Today's News

  • Group approaches goal for new Veterans Memorial in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A group working to build a new Veterans Memorial is closer to its goal.

    Since a groundbreaking ceremony Memorial Day, May 25, in Sunset Beach Town Park, the Committee to Honor America’s Veterans has been making progress on the project, veteran and committee first vice chairman John Corbett announced at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting June 29.

    While the memorial will be located in Sunset Beach, committee members have stressed from the get-go it is for all citizens and veterans of Brunswick County.

  • OIB airport operator claims restraining order violation

     An employee of Odell Williamson Municipal Airport has filed an affidavit in Brunswick County Superior Court claiming Ocean Isle Beach’s assistant town administrator has violated terms of a restraining order issued by a judge in January.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis issued a temporary restraining order against the town of Ocean Isle Beach, its commissioners, mayor and town administrators six months ago after the owners of Jackson/Hill Aviation Inc. alleged town officials illegally tried to take over the airport building.

  • ‘American Ninja Warrior’ shares life lessons with summer camp students

     SUPPLY — Last year, Wilmington resident Solomon Harvey represented the southeast region on NBC’s television show, “American Ninja Warrior.”

    The spotlight was on Harvey again last week — this time at Supply Elementary School, where he was a guest speaker at Camp Invention, a summer program for elementary-school students offered through Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

  • Carolina Shores OKs first reading for proposed annexation

     The town of Carolina Shores is one step closer to welcoming a business that could bring $1 million in investments and 12 jobs inside the town limits.

    At a town board workshop Monday, July 6, commissioners approved the first reading of a petition for a voluntary annexation at a property off U.S. 17 that would place Beach Window and Door, a window and door manufacturing business, inside Carolina Shores town limits.

  • Detectives seek suspects in break-in cases

     Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying those responsible for several breaking and entering cases near Bolivia and Winnabow in the last two weeks.

    Most of the break-ins have occurred in the areas of Malmo Loop, Maco and Funston roads, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a news release issued Saturday, July 4.

    Flax provided additional details about two possible suspects in a news release issued Tuesday, July 7.

  • Gantry collapses at U.S. 74/76 construction site

     A gantry collapsed at a Brunswick County highway construction site last week, but no one was injured as a result.

    As North Carolina Department of Transportation crews worked on U.S. 74/76 near Leland and the Brunswick River about 3 p.m. on June 30, a gantry collapsed and dropped a girder into the marsh, NCDOT spokesman Brian Rick wrote in an email to the Beacon.

    A gantry is a bridgelike structure used to support construction equipment such as cranes.

  • Teen in critical condition after being struck by vehicle in Southport

     A teenage boy is in critical condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington after being struck by a vehicle Saturday night in Southport.

    Southport police arrested 23-year-old Joseph Simeon Smith, of Tobes Road NE in Bolivia, and charged him with serious injury by vehicle, driving while impaired and failure to reduce speed for a pedestrian, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated during District Criminal Court on June 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, June 22

    Judges Jerry A Jolly and William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

    Caleb Adams, PG DWI.

  • Norman awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine

     Long time public servant Foster Norman received staff, colleagues, family and special guests during a retirement reception June 25 at CoastalCare in Wilmington, where he was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, among other recognitions. 

  • Mattutats celebrate 65th anniversary

     Hank and Marilyn Mattutat celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary July 8. Residents of Carolina Shores for 27 years, they previously resided in The Bronx and Long Island, N.Y. They have four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.