Community News

  • Operation Christmas Child drop-off sites announced

    Several area locations will serve as collection sites this year for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

    During National Collection Week, Nov. 14-21, Brunswick County residents will donate shoeboxes filled with school supplies, hygiene items, notes of encouragement and toys, such as a doll or soccer ball, for Operation Christmas Child to deliver to children in need around the world.

  • Master Gardener online plant sale

    The Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is sponsoring its third annual fall online plant sale featuring a wide selection of trees, evergreens, shrubs with spectacular blooms, a diverse selection of grasses and favorites for the coastal garden.

  • African Children’s Choir to perform Sept. 18

    The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

    The program will feature well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. The concert is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs for education, care and relief, and development.

  • Cuddly Cat Tails cats seek loving homes

    By Michelle Tinger

    Special to the Beacon

    Have lap, will cuddle: That is the motto for these featured “lap” cats available for adoption at Cat Tails.

    Aster is a 3-year-old spayed female orange tabby who is smart and loves attention. She may be a little shy at first, so she'll need a little time and patience to get use to her new home. But the effort will be well worth it, as you will be delighted to see how happy and appreciative she is to have her chin scratched while sitting in your lap.

  • Shallotte mayor travels to Raleigh to oppose sales tax redistribution proposal

    SHALLOTTE            — Mayor Walt Eccard told the town board of aldermen about his two recent trips to Raleigh to meet with legislators about a proposed sales tax redistribution that would adversely affect Shallotte and Brunswick County.

    During the board’s regular meeting Sept. 1, Eccard said he was accompanied by alderman Gene Vasile on the first trip and planning board member Steve DeRose and economic development committee member (now chairman) Ron Johnson on the second trip.

  • Ray Reyes: New golf manager at Sea Trail

     Last September, Raymond Reyes, came to Sea Trail as the new golf manager. He is having a blast and making a difference.

    The 25-year-old resort and residential community in Sunset Beach had been experiencing financial difficulties for several years. In 2013, a Chinese investor known only as Mr. Pan, bought Sea Trail for $8.5 million.

  • Mission to Honduras provides clean water, basic needs

    By George Wong-Chong

    Special to the Beacon


    In May, my wife Mari-Lou and I were virtually going out the door on our trip to Russia when we got an email message from United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) requesting volunteers with skills and experience in gardening, composting and water filtration for a mission to Honduras with a group from Alabama Honduras Medical Educational Network (AHMEN).

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meets May 5

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its regular monthly meeting Monday night, May 5.

    A pre-agenda work session is at 6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall at 700 Sunset Blvd.

    Copies of the meeting agenda are available on the town website at www.sunsetbeachnc.gov.

    Sunset Beach Town Council has also scheduled three budget work sessions during May.

  • Carolina Shores workshop May 5

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have its monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5.

    Their monthly meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8.

    The sessions will take place at Carolina Shores Town Hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    For more details and agenda information, call town hall at 575-4877 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • What is this mystery plant?

     “Now ‘tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted;

    Suffer them now, and they’ll o’ergrow the garden

    And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.”

     [Shakespeare, Henry VI (part 2)]