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Today's News

  • County hires economic development manager out of Southport

    Brunswick County’s restructured economic development department has found its manager.

    John Allen, formerly the community development specialist for Southport, was hired to run the day-to-day economic development efforts June 27 at a starting salary of $66,770.

    Allen fills a role created when Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously March 1 to merge the county’s economic development and planning departments.

  • OIB preps for Comprehensive Land Use Plan, oyster festival

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials selected the Cape Fear Council of Government to develop the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan at the town’s Tuesday, July 12, meeting.

    Deputy Town Administrator Justin Whiteside said the town has received a $15,000 grant from the Division of Coastal Management to help fund the land use plan.

    Whiteside said the COG’s $30,000 estimate included in their proposal was the lowest bid town staff received for the project.

  • Columbus County transportation projects top Brunswick, Pender priorities

    The Cape Fear Area Rural Planning Organization Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) approved a priority list of regional projects it is seeking to fund in the next update of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

    The CFRPO, which consists of representatives of Brunswick, Pender and Columbus counties, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Cape Fear Council of Governments, met July 6 in Leland.

  • We have been Mark Twained by Laura Lewis

    Here in the Beacon newsroom, Laura Lewis is our Mark Twain.

    While most of you know she is a very good writer, that, however, is not what I meant.

    It’s better than that.

    Laura has run a scam this summer that Tom Sawyer would be proud of.

    Now before I go any further, I'll admit upfront I did go back and double-check that I meant to say Tom Sawyer and not Huckleberry Finn.

  • Storms cause some damage as Hurricane Bertha 20th anniversary arrives

    While the summer sun has come out for vacationers, bouts of severe weather have impacted Brunswick County in different ways over the past few weeks.

    Brunswick County Public Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said a July 3 lightning strike at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant damaged radio equipment used in operating water pumps.

    A redundant system is connected at the Brunswick County Utility Operations Center in Supply stopped working about 6 a.m. July 8 because of a power surge.

  • Burr returns county MSA issue to Congress

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr re-introduced a measure to require the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to consider Brunswick County part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), instead of the Myrtle Beach, S.C., MSA.

    Burr attached an amendment to the Commerce, Science, and Justice Appropriations Act of 2016 to require the OMB to accurately measure the economy and population of the Wilmington area, including Brunswick County.

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  • Man arrested in SC in Longwood robbery

    A Longwood man wanted in an armed robbery in Brunswick County in April was captured in South Carolina on July 3.

    Georgetown police arrested 22-year-old Shaquille Rasheed Vereen at 4:30 a.m. and booked at the Georgetown County Detention Center on a charge of disorderly conduct.

    Both Vereen and 32-year-old Senneca Lamar Flowers are accused of stealing a 22-year-old man’s cell phone and wallet before hitting him in the head with a handgun April 26 in the 2000 block of Longwood.

  • Two indicted in separate drug trafficking cases

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted two people on drug trafficking charges in separate cases June 27.

    ·      Christy Chatfield, 39, of Graham Drive in Leland, conspiring to sell/deliver marijuana, trafficking opium/heroin and felony cocaine possession. She was arrested on the charges March 23 and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility that day on $750,000 bail.

  • Garden of ideas to grow at Lincoln Elementary

    LELAND — Sudents and faculty came together Wednesday, July 6, to break ground on a new garden at Lincoln Elementary School.

    The Garden at Lincoln Elementary, located in the school’s courtyard, will serve not only as a place to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, but also to help expand the minds of the students who will tend to it.