Today's News

  • VIDEOS INCLUDED Across the Aisle: Local Democrats, Republicans weigh in on healthcare reform

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories focused on healthcare reform and other issues before Congress.

    While the war over healthcare reform wages on in Washington, D.C., some local Democrats and Republicans in Brunswick County agree healthcare reform is needed.

    The road to reform, however, is where they differ.

    The divide separating local political activists rests mainly on the contentious public option included in several healthcare reform bills before Congress and endorsed by President Barack Obama.

  • Shallotte boil water advisory lifted

    The boil water advisory that was in effect for the town of Shallotte's water customers has been lifted.

    The advisory, which was issued Friday, did not affect other areas in Brunswick County.

    The advisory issued by the town of Shallotte indicated total coliform bacteria had been found in water samples taken from the system that serves Shallotte and that additional testing was needed.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: West Brunswick spotlights student talent

    West Brunswick High School vocal department hosted “A Spotlight on Talent,” the school’s annual talent show, Thursday night. The first-place performances will go on to compete against winners from North Brunswick High School and South Brunswick High School in a countywide talent show.

    Zach LaDue and Jesse Mayo perform ed“Golden Line,” an original song written by LaDue’s brother. The duo won first place in the vocal and instrumental category.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: West beats Whiteville; record now 17-1

    The West Brunswick volleyball team swept Whiteville 25-15, 25-8, 25-16 in a Waccamaw Conference match Oct. 8 at West.

    The victory improved West to 9-1 in the conference, 17-1 overall.

  • Oyster Festival this weekend

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—There’s more than oysters at this year’s oyster festival.

    The 29th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival will be from Saturday, Oct. 17, to Sunday, Oct. 18, in front of the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach.

    Brunswick County locals began having annual oyster festivals in 1978, according to past articles published in The Brunswick Beacon.

  • Meet more candidates tonight, Friday, next week

    Municipal Meet the Candidates election forums continue with one in Sunset Beach tonight (Thursday), another in Calabash on Friday night and one more in Shallotte next Wednesday.

    The Brunswick Beacon has teamed with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to host the candidate forums prior to the upcoming Nov. 3 municipal elections.

  • Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan scheduled to speak locally

    BOLIVIA—Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan will make a stop in Brunswick County later this month as part of The Peace Mom and the Patriot, a five-stop North Carolina tour to discuss the peace movement and war issues.

    Sheehan and retired Lt. Col. Bob Bowman are scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Sponsored by The N.C. Peace Action and the N.C. Triangle Veterans for Peace, Sheehan and Bowman will speak together for the first time.

  • Civietown, Navassa fire departments get grants

    Civietown Volunteer Fire Department Inc. and the Navassa Volunteer Fire Department have been awarded grants through the 2009 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.

    Civietown has been awarded a $29,095.00 grant. Navassa has been awarded a grant for $2,905.

    The checks will be mailed to the departments’ chiefs. Funds may be used to purchase needed equipment.

    The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

  • Midway area property owners considering legal action

    Property owners along Midway Road are considering legal action against the town of St. James now that the town council has approved involuntarily annexing the area.

    At its last meeting, the council voted 5-0 to annex the property as well as another tract near Tri-Tech Forensics. The annexation will take effect Oct. 7, 2010. The property owners have 60 days from the day of the decision to file suit against the town.

  • Calabash scrutinizing UDO recommendations

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has begun scrutinizing recommended changes for Calabash’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance.

    At a special meeting last Thursday, Oct. 8, the board met with members of a mayor-appointed UDO committee to go over recommendations.

    “They were just asking for clarification on why some changes were necessary,” town clerk Kelley Southward said.

    It’s likely more workshops will be required because the board and committee only got to Article 2 of the proposed UDO during the review session, she said.