Today's News

  • Third annual Wag Shag set for Oct. 24 at Sea Trail

    Paws-Ability’s third annual Wag Shag is set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

    Paws-Ability founder Janie Withers is promising it will be bigger and better than ever.

    In fact, she says, it is the largest social event for canines and their humans in the state.

    Wag Shag “has grown to be quite the social event for dogs to see and be seen this year,” Withers says, adding it allows attendees—both canine and human—to come decked out in their Halloween finery.

  • First bridge crossings still up in the air

    Except for employees of English Construction Co. and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, hardly anybody who’s somebody has been allowed up on the new, soon-to-open Sunset Beach high-rise bridge.

    This includes newspaper reporters and photographers, I know for a fact. I’m a reporter/photographer, so you’ll have to trust me on this.

    There are plenty of good reasons why average citizens—even if they promise to wear hard-hats and flotation devices just in case—shouldn’t climb up that big bridge without permission.

  • Civitas poll: McIntyre, Pantano neck-in-neck; Rabon enjoys lead over Redwine

    WILMINGTON—Unaffiliated voters will likely affect the outcome of the Nov. 2 election.

    According to a poll released last week by the Civitas Institute, which surveyed 450 registered voters who said they were very likely to vote Nov. 2, the unaffiliated voter turnout may decide key races.

    “That’s the story of this election—the unaffiliated,” Civitas President Francis DeLuca said.

  • State, federal agencies to assess flood damage Wednesday

    The storm has passed. The waters have receded, and now emergency officials are awaiting a federal disaster declaration needed to reimburse local emergency expenses incurred during last week’s four-day flood event.

    Parts of Brunswick County received as much as 22 inches of rain between Monday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 30. Brunswick County Schools were let out early Wednesday, and schools were closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from information provided by the police department.

    •Attempted breaking and entering and property damage were reported on Ocean Boulevard West on Oct. 1.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle were reported on Shrimp Street on Oct. 2. Oakley sunglasses were reported stolen.

  • Sheriff’s detectives searching for suspects in Cyberlink Sweepstakes armed robbery

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for two male suspects who were involved in an armed robbery in Sunset Beach last week.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, around 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, two suspects entered Cyberlink Sweepstakes, 30A Shamrock Drive in Sunset Beach.

    The two suspects concealed their identities through masks, and forced employees to hand over an undetermined amount of money before fleeing the business, Stanley said.

  • Southport man arrested for multiple break-ins

    A Southport man has been arrested for his involvement in several break-ins to local businesses during the past few weeks.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, William Earl Hewett, 18, of 4900 Trails End, Southport, was arrested around 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at a traffic stop on Winston-Salem Road in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Hewett was charged with breaking and entering, larceny and property damage.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny of medication on Little Shallotte River Road in Shallotte; suspect stole medication from victim’s vehicle.

    •Failure to return rental property and larceny on Southport-Supply Road in Southport; suspect failed to return a U-Haul by return date.

    •Property damage on Bob White Road SW in Supply; suspect put fist through wall in victim’s residence.

  • Commissioners OK new health insurance wellness plan for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Beginning July 1, 2011, county employees, who have long enjoyed the benefit of the county footing the bill for their monthly insurance premiums, will now pay a $30 per month deductible.

    But if employees participate in the county’s Living Well wellness plan, their $30 per month premium will be waived and the county will continue to pay their monthly premiums. County commissioners on Monday night approved the plan 4 votes to 1, with commissioner Marty Cooke dissenting—a move they said has been in the works for more than three years.

  • Meet the Candidates Night set for Oct. 11 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    A Meet the Candidates Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Just three days before early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 14, Meet the Candidates Night will feature federal, state and local candidates.

    Sponsored by the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association and co-sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the event is free and open to the public.