Local News

  • Leland rejects apartment text change

    LELAND—There was a packed house at Leland’s Dec. 20 town meeting where residents were ready to argue against a unified development ordinance text change. Many believed the change would lead to unwanted apartments near the Waterford development.

    But the town council decided one small change was unnecessary when they have a new zoning plan on the horizon.

  • Property owner says county’s land grab ruined development plans

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—A Boiling Spring Lakes property owner who lost one of his lots to Brunswick County because of eminent domain says the condemnation killed his development plans.

    Dan Lichty spoke to county commissioners Dec. 3. He said he was surprised to learn that morning the county was digging up a lot to install a pump station for the Boiling Spring Lakes Wastewater collection project.

  • County will seek Waccamaw Park grant, but won’t rush to renovate

    BOLIVIA—Two weeks after Brunswick County commissioners approved a Waccamaw Park master plan outlining potential improvements, the parks and recreation department is ready to start fundraising.

    On Dec. 3 commissioners approved a plan for upgrading Waccamaw Park that could cost $2.9 million, but the board didn’t commit to spending money yet.

    Parks and recreation director Jim Pryor told the board a master plan allows him to apply for grants that could cut down county costs.

    He said Parks and Recreation Trust Fund money could be available.

  • New name, logo for combined county health and social services agencies

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners combined the health and social services departments into a single agency to improve their image, but a logo for the new department has been a tough sell.

    The county board voted in September to combine the departments. After they were consolidated, a team of staff members from the health and social services departments selected a new name and image to promote the joint services the new department provides.

  • BFA, community make Christmas merry for many

    A line of cars started forming around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 20 along Smith Avenue in anticipation of the annual holiday distribution of toys and food by Brunswick Family Assistance.

    Shortly before 9 a.m., the rear doors of the old pressroom at The Brunswick Beacon swung open to start admitting clients during the annual event to dispense toys and food in time for the holidays.

    Donations came thanks to the community.

    BFA program director Lora Moree said the distribution encompasses 2,290 people, or 390 families with children who are in the program.

  • Flu to-do may include vaccine at your local pharmacy

    With the onset of flu season, there’s still plenty of time to get a shot.

    Now might be a good time.

    In recent weeks, North Carolina has become one of eight states to have an early, especially intense flu season.

    Three influenza-related deaths have been reported, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

    While the Brunswick County Health Department offers flu shots, pharmacies are administering them, too.

  • Calabash second annual New Year's Eve party set for Monday night

    CALABASH—The town will host its second public New Year’s Eve bonfire and celebration starting at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31.

    Festivities will take place in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot next to the Calabash River. Light refreshments, including hot cocoa, coffee, clam chowder and nachos and cheese, will be part of the event.

    There will also be a casting of messages-in-a-bottle. Participants will write good wishes and place them in the bottles, which will be taken out to the Gulf Stream by the Hurricane Fleet.

  • Calabash EMS celebrates 30 years

    CALABASH—It started as a tiny rescue squad–one ambulance and 11 “minimally credentialed” providers on Dec. 19, 1982.

    Thirty years later, Calabash Volunteer Emergency Medical Services, Station 29, consists of a volunteer staff of more than 30, some with the highest level of paramedic training, and has capability of running three ambulances.

    “This summer, we were able to run one ambulance 24 hours a day, and another during peak call times for an additional 12 hours,” said Calabash EMS board member Ginny O’Brien.

  • Vietnam veteran discovers he isn’t eligible for veteran’s benefits

    Bruce Gray received a Vietnam Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Defense. He has his DD-214. He served his country proudly.

    But this year Gray learned he doesn’t qualify for veteran’s benefits.

    “I thought I would go ahead and sign up for it for the time when I decide to retire,” Gray said.

    Gray, like many Vietnam veterans, thought his service automatically qualified him for benefits.

  • Severe weather to move through Brunswick Wednesday

    Severe weather is expected in Brunswick County throughout the day Wednesday.

    A tornado watch is effect until 5 p.m.

    A tornado warning was issued for Brunswick County, near Southport, just before 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. The warning expired around 10:15 a.m.

    Just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the county. Winds could exceed 60 mph. The first storm was reported just south of Southport and was moving northeast.