Community News

  • 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)]


  • Study offers technique for feral cat control

    Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) has long been regarded as an effective means of controlling feral cat populations. I’ve been an active supporter and spayed and neutered hundreds of feral cats during  the past 20 years. New research from Tufts University advocates Trap-Vasectomy-Hysterectomy-Release (TVHR) may be a better solution for wildcat populations, at least on a computer.

  • The colorful world a dog sees

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that dogs only see in black in white. I’ve always explained dogs can see many shades of colors, especially blues and yellows. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve then been told that, yeah, dogs see gray.

  • Turtle Talk teaches trivia to Holden Beach residents, visitors

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Beacon correspondent