallotte, was charged with DWI, flee/elude and careless and reckless. Suspect was traveling northbound on U.S. 17 at approximately 95 mph and increased speed to more than 100 mph.

  • Thefts, arrests in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach police reported the following arrests and incidents, including larcenies.

    Luis Mendoza Bermudez, 53, of 7219 Dale Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested for larceny on Dec. 29

    Russell Edward Canady, 47, of 546 Market St., Shallotte, was arrested Jan. 3 for a domestic violence order violation.

    On Dec. 16, a mailbox was reported torn out of the ground at a residence on Live Oak Drive and thrown into a car windshield.

  • Carolina Shores board ready to interview candidates

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners is coming closer to finding a new commissioner to fill a board vacancy.

    At their first, monthly pre-agenda meeting for 2012 on Tuesday, the board agreed to have a special meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 to narrow down the list of candidates and interview finalists.

    The seat, with two years remaining in its term, was left vacant after former town commissioner Walter Goodenough was elected mayor Nov. 8.