Today's News

  • Behind the scenes: You lied, your time is up and who bit you?

    Last week, The Brunswick Beacon, together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV, launched three of this political season’s Meet the Candidates Forums in Brunswick County.

    The event started out last Monday, Oct. 12, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association’s clubhouse. The next Thursday, Oct. 15, we headed over to the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at Sea Trial for the Sunset Beach forum, and on Friday, Oct. 16, we were at the Calabash Fire Department for Calabash.

  • Media not trying to cause H1N1 panic but increase awareness, prevention

    In case you haven’t heard, my colleagues and I are responsible for the national panic regarding the H1N1 virus.

    At least that’s what a fellow reporter and I were told.

    When another reporter asked a county leader why the media had not been notified of confirmed H1N1 cases in Brunswick County, the answer was because the media blows it out of proportion and gets people worried for no reason.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED South Brunswick wins opener in volleyball playoffs

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick volleyball team won a first-round match in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A playoffs Saturday against North Lenoir.

    The Cougars won 25-23, 24-26, 24-17, 25-22. South (13-6) was scheduled to play a second-round match Oct. 27 (foe not yet determined).

  • Video: Shallotte candidates discuss traffic concerns, future development

    Encouraging future development in keeping with Shallotte’s small-town atmosphere, moving forward with the long-term vision plan and trying to mitigate traffic problems on Main Street were the main topics of conversation at last week’s Meet the Candidates Forum.

    Last Wednesday’s event, at the ATMC meeting room, was the last of four such forums sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, ATMC TV, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and Sunset Properties.

  • Appeals court upholds dismissal of spot zoning suit against Shallotte

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has upheld a judge’s dismissal of Shallotte Point residents’ lawsuit against the town of Shallotte, stating their claim of spot zoning to allow for a condominium project was unfounded.

    Husband and wife Chris Musi and Pam Sabalos, who live on Riverbend Drive, filed suit against the town of Shallotte in 2007, claiming the town’s rezoning of land on their street for the proposed Holden’s Landing condominium project was “arbitrary” and amounted to illegal “spot zoning.”

  • Waiting, praying and remembering, two years later

    The morning was cool and damp as I walked into the hospital. My son was sleeping in his carrier as I lifted it out of the car and carried it across the parking lot.

    Even though we had been gone less than 36 hours, the hospital looked different--more gray than I remembered it.

    I walked up to the desk and signed my son in for his test. The doctor had ordered a blood test to check his bilirubin levels. It would be several hours before we would know if he would have to have any further treatment.

  • Dale says he’ll document mayor’s ‘sordid story’

    There is a battle ongoing this election season in Carolina Shores.

    Problem is, one of the contenders being pulled into the ring isn’t even up for re-election.

    In recent months, Carolina Shores commissioner Gere Dale has made it clear he has a real problem with the way mayor Stephen Selby does town business.

  • What topics before Congress do you want answers from 'Across the aisle?'

    We’re a community newspaper, and we plan to keep it that way.

    While we will continue to focus on local issues and how they affect the community, we also want to delve into state and national issues. Decisions made in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh affect people right here in Brunswick County, so we want to make sure we report on those, too.

    A few weeks ago, we launched a new series, “Across the aisle,” to report on issues before Congress.

  • Marginalization, misdirection and myths of the White House vs. Fox News feud

    A few months ago I was in Reno, Nev., for a legal affairs reporting conference at the National Judicial College.

    I was thrilled to be selected from reporters across the country, ready to soak up every last morsel of legal knowledge I possibly could in two short days.

    One of my favorite segments of the two-day training seminar was taught by a Harvard Law-educated reporter from the Houston Chronicle, who opened with this: “How do you know when a politician’s lying?”

  • Taylor-Clemmons

    Kristina Nichole Taylor of Ocean Isle Beach and Jesse James Clemmons of Supply were married Sept. 19 at Ocean Isle Beach Chapel.

    The Rev. Troy Knight of Generations Church officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Nanet Taylor of Ocean Isle Beach. The groom is the son of Dale Sr. and Rose Clemmons of Supply.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.