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Today's News

  • You decide: Have we won the war on poverty?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s amazing how time can change perceptions. Frequently we see this with past presidents. Helped by a popular Broadway play and multi-volume biography, President Lyndon Johnson’s reputation has undergone a dramatic revaluation. Formerly scorned by many for his role in the Vietnam War, Johnson is now being praised for his legislative accomplishments — most notably civil rights.

  • Time for favorite fall flavors is now

    During the past few weeks, I’ve been a party to a robust debate among friends in person and on social media about the merits of all things flavored pumpkin spice and how early is too early to market them to people like me who love them.

    It’s historically an autumn treat, but it’s so delicious and popular, pumpkin spice coffee was already available at Dunkin’ Donuts before the end of August — much too soon, some say, given the fact fall doesn’t officially arrive until Sept. 22.

  • County needs more foster homes

    As students in Brunswick County adjust to the new school year that began Aug. 29, experts agree reinforcement of positive habits and a consistent routine are key elements of academic success and overall well-being.

  • Gamble on fun at BSRI Casino Night

    A Casino Night for Charity will unfold Saturday night, Sept. 10, at The Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 3620 Express Drive off the U.S. 17 Bypass in Shallotte.

    Doors open at 6 p.m., with gaming scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Highlights will include black jack, poker, craps, roulette and horse racing.

    From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., award-winning caterer Ryan Gibbs will serve heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring seared ahi tuna with avocado spread, blackened shrimp with yellow stone grits and braised southern pork with sweet potato hash.

  • 15th-anniversary 9/11 events set for Sunday

    The 15th anniversary of 9/11 will be commemorated locally starting bright and early Sunday morning, Sept. 11, 2016.

    A fire and law enforcement motorcade is scheduled to leave Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores and head northward up U.S. 17.

    Participants will gather around 8:30 or 9 a.m., said Vito Ramaglia with the Calabash Lions Club.

  • SB Planning Board to keep publishing rezoning notices

    SUNSET BEACH — The town planning board will continue to publish proposed zoning changes but will eliminate publishing other agenda items that are deemed minor.

    The decision came at the board’s Sept. 1 meeting after town councilwoman Carol Scott and island resident Jan Harris spoke against a proposal to eliminate requiring the notices.

    Town staff proposed modifying that section of the town Unified Development Ordinance.

  • Carolina Shores residents wade into flood zone

    CAROLINA SHORES — Residents affected by flooding say issues have not been resolved and, in fact, are even worse now that a proposed new FEMA map puts them in a floodplain.

    Concerns were underscored as about two dozen people converged at a local home last week to review the recently unveiled map and confer among themselves.

    Some made plans to attend the town board of commissioners’ upcoming monthly workshop next Monday, Sept. 12.

  • 'Personality conflict,' financial issues cited before BFA director quits

    Former Brunswick Family Assistance executive director Lou Nistler took issue with BFA board treasurer Peggi Papaj one day after an Aug. 16 meeting and two days before officially resigning after 48 days on the job.

    The Aug. 17 email exchange between Nistler and Peggi Papaj is included in documents provided last week by BFA board chairman Bill Hadesty following a public records request by The Brunswick Beacon.

  • Carolina Shores wastewater discharge reported

    Brunswick County Public Utilities had a discharge of partially treated wastewater from the Carolina Shores wastewater treatment plant between 7:40 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.

    The facility was inundated with rainfall — 8.12 inches in a 24-hour period associated with Tropical Storm Hermine, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • Tropical Storm Hermine moves on up the coast

    As Tropical Storm Hermine moves out of the area and farther north from her rain-and-wind onslaught Friday, local residents are starting to bail out and clean up Saturday under sunny Labor Day weekend skies

    With area weather watches and warnings expired, the town of Carolina Shores lifted a voluntary evacuation order at noon Saturday, Sept. 3, and is now advising residents to take actions to avoid mosquitoes.