Today's News

  • U.S. population jumps to 308 million

    Officials with the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released the results of the 2010 Census, and the U.S. population now tops 308 million people.

    According to Census officials, the official resident population of the United States as of April 1 was 308,745,538 people, a 9.7 percent increase compared to the 2000 Census.

    North Carolina’s population increased 18.5 percent, up 1.48 million people from 8 million to 9.5 million residents.

  • Do you have what it takes?

    Are you looking for a lifestyle change in 2011?

    The Shallotte Fire Department is seeking new volunteer recruits, but not everyone has what it takes.

    “This is for people who want a lifestyle change. We are talking about life and death. This isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle,” said Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell IV.  “We are always putting ourselves at risk to save someone else. We are not the type of people who put ourselves first.”

  • People line up for Christmas distribution with Brunswick Family Assistance

    By 7:30 a.m., people started lining up in the cold last Thursday to receive food and toys.

    Brunswick Family Assistance has provided this year for 948 families in need, said Lora Freeman, BFA’s assistant program manager. Freeman and festively clad volunteers greeted clients at the old Movie Gallery storefront Dec. 16 in Shallotte where toys were being distributed, including 12 bicycles that went out on lottery.

    Those family numbers include 1,022 seniors and children BFA assisted this year.

  • 2010: The year of the voter and the year their voices were heard

    This past year was a year of a great many things.

    We had some great stories in 2010. We had big news.

    In next week’s Beacon, we take a look at the stories that shaped 2010, and how each one of those stories will undoubtedly shape and affect the future. So, don’t forget to pick up the Dec. 30 issue of the Beacon, where you’ll find those stories.

  • Commissioners OK school funding agreement for next two fiscal years

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved an agreement to continue funding Brunswick County Schools for the next two fiscal years.

    The new agreement for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 provides schools with 36.5 percent of property tax proceeds collected after the county subtracts all general fund debt services.

  • It's Christmastime–Let's eat cake!

    It’s Christmastime!

    December is by far my favorite month of the entire year. The only thing that could possibly make it better is if the weather were warm enough to sit on the beach and swim in the ocean.

    During the month of December, I have one excuse after another to indulge in everything from shopping and sugar cookies to decadent birthday cake and Christmas music. The entire month always passes in a whirlwind of activity.

  • Commissioners schedule public hearing for reimbursement ordinance

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for a proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.

    Commissioners first addressed the proposed reimbursement agreement ordinance at their Dec. 6 meeting to consider the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick County Medical Center, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    But commissioners previously expressed concerns the proposed ordinance opened the door to any public or private agency that wants to be reimbursed by the county.

  • Businessman donates bus to ministries

    Patricia Bell and Rhonda Varnam believe in the power of prayer.

    As overseers of their respective ministries, Lamb of God (Bell) and Called and Anointed (Varnam), it’s only natural.

    But when Bell started praying for wheels to replace vehicles that are barely getting by, she got more than she bargained for. She got a bus.

  • Supply woman shot to death

    A Supply woman was found shot to death in her home Monday morning.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a house at 1650 Cattail Way in Supply, where deputies found Tammy Lamonds, 42, shot to death, around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 20.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley wouldn’t say how many times Lamonds was shot or where. She said an autopsy was completed Tuesday, but “we haven’t gotten the autopsy back yet.”

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny of a lawnmower from 809 Kimberly Ann Lane; a push mower loaned to a tenant was removed from the property when the residence was vacated.

    •Lost wallet from the Walmart parking lot; victim may have dropped his wallet while pulling his keys out of his pocket in the parking lot.