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Today's News

  • Input needed for future county parks and recreation plans

    At a recent meeting of Leadership Brunswick County, Jim Pryor, Brunswick County parks and recreation director, asked attendees what parks and recreation meant to them.

    The answers varied from tennis courts and softball fields to Little League and other community sports programs.

    If such a question were asked of all of Brunswick County, the answers would likely be more diverse and unique depending on respondents’ locations within the county, their age groups and interests.

  • New simulator brings virtual training to emergency personnel

    BOLIVIA—As a container is being loaded off a ship at a port, it explodes. Billowing black smoke fills the air and emergency responders converge on the scene. Once they arrive, it’s time to get to work—assess the situation and put out the flames.

    Then there’s a second explosion.

    To practice this scenario in the real world would be difficult, if not impossible, but with a new training simulator recently acquired by Brunswick County Emergency Services, it’s a reality—a virtual reality.

  • Sunset Beach pursuing bridge-related improvements

    SUNSET BEACH—An island streetscape plan and bicycle paths are among items on two town agendas this week as leaders scrutinize future improvements to tie in with the new Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

    At a specially called meeting Wednesday, town council continued taking a closer look at a proposed streetscape plan along Sunset Boulevard on the island.

    Preliminary drawings show meandering sidewalks and landscaping of trees, shrubbery and grasses designed to serve as visual enhancements on both sides of the boulevard right-of-way between the bridge and beach.

  • Christmas flotilla set for Saturday after Thanksgiving

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The spirit of the season can soon be seen floating down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The 5th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Flotilla will take place Saturday, Nov. 29.

    The entry fee is $20 and open to all participants. Judging will be split into two categories: a 16 foot and under class and 17 foot and over. Prizes donated from local vendors will be awarded to different boats.

  • Super Saturday kicks off holiday season in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Property Owners Association is gearing up for the holiday season with its annual Super Saturday, which will be on Saturday, Nov. 29.

    The day begins at 9 a.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina with the annual Property Owners Association meeting. A report of the past year’s activities as well as plans for the next year will be discussed.

    Reports from Mayor Debbie Smith, along with reports from the police and fire departments will be given. Board members will be voted on and elected at this time.

  • N.C. 179 closing Monday at Jenny’s Branch

     At 9 a.m. Monday, N.C. 179 between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte will be closed to traffic for the next six months as the North Carolina Department Of Transportation begins bridge replacement work at Jenny’s Branch.

    Traffic will be diverted to a detour on Hale Swamp Road, according to the NCDOT office in Wilmington.

    Signs will be posted to direct motorists to the alternate route.

  • Thanks for help for food pantry

    What comes to mind when you hear the words, “second harvest?”

    A second crop that comes to maturity directly on the heels of a previous one? People picking leftover crops still in the fields after mechanical harvesting?

    Either way you’d be correct but, there is a third definition for Second Harvest, one that does not get the acknowledgement it so richly deserves.

    Second Harvest also means the practice of distributing “soon to outdate” foods directly to local food pantries.

  • Dude, where’s my space car?

    All of us older than, say 35, remember the terrific Hanna Barbera cartoon, “The Jetsons,” which told the story of a family of futuristic space dwellers who pushed buttons to get what they wanted and zoomed around in awesome-looking spaceships to get everywhere.

    The Jetsons also had a robot maid to take care of house cleaning, although it didn’t require a whole lot of work.

  • Height limits at Sunset Beach

    To the editor: Regarding the subject article in the Nov. 20 issue of the Beacon, I believe there may be an appropriate time to consider easing the 40-foot height restriction for building at Sunset Beach.

    We should all hope such consideration wouldn’t occur before the year 3008. We trust the people responsible won’t forget the things that make Sunset Beach so special.

  • Yorktown survivor to celebrate 90 years

    To the editor: Clyde McCrackin survived the attack on the Yorktown during the battle of Midway in 1942. More than 2,400 of the 2,800 crewmen were rescued from the ship before it sank June 7, 1942.

    The Yorktown survivors were brought back to Pearl Harbor in secret and taken to a camp at the end of the island where they stayed for four months. They did not want anyone to know the ship had sunk.

    McCrackin was a farmer in Brunswick County for more than 45 years. He will celebrate his 90th birthday on Nov. 29 at his home on Ash-Little River Road.