Today's News

  • Tour trip mixes fishing, nostalgia

    I spent the most of last week doing nothing but fishing with the folks in Brunswick County, riding surf to pier and jumping from boat to boat with old friends and new. I barely slept but it was well worth it.

  • John Pridgen: Golf course superintendents work with Mother Nature

    John Pridgen is the golf course superintendent at Thistle Golf Club. He's been there since the course opened 13 years ago; in fact, he was there during the construction and growing-in period. He was there when a third nine holes was added later. 

  • When it’s hurricane season, turn to the Beacon for up-to-the-minute coverage

    Oh, Emily. Will you be our friend or foe?

  • Hurricane season is here—be prepared

    While it’s too early right now to know exactly how Tropical Storm Emily will develop or where she will go, it’s a good time to remind everyone hurricane season is here. Being prepared is key.

  • Sun is shining brightly on state Rep. Frank Iler

    At last, some good news about politicians and campaign finances.

  • Carolina Shores settlement not yet released

    Details of a settlement between the town of Carolina Shores and former assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut have not yet been released.

    The Beacon has requested the town of Carolina Shores release those details. Town administrator Mike Hargett said last week information would be available after minutes of a July 15 town meeting are compiled by town clerk Nicole Marks.

    Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis signed a confidentiality order regarding portions of the case in May, based on N.C. General Statutes 160A-168 having to do with personnel.

  • Brunswick finishes second in Junior Dixie Boys World Series


    SENECA, S.C.—Monroe, La., scored four runs in the first inning off three Brunswick County errors and went on to win the Junior Dixie Boys World Series 8-3 Aug. 3 at the Shaver Complex.

    Louisiana finished unbeaten in the Series, and Brunswick’s only losses were to it. In four  of its five victories, Louisiana scored at least 13 runs. But head coach Ryan Flemister said the team did not hit the ball as well in the state tournament as it did in the World Series.

  • A change of pace

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—These days Bazil Geckler spends a lot of time bird watching and taking in the scenery from his porch situated on the Intracoastal Waterway in Ocean Isle Beach.

    At 90 years old, he has had to slow down a bit from his youth. In days gone by Geckler was a man constantly on the go along with his wife, Louise Tripp Geckler.

    Louise was born and raised in the local area and has strong family ties to Brunswick County. Her father built the historic Sunnyside schoolhouse.

  • Tax-less savings

     Summer is drawing to a close. With Brunswick County Schools resuming classes on Thursday, Aug. 25, teachers and parents are preparing for the return of the school year by stocking up on back-to-school items.

    This weekend is the perfect time to ring up the savings as North Carolina celebrates its annual sales tax holiday. This 2011 holiday will last three days beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

    The sales tax holiday applies to many necessary back-to-school items and offers all shoppers a chance to save.

  • Unsightly’ fence takes board by surprise

     SHALLOTTE—No one seemed to know NCDOT planned to install a chain link fence along Main Street and Smith Avenue until it was already in place. There was a definite air of frustration about it at Tuesday’s board of aldermen meeting.

    The board and town staff received a copy of a letter from the North Carolina Department of Transportation outlining the policy and guidelines for control of access fence. The letter states, “when the Department acquires control of access, of any type, that control of access shall be fenced.”