Today's News

  • Celebrating a year on the job

    By the time you read this column, my one-year anniversary at the helm of the Beacon newsroom will have come and gone. I can’t believe it’s been a year already; time really does fly when you’re having fun.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, June 23-29

     Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from police department reports.


    June 23

    Larceny on 29th Street.


    June 26

    Death investigation on Balmore Drive.


    June 27

    Breaking and entering motor vehicle, larceny on Balmore Drive.

  • Let freedom ring

    Consider how life could be without the freedom we enjoy as Americans.

    We know citizens in North Korea, for example, live under a totalitarian regime that deliberately keeps them ignorant of world affairs. Many of us have read about Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, the pregnant woman sentenced to death in Sudanese court for renouncing Islam. Fewer of us may know that Buddhist extremists are driving Rohingya Muslims out of Myanmar with threats and acts of violence.

  • Nonprofit secures $45,000 grant for Shallotte, Supply, Holden Beach cats

    Thanks to the efforts of local nonprofit Paws-Ability in conjunction with fellow nonprofit PetSmart Charities, a $45,000 grant to assist with cat spaying and neutering has been granted for Shallotte and Supply.

  • Birthday boy brings pet food 'presents' to animal shelter

    SUPPLY — Matthew Slaughter wanted to celebrate his ninth birthday June 18 by feeding homeless animals.

    That’s just what he did, requesting pet food in lieu of presents at his birthday party the following Saturday.

    Two days later, on the afternoon of June 23, Matthew and his family brought seven big bags of dog and cat food collected at his birthday party to donate to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services.

    This isn’t the first time for Matthew to help the animals.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on June 23 and 24 in Bolivia.

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


    Monday, June 23

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    We have two dogs at home, both rescues. Can I brag on them for a moment?

  • Should you buy organic produce?

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center


    Organic food is getting a lot of attention these days. We’re not just finding it in specialty food stores, but local groceries, big box and even discount food stores. More and more consumers are looking for and purchasing organic foods despite its higher cost than conventional foods.

  • Baseball, apple pie and barbecue … what’s more American on the 4th?

     This holiday weekend, why not start some fireworks in your own backyard with some hot Independence Day barbecue recipes? I think that everything tastes better off the grill, so nothing could be simpler, right? Actually, there is more to barbecue than just tossing that raw steak on the grill.


    Timing is everything

  • What does freedom look like? Who bears the face of freedom?

     In the past number of weeks, the media have called our attention to a variety of atrocities. Heading the list is the mass kidnapping of nearly 300 young Nigerian schoolgirls by the militant Islamic Boko Haram. Not far behind are the multiple incidents of abuse and murders seen both locally and nationally.

    TIME magazine recently featured articles on date rape, saying America’s campuses are dangerous places for young women. One college town even earned the dubious honor of being named America’s Rape Capital.