Local News

  • Calabash OKs sign pointing way to waterfront

    CALABASH—Do you know the way to the Calabash riverfront?

    Granted, most locals probably do, but out-of-towners may find it more challenging, the town board of commissioners agreed at their monthly meeting June 11.

    The board approved installation of a new sign pointing the way to Calabash waterfront dining and fishing.

    The sign went up at 1080 River Road, which is the home of local restaurateur Crystal Coleman Nixon and is in the commercial business zone.

  • Calabash EMS open house Saturday

    Calabash Volunteer EMS will have an open house 1-5 p.m. this coming Saturday.

    The open house will take place at the EMS station at 9031 Beach Drive in Calabash. The public is invited.

  • Sweepstakes company files summons against Calabash, sheriff, DA

    CALABASH—An Internet sweepstakes company has filed a civil summons against the town of Calabash, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David.

    Internet Café & Sweepstakes of Calabash, at 1224 Riverview Drive, seeks a declaration that privilege license fees charged by the town over the past three years violate the state constitution and a mandatory injunction that would require Calabash to refund an estimated $76,900, plus 6 percent interest annually, paid to the town by the corporation also referred to as ICS-C.

  • UPDATE: Suspect arrested

    Suspect Jerry Onasis Melvin, shot overnight at a DWI checkpoint, has been arrested and is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center under $250,000 bond.

    Melvin, 42, of Isabelle Trail in Leland, has been charged with eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, eight counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and one count of felony conspiracy (for the speeding to elude charge).

  • CIS offers before- and after-school care with staggered start

    Brunswick County Schools’ decision to go to a staggered start schedule threw off Communities in Schools after school program plans.

    But CIS has reorganized and expanded its services to provide before-school and after-school programs in the new school year.

    “For the last several years we have operated after-school child care programs from the time schools released (students) until 6 p.m.,” CIS director Kathy Smith said.

  • Quick thinking weather boy earns a medal from Varnamtown officials

    When a tornado touched down in Varnamtown on Friday, it was a moment one resident has prepared for almost his whole life, all eight years of it.

    The National Weather Service reported an EF-0 tornado—based on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale used to rate the strength of tornadoes based on the damage they cause—touched down near Varnamtown along Stone Chimney Road at 1:22 a.m. Friday, June 7. While the tornado was rated on the weak end of the scale, winds were estimated at 70 mph, trees were downed, and there was some damage.

  • Commissioners handle parks maintenance

    Brunswick County commissioners took on a number of issues intended to benefit the county’s parks at their June 3 board meeting.

    Commissioners voted unanimously to add Brunswick County to a list of 100 counties and municipalities asking state lawmakers to maintain revenues dedicated to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

    Jim Pryor, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation director, proposed a resolution to maintain PARTF funding.

    “In 18 years we’ve had 18 projects (funded) at a total of $4.4 million,” Pryor said.

  • $95,500 park-engineering contract up for review Tuesday in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach Town Council will discuss and consider acceptance of a $95,500 park engineering proposal at its upcoming monthly workshop.

    The session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Sunset Beach Town Hall. A special meeting has also been called for 1 p.m. Tuesday for council to go into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.

    The workshop discussion will include representatives from Withers & Ravenel engineering and surveying firm of Cary.

    Also on Tuesday’s workshop agenda are review of streetscape requests-for-proposals.

  • The Brunswick Beacon launches Pet Idol contest

    Attention, pet lovers.

    Do you think you have the cutest pet? For only $15 you can enter your pet’s picture, whether it is Goldie the fish or Fifi the poodle in The Brunswick Beacon’s Pet Idol contest.

    The deadline for entries is June 28, and the pictures will run with descriptions July 11 so readers can vote for their favorites. The winner will receive a gift basket of pet goodies, a trophy and a T-shirt with the pet’s winning photo.

  • Summer concerts, movies at the beach and beyond

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    New this year is a Thursday series in Calabash, where concerts will take place on Thomasboro Road and movies shown in the town’s new Calabash Community Park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    More of the series is in store in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Leland and Southport.