Today's News

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    April 4

    Jayme Lynn Schmidt, 21, 190 Royal Oak Road, cited for shoplifting items valued at $7.88 from Walmart.

    Gladys Alberta Martin, 49, 3747 Strawberry Way Road, cited for shoplifting items valued at $10.95 from Walmart.

    April 5

    Billy Lee Morris Jr., 51, 1164 Woodview Circle, Ocean Isle Beach, cited for possession of a stolen registration plate.

  • Rita Coolidge at Brunswick Community College on April 24

     IF YOU GO

    What: Rita Coolidge

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    Cost: $30 adults; $28 seniors 65 and older and BCC employees; $11 children 12 and younger; plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the box office at (910) 755-7416

    Grammy award-winning singer Rita Coolidge will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

  • Sunset Beach police report

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    April 7

    Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, reported on Live Oak Drive.

    April 9

    Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny of golf bag and clubs, reported on High Market Street.

    April 10

    Joseph Earl Hill, 60, of 1046 Hale Swamp Road, charged with second-degree trespassing.

    April 11

  • Customers get friendly fast-food service at 'Alice's restaurant'

    On a blasé, so-so Monday, the joyful voice of Alice Sapp electrifies the dining room at Wendy’s restaurant in Shallotte.

    “Hey, gentlemen, how y’all been?” Alice greets a group of men clad in matching pale-blue shirts at the front order counter inside the sunny eatery at Whiteville and Bridger roads.

    Alice knows the ATMC security employees by name as she takes their orders, rattling off a list of possible side dishes they might like.

  • 'Threats' reported to Sunset Beach police

    A Sunset Beach woman says she felt threatened when a local developer confronted her following a recent town planning board meeting.

    Jan Harris reported the incident to police after developer Sammy Varnam spoke to her in the town workshop room following the meeting April 3.

    “He told me if I did not stop writing lies about him, he was going to make me sorry,” Harris told the Beacon. “He kept on and on.”

  • 'Ceremonies in Dark Old Men' April 25-26 at Thalian

    The Willis Richardson Players and Triune Repertory Theatre & Film will present “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” April 25 and 26 at Thalian Hall Studio Theatre at 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

    The play by Lonne Elder III debuted Off Broadway in 1969 by Negro Ensemble Company, became a long-running commercial production and was adapted for television in 1975.

  • Gutjahr celebrates 102nd birthday

      Josephine Gutjahr celebrates her 102nd birthday at Carillon Assisted Living. Born March 22, 1912, in New Hampshire, she is the fourth of eight children, but the first child born in America to Italian parents. She moved to North Carolina from New Jersey in 2003 with her daughter and son-in-law, Roseann and Joe Kronski, and has been at Carillon since 2009. She still loves to sing hymns and Italian songs.



  • You can cook almost any vegetable right on your grill

     Many vegetables feel right at home on the grill, but some just aren’t cut out for it, especially those with a high water content. Cucumbers are a no-no on the grill, as is celery, lettuce or most leafy greens.

    A highly skilled backyard chef like me has no trouble grilling asparagus, eggplant, onions and even cabbage. Bell peppers, or even the hot variety, and onions are natural grilling choices.


  • I take, O cross, your shadow for my abiding place

     Some would say, “We’ve traveled a ‘fur piece’ this Lenten season.” Those who traveled the Lenten Wednesdays at noon for the annual Lenten luncheon worship services, especially, have come from happily standing beneath the cross to find hope amidst hopelessness, happy to shine our light on a world filled with false crosses and desperate situations. We’ve recognized the instability that comes when we build our house of grace on shifting sands. We’ve tasted the futility of erecting those edifices in the face of oncoming tides.

  • Try this egghead quiz

    Everyone loves colored eggs at this time of year, but how much do you really know about the egg itself? Quiz yourself to see.

    Answer TRUE or FALSE to these questions:

    1) An extremely old egg will sink to the bottom of a bowl of water.

    2) You can tell if an egg is raw or cooked by spinning it on a tabletop.

    3) The color of the egg yolk is determined by the food the chicken has eaten.