Local News

  • Sea Trail Corp. sold for $8.5 million

    SUNSET BEACH—Sea Trail Corp. in Sunset Beach has been sold for $8.5 million.

    Sunset Beach’s crown-jewel golf resort and convention center was sold during a bankruptcy auction June 17 to Wealth Spring Industry LLC of Wilmington, a newly formed company whose chairman is a man referred to as “Mr. Pan.” He is described as a successful investor and industrialist from China.

  • Former school board member Ray Gilbert charged with embezzlement

    A pastor and former Brunswick County board of education member was arrested and charged with two counts of embezzlement last week.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Emily Flax, Ray Gilbert was arrested for embezzling funds from the Parent-Teacher Association at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    One count is for the amount of $1,128 and the second count is for $2,500.

    Flax said school officials alerted law enforcement.

    “We investigated and issued warrants,” Flax said.

  • Holden Beach commissioner dies

    Holden Beach commissioner Ray Lehr has died.

    Lehr, 75, died unexpectedly Thursday.

    Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden told the Beacon he found Lehr at his Holden Beach home Thursday morning when Holden arrived to pick up Lehr for breakfast. Holden said Lehr had suffered a massive heart attack.

    More information will be posted as it becomes available.

  • Brunswick County students receive diplomas

    The students gathered in small groups and traded hugs and high-fives and congratulated each other on a job well done.

    Others sought out their teachers to thank them for the ways they had enriched their lives during the last four years.

    A few appeared in awe of the moment as they stood silently and watched the faces of their friends go by in a slideshow.

    All of them had one thing in common: they were members of the class of 2013, and graduation day had come for all of them.

  • Disano to attend National Young Leaders Conference in D.C.

    West Brunswick student Daniel Disano has his sights set on Washington, D.C., and in just a few short days, he will be on his way.

    Disano, a Shallotte resident and rising junior, will be participating in the National Young Leaders Conference.

    The conference is a nine-day program allowing students the opportunity to interact with a variety of personnel who serve the three branches of government.

    The program appealed to Disano because of his interest in politics and current issues.

  • County EMS, USAR and local fire departments conduct training exercises

    Parts of the old J.M. Parker building at the corner of U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 came tumbling down last Friday and Saturday. For two days search-and-rescue teams battled the heat to recover “victims” from the rubble.

    Fortunately, this scenario was only a training drill.

    According to Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano, this type of training is rare for the county’s firefighters, fire responders and emergency services workers.

  • Two suspects shot, charged after fleeing check-point

    By Renee Sloan and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers


    Two suspects were shot last Friday night by law enforcement officers as the two men tried to flee from a multi-agency Governors Highway Safety Booze It and Lose It checkpoint in Leland.

    Suspect Jerry Onasis Melvin, shot Friday night, has been arrested and is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under $250,000 bond.

  • Sunset Beach to consider park-engineering contract Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has agreed to delay deciding a proposed $95,500 park-engineering contract until its next monthly meeting next Monday night, June 24.

    The meeting starts at 6:45 with a pre-agenda workshop, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall.

    The decision came at council’s monthly workshop Tuesday morning at town hall following discussion with Chuck Smith, director of planning and landscape architecture with Withers & Ravenel engineering and surveying firm of Cary.

  • Rules for low-speed vehicles in North Carolina

    Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs) must be titled and registered and inspected with a report confirming the vehicle is equipped for road use and meets all DOT safety standards.

    The operation of a low-speed vehicle is authorized with the following restrictions:

    (1) A low-speed vehicle may be operated only on streets and highways where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. This does not prohibit a low-speed vehicle from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street being crossed has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour.

  • Rules of the (LSV) road

    As the town of Sunset Beach pursues lowering the speed limit on its island causeway to 35 miles per hour, a debate has ensued among townspeople about the safety of low-speed vehicles (LSV) traveling to the island.

    If the speed limit reduction is approved, it would enable electric- or gas-powered LSVs to cross over from the Sunset Beach mainland to the island using the high-rise bridge.