Today's News

  • Notes from a human traffic cone
  • Those who voted for Pruden's ouster should answer

    The decision by the majority of the Brunswick County Board of Education to terminate Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden’s contract is bad enough.

    But the inaccessibility of those three members — Shirley Babson, Catherine Cooke and newly re-elected Charlie Miller — in the immediate aftermath makes it much worse.

    After the decision was announced following a special-called meeting Nov. 12, Babson, Cooke and Miller bolted from the board’s meeting room at the Brunswick County Schools Administrative Offices in Bolivia.

  • Shallotte father-son team wins SKA national title

     Editor’s note: Shallotte residents Brian Aycock, 42, and son Austin Aycock, 15, fishing aboard Hail Yeah/OIFC won the small boat class in the Southern Kingfishing Association National Championship Nov. 8 in Biloxi, Miss. Brian Aycock wrote about it for The Beacon.

    By Brian Aycock

    Special to the Beacon

  • Talk of the town has been the Aycocks’ SKA national title

     Brunswick County has endured a few days of bone-chilling temperatures in the past week. Northeast winds swept across our area on Friday, Nov. 14, yet the fish continue to bite. From the beach to the Gulf Stream, the fish are feeding.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases on Oct. 27 during a grand jury session:

    Teonti S. Adkins, possession of controlled substance on prison premises, resisting public officer, drug paraphernalia possession.

    Wesley K. Adkins, felony cocaine possession, possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, drug paraphernalia possession.

  • District court docket

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    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 7 and 10 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


  • North’s Graham signs with UNCG; Perkins, ECU

     LELAND — North Brunswick baseball seniors Chris Graham and Shelton Perkins signed baseball national letters of intent Nov. 18. Graham, an outfielder, signed with UNC Greensboro. Perkins, a pitcher and shortstop, signed with East Carolina University.

    Both were members of the Scorpion team that finished second in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A state playoffs two seasons ago. Perkins was a Class 2A All-State selection in 2014 by the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association.

  • Stalled work no day in the park in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — In the wake of stalled work at Sunset Beach Town Park, town leaders are combing through the numbers to help determine what’s next.

    During a monthly workshop last Thursday, Nov. 13, Sunset Beach Town Council reviewed the financial status of the park as compiled by new town finance director Bonnie Schwerd.

    Town administrator Susan Parker said she asked Schwerd to do the report consisting of a summary of project expenditures by date and a separate summary of vendor expenditures.

  • Calabash tightens parking regulations

    CALABASH — The Calabash Board of Commissioners has approved amendments to the town’s traffic ordinance regarding parking and authority.

    Approval, which came at the board’s monthly meeting Nov. 12, consists of a change to include a list of town parking regulations directly in the ordinance. A second amendment adds town and county fire officials to a current list of professionals who have authority to direct people to remove off-street parked vehicles under certain situations.

  • Former Sunset Beach mayor dies

    Shelton Tucker, who served as mayor of Sunset Beach from 1973 to 1979, died Nov. 14 at age 97 at a health care facility in Wilmington.

    Tucker, a native of the historic riverfront town of Hertford in North Carolina’s “Inner Banks,” was a noted businessman and developer of the Clariday Woods subdivision near Calabash.