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Today's News

  • Mike Santo humors crowd March 24 at North Brunswick Kiwanis Comedy Show

    By day he’s a paramedic and firefighter for the Leland Fire Department.

    But this Friday night, March 24, Mike Santo dons his funny-guy shtick for the North Brunswick Kiwanis Club’s Comedy Show.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by show time at 7:45 in the Leland Room at Brunswick Forest Fitness Center, 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland.

    Described as a night of clean fun with lots of laughter, proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit children’s needs in the Leland area.

  • Fire damages Oak Island home

    An Oak Island home sustained severe damage after a fire of undetermined origin broke out Friday night, March 17.

    Three people safely evacuated the burning three-story house at 5101 E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island Fire Capt. Chris Sillings said.

    Upon fire crews’ arrival at the fire reported at 11:33 p.m., the structure was heavily involved in flames, including fire through the second story and roof, Sillings said.

    Exterior siding on an adjacent house was melted by the heat, but fire crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to it.

  • Club Profile: BPOE Calabash Elks Lodge 2679

    Meets: 7 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays from September to June. In July and August, meetings are on the fourth Wednesday and in December on first Wednesday only.

    Current Exalted Ruler: Al Harms      

    Incoming Exalted Ruler: Juanita Adams

    Info: Go to calabashelks.org

    In Calabash, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2679 has come a long way, baby.

    Witness that their newest exalted ruler, Juanita Adams, takes office in April as the first female to do so at the local lodge.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department March 17-20 2017

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

    March 17

    Jeromey Tucker, 31, of Shallotte Point Loop Road, Shallotte, was arrested on a felony common-law obstruction of justice charge in a pending case.

    Taylor Lewis, 23, of Clubhouse Road, was arrested on a felony common-law obstruction of justice charge in a pending case.

    March 19

    Debra Rusmisel, 49, of Woodland Street, Convington, Va., was arrested on charges of DWI and resisting, delaying and obstructing.

  • BCAR: Brunswick County’s residential real estate market shows strength

    Brunswick County’s residential real estate market continues to demonstrate strength, according to the most recent statistics released by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR).

  • Symposium shows how businesses sustain themselves, employees

    LELAND — Brunswick Community College’s sixth annual sustainability symposium Friday, March 17, covered sustainability in business.

    For several of the speakers who discussed the subject, being sustainable meant more than just making the business profitable.

    The buzzword at the symposium was maintaining the “triple bottom line” by treating employees well and using environmentally friendly processes while also staying profitable.

  • My Michigan turn tutorial

    I understand from my colleague Laura Lewis that construction in the south end of Brunswick County is almost complete on a new set of Michigan turns.

    So to the Sunset Beach, Calabash and Carolina Shores crowds joining the fraternity of drivers not allowed to make a left turn onto U.S. 17 without making a right turn and driving the wrong way first, I want to be the first to publicly welcome you to slot track racing.

    Covering the northern end of Brunswick County gives me lots of opportunities to slingshot around the Michigan turns in that area.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we heard the State of the State address from Gov. Roy Cooper, we introduced and passed several important education bills, and we introduced more local bills for Brunswick County.

  • No matter how it’s reported, truth doesn’t have to make sense

    Mark Twain famously said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” I can’t help but guess whether he came up with this quote based on the newspaper experience had had in his storied career.

    I wonder what he would have thought of this doozy of a situation I dealt with the other week.

    I came to the office to find a message that a man came to the Beacon wanting to talk to a reporter. He’d left his phone number.

    Since all our reporters were on assignment, I took it upon myself to give him a call.

  • Brunswick Guarantee benefits all

    While budget talks at the national and state levels have focused on cutting bureaucracy and trimming spending, Brunswick County is already leading by example with the creation of Brunswick Guarantee.

    The county and the state had been providing the same funds to Brunswick Community College until two years ago, when the county eliminated the duplication of funds. But the college — and, more specifically, its students — bore the brunt of the funding reduction.