Today's News

  • Senate passes smoking bill; House must agree to changes

    The N.C. Senate has passed a bill prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants, eliminating several “loopholes” in the bill passed by the House. However, the proposed legislation does not ban smoking in all workplaces.

    On Monday, the Senate passed the “Prohibit Smoking in Certain Public Places” bill to ban smoking in eating establishments. The bill originally proposed would have called for a ban on smoking in all public places, with the exception of certain tobacco shops.

  • Calabash EMS chief placed on involuntary leave pending financial investigation

    CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Chief J.P. Knott has been placed on involuntary leave pending an investigation into financial discrepancies within the department.

    Calabash EMS board president Ray Little said the action came at a specially called May 4 board meeting. The next morning, Little alerted the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, which is conducting an investigation, and Randy Thompson, director of Brunswick County Emergency Services.

  • Town's first-ever Bike Week event off and running

    The first couple of days of the Harley-Davidson event in Shallotte, the windy and rainy weather made it somewhat difficult for vendors to attract customers, but once the sun came out, business began picking up, vendors said.

    By Tuesday, the parking lot at Beach House Harley Davidson/Buell on U.S. 17 was full of shiny motorcycles and their leather-clad riders stopping to get a look at the various items for sale on the adjacent property and in the store.

  • New Shallotte Food Lion opens this week

    The new, larger Shallotte Food Lion store, opening this week at 301 South Willis Drive, will encompass 34,928 square feet and contain expanded departments, larger aisles and more fresh items, staffers say.

    Tammy Worthington, also the manager of the former location in Shallotte Plaza, said she and her staff worked “long, hard days” over the past week to prepare the new store for its Wednesday morning grand opening.

    The Shallotte store also added an additional 30 employees to its roster.

  • BSRI to close senior sites for four days due to dwindling funds

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., which provides meals and other programs for senior citizens in need, has announced it must take “drastic action” in May and June to make its finances last until the end of the fiscal year.

    To do so, BSRI director Jim Russell has announced all senior centers and nutrition sites will be closed two Fridays in May and two in June—May 15 and 29 and June 12 and 26.

    The BSRI staff will be furloughed during the closures, and all other BSRI programs will not operate those days.

  • Alleged attempted rapist's case dismissed after state's only witness flees

    BOLIVIA—The 12-year-old victim of an alleged attempted first-degree rape returned to her native Mexico before Virginio Colin Isidoro went to trial, leaving the district attorney’s office without its only witness and without a case.

    Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart said all charges against 37-year-old Isidoro were dismissed when the girl left the country with her mother and sister, before the trial began in April.

    The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sex crimes.

  • Oak Island man arrested for string of Southport break-ins

    SOUTHPORT—An Oak Island man accused of breaking into several Southport-area businesses has been arrested.

    Shawn Duane Brennan, 26, of 219 NE 48th St., has been arrested and charged with three counts of property damage, two counts of common-law robbery, three counts of breaking and entering, illegal burning of a building and possession stolen goods.

    Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said in addition to breaking into several Southport-area businesses, Brennan also allegedly set fire to Prevatte and Prevatte Law Firm on Howe Street.

  • Leland fugitive captured in Belize

    A Leland man convicted in Brunswick County while on the run has been captured in Belize.

    According to Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart, Brian Keith Perry, 40, was captured in Belize on Saturday, May 9.

    Perry failed to appear in Brunswick County Superior Court on the third day of his trial in December 2008. The trial continued, and a jury convicted Perry of statutory rape, indecent liberties with a child and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • DOT allows construction to resume on Oak Island Bridge after five-month suspension

    OAK ISLAND—Five months after a fatal girder collapse at the construction site of the second Oak Island Bridge, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials allowed construction to resume.

    Work on the Middleton Drive construction site had been suspended since Dec. 3, 2008, when a girder collapsed, killing Jose Montalvo of Sumter, S.C. On May 7, NCDOT Resident Engineer Wayne Currie lifted the temporary suspension on the bridge project, and work resumed the following day.

  • Shallotte planners recommend approvals; mull Main Street request

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended approval of annexing and rezoning property on Lake Shore Drive and subdividing a tract on Main Street but put off until next month another Main Street subdivision request because staff had numerous comments.

    The board voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s board meeting to recommend approval of annexing .6 acres on Lake Shore Drive and rezoning it from the county’s RA-15 zoning to the town’s R-10, a low-density residential zoning district.