Local News

  • Sunset Beach Town Council to discuss beach safety at special meeting Monday

    SUNSET BEACH — The town of Sunset Beach has scheduled a special meeting for 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the town hall conference room to discuss beach safety in the wake of recent drownings in Sunset Beach and the adjacent towns of Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach.

    Council may take action during this special meeting, according to a meeting notice posted by town clerk Lisa Anglin.

  • Candidate says college degree 'invalidated'

    State senate candidate Danny Hefner has issued an update stating his college degree has been invalidated.

    Hefner issued the statement last week in response to someone whom he said had been contacting local news outlets denouncing his educational background as fraudulent.

    In a statement sent to the Beacon, Hefner said he and his team started working to find out why the allegations were being levied against him.

  • Fix A Friend Spay & Neuter Clinic nears public opening

    By Anita August

    Special to the Beacon

    Fix A Friend Spay & Neuter Clinic, the area’s first affordable spay neuter facility for pets, opened its doors to local animal rescue groups July 23.

    The clinic has been in the works for more than two years, from concept to implementation.

    Last week, it hosted an open house so that people active in local animal rescue got to see, for the first time, the facility that will likely change forever the plight of homeless and unwanted animals in this region. 

  • Calabash celebrates 40th anniversary at Town Hall Day

    CALABASH — Forty years ago, the fledgling town of Calabash, N.C., commenced with its first town meeting July 28, 1973.

    On July 26, 2013, townspeople and out-of-towners alike converged at the new Calabash Community Park to celebrate the town’s 40th anniversary.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight noted the large crowd was gathered to celebrate the Seafood Capital’s sixth annual Town Hall Day as well as “40 years of incorporation.”

  • One of two house fires investigated as arson

    One of the two unrelated house fires to which firefighters responded in Brunswick County within three days is being investigated as arson.

    Firefighters were called to the first fire outside Southport just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, said Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner. Personnel from four fire departments extinguished the fire, which destroyed a vacant house behind Surf Cinemas and delayed traffic on Long Beach Road for several hours.

  • Warrant issued for inmate accused of bringing cell phone into jail

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man accused of sneaking a cell phone into the Brunswick County Jail.

    Joseph Oneal High, 37, of Breezewood Drive in Wilmington, is wanted on a charge of inmate possession of tobacco, phone or electronics, the warrant from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office shows.

  • Officers arrest four people, confiscate heroin

    Officers arrested four people early Friday morning and confiscated 1,560 bags of heroin in Supply during a traffic stop prompted by an anonymous tip.

    Robert Joseph Decosimo, 49, and Vandarn Stewart, 53, both of Elmont, N.Y., and Supply residents Marcus Antonio Grissett, 53, of Clover Lane SW and Elizabeth Julia Kleedorfer, 51, of Seagull Way SW are each charged with conspiring to traffic heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Leland man reported missing has been found safe

    The Leland man deputies sought after he was reported missing has been found safe.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives asked for the public's help early Friday evening to find 23-year-old James Matthew Smith of Merrywood Drive.

    Smith, who was last seen about 10:30 p.m. at Tommy's Mini Mart in Leland, was found Friday night and returned home, sheriff's office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Longwood man accused of causing injury to his dog

    A Longwood man is accused of letting a nylon cord become embedded in his dog’s neck, causing injuries that led to the dog’s death.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services Unit arrested 27-year-old James Miles Butler of Pine Needle Road on Friday, July 26 and charged him with cruelty to animals.

  • South Brunswick High teacher accused of animal cruelty

    A South Brunswick High School teacher is accused of starving hens and turkeys used for educational research at the school.

    Beke Musser Lindsay, 61, of Willettes Road in Southport is charged with three counts of cruelty to animals, according to a joint news release issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Brunswick County Schools.

    Lindsay was arrested Thursday, July 25 by animal protective services deputies and released on a $500 unsecured bond. She has been placed on administrative leave until further notice, according to the release.