Today's News

  • Bridge signs stir spelling debate

    Laura Lewis

    The posting came to the Beacon last week via Facebook, from a Shallotte resident concerned about new signs for a new bridge that, she wrote, are misspelled.

    “Why in the world,” asked Katherine Lyles Norfleet, has the North Carolina Department of Transportation “renamed the ‘Todd Bridge’ to ‘Jinny’s Branch’ when ‘Jinny’ is actually spelled ‘Jennies Branch’ and has been for over 200 years?”

  • Development open space still being aired in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board generally agrees requiring about 17.5 percent of open space for future residential development is a good route to go.

    However, at the March 4 meeting board members debated what such open space should entail.

    The board indicated recreational areas wouldn’t count as suitable open space.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED BCC wins Region 10 tourney, qualifies for national tourney

     FORT MILL, S.C.—Few believed Brunswick Community College could win this championship tournament.

    A basketball team with nine freshmen. A team that began the season 0-2 in the conference. A team that lost 97-69 to league champion Cape Fear on Feb. 24, just three days before the end of the regular season.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: World Day of Prayer celebrates Cameroon culture, provides lessons

    They entered dancing, singing and celebrating to the upbeat praise chorus, “We are Marching.”

    They were dressed in brightly colored fabrics and came with a message of praising God—jingling bells, shaking maracas and beating tambourines. Participating women were dressed in “kangas,” traditional African wraps worn as shawls, skirts or dresses and used in celebration.

    They were women from churches from southern Brunswick County gathered to celebrate World Day of Prayer Friday morning at Seaside United Methodist Church.

  • Shallotte man dies after being struck by drunk driver

    A Shallotte man was killed Saturday in Columbus County after an out-of-control truck driven by a drunk driver struck him and a friend as they stood in a backyard.

    Miguel Toribio Asencio, 20, was killed after he was hit by a Ford F-250 pickup truck traveling at an estimated speed of 75 mph.

    Another Brunswick County resident, Thomas Kenneth Paradise, 31, of Calabash, was charged with second-degree murder and driving drunk. He was being held at Columbus County Detention Center under $1,002,500 bond.

  • 'Necro-Anda': Local writer embarks on new career with first novel

    Believe it or not, poisoning, bank robbery, murder, amnesia and double-crossing all play major roles in a new novel from a local author.

    Supply resident Jack Evans recently had his first novel published and is embarking on a new career as a full-time writer.

    The way Evans describes his novel, “Necro-Anda,” recently published by PublishAmerica, is like few things even longtime mystery fans have heard before—and it all takes place in Brunswick County and the nearby towns of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Sheriff's office searching for burglary suspect

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for this unidentified male suspect. He is a suspect in a first-degree burglary that occurred on Feb. 16 in the area of Green Swamp Road in Supply.

    Anyone with information about this suspect, or who knows his whereabouts is asked to contact detective Tony Caison at 253-2777.

  • New Beginnings youth participate in 30-hour famine to benefit hunger relief

    It’s easy to say, “I’m starving” between meals, but luckily, most of us don’t really know what it’s like to go hungry.

    That’s the basis of World Vision International’s 30-hour famine, the goal of which is to raise awareness of and money to fight world hunger.

  • Casting set this weekend for CBS pilot to be filmed in Winnabow

    A local casting agency has announced an open casting call for background actors 18 or older to portray small-town residents in need of medical assistance for a new CBS television pilot to be filmed mostly in Winnabow.

    The open casting call will be from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, March 13, and Sunday March 14 at Fincannon & Associates offices at EUE-Screen Gems Studios, 1235 23rd St. N., Wilmington.

  • Fire destroys Shell Point garage

    A fire destroyed a garage on Shell Point Road last Friday. The cause of the fire is undetermined, but investigators suspect an electrical overload, according to John Winders, fire and rescue coordinator for Brunswick County Emergency Services. Winders said it was a total loss. The Civietown, Shallotte, Supply and Tri-Beach fire departments responded, and firefighters were on scene more than three hours, according to Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell. Dunwell said the State Bureau of Investigation and the Brunswick County K-9 arson investigator responded, but no arson is suspected.