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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach reaches settlement with Palm Cove

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has unanimously approved a settlement agreement with owners of 10 lots in Palm Cove at the east end of the island.

    Approval came at council’s monthly meeting this past Monday night, June 29.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson said highlights of the agreement are to allow a common, privately owned and maintained boardwalk stretching across all 10 lots. The boardwalk will not be on the dunes and will connect to three dune crossovers over the dunes themselves.

  • Leland police seek information about golf course damage

    Leland police are asking for assistance from anyone who has information about recent damage to Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest golf course, off U.S. 17.

    Officers think someone drove on the course, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage, sometime early Sunday morning, June 28. The course, opened five years ago, was ranked No. 11 among the best courses to play in North Carolina in 2014 by Golfweek magazine, according to its website, capefearnational.com.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 371-1100.

  • Heat demands have AC repairmen working overtime

    The summer heat has taken its toll on air conditioners and the people who repair them.

    With pre-Fourth of July temperatures soaring into the humid 90s this week, malfunctioning air conditioners have repair companies and technicians working ‘round the clock.

    “It’s crazy busy,” said Justin Fulford, sales manager with Fulford Heating & Cooling on Holden Beach Road.

  • Tornado touches down near Sandy Creek

     A tornado touched down near Sandy Creek late Saturday afternoon, according the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Reid Hawkins, an NWS meteorologist and science officer, said a small, EF-0 tornado touched down just east of Sandy Creek about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

    Hawkins said an EF-0 tornado has winds that reach a maximum of 70 mph, adding the twister caused some roof and fence damage, knocked down a tree and moved a tractor.

  • Checking stations nets 10 DWI charges, 49 citations

     A traffic checkpoint held Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, resulted in more than 15 arrests and several citations as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office teamed with neighboring counties to host Operation Firecracker.

    The checking station began at 11 p.m. just north of U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue in Shallotte. Brunswick County deputies teamed with deputies from the Columbus and New Hanover County sheriff’s offices and officers with the Shallotte Police Department to host the checking station.

  • 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.

  • Road worker injured after being hit by a vehicle on job site

     A road construction worker was injured in a traffic collision early Monday morning, June 29, at a job site on N.C. 133 in Southport.

    An employee of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., based in Atlanta, was working during road construction when a vehicle struck him, the company’s communications specialist Christy Barger wrote in an email to the Beacon.

    “A third party vehicle traveling through the worksite struck the employee, causing multiple injuries,” Barger wrote.

  • School board approves principal, assistant principal changes

     Three weeks after approving several personnel changes that changed leadership at six Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick County Board of Education approved eight additional personnel moves following a human resources and finance committee meeting June 23.

    Five Brunswick County elementary schools will welcome new administrators to their respective campuses during the 2015-16 school year, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki wrote in a news release.

  • Man arrested, charged in Southport robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 44-year-old man accused of robbing a Southport business less than an hour after the crime was reported Monday, June 23.

    A man walked into Tobacco Road Outlet just after 3 p.m. and demanded cash from the clerk, threatening her with bodily harm, and fled according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    The clerk was not injured and the robber got away with $217, a warrant shows.

  • 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.