Today's News

  • BCAR: County residential real estate market continues trend of steady, consistent growth

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market is continuing its consistent growth in the new year, with sales volume and average sale prices increasing and the number of new listings decreasing, according to the latest statistics released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

  • Duo to spend decades in prison for Leland woman’s slaying

    WHITEVILLE — Two of the three people charged in the 2015 killing of a Leland woman in a plot to steal her money and car each were sentenced to decades in prison Wednesday.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge Robert Floyd sentenced Michael Jesse Williams, 33, and Kayla Turner, 21, separately for their roles in the death of Alicia Deans, a 26-year old mother of two, on April 28, 2015.

  • House declines to hear Senate-amended GenX bill

    The state House of Representatives declined to address a Senate-amended version of House Bill 189 to fund testing and reporting for GenX and other contaminants Tuesday.

    “The House passed (its) version of the bill almost unanimously. But the Senate monkeyed with it so bad the House did not want anything to do with it,” said Rep. Deb Butler of Wilmington, whose district includes the northern portion of Brunswick County.

    Butler said the bill is not expected to come up for discussion again until May’s short session.

  • Brunswick County tallies three flu deaths

    Three people have now died in Brunswick County of influenza-related causes.

    Brunswick County Health Services director Cris Harrelson confirmed Monday three of the 140 flu-related deaths statewide occurred in Brunswick County.

    Harrelson cited the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that he said prevents his department from releasing what he deemed “identifying information” requested by the Beacon.

  • Planning board recommends large event permit, solar farm regulations

    BOLIVIA — A Rick Ross rap concert promoted ultimately scrapped last year for a lack of permits led the county’s planning department to establish a large event permit process.

    At Monday’s planning board meeting, staff presented a change to the Unified Development Ordinance to provide a temporary use permit for events expected to attract more than 1,000 people.

  • Eleven candidates file for election

    The filing period for the May 8 primary election began at noon Monday and continues through noon Wednesday, Feb. 28.

    Board of Elections director Sara Knotts announced a special meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, will determine one-stop early voting locations for the primary.

  • Benton reflects on career past, talks future at CDS

    LELAND — It was Laurie Benton’s influential teachers, starting in elementary school and lasting through high school, who pushed her to become educated at a collegiate level on how to do just that — educate.

    “One teacher was in fourth grade. Her name was Karen Belk. She was fourth grade but we’re still friends, I’m friends with her on Facebook and (I’ve) met up with her in Charlotte,” Benton said.

  • Sunset Beach announces planned road projects

    Several road and right-of-way projects in Sunset Beach may result in single lane closures and intermittent traffic delays during construction, according to a town news release. All start dates and completion dates are weather dependent. Permitted project plans will online at sunsetbeach.nc.gov.

  • Taste tests in school lunchrooms lets students add produce to menu

    WINNABOW — Who knew offering kids a free dessert at lunchtime could get them to try blueberries?

    FoodCorps service member Casey Auch and Town Creek Elementary School child nutrition manager Nancy Mintz had an idea when they hosted a blueberry cobbler taste test during lunch at the school Feb. 8.

  • New Carolina Shores commissioner takes oath of office

    CAROLINA SHORES — Newly appointed town commissioner Beverly Mayhew took the oath of office and seat on the dais at the town board’s monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 8.

    Mayhew was named at the board’s monthly workshop Feb. 5 following a unanimous tally of paper ballots submitted by other commissioners. She will fill a seat vacated late last year by former town commissioner Mary Timothy, who resigned last December.