Today's News

  • Sunset Beach builds bridge to its next 50 years

    By the time many readers see this editorial, Sunset Beach officials, dignitaries and residents will have gathered to seal a time capsule commemorating the town’s 50th anniversary.

  • Gore applies for driveway permit at west end of Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH — As Mad Inlet continues to be a hot topic, the town has signed off on a driveway permit application from developer Ed Gore at the west end of Main Street.

    Town clerk Lisa Anglin confirmed last week town building inspections director Sandy Wood signed a permit application to be directed to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

    “Driveways that connect to a state road are permitted through NC DOT not the municipality,” Anglin wrote in an email response March 21 to the Beacon.

  • Sea Notes tune up for spring concert

    After 40 years, the Sea Notes Choral Society is still enjoying sweet, melodic harmony.

    The nonprofit vocal ensemble is gearing up for its annual spring concert, “Sea Notes Sings! The Best of the Best,” to be presented in three performances Thursday, Friday and Sunday, March 27-30, in Caswell Beach.

  • Sing into Spring and help the hungry

    The South Brunswick Interchurch Council will present its 11th annual Sing Into Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Calabash Presbyterian Church, 8820 Old Georgetown Road.

    Church choirs, church groups and area talent will perform during this two-hour concert. Refreshments will be served.

    A love offering will be taken. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the food pantry.

  • Residents question work at Sunset Beach canal

    SUNSET BEACH —Two island residents are asking about permit applications for dredging work in a local canal.

    Earlier this month, resident Jan Harris requested from the town copies of permits for fill to be placed on Riverside Drive, an undeveloped peninsula that runs off Sixth Street just north and parallel to North Shore Drive on the east side of the island.

    Fellow resident Sue Weddle also requested information.

  • Post-office hell delivers on least heavenly day

    I don’t like to complain — well, maybe I do. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

    The recent day I made one of my rare, debutante appearances at a post office near my home just across the state line was one of those days.

    It was a Tuesday morning — drop-dead newspaper deadline day. I should’ve known better. But I really, really wanted to pick up the package for which I had received notification via a pastel slip the postman had left in my South Carolina mailbox the previous Saturday.

  • BSRI director gets hero's serenade for rescue

    SHALLOTTE — Jim Fish was being a Good Samaritan when he stopped to assist with the rescue of a man who had driven into freezing water on an equally frigid day.

    When Fish, president and CEO of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., along with fellow Ash resident Glenn Biddle, happened up on the Jan. 7 scene off Four Mile Road, he disregarded the cold and jumped into cold waist-deep water to save the man’s life.

    Last week, the Coastal Harmonizers launched into song to pay tribute.

  • Plant sale heralds spring

    Now that spring has finally sprung, the Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is gearing up for its annual plant sale April 3-5.

    This year’s event will be at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia, in the greenhouse behind Building N, across from the botanical garden. Look for the signs.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    In anticipation of the upcoming sale, hundreds of colorful plants have been planted, and more shrubbery and trees will be brought in.

  • Marlowe earns state’s highest civilian honor

     In 1993, Sgt. Donnell Marlowe received a call about a car that had driven off the road south of Shallotte.

    “I remember it like it was yesterday,” he said.

    A car carrying two adults and their four children pulled off the side of the road to allow an emergency vehicle from Calabash to pass. As the vehicle pulled off, the tires slipped and the car became submerged in a ditch.

    Marlowe rushed to the scene to the find only the bumper sticking up from out of the water.

  • Tart accepts new position, CIS seeks to fill executive director role

     One of the county’s largest and most effective community-based organizations is searching for a new executive director.

    Cynthia Tart, who had served as founding executive director of Communities in Schools in Brunswick County since 1995, accepted a position in the organization’s state office.

    Nearly 20 years later, Tart, who resides in Oak Island, thought it was time for a change.