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Today's News

  • King mackerel and mahi mahi action in the 20-mile range

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

    Fishing has steadily improved over the Fourth of July weekend in Brunswick County. After the hard southwest winds we endured practically all last week, our coast finally caught a break with a few days of 10- to 15-knot winds. This brought the seas down offshore and finally gave the top water game fish, such as king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and mahi mahi, a chance to eat.

  • Reminders about why sharks attack

    The hot question on my charters lately has been about the shark attacks. Many folks are curious to know what a fisherman thinks about it. Well, the facts are for the most part human beings are being human. Most of the attacks have happened close to either an inlet or a pier, or witnesses have seen baitfish splashing in the water before an attack.

  • Rivers Edge installing new greens

    Two weeks ago, the management of Rivers Edge made a difficult decision. They closed its beautiful course for July and August and installed new greens.

    “We’ve struggled with our SeaDwarf Paspalum greens since they were installed in 2009,” said Mike Buccerone, president of East Coast Golf Management, which manages Rivers Edge. “Our winters are becoming increasingly harsh and the greens just did not hold up. Each spring was a nightmare when the overseeding died out and the Paspalum was supposed to grow and flourish and did not.

  • Varnamtown cooks up Shrimp-A-Roo on Friday, July 3

    Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church is having a holiday Shrimp-A-Roo from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Garland’s landing overlooking the Lockwood Folly River at 2 Fisherman Road in Varnamtown.

    On the menu at the Fourth of July Eve celebration are freshly prepared plates of shrimp, boiled potatoes, coleslaw and hushpuppies.

    The cost per plate, which includes a can of soda, is $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12.

  • Have a blast Fourth of July weekend

    It’s the weekend, plus it’s the Fourth of July along the coast.

    What better combination could there be for celebrating America’s 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

    Events are already under way, starting with the North Carolina 4th of July Festival that launched June 27 with week-long events in Southport and Oak Island.

    More celebrating is in store in Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, plus Calabash is back this year with a Fourth of July fireworks spectacular.

    Southport

  • SBPD: June 23-27

     Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    June 23

    Larceny of personal items from 37th Street.

    Larceny of personal items from 26th Street.

    June 24

    Larceny of personal items from 27th Street.

    Assault on Rice Mill Circle.

    Breaking and entering, damage to real property, Creek View Drive.

    June 25

  • Medical aid required after man flees into ocean in Holden Beach

    A man and his relative received medical treatment following an incident in Holden Beach on Saturday night when the man ran into the ocean.

    Sometime after dark June 27, Holden Beach police responded to a disturbance call near Ocean Boulevard.

    When they arrived, a man ran out the back door of a house.

    The officers started chasing the man, who led them to the beach and jumped into the water.

    Police contacted neighboring police departments, the Coast Guard and Coastline Rescue to conduct a search.

  • ONDBEAT: Calabash & Co. could celebrate new, improved riverfront

    Along one portion of the waterway is Sunset Beach with its recently opened 5.22-acre town park where residents have been debating its pros, cons and costs for the last five-and-a-half years.

    Apparently, it sometimes costs a couple million greenbacks to preserve a smidgen of green space.

    Just down the river is Calabash, where town leaders seem divided on the merits of improving access to their own riverfront in North Carolina’s Seafood Capital.

  • Band of the Week: Blackwater Rhythm & Blues plays July 2 & 9 in Shallotte & Calabash

    The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, based in Clarkton, is dedicated to live performance of beach music along with blues and funk.

    Band members’ diverse backgrounds guarantee patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

    They’ll be gracing Brunswick County summer concert stages at two venues this month, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte and at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, July 9, in Calabash.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 15 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.