Local News

  • N.C. State Highway Patrol urges planning ahead for Memorial Day travel

    RALEIGH — With an estimated 37.6 million motorists taking to the roadways this Memorial Day weekend, the State Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to plan ahead before traveling.   

  • Hands Across the Sand

    From Nags Head to Sunset Beach, individuals participated in 113 synchronized events across 17 states and seven countries “to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable clean energy solutions,” according to a press release from the organization.


  • EMS Week recognizes those on the front lines

    Many awake each morning with some trepidation about going to work; for others work is a passion on which they thrive.


    This is the case for Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics Lyle Johnston and Kat Corrigan.


  • Brunswick Commissioners hear budget proposals, environmental protests

    he public will have an opportunity to voice their concerns during the June 17 public hearing on the budget.


    The recommended budget stands at $263.2 million with a 48.5-cent tax rate for the 2018/2019 fiscal year, according to Hardy.


  • Unauthorized Facebook announcement leads to OIB concert series confusion, dismay

    The Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert Series hit a sour note Tuesday during the May 14, 2019 town board meeting.

    After some discussion, the board announced the location of the concert series, scheduled to begin Friday, May 24, will continue to be in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina despite earlier plans to hold summer concerts in the town’s new park. Due to “unforeseen permitting delays in the new park construction” the summer concert series will be located at its original location, according to an OIB website post dated May 14.

  • Shallotte Treatment Associates sheds light on recovery

    Brunswick and New Hanover counties are among the four counties in North Carolina with the highest death rates due to heroin overdoses.

    North Carolina experienced an 800 percent increase in opioid drug deaths from 1999 to 2016, largely driven by a growth of illicit heroin use, according to a study of death certificates conducted by a team of Duke University students and faculty.

  • SB fitness trail plans scrapped

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council on Tuesday voted to withdraw last week’s approval of the Sunset Vision fitness trail after learning property to be given to the town came with an annual POA fee of “approximately $3,000.”

    Town councilman John Corbett, who is also an advisory committee member of Sunset Vision, read a prepared statement at the May 21 meeting detailing the cost he said they didn’t know about.

  • Proposed $1.32 million Calabash budget calls for no rate hike

    CALABASH — Calabash commissioners have approved a June 11 public hearing for the town’s proposed $1,322,616 budget for fiscal 2019-2020.

    The budget calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at .0875 per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as it has been for the past eight fiscal year budgets, Town Administrator Chuck Nance notes in his budget message included in the packet for the town board’s monthly meeting last Tuesday, May 14.

    Copies of the budget are also available at town hall.

  • Stories have no merit

    To the editor:

    Maybe I haven't been paying enough attention, but there were two articles in last week's Beacon that struck me as unworthy of the paper.

    One was the lead story on the front page with a huge headline declaring that two people have been fired from their jobs. The text of the story was so gossipy and "he said, she said" that I found it distasteful and really unfortunate for the two people fired, whose names were mentioned over and over.

  • Siblings find each other through DNA match

    VARNAMTOWN — It was Thanksgiving 2015, and Debra Smith took dinner up to her elderly mom, Elsie Yosia Kelly, during a visit in their hometown of Morgantown, W.Va.

    “My mother was having a bad Thanksgiving,” recalled Smith, who now lives in Holden Beach with her husband, Mike.

    “None of the other kids were around,” she recalled. “That’s when she informed me she had come to Wilmington and given up a child for adoption.”