Today's News

  • Carolina Shores closed meetings

    Following are excerpts from the town board of commissioners’ closed meetings starting with this past Oct. 8 and dating back to March 2, 1999, after the town incorporated on its own after previously being united with Calabash. Copies of closed-session minutes are available at town hall.

    Oct. 8, 2009

    •The board discussed correspondence from CNA Surety, bond company for Portrait Homes (developer of Calabash Lakes). The board discussed legal strategies and how to proceed with Holt Moore, town attorney.

  • Closed minutes released in Carolina Shores show illegal sessions

    CAROLINA SHORES—Previous town boards have had a pattern of taking part in closed meetings that, based on state statute, were not legally justified.

    On Dec. 1, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners voted to release closed-meeting minutes dating back more than 10 years.

    A review of the minutes by The Brunswick Beacon shows the board discussed items behind closed doors that should have been discussed in open session.

  • Proposed stormwater rules tabled in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A new stormwater ordinance has been tabled by the board of commissioners.

    Town commissioner Joyce Dunn said a proposed repeal and replacement ordinance are not well worded.

    “We shouldn’t pass it without giving consideration to what we’re trying to say,” Dunn said of the measures previously approved and forwarded to commissioners by the town planning and zoning board.

  • Church warming passersby with free soup Tuesdays in Shallotte park

    SHALLOTTE—On a cold midday in December, the Rev. Mark Hooten stirred up a large kettleful of homemade soup to warm hearts and stomachs.

    For the past few weeks, from noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays, the pastor and other members of Holden Beach Church of God have been offering free hot soup in Shallotte Riverside (Farmers Market) Park behind the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Congressional Budget Office scores tort reform

    A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report shows addressing tort reform in pending healthcare reform legislation before Congress could reduce the federal budget deficit by about $54 billion over the next 10 years.

    But, according to David Ward, press secretary for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., tort reform takes up only three paragraphs worth of ink in the 2,074-page Senate bill.

    “Certainly Senator Burr feels we cannot have any sort of meaningful healthcare reform without addressing medical malpractice reform,” Ward said.

  • There's still plenty of time to get involved with a local MADD chapter

    ’Tis the season for holiday festivities, parties and gift giving.

    It’s also the season for dangerous highways, as drivers who partake in libations bring the ho-ho-ho happiness of spirit consumption directly onto area roads.

    In Brunswick County, law enforcement officers stay busy year-round with traffic stops and DWI checkpoints. It only gets worse this time of year.

  • African Acrobats bring Kenyan culture through performance

    The African Acrobats of Kenya flipped into Supply Elementary School Thursday afternoon to share their culture and talents.

    As part of the school’s Global Studies program, the African Acrobats, a five-person group, showed students different acrobatic tricks while introducing students to their Kenyan culture.

    Principal Dwight Willis said the group was asked to perform as part of African Culture Week. The Global Studies program aims to make students more globally aware and competent, Willis said.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. Information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Joseph Ivan Cortes, 23, of 2270 Mill Branch Road, Ash, with resisting arrest. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • BCA students spread cheer with Christmas craft sale

    Brunswick County Academy’s Occupational Course of Study (OCS) students have worked as hard as Santa’s elves to prepare for their annual Christmas craft sale.

    The students made more than 200 ornaments and crafts in five days.

    “We have been extremely busy,” Karen Babson said. “We’ve just done so much.”

    Ninth-grader Richial Stroman said some of the crafts, such as the snowmen wreaths, were complicated to make because there were many small parts and details to add.

  • Progress Energy purchases 198 bicycles for children this Christmas

    What began as an employee’s idea to give a bicycle to a child in need has turned into an annual staff fundraiser that raises thousands of dollars and helps hundreds of children each year.

    An employee at Progress Energy Brunswick Nuclear Plant had the idea in 1997 and shared his desire to give a bicycle to a local child in need during the Christmas season. The idea spread through the plant, and enough money was raised to purchase 10 bicycles that year.