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Today's News

  • Local engineer to embark on yearlong mission trip to Uganda

    Rose McPherson’s life was changed earlier this year when she went on a mission trip to Uganda—so much so that she is preparing to head back on a yearlong trip.

    After reading the book “Outlive Your Life” last fall, McPherson felt compelled to go on a mission trip and do something that would make a difference in the lives of others. After turning to Google to find out how to use her talents, she came across Engineering Ministries International (EMI). The Colorado-based organization coincidentally was hosting a conference in Asheville soon after.

  • Thank you, Brunswick County, for making this a beautiful place to call home

    There’s a fortune from a cookie taped to the edge of my desk in the Beacon newsroom.

    I cant remember how long it’s been there or when I put it there, but it seems appropriately fitting for my next adventure.

    The fortune says, “Take the chance while you still have the choice.” And at the end of this week, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing.

  • Relay for Life raises more than a quarter-million for cancer society

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County has a quarter-million reasons to be hopeful a cure for cancer will soon be found.

    At this past weekend’s Relay for Life, team fundraising totaled more than $260,000—more than the countywide goal of a quarter-million dollars.

    Wendy Perdue, marketing and development director for eastern North Carolina with the American Cancer Society, said the total is expected to rise, as teams always turn in additional money after the event.

  • Celebrity Waiter Dinner serves up proceeds for The Ruth House

      A crowd of 130 and 15 celebrity waiters were in the spotlight at the first Celebrity Waiter Dinner, a Roaring ’20s-themed fundraiser May 12 at Sea Trail to benefit The Ruth House, a nonprofit, future Christian-based home and program for teenage girls.

    Celebrity waiters served patrons tossed salad, rolls, prime rib, Dijon-crusted salmon and double-chocolate torte.

  • DWI charges and more logged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Several people have been arrested by Sunset Beach police for driving while intoxicated and on other related charges.

    Brandon Kelley Bailey, 24, of 1575 Oak Ridge Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged May 15 with DWI, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule IV substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to carry a license.

    DWI charges were filed May 14 against Darrin Keith Johnson, 26, 6012 Delta Crossing Lane, Charlotte, and Chardwick T. Guyton, 33, 7109 Channel 1, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Services, Vietnam veterans replica highlight upcoming Memorial Day

    Two Memorial Day services are planned in the area May 30.

    In addition, a scaled-down replica of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial is coming to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for three days starting next Wednesday, May 25.

    Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 will have its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the post on Carter Drive.

    The featured speaker will be Ed Salau, program coordinator for Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune.

  • Chained-up dogs raise local hackles

    The daily view from Diana Barnes’ place of employment had started to haunt her. It tugged at her heartstrings. She saw an animal in need and nobody doing anything about it.

    Day in and day out, the Carolina Shores resident saw a female dog tethered and ignored in a shade-less yard on Seaside Road near Sunset Beach, receiving occasional food and water tossed its way by her human owner. Otherwise, there was no interaction or attention, except for the lineup of three young men who stopped by the yard one day, each with a pit bull dog in tow.

  • Attempted armed robbery in Carolina Shores; beer theft at Calabash VFW

    CAROLINA SHORES—The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted armed robbery Sunday night at a local pizzeria.

    The incident was reported at 9:41 p.m. at Christopher’s Italian Bistro, 9869 Ocean Highway West in Carolina Shores.

    According to a sheriff’s incident report, a suspect entered the business, pointed a rifle at an employee and demanded money. The suspect left after no money could be located.

    The incident is still under investigation, according to a restaurant manager.

  • Calabash trims list for town administrator

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners is still in the process of interviewing a narrowed-down list of applicants for town administrator.

    Since May 5, the board has been interviewing candidates for the position vacated following former town administrator Marzy Marziano’s resignation last September after 10 months on the job.

    Town clerk Kelley Southward, who is once again serving as interim administrator until a permanent one is hired, stated last week the board has received a total of about 85 resumes and selected nine candidates to interview.

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing teen

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing teenager.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said Rachel Natacha Owens, 15, of Bolivia, was last seen Thursday, May 5, leaving the campus of South Brunswick High School in Southport.

    Owens left the school in a dark colored Dodge Stratus or Intrepid with South Carolina license plates driven by an unknown male suspect. Owens is possibly in South Carolina.