Today's News

  • Leotta's 'Bowl of Rice' released

    Local author Joan Leotta has released her third digital book in the Legacy Honor Series.

    “A Bowl of Rice,” from Desert Breeze Publishing, deals with nurses in Vietnam, Leotta said.

    It focuses on Anna Maria O’Shea, who becomes a nurse to continue her family’s Legacy of Honor. Choosing to stick to her commitment to service, she loses her long-time college love. The pain of war proves stronger than her private heartache.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    The 2014 short session continues to be nothing short of eventful, and we are working hard in order to accomplish our goals.


    Closing all coal ash ponds

    I am proud to report the Senate passed an aggressive plan for coal ash mitigation that will give North Carolina the strictest regulations on coal ash in the country and make it the first state to force closure of all coal ash ponds.

  • Celebrate Summerfest July 3 in Shallotte

    Shallotte’s SummerFest kicks off with a free concert featuring Sea Cruz from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street.

    Sea Cruz specializes in oldies, classic rock, disco, beach music and the hottest new songs.

    For more information, go to www.townofshallotte.org, call 754-4032 or email rjohnson@townofshallotte.org.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Almost daily, the question being asked by people back home is: “When will the short session be over?” It’s hard to answer, as we are pushing to finish our work, but budget negotiations are continuing.

  • 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: