Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we hosted the UNC Tar Heels national champion men’s basketball team, we had a short week in the House of Representatives while the Senate worked on the state budget, and I was able to spend more time back in the district talking to our citizens.

  • There’s always plenty to do and celebrate in Brunswick County

    Either Beacon readers are exceptionally nice, or none noticed the headline error we published above the April 27 editorial and for which I apologized in my column last week. No one called, mailed or emailed me about it, anyway, so I’m leaning toward the former.

  • County agreement with BCC sensible, expensive

    Last week, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners agreed to pay half the cost — $2,857,000 — for a building to expand nursing and medical assisting program classrooms at Brunswick Community College.

  • Residents pay to fix spillway road damaged by Hurricane Matthew

    SUNSET BEACH — Months after being washed out by Hurricane Matthew, a spillway and road in the Sunset Lakes community have been repaired and vehicles are once again able to cross after residents pitched in to have the work done.

    At a recent homeowners meeting, residents paid tribute to outgoing chairman Kyle Canady as well as residents Lee Gushman and Mike Welsh for their efforts having the roadway and spillway repaired.

  • Holden Beach squirrel gains national fame eating ice cream

    HOLDEN BEACH — This is the story of a squirrel who loves to eat ice cream and keeps coming back for more.

    But it’s not just a wild squirrel tale — Putter is a real, live gray squirrel who lives in a tree at Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf on the Holden Beach causeway.

    She recently gave birth to two babies and achieved national fame for her ability to hold a tiny squirrel-sized cone between her front paws and devour the treat made especially for her until it’s all gone.

  • BEMC to install electric vehicle charging station in Sunset Beach

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. will install an electric vehicle charging station Wednesday, May 10, in Sunset Beach on Sunset Boulevard South near Sunset Properties.

    The northbound lane will be closed during the installation.

    Plan for delays or choose alternate routes to exit the island.

  • Wine & Swine BBQ Cook Off fires up May 12-13 for fire department

    What kind of wine goes with swine?

    That’s what inquiring barbecue aficionados want to know as Silver Coast Winery uncorks the first Wine & Swine BBQ Cook Off on BBQ Road this weekend.

    It’s a valid question, one that John Barnes, wine-tasting professional at the local winery, was happy to tackle.

    “Any kind of wine goes with swine,” he said in anticipation of the first-time event launching Friday night, May 12, with a wing competition and continuing all day Saturday, May 13, to benefit Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue.

  • Annual WAA Show showcases work May 16-19 at Hickmans Crossroads Library

    The Waterway Art Association (WAA) presents its 26th annual juried Spring Art Exhibit and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, May 16-19.

    This year’s show unfolds at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road, including an awards reception from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18.

    Admission is free, and the public is invited to view association artists’ work and vote for their favorite painting as well as take part in an auction for an original painting by a member artist.

  • Calabash Fire Department April 2017

    During the month of April 2017, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 145 calls: seven structure fires, two woods/brush fires, a vehicle fire, nine fire alarms, eight motor vehicle accidents, an investigation, 22 public assistance, two mutual aid, five other and 88 EMS first response calls.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 2

    Donald Wright, 26, of Tanner Drive SW, Shallotte, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting at the Minuteman 14 in Sunset Beach. Shallotte police arrested him on unrelated charges.

    May 7

    ATM card found in CresCom Bank parking lot.

    May 8