Today's News

  • Waccamaw fire chief dismissed, firefighters resign

     Waccamaw Volunteer Fire Department chief has been dismissed following a special meeting Friday, Sept. 11.

    After department’s board of directors fired Jason Coveyou, several firefighters “immediately resigned,” according to a news release from Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts that did not identify Coveyou by name.

    Gregg Warren has been appointed the department’s new chief, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Teen drivers safety program holds presentation at two county high schools

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — South Brunswick High School students filled a set of bleachers in the school parking lot last Wednesday afternoon watching a re-enactment of a fatal car wreck.

    The “VIP for VIP Program,” a volunteer service dedicated to encourage safe driving for teenagers, held presentations at North Brunswick and South Brunswick high schools Sept. 8 and Wednesday, Sept. 9, respectively.

  • Release of footage would help strengthen our trust

    With news of officer-involved fatal shootings and allegations of police brutality and misconduct being reported almost daily across the United States, law enforcement may be the most reviled profession in the nation.

  • A plea to Brunswick County residents

    By Sarah Barra

    Guest Columnist


    I’m a mom of three kids who play on our beaches year round. I’m a grownup who wondered at the beauty of this place as a child. I’m also a grownup who understands economics and the reasons people here may believe drilling is a good idea and worth the risk. I ask all to consider the following facts.

  • Was it a sad day for North Carolina retailing?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    I moved to North Carolina in 1978. One of the first purchases I made in my new state was a desk.

    To me, having a desk to use for writing and preparing lectures was more important than having a bed. I slept on the floor of my apartment for a year.

    I bought that desk from the old Hudson-Belk department store in downtown Raleigh. I still have it; in fact, it’s one of my most prized possessions. It has a unique curved style, which visitors to my home always admire. 

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend full of relaxation and celebration of America’s workers. As another week came to a close in Raleigh, we have been very busy as we continue our budget negotiations with our counterparts in the House.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had no votes on bills, we had frequent caucus meetings that stretched more than two hours in some cases, and House and Senate leaders reached a budget compromise.

  • Local events, attendance demonstrate caring

    First off this week, I want to thank everyone who helped make the Beacon’s inaugural Outdoor Living Show a success this past Saturday at Shallotte Middle School. I hope all who attended enjoyed themselves and learned more about some of the local businesses and civic organizations that support our community — and maybe gained inspiration for home improvements and to get involved in the groups that make Brunswick County great.

  • Scorpions’ Washington national champion in jumps

    North Brunswick High School junior Jayhlen Washington is getting attention as a football player this fall. But it may be hard to match the attention he received this summer, when he won two national championships in track.

    Washington competed in the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships, which took place July 27 to Aug. 2 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

    Competing as a member of the East Coast Track & Field Academy Club, Washington won the triple jump and the long jump for boys 15 to 16.

  • Retained tax formula pleases local leaders

    Local leaders are pleased the state budget maintains the sales tax distribution formula they favored and have lobbied for.

    The $21.735 billion budget, delayed for weeks until its approval this past weekend in Raleigh, maintains an existing formula for allocation of sales tax revenue, with 75 percent going to county where a sale originated and 25 percent based on population, “ensuring no local government will lose revenue under the change,” reads a news release issued Monday by the North Carolina General Assembly.