Today's News

  • Bike-path appropriation approved in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved a resolution authorizing an appropriation for bike and walk paths.

    The vote came at council’s monthly meeting Monday night as a result of council’s Feb. 16 planning retreat, where members “indicated a willingness to pay for the engineering design and surveying of the approved” bike plan, according to a summary prepared by town administrator Gary Parker.

  • Mayoral responsibilities debated in Carolina Shores



    CAROLINA SHORES—A town commissioner says the board needs to decide what Mayor Stephen Selby’s responsibilities are.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls, speaking at a pre-agenda workshop Monday, said he does not think personnel should be “any part” of Selby’s responsibilities.

  • Sheriff’s office, highway patrol have policies forbidding association with felons

    In their professional capacities, law enforcement officers deal with convicted felons on a regular basis. In their personal lives, many law enforcement agencies prohibit officers from associating with convicted felons.

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, a convicted felon, has thrown his full support behind Tim Daniels, a sergeant with the N.C. State Highway Patrol and sheriff’s candidate.

    “Yes, we support Tim Daniels,” Hewett wrote in a Feb. 25 e-mail to the Beacon.

  • Convicted sheriff campaigns for sheriff and DA candidates

    For a man who cannot cast his ballot in the upcoming election, former sheriff Ronald Hewett has been politically active.

    Hewett, who served as Brunswick County’s sheriff for 14 years before he resigned in April 2008, pleaded guilty to federal obstruction of justice in June 2008.

    When Hewett was convicted, he lost his right to vote, Gary Bartlett, director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, said.

    But that hasn’t stopped Hewett from actively campaigning on behalf of candidates he supports for office.

  • Recipes needed for Beacon’s upcoming cookbook project

    She was a petite lady with silver hair sitting in one of the chairs by the counter. I was standing looking at all the lipsticks, blushes and eye shadows scattered on top of the glass counter. I had decided to spend my lunch hour at the Belk cosmetics counter and was deliberating between the blue and gray eyeliners.

    She was waiting for me to wrap up my purchase so she could be helped.

    “I’m sorry I’m taking so long,” I told her. “I just don’t have any idea what I want.”

  • The long-lost art of handwritten thank-you notes and the world's good intentions

    When friends took time out of their lives to be with me on my wedding day last fall, I couldn’t say thank you enough.

    I thanked them in person that day. I thanked them again when I saw them at work. I think I even thanked them via Facebook and/or e-mail.

    I planned to send them each a handwritten thank-you note. I was raised well. I know the value of that.

    I know I’m supposed to send thank-you cards. I want to send them. As a matter of fact, I have a collection of occasion-perfect thank-you cards in my office at home.

  • Today's popular casseroles could be referred to as 'comfort foods'

    How did casseroles get to be so popular? Although it seems they’ve been around forever, casseroles didn’t really attract attention until condensed, canned soups came on the market in the ’50s. The casserole was an American staple during the Depression, when families needed cheap, filling meals to put on the table.

    Do we only make casseroles because they are convenient? Is there really any reason to make a casserole?

  • Associate Degree Nursing program receives fully approved status

    BOLIVIA--The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Brunswick Community College has been acknowledged by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, and it received its fully approved status last month.

    Sharon Thompson, vice president for academic services and dean of nursing, said the ADN program provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to function as a registered nurse.

    After the program’s completion, students must take and pass the NCLEX exam (National Council Licensure Examination).


    Shallotte police are investigating a rash of breaking and entering and larcenies of drink machines at local businesses on Feb. 24. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a coin-operated machine at Black’s Tire; suspect pried open drink machine, causing $700 in damage, and stole $200 from machine.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a coin-operated machine at Hill’s; suspect pried open drink machine, causing $700 in damage, and stole $200 from the machine.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and damage to property on East First Street;

    •Brian Rooney of Maiden was charged with driving while impaired and carry concealed weapon on N.C. 179/Lake Tree Drive.

    •Property damage on Ocean Cove;

    •Jeremy Fregeau of Ash was charged with driving while impaired and drive without two headlights.