• Bridge's 1,119th breakdown surely one of its last

    I don’t really know how many times the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge has broken down.

    The number is written down somewhere in that great tenders’ logbook up in bridge heaven, where this old span—IF THE NEW HIGH-RISE EVER OPENS—is about to go.

    Until that day, “ye olde bridge” suffered another breakdown this past Saturday, and I finally got caught by it.

  • Homemade Halloween costumes provide original looks and memories

    Just about every retailer these days stakes a claim in the Halloween business.

    You can find costumes, wigs, accessories, scary things, gross things and all things spooky at just about every store you venture into. I’m sure for parents on the go, this one-stop shop approach is convenient. But to me, it takes the anticipation and excitement out of the holiday.

    The subject of homemade versus store-bought Halloween costumes came up when talking with friends this weekend, when one said her friend had planned to take her child to buy his costume that day.

  • Smart people don't litter; proud people don't litter

    Some people aren’t very smart.

    OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, but I thought about other ways to say it and this is just as simple as it gets.

    Some people aren’t very smart—particularly people who litter and especially people who throw trash out of the windows of their cars.


    Is it too difficult to hang on to whatever trash you have in your car until reach a destination with a trash can?

  • Want to get scared? There’s plenty to do in the area for Halloween

    It’s no secret how much I love the fall, the month of October, Halloween and everything scary, fun and shocking about the paranormal.

    I cut my journalism teeth while I was a page designer at my first newspaper by doing a series of fun stories on supposedly haunted locations in my hometown.

    My thrill for all things scary—albeit not gory—followed me here to Brunswick County. While I’ve had fewer opportunities to creep around in old buildings hoping to see or hear something unexplained, I still love this time of year.

  • Loud crowds, ‘Fantanos’ and getting answers: it’s all in a day’s work

    Wow. When I signed on to be moderator of the Meet the Candidates Night, I knew things could get interesting.

    Just days before early voting began, and one of the last scheduled debates between U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and GOP challenger Ilario Pantano, I was prepared for things to get heated.

    I’m on the Pantano camp’s e-mail list as a member of the press, but I also receive the e-mails they send out to their volunteers and supporters, so I know they ask people to show up to debates, bring friends, bring signs and be loud—very loud.

  • We couldn’t do what we do without the help of others; thank you

    Here at The Brunswick Beacon we take great pride in being what we consider the most comprehensive news source for Brunswick County.

    While many of you read our print product each week, we have an increased following of people looking for their news online. 

    One of the best parts about using our website to get your Brunswick County news is you don’t have to wait until it arrives in the mailbox Thursday. You can get timely, supplemental news updates throughout the week from www.brunswickbeacon.com.

  • Newest member of the family will grow into a person all her own

    It’s hard to plan ahead for spontaneous moments.

    It’s even harder when you’re more than 13 hours away from where they happen.

    Since my sister and very best friend in the world announced she was expecting her first child nine months ago, I had mixed emotions of excitement and sadness. Excited for the precious addition that would be joining our family, but sad knowing I would more than likely miss the birth, as it takes more than a quick car ride to get from Shallotte to Indianapolis.

  • First bridge crossings still up in the air

    Except for employees of English Construction Co. and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, hardly anybody who’s somebody has been allowed up on the new, soon-to-open Sunset Beach high-rise bridge.

    This includes newspaper reporters and photographers, I know for a fact. I’m a reporter/photographer, so you’ll have to trust me on this.

    There are plenty of good reasons why average citizens—even if they promise to wear hard-hats and flotation devices just in case—shouldn’t climb up that big bridge without permission.

  • You are cordially invited to the-can’t-miss event of the political season

    Please allow me to take a few moments of your time for a shameless plug.

    Strike that—in reality, this really benefits you, the voter, so this is almost more of a public service announcement.

    Do you have plans for the evening of Monday, Oct. 11? If you do, cancel them immediately, because I have a better idea.

  • Starting next week, Beacon online content will be subscription based

    You may have seen the story on the front of last week’s Brunswick Beacon.

    On Wednesday next week, the Beacon’s website, www.brunswickbeacon.com, will return to a subscription-based news and information source.

    So what does that mean to you, our loyal readers?