Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major bond proposal bill, the House Speaker responded to the Planned Parenthood controversy and we had some Brunswick County officials visit us about the proposed sales tax redistribution plan.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: After 19 weeks of trying to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bills 215 and 209, Beacon staff traveled to his office at the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh on Aug. 11 to speak with him in person.

  • ‘JonVoyage’ to a man who helped keep us honest

    Last Thursday night packed a one-two gut punch for me. First, I had every intention of catching as much of the Republican presidential candidates’ debates in my hometown as I could because I was not only interested in what they might have to say, but also in the spectacle of the event.

    But, as is usually the case for me, my day and evening didn’t go according to plan. I was still at work in the office when the first debate ended and missed it completely.

  • Support students and stop bullying


  • Lane closures continue in Shallotte

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will continue intermittent lane closures at U.S. 17 and U.S. 17 Business in Shallotte from Thursday, Aug. 13 through Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

    Crews are finishing the final roadway paving at the intersection and NCDOT encourages motorists to use caution while traveling in the area, according to a NCDOT news release.

  • OIB commissioners not on board with taking responsibility for NCDOT aviation work

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH–Town officials do not see trading airport maintenance work by the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation for taking legal responsibility if anything goes wrong as a good deal.

    The NCDOT’s DOA offers to perform safety and maintenance work at publicly owned and operated airports, like Odell Williamson Municipal Airport.

  • Compass Pointe adds land to create mixed-use development

    BOLIVIA–Compass Pointe intends to add a mixed-use development that provides a second entrance off U.S. 74/76.

    The Brunswick County Planning Board approved adding three more parcels of land to Compass Pointe’s planned development at their regular meeting Aug. 10.

    Compass Pointe is 2,200-acre development north of Leland that was created in 2007 as a gated retirement community.

    It is planned for 5,897 units and includes a golf course that is expected to open in spring 2016.

  • BB&T Football Jamboree schedule

    BB&T Football Jamboree schedule

    Aug. 14 at Legion Stadium in Wilmington

    5 p.m. Cheerleading showcase

    6 p.m. Scrimmages are scheduled in this order: Laney vs. South Columbus, Hoggard vs. Wallace-Rose Hill, Ashley vs. West Brunswick, New Hanover vs. Whiteville, North Brunswick vs. South Brunswick.

  • Committee votes for redesignating Long Beach Road extension

    LELAND — The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization’s Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) recommended redesignating N.C. 133 to follow the Long Beach Road extension at an Aug. 5 meeting.

    The TCC makes recommendations to the Rural Transportation Advisory Committee, the transportation planning policy board for the Cape Fear RPO, which meets in Wilmington on Friday, Aug. 14.

    Long Beach Road SE runs from the Intracoastal Waterway near Yaupon Beach Northeast to N.C. 211 (Southport Supply Road SE) where it dead ends.

  • Tax change draws local opposition in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — Local legislators responded Tuesday to a small contingent of local officials who traveled to Raleigh to urge opposition to pending legislation that would change the way sales taxes are distributed in North Carolina.

    Shallotte Mayor Walt Eccard, Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke and Shallotte Alderman Gene Vasile knocked on several legislators’ doors lobbying against the measure, which they said unfairly takes money from local coffers and redistributes it to other counties.