Local News

  • Youth volunteers repair homes for Brunswick County residents

    Marian Downer’s mobile home was in need of repair. The floors in the three bedrooms were giving way, raccoons were coming through holes in the screened porch, and some areas needed a fresh coat of paint.

    At 87, Marian can’t do the work herself. Her two daughters, Diane Downer and Deborah Downer, live with her, but both are disabled. Diane is recovering from a knee replacement surgery. Deborah was injured in a car accident and has recently had health problems.

  • Gas station birds ruffle rescuer's feathers

    Cages of colorful, cackling tropical birds line one wall of the small checkout area and store at Barrett’s Service Station on Holden Beach Road.

    For the three years they’ve been breeding and selling assorted birds at the Shallotte station, they’ve had no problems, station owner John Barrett said.

    “Do they look like they’re in danger to you?” Barrett asked as the birds sounded off from cages and perches on display inside the station.

  • Search for missing dog leads to rescue of four other pets

    It’s been more than a month since Jimmy, a 3-year-old black mouth cur dog, wandered away from a traveling carnival in Shallotte.

    Extensive searches by local animal lovers, coupled with an offer of a $1,000 reward, have yielded no recent sightings or clues about Jimmy’s whereabouts.

    But the bright spot is the three other lost, wandering dogs that were rescued, as well as a cat.

  • Eastern equine encephalitis found in Brunswick County horse

    A horse in Brunswick County has died of Eastern equine encephalitis, the first confirmed case of the illness in North Carolina for 2013.

    The horse, which died in early July, was in the Boiling Spring Lakes area, said David Stanley, director of the county department of health.

    “You have to remember the virus can be anywhere,” Stanley said last week. “Just because we have one horse doesn’t mean other areas are not threatened by the virus. You need to have proper precautions everywhere you go.”

  • One year later, sheriff's office brings change to animal shelter

    By Emily Flax

    Special to the Beacon

    A little more than a year since the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office took over running the county animal shelter, more than just the facility’s name has changed.

    Since July 1, 2012, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services (BCSOAPS) as it’s now known, has taken in 5,911 animals. That’s 738 more than the previous year.

  • Residents escape early-morning house fire near Calabash

       Four people were awakened by smoke alarms and escaped from a burning home near Calabash early Sunday morning.

    The Calabash Fire Department responded at 3:22 a.m. to a structure fire at 906 Strathaven Court in The Thistle Golf Estates off Old Georgetown Road, department spokeswoman Honey Shore said.

    The first units on the scene found flames shooting from the rear of a large two-story residence. Four occupants of the home, awakened by smoke alarms, had already escaped and were outside.

  • Missing 15-year-old found

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says a missing juvenile has been found.

    The sheriff's office sent out an updated bulletin at 9:30 Friday night stating Alekzander Lee Boyd, 15, of Southport had been located and expressing appreciation for the public's help.

    He left home prior to his parents getting up Friday morning and left a note saying he was going to be with friends. 

  • Filing for municipal elections continues through July 19

    Candidates may still file for the Nov. 5 municipal elections. Filing opened at noon Friday, July 5, and will continue through noon Friday, July 19.

    Candidates may file for any of 15 mayoral seats available, or any of the board seats in Brunswick County’s 19 incorporated towns, in towns where they reside.

    Seats are also available in the sanitary districts and on the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees.

    Here are the filings as of press time Tuesday:

    Filing for municipal elections continues through July 19

  • Holden Beach Commissioners evaluate cost of lifeguards on beach

    It would cost $1 million a summer for Holden Beach to provide lifeguards on the beach, Police Chief Wally Layne told Holden Beach commissioners during their meeting Tuesday, July 9.

    Layne said the mayor and he got together after the drowning on the Fourth of July to calculate how much lifeguards would cost.

  • Skinny Dipping

    To celebrate National Nude Recreation Week, Whispering Pines Nudist Resort participated in the World Record Skinny Dip event last Saturday. Despite the rain and stormy weather, 53 people participated in this year’s event. Resort owner John Frick said this was the resort’s third skinny dip event. The event in 2010 had about 262 participants, and about 160 people came out for the event in 2011. The resort is at 1114 Sun St. NW in Ocean Isle Beach. For more information about the resort and upcoming events, call (910) 287-6404.