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Today's News

  • VP candidate Pence campaigns in Leland

    LELAND — Brunswick County became a piece of the battleground for the presidential election Wednesday afternoon with a visit from Republican vice presidential nominee, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, stopping by Manufacturing Methods in Leland.

  • Coast Guard looking for missing diver off Oak Island

    The Coast Guard is searching for a missing diver off of Oak Island.

    According to an official Coast Guard press release, a 48-year-old diver with Pleasure Craft Atlantis reported mechanical failure with his diving equipment and did not resurface at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

  • New Lincoln Elementary teacher prepares for back-to-school

    LELAND — It’s about to be Elise Cabrisses’ second first day of school.

    Cabrisses, 24, of Wilmington, will begin her first day of teaching language arts and social studies to fifth-graders at Lincoln Elementary School starting Monday, Aug. 29. She said a year of teaching fifth-graders at Dogwood Elementary in Reston, Va., the previous school year ensures she has a pretty good idea of what she’s in for.

  • Tourism Development Authorities promote growth in Brunswick County

    August isn’t the peak month for tourism in Brunswick County, but it is proving to be a good month for local tourism development authorities.

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority announced Aug. 18 visitor spending increased in the county for the sixth consecutive year to a high of more than $508 million.

    The Leland TDA is doing its part to keep the increases coming, announcing a new promotion kickoff to draw visitors here and get them to stick around.

  • Worms and Coffee neon sign auctioned for $1,000 to Oak Island business owner

    An Oak Island business owner hauled in the Worms and Coffee neon prize at a liquidation auction of the Midway Trading Post last Saturday, Aug. 20.

    Rodney Keesee, owner of Strands Outfitters on Oak Island, cast a top bid of $1,000 to win the day’s coveted “Worms and Coffee” neon window sign that helped bring international fame to the small, simple store at the corner of N.C. 211 and Midway Road.

  • Leland to presents development incentive program Thursday

    Leland officials will present an ambitious incentive program to residents at a public hearing during Thursday’s 6 p.m. town meeting that could advance a development dream five years in the making.

    The town approved the use of FlexCode zoning in 2011 to promote mixed-use development they want to encourage in Leland’s gateway district. downtown from the U.S.17 exit along Village Road and into the surrounding area.

  • New BFA director resigns after 48 days on the job

    The newly appointed executive director of Brunswick Family Assistance abruptly resigned last week, just a month-and-a-half after officially taking over the reins of the 35-year-old nonprofit community service agency.

    Lou Nistler, who previously led the National Parkinson Foundation and Combined Federal Campaign in Washington, D.C., resigned from BFA last Friday, Aug. 19, BFA board chairman Bill Hadesty confirmed Tuesday.

  • Seven candidates apply for Sunset Beach mayor seat

    Seven people have applied to serve as Sunset Beach’s next mayor, but one does not meet the residential requirement.

    Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin provided the Beacon with resumes of six applicants submitted by the town’s Aug. 19 deadline.

    The six residents who qualified for consideration to fill the remaining term of former Mayor Ron Watts are Jeffrey Coffey, Peter Oler, Robert Forrester, Anita August, Robert Farrell and John Corbett.

  • Belville appeals lawsuit arbitration ruling

    BELVILLE — Belville’s lawsuit with developer Urban Smart Growth will go to the Court of Appeals before it reaches Superior Court.

    Town Attorney Jim Eldridge reported at the Aug. 22 town meeting a motion to enter arbitration was recently denied, but the town will appeal the decision before the lawsuit moves forward.

    “If we win the appeal, we will arbitrate. If we lose, we will litigate,” Eldridge said.

  • Southeastern Christian Academy to offer high school option in 2017-18

    SHALLOTTE — Fourteen years ago, Kim Lancaster opened Southeastern Christian Academy, a private Christian school on Red Bug Road in Shallotte that provides education for preschoolers through eighth-graders.

    “We are reaching out to students and providing a place for Christian education, but also excellence in academics as well,” Kim, the school’s director, said.