Today's News

  • Consultants propose $1.1M plan for Ocean Isle Beach Town Park

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach’s consultants from McGill Associates proposed a $1.1 million town park project at a Master Plan meeting Monday night.

    Town commissioners hired McGill Associates to create a Town Park Master Plan for the 1.7 acres of open space at Gatha Drive and East Second Street beside the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    Mike Norris, McGill Associates land planning and recreation director, and Michael Norton, Shallotte office director, met with town residents Feb. 5 to talk about parks and recreation wants and needs.

  • The only perfect place for one-stop early voting is on the phone in my pocket

    I attended a Brunswick County Board of Elections meeting a couple weeks ago when the board was struggling with finding a new location for the one-stop early voting site in the Leland area since they couldn’t use a Leland building again this year.

  • How we report on our local candidates for office

    The filing period is over for the May 8 primary and Nov. 6 general election. Filing for county Soil & Water District candidates begins at noon Monday, June 11, and is open until noon Friday, July 6, while filing for judicial candidates begins Monday, June 18, and is open until Friday, June 29. These elections are held during the general election Nov. 6.

    But we felt it appropriate to review now how the Beacon covers news about candidates.

    The Beacon does not endorse candidates. That practice will not change this year.

  • Carolina Shores seeks planning board/board of adjustment member

    Carolina Shores is accepting Notice of Interest forms to fill a planning board/board of adjustment vacancy with a term expiration date of March 2019.

    The appointed member will serve as an alternate member and must reside within the corporate limits of the town.

    Forms are available at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road. Once completed, return them to town clerk Nicole Hewett.

    For more information, call Hewett at 575-4877 ext. 103.

  • GenX levels remain low in county water supply

    Brunswick County test results for the GenX chemical in the water supply showed low levels were reported March 5.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

  • Correction

    A story published in last week’s edition contained an error. Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO commissioner Rodney McCoy stated the permit for water from the Cape Fear River was for 110 million gallons per day, the area is already at almost 84 million gallons per day and the state won’t budge on increasing it, which Chairman Jeff Gerken challenged as not true. The Beacon regrets and apologizes for the error.

  • Three groups seek to name I-140 bridges in Brunswick County

    Naming the Interstate 140 bridges in Brunswick County could be a longer road with three submissions for the North Carolina Department of Transportation to consider.

    Former Brunswick County commissioner Bill Sue was the first to receive support, from current county board members and Leland’s town council in January, to name the bridge over the Cape Fear River after him, an effort started by his wife, Bidgie Sue.

  • Sports Briefs - March 8 edition

     Safe Boating class offered March 10

    The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a one-day boating course that satisfies all state requirements March 10 in Brunswick County.

    The course is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Brunswick County EMS headquarters on 40 Naber Drive in Shallotte. The course fee is $30 or $25 with two or more attendees. You can pay by cash or check at the door or though PayPal on the Flotilla’s website.

  • Trojan trio earns honorable mention all-conference honors

     West Brunswick had three players from its record-setting season earn honorable mention all-Mideastern Conference accolades.

    Seniors Jaida Allen and Logan Locklear joined junior center Breanna Mercer on the girls’ basketball honorable mention squad.

    Allen, Locklear and Mercer were key contributors on a West Brunswick team that won 16 games, its most victories since the 2005-06 season.

  • Notable scores, highlights from area golf leagues

     Results of recent events submitted by area golf leagues.