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Today's News

  • County board approves time extension for community hospital sale

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners extended a medical company’s option on the old community hospital property in hopes a purchase agreement will come through.

    County officials agreed to accept a $750,000 offer for the former Brunswick Community Hospital property from Excel Medical Group last September.

    The agreement is the first step in the process of selling the hospital, but other attempts to sell the hospital have fallen through in the past.

  • Second Street residents mind the gap caused by Ocean Isle beach renourishment

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Richard Donovan, of 436 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach, and a number of his neighbors are reaping the benefits of the beach renourishment project that is under way on Ocean Isle Beach, but there is a down side.

    Raising the level of the beach with 640,000 yards of sand that is being spread onto the strand between Shallotte Boulevard and Leland Street has left a large ditch along the property line.

  • At-risk teen program to clear Belville Riverwalk trails

    BELVILLE — The first cost-saving measure Belville officials envisioned for the Riverwalk project came through at the Monday, March 24, town meeting.

    Commissioner Joe Breault gave an update on plans from the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville beginning with a low-cost method to clear debris and cut the walking trails into the park.

  • It takes a village to write a book — thanks, Brunswick County

    Fourteen years ago, when my husband and I moved here, we brought furniture, clothing, gardening tools, a dog, two cats, and the rough draft of my first novel.

  • March Madness eases spring fever

    It’s officially spring, but it doesn’t quite feel that way yet. People often cite a sprouting crocus or a chirping robin as the first sign spring has sprung. Those have been hard for me to picture as this year’s especially dreary winter and lingering chill transported me back in time to my childhood in Cleveland. This weather isn’t what I expected during my first spring in Brunswick County, and it had me looking to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as the official start of the season.

  • 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.