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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach approves better business committee

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council on Monday night approved creating a committee to help improve relations between the town and businesses in the community.

    Councilman Richard Cerrato, who raised the issue, said, “I’m looking for advice from council and input from citizens about how to restore the relationship. It has been fractured.

    “I don’t have the solution, but it’s a problem,” he said. “We all need to bang our heads together to see what we can do to restore the fractured relationship.”

  • Former Carolina Shores commissioner John Russo dies

    Former Carolina Shores Town Commissioner John Russo has died.

    Russo’s passing this past weekend was announced at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday morning, Feb. 5.

    Russo, 85, served for eight years as a town commissioner from 2007 to 2015. He also served on the board of the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association for a number of years, including serving as president.

  • Primary election candidate filing period begins Feb. 12

    The candidate filing period for the May 8 primary election begins at noon Monday, Feb. 12, and continues through noon Wednesday, Feb. 28.

    “We look forward to assisting the candidates as they file for office. Our staff is ready to ensure candidates have a smooth filing process,” Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Sara Knotts said.

  • Awareness session tracks opioid epidemic

    CALABASH — Concerned citizens and law enforcement officials converged to address the prescription opioid epidemic at a community awareness session last Wednesday night, Jan. 31.

  • You decide: Will the new tax law’s inflation measure cost you?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The new federal income tax law is chock full of changes, alterations and adjustments that are keeping taxpayers, accountants and economists spending hours trying to understand it. It appears almost nothing has remained the same.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2018

    Sunset Beach police made the following arrests and investigated this incident.

    Jan. 29

    David Genter, 38, of Summerset Road in Ocean Isle Beachwas charged with driving while intoxicated.

    Jan. 31

    Lucian Siccard, 20, of Palm Lakes Drive, Little River, S.C., was issued a state citation for possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Feb. 1

    Report taken at a residence about stalking.

  • Words make a difference — and so do blueberry biscuits

    By Les Weintraub

    Guest Columnist

  • Calabash Fire Department January 2018

    During the month of January 2018, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 188 calls: 10 structure fires, four woods/brush fires, a controlled burn, 10 fire alarms, two gas leaks, seven motor vehicle accidents, a rescue call, an investigation, 27 public assistance, two mutual aid, an other and 122 EMS first-response calls.

  • Community needs more details on county flu death cases

    T his flu season has been one of the worst in recent history. Flu activity remains high for most of the country, with some areas still rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its Jan. 26 report.

    “This is the highest level of activity recorded since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic,” the CDC’s Dr. Dan Jernigan said. “The rapid increase in cases we have been seeing after the winter holidays … is among all ages, but is higher in children.”

  • Saturday events convey hometown connections

    I’m pleased to report the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s Brunsco Has It Business Expo at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach and the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club’s ninth annual SOUPer Bowl at Shallotte Presbyterian Church were each a rousing success this past Saturday.

    I didn’t make it to the latter event because I was working at the former with my friend, colleague and occasional stylist Nancy Nalewajek, the Beacon’s bookkeeper, but my friend, colleague and Beacon staff writer Laura Lewis did.