Today's News

  • We’re looking for a dynamic news page designer to join our team

    Each week Brunswick Beacon reporters and our news clerk generate thousands upon thousands of words to fill each edition of this newspaper.

    After brainstorming, researching and interviewing, reporters compose stories, take and select photos, write cutlines and suggest headlines. After it all moves through the editing process two people—the page designer and the editor, in this case, me—take all the words, photos and headlines and arrange them in a way that attempts to make them engaging for our customers.

  • Free dental clinic could help families

    New Beginnings Community Church in Shallotte and CommWell Health and Dental are partnering together to provide a day of free dental care to school-aged children.

    Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, children with appointments—and walk-ins who will be seen on a time-permitted basis—will have the opportunity to visit the mobile dental clinic where they will receive an oral exam, cleaning and fluoride treatment from a dental hygienist. 

  • Fair and expo would be a good draw for Shallotte

    Some local residents are joining together to organize an old-fashioned, family-style fair for Shallotte. 

    If all goes well, the midway will light up next year on Sept. 9 and attendees will be treated to rides, food, entertainment, business displays, crafters and more through Sept. 12. There will also be a tribute in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    This event is going to take a lot of hard work and will need significant community support, but we think it will be worth all of the effort.

  • Brunswick County District Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over six days of District Criminal Court on July 21, 22, 23, 26, 27 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, July 21

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly heard the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

  • Some tax-free weekend shopping tips

    It’s back-to-school time. Grab your checkbooks, cash and credit cards, and get ready to hit the stores for school clothes, school supplies and books.

    If you have your list ready—or at least part of it—this weekend is a great time to shop. North Carolina and South Carolina will have their fall sales tax holidays from Aug. 6-Aug. 8. If you venture to the mall, be prepared to face the crowds.

  • Wrong language on indictment leads to dismissed charges

    The wrong language on a true bill of indictment led to charges being dropped against an Oak Island man facing sexual offense charges.

    Matthew Wayne Britt, 26, of 129 NE 23rd St., Oak Island, was originally indicted on three felony counts of sexual offense on a 13-year-old girl Oct. 26, 2009.

    But district attorney Rex Gore said the proper charge was statutory rape because the alleged offense included sexual intercourse.

  • Two plead guilty to sex offenses in Superior Court

    BOLIVIA—Two men have pleaded guilty to sex offenses in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, July 26, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Frank Elmore Gore, 22, of Willard, pleaded guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court to one count of attempted first-degree sex offense against an 11-year-old who lives in Leland, according to a DA’s office press release.

    The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From July 26-Aug. 1, K-9 deputies answered 15 calls, wrote five citations and made two drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies conducted checkpoints at South Navassa Road and N.C. 211 at Little Macedonia Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Gina Larae Wilson, 34, of 5110 Mill Branch Road, Ash; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police charged the following suspects and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Maniel Wayne Evans, 38, of Supply, was arrested in Lancaster, S.C., and transported back to North Carolina on felony charges from 2009. Evans was charged with breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny from a motor vehicle, credit card theft and credit card fraud.

    •Dennis Raymond Dempsey, 41, of Madison, Ohio, was charged with property damage for pushing another vehicle with his own.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Report

    UPDATE: Jay Jenrette turned himself into the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. He was taken to the detention center, where he was placed under a $10,500 secured bond.

    On July 30, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and the SWAT team executed a search and seizure warrant for drug violations at 583 Tree Acres Circle in the Pine Crest community near Calabash.