Local News

  • Thrift receives state’s highest civilian honor

     After 47 years of service to the Tar Heel State, Jerry Thrift has retired.

    And North Carolina has honored the longtime civil servant for his work throughout the last half-century.

    Thrift, former vice president of operations for Brunswick Community College, was awarded with The Order of Long Leaf Pine on Oct. 17.  State Sen. Bill Rabon presented the award to a surprised Thrift during a meeting at the college. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the state’s civilian honor.

  • In need of a mailbox, Butterbaugh delivers

     Jesse Butterbaugh needed a new mailbox, and he needed one quickly.

    His wife, JoAnne, was persistent in telling her husband the mailbox needed to be fixed.

    So Jesse fixed it up the only way he knew how.

    He transformed his antiquated post-in-the-ground mailbox into what now resembles a power line.

  • Round-up targets heroin supply, 14 arrested

     Not long ago, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit determined 90 percent of the drugs being sold in an area near Supply was heroin.

    On Friday, Nov. 1, officers implemented a community take-back initiative that dealt the heroin trade in Brunswick County a crippling blow.

    Drug agents and detectives arrested 15 people on various charges, most of which were heroin-related.

  • Beacon's Holiday Happenings show is Nov. 9 at Shallotte Middle School

    Get ready for shopping, entertainment, food, fun and Santa.

    The Brunswick Beacon’s third annual, largest ever Holiday Happenings Christmas Show is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Shallotte Middle School.

    This year’s show will feature nearly 70 unique vendor and artist/artisan booths. There will also be onstage entertainment by the West Brunswick High School Show Choir and the Shallotte Middle School Handbell Choir, which is directed by Michelle Farmer.

  • B.J. Thomas concert Thursday at BCC

    He’s described as a true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcend them.

    Singer B.J. Thomas, who performs in concert at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 7, at Brunswick Community College, is a five-time Grammy and two-time Dove Award winner who has sold more than 70 million records and is ranked in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the last 50 years.

  • Sunset Beach hires new administrator

    SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach has hired a new town administrator, it was announced at town council’s monthly meeting Monday night.

    Susan Parker is scheduled to begin her new duties with the town on Dec. 9.

    Parker will replace current town administrator Gary Parker (no relation), who has been with the town since December 2007 and plans to retire.

  • Mad Inlet public hearing Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management has scheduled a public hearing this Wednesday, Nov. 6, about a proposed change to remove an inlet hazard designation from a site previously occupied by Mad Inlet at the west end of the Sunset Beach island.

    The hearing will be at 5 p.m. at the Sunset Beach Fire Station at 102 Shoreline Drive.

  • Free showing of "Honor Flight" movie on Veterans Day in Wilmington

    A free showing of the award-winning documentary, “Honor Flight: One Last Mission” will be featured this coming Veterans Day, from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt St. in downtown Wilmington.

    “Honor Flight” is described as a documentary about four living World War II veterans and a community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial constructed for them in 2005, nearly 60 years after the war.

  • Rezoning on Carolina Shores agenda Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are poised to consider a rezoning change at a specially rescheduled monthly meeting Thursday night.

    The Nov. 7 meeting, rescheduled for a later time of 7 p.m. at Carolina Shores Town Hall in lieu of the board’s usual 2 p.m. monthly meeting time, will include a public hearing for proposed amendments for rezoning the Marlowtown Road area from residential R-8 to manufactured home II (MFH II) to allow for mobile homes.

  • Carolina Shores administrator is new Brunswick County planning director

    CAROLINA SHORES — Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett has been hired as Brunswick County’s new planning and community development director.

    Hargett announced his career change at the Carolina Shores Town Board of Commissioners workshop Monday, Nov. 4.

    He is scheduled to start his new job at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia on Nov. 18, for a starting salary of $92,000 annually.