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Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had a record number of bills filed, we met constantly in committees with full agendas and we had two long floor sessions before adjourning for an Easter break.

  • You decide: Why did we move away from self-sufficiency?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    We are again involved in a debate about health insurance for those not covered by their employer, Medicare, Medicaid or other groups. Many want to replace the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) that addresses the uninsured, but consensus on a replacement has not been found.

  • Holiday wishes are always meant for all Beacon readers

    Last week, the banner across the top of our front page read to all who saw it, “Happy Easter!” It’s something we’ve put at the top of the paper every Easter since I’ve been at the helm of the Beacon’s newsroom. It’s also something we do for other holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day last month.

    The sentiment was meant for all who read it, regardless of their beliefs. We hoped even those who don’t celebrate this Christian holiday would enjoy it anyway. Truly, no discrimination was intimated or implied.

  • Inlet clearing necessary now and routinely in future

    Last month, at least a half dozen people including local boat captains attended a Holden Beach Board of Commissioners meeting to share concerns they have about the Lockwood Folly Inlet, which needs to be dredged, and soon.

  • Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll April 22

    Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood located off Village Road in Shallotte, hosts its send annual Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll, an art and music festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

    The inaugural event in 2016 featured 16 artists represented by Sunset River Marketplace, live music, and wine tastings. The 2017 event will be nearly double in size, with almost all the neighborhood’s many front porches hosting local artists and artisans.

  • Second annual Taste of Calabash set for Saturday

    This Saturday, visitors can once again savor the flavors in the Seafood Capital of the World as the second Taste of Calabash cooks up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

    Anchored at Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, this year’s event is even bigger and better than last year’s successful inaugural event, event founder and organizer Helen Kapalka promises.

  • Greenlands Art Gala to benefit HOOF April 22

    Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia is having an Art Gala Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, to benefit Helpers Of Our Farm (HOOF).

    Evening festivities include a meet-and-greet with a few HOOF animals, gourmet farm charcuterie, a silent art auction, live music and a cash bar.

    Wine and beer will be available for purchase, with 100 percent of wine sales benefitting HOOF.

    The cost is $30 per guest. Reservations are required. For tickets, go to greenlandsfarm.org.

  • Events get bookish on April 27

    Two events next week turn the page on two published North Carolina writers.

    Local author Anne Clinard Barnhill unveils her latest book, “The Beautician’s Notebook,” a Southern novel exploring life in a small town, at a Meet the Author event at 3 p.m. next Thursday, April 27, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road.

    Copes of the book will be available for purchase and autographing. For more information, call the library at 575-0173.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department April 11, 2017

    Sunset Beach police made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    April 11

    Stephen Michael Branagan, 22, of Lake Tree Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

    Bryson Page Hill, 18, of Boones Neck Road, Supply, was charged with simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

    Randall Chance Johnson, 20, of Nesbit Road, Monroe, was charged with simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, April 10-16, 2017

    Deputies investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    April 10

    Larceny of iPad, smart phone, pots, pans and pressure cooker on Clubview Lane, Carolina Shores.

    Obtaining money by false pretense on Brunswick Place, Leland.

    Breaking and entering, larceny of Vizio 39-inch flatscreen TV on Gold Finch Drive, Supply.

    Larceny of Xanax on L Street, Supply.

    Larceny of Samsung phone and Kindle Fires on Chadwick Landing, Shallotte.