Local News

  • FOCUS group examines county health and wellness

    A regional community group has focused on finding ways to improve the health of Brunswick County residents.

  • Maritime Museum at Southport plans expansion

    The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will expand its current building in the new year.

    Southport’s museum, one of three North Carolina Maritime Museums, opened on the site of Fort Johnston along the Cape Fear River at East Moore and South Davis streets July 4, 2011.

    James Crum, campaign treasurer for the Friends of the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, said the current building was designed from two barracks for enlisted men at Fort Johnston. The renovated building provides 5,800 square feet, with 2,800 square feet dedicated to exhibits.

  • Park upgrade results expected in 2015

    Many changes in Brunswick County’s parks set in motion during the past year are expected to produce results in 2015 or play out over the next few years.

    Aaron Perkins, who was hired as the county’s parks and recreation department director in 2014, will see the projects through.

    Perkins, who has worked with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation for eight years, previously served as athletic coordinator under former director Jim Pryor. Pryor left the position Oct. 8 to become director of parks and recreation in Forsyth County, Ga.

  • Leland man faces murder charges after crash

     A Leland man faces two second-degree murder charges after a car crash Saturday, Dec. 27.

    Twenty-six-year-old Eric Lavon Hill was involved in a single-vehicle crash at 4:20 a.m. Saturday when his car struck a tree and killed the passengers in his car, 22-year-old Anika Aikman of Wilmington and 23-year-old Jonathan Clark of Leland, Sgt. Jeremy Humphries wrote in an email to the Beacon.

    The wreck occurred at Willow Pond Lane and Grandiflora Drive in the Magnolia Greens community in Leland, Humphries said.

  • Christian recovery center restores hope, peace and joy

     ASH — Helping others through personal nightmares is a local pastor’s dream come true.

    Larry Shreve founded a faith-based recovery facility, Brunswick Christian Recovery Center, for male drug addicts and alcoholics in 2010. Now one of the men Shreve helped guide through a nightmare is helping his mentor run the day-to-day operations of the center.

  • Community Christmas heightens holiday at Ocean View Baptist

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It was a holiday wonderland with a twinkle-light canopy cascading from the ceiling, red poinsettias on tables, entertainment and festive foods.

    That’s just the atmosphere organizers were hoping for as a free community Christmas dinner unfolded on Christmas Eve Eve (Dec. 23) inside the freshly transformed family life center at Ocean View Baptist Church on Beach Drive.

  • Lung recipient has picture-worthy 2014

    What a year it was for Buddy Norris.

    Just as the Shallotte sign maker was released from yet another trip to the hospital for treatment for the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, he was called to Atlanta to get a new set of lungs three days before Thanksgiving.

    Norris’ double-lung transplant Nov. 24-25 has been viewed as nothing short of a miracle, and he and his family aren’t taking it for granted.

  • Waste reduction still a priority for 2015

    The launch of a new year is giving organizers of local anti-litter and recycling campaigns a renewed outlook for reducing the amount of waste in Brunswick County.

    Reducing the amount of litter as well as encouraging recycling will continue to be priorities for Keep Brunswick County Beautiful (KBCB), a local nonprofit offshoot of Keep America Beautiful, which since 1953 has encouraged individual and community responsibility for cleaner environments.

  • NCDOT to close part of Ocean Isle Beach Road

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close a portion of Ocean Isle Beach Road, between Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), near Ocean Isle Beach, from Monday, Jan. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 1, to install storm drain pipe.

    Signs will detour traffic from Old Georgetown Road to Seaside Road, then to Beach Drive (N.C. 179).

    NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and allow extra travel time and encourages use of alternate routes when possible during this period.

  • Suspects sought in Calabash armed robbery

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are searching for two men who robbed and assaulted an employee at a Calabash convenience store Dec. 22.

    Two black men wearing ski masks entered the Citgo gas station on Beach Drive at 9:25 p.m. One brandished a handgun.

    The robbers assaulted the clerk and stole some cash and her purse before running out of the store toward the South Carolina state line, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. 

    The clerk was treated on the scene for minor injuries.