Today's News

  • Kitten trapped? It's Carolina Shores mayor to the rescue

    CAROLINA SHORES—When Edie Turner returned home one recent Sunday night, she heard a strange sound coming from her car.

    It sounded just like a kitten mewing.

    She thought she’d heard it earlier that evening when she was in the parking lot at a restaurant in Little River, S.C., then another meow while she was driving back.

  • More fines imposed on Ash mom trying to get custody of sons

    Amy Smith’s optimism she will soon get her sons back soured last week after a Canadian judge imposed more fines against her.

    Even though the case is scheduled to be heard June 18 under the Hague Treaty, an international child-abduction law, an Ontario judge last week fined Smith $8,528.63 in “full in indemnity costs.”

  • Calabash artist wins 'best of show' for shrimp boat painting


    Artist Marie Kasper’s painting of Calabash shrimp boats is “best of show” winner in the Waterway Art Association’s 19th Annual Art Exhibition now under way through Memorial Day.

    This past Monday, Kasper’s acrylic painting, “Calabash Village Shrimp Boats,” also became a purchase award when it was bought by Carolina Bluewater Construction.

  • Carolina Shores assistant's firing not valid, attorney says

    CAROLINA SHORES—Based on information board members have given a Beacon reporter, a North Carolina press attorney believes the town violated open meetings law when it fired its assistant town administrator.

    By failing to approve the termination of Amanda Chestnut in open session, commissioners took illegal and improper action, and therefore it’s not valid, said NCPA attorney Amanda Martin.

  • Immigration interview provides chance to walk down memory lane

    Have you ever seen the movie, “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds?

    In the film Bullock plays an editor-in-chief for a book publishing company in New York. When she learns she is about to be deported back to her homeland in Canada, she talks her assistant into marrying her so she can remain in the United States.

    True to Hollywood writing, through hijinks and other adventures, the two actually fall in love and by the end of the movie, their relationship is real.

  • Standards for excellence improve spiritual health

    At a recent meeting of hospital chaplains, a slide presentation and talk informed and inspired all attendees with a goal that propelled us out of any lapse into mediocrity.
    The hard copy of the talk contained 11 pages of solid information, suggestions, conversation openers, supporting behaviors and unwavering standards. No stone was left unturned. No area remained untended.

  • Guest presenter for Civil War group

     Historian, author and UNCW professor Chris E. Fonvielle Jr., Ph.D will be the guest presenter at the June 1 meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table that begins at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, across from the Southport Post Office. Everyone is welcome.

  • New books available at Hickmans Crossroads Library

     The following books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “Kid Carolina: R.J. Reynolds Jr.” by Heidi Schnakenberg. An intimate look at the dramatic, tumultuous life and mysterious death of a Southern icon.

    “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Future” by Michael J. Fox. This optimistic volume inspires and motivates readers to work hard, achieve the most they can and maximize their abilities.


  • Leadership team project benefits Literacy Council

     Brunswick County Literacy Council is the recipient of a team project as part of Leadership Brunswick County, a nine-month program jointly sponsored by the Brunswick Community College, Brunswick County, North Brunswick and the Southport-Oak Island Area chambers of commerce.

    Graduation ceremonies took place at the Odell Williamson Auditorium Events Center on May 19. 

    Brunswick County Literacy Council board president Mari-Lou Wong-Chong and vice president Gene Vasile were on hand to cheer the graduates and especially the BCLC team.

  • 4-H plans photo contest; Brunswick students can participate

    The North Carolina 4-H Photo Contest is open to all North Carolina youth ages 9-18. Participants do not have to be current members of 4-H.
    The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a showcase of youths’ photographic accomplishments.