Today's News

  • "It’s home:" Hickman to guide Trojan Horse in return to West

     SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick High School has pegged a former Trojan its next head coach of the football program.

    Brett Hickman, who played for West from 2000-03, has accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater, athletic director Jimmy Fletcher confirmed this week.

    The position became available following the Jan. 22 resignation of Kelly Williamson, who had been head coach of the Trojans since 2015.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 12:35 p.m. March 6, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Iler appointed to House Select Committee on School Safety

    House Speaker Tim Moore appointed Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, to serve on the House Select Committee on School Safety.

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Community College’s hidden gem

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Residents of Brunswick County readily identify and enjoy the wonderful resources associated with living in an active beach community. The locale’s waterways, beaches, sports fishing, golf courses, senior services and personal enrichment activities are available and highly visible for our citizenry. However, the county also holds a multitude of hidden gems that may not be noticed by the general public.

  • Behold barbecue’s potential power as a political unifying force

    Munchies, an online channel for the website Vice, tweeted Sunday, “Why is Brooklyn barbecue taking over the world? http://bit.ly/2ETQqvW”

    Within less than 24 hours, it generated enough heat to roast a whole hog in a matter of minutes.

    The author of the original piece, Nicholas Gill, told Buzzfeed the photo that keeps accompanying his 2014 story doesn’t really represent “Brooklyn barbecue” but rather its aesthetic.

    What it looks like to me is a plate of sadness, not barbecue as we know it here in the South.

  • Consultants propose $1.1M plan for Ocean Isle Beach Town Park

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach’s consultants from McGill Associates proposed a $1.1 million town park project at a Master Plan meeting Monday night.

    Town commissioners hired McGill Associates to create a Town Park Master Plan for the 1.7 acres of open space at Gatha Drive and East Second Street beside the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    Mike Norris, McGill Associates land planning and recreation director, and Michael Norton, Shallotte office director, met with town residents Feb. 5 to talk about parks and recreation wants and needs.

  • The only perfect place for one-stop early voting is on the phone in my pocket

    I attended a Brunswick County Board of Elections meeting a couple weeks ago when the board was struggling with finding a new location for the one-stop early voting site in the Leland area since they couldn’t use a Leland building again this year.

  • How we report on our local candidates for office

    The filing period is over for the May 8 primary and Nov. 6 general election. Filing for county Soil & Water District candidates begins at noon Monday, June 11, and is open until noon Friday, July 6, while filing for judicial candidates begins Monday, June 18, and is open until Friday, June 29. These elections are held during the general election Nov. 6.

    But we felt it appropriate to review now how the Beacon covers news about candidates.

    The Beacon does not endorse candidates. That practice will not change this year.

  • Carolina Shores seeks planning board/board of adjustment member

    Carolina Shores is accepting Notice of Interest forms to fill a planning board/board of adjustment vacancy with a term expiration date of March 2019.

    The appointed member will serve as an alternate member and must reside within the corporate limits of the town.

    Forms are available at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road. Once completed, return them to town clerk Nicole Hewett.

    For more information, call Hewett at 575-4877 ext. 103.

  • GenX levels remain low in county water supply

    Brunswick County test results for the GenX chemical in the water supply showed low levels were reported March 5.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.