Today's News

  • Beacon's Holiday Happenings show on Saturday

    Get ready for vendors, singers and Santa.

    The Brunswick Beacon’s fifth annual Holiday Happenings Show is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road SW in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking at the school are free.

    Highlights this year include more than 70 unique vendor and artist/artisan booths. This year there will also be outside vendors, event organizer Christy Williamson said.

  • Marcaroo fest a musical tribute to family member who died too soon

    On Sept. 2, 2011, Marcus Hayes Hewett, 47, died after a lengthy, courageous battle with kidney cancer.

    Two months later, the Brunswick County native’s family fulfilled his request to throw a party celebrating his life.

    It was just supposed to be a small outdoor gathering of family and friends at the live-oak-draped Hewett family farm on Goose Creek Road next to Sauce Pan Creek in Shallotte. But attendance proliferated to more than 100 people turning out to hear live music played on a homemade stage.

  • Phase 2 park facilities approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has unanimously approved Phase 2 gazebo and restroom facilities for Sunset Beach Town Park.

    The board voted in favor of work calling for a longer-lasting metal roof design at its monthly meeting Monday night, Nov. 2.

    Estimated costs in the park design and development capital project ordinance amendment include $90,000 for restrooms, $75,000 for a gazebo, $20,000 for water and sewer hookup and $5,000 for paver entryways installation.

  • Shallotte diner stirs up soup kitchen for holidays and 'every day'

    ‘Tis the season for serving food to the less fortunate, Nick and Tracy Gavrilis believe.

    Last Friday, the owners of Old Shally’s Diner at 5300 S. Main St. in Shallotte launched what’s been initially touted as a holiday season soup kitchen from 2 to 3 p.m. weekdays.

    Nick said as long as he’s owner of the restaurant, their hope is for the soup kitchen to be an everyday event, not just during the holidays.

  • Carolina Shores estimates $226,000 in storm costs

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is poised to address an estimated $226,000 in flood-recovery costs as numbers are updated by town staff.

    At the board’s monthly workshop Monday, town administrator Jon Mendenhall outlined estimated expenses for Oct. 2-5 storm including $110,000 for canals, $100,000 for a dump truck and jetter, $11,000 for road repair and $5,000 for response.

  • Calabash to consider Kingfish Bay permitting Thursday

    The Calabash Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting and public hearing for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, to consider a request for a conditional use permit for a residential cluster development in the R-6 zone for Kingfish Bay at 9375 Beach Drive.

    The session will take place at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road.

    The town planning and zoning board on Oct. 7 unanimously approved preliminarily recommending a proposal by Modular Plans North America to resume work in Kingfish Bay, where work stalled years ago in the wake of the recession.

  • Calabash Fire Department, October 2015

    During October, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 174 calls: three structure fires, one woods/brush fire, eight fire alarms, one investigation, 10 motor vehicle accidents, one water rescue, 15 flood-related calls, one hazmat call, 13 assist citizens calls, three other, and 118 EMS first response calls.

    The water rescue call involved launch of the department’s new fireboat in response to a boat in distress call.

    All storm-related water rescue calls fall under the flood-related category.

  • Warren appointed N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts director

    Brunswick County District Court Judge Marion Warren has been named director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts after serving as its interim director since March 6. Chief Justice Mark Martin, who appointed Warren interim director, announced the appointment Tuesday, Nov. 3, the day it took effect.

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available after rainfall and flooding

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofits in Brunswick County as a result of excessive rain and flooding that began Oct. 1, 2015.

  • Leland pedestrian plan to be developed

    Leland is developing a comprehensive pedestrian plan to improve all aspects of the pedestrian experience and ultimately increase pedestrian activity in Leland. The plan will establish the policies, programs, design criteria and projects that will further enhance pedestrian safety, comfort and access in Leland.