Local News

  • The Red House Specialty Shops


    SHALLOTTE—Shopping in Shallotte can help others.

    Communities in Schools recently began operating The Red House Specialty Shops on Main Street.

    There are 40-plus vendors and a portion of every purchase is donated to CIS.

    The store rents booth/shelf space to vendors. A portion of the rent and fees from items sold are set aside for CIS.

    Volunteers work in the store and are available to help shoppers find the perfect item.

  • County unemployment rate drops slightly to 9.5 in October

    Unemployment rates have decreased in 76 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including Brunswick County.

    According to the latest data released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from 9.8 percent this past September to 9.5 percent in October.

    The county’s latest monthly unemployment rate is 1.6 percent lower than it was a year ago, when it was 11.1 percent in October 2011.

  • Charles Dickens Christmas Festival Friday and Saturday in Southport

    In observance of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, historic Southport will be transformed into an authentic Victorian-style English village this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

    The town, in conjunction with the Brunswick Arts Council, is sponsoring a bicentennial Charles Dickens Christmas Festival from 1-9 p.m. both days, rain or shine.

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 7-12. Children ages 6 and younger are admitted free. Prices include the two-day event for all venues and entertainment.

  • Man charged with strangulation, kidnapping woman

    A Brunswick County man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and trying to strangle a woman.

    Turner Chadwick Gray III, 30, 1701 Hideaway Road SW, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged Sunday with strangulation, second-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communication and communicating threats.

    Gray injured the woman when he squeezed her neck and cut off her air supply, according to information on an arrest warrant. He also unlawfully confined and took her to another place without her consent.

  • Calabash tree lighting set for 6 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30

    CALABASH—The Seafood Capital’s 17th annual tree lighting has been moved up a week.

    Because of a scheduling conflict, the event that traditionally takes place the first Friday in December is set this year for 6 p.m. this coming Friday, Nov. 30, at Callahan’s of Calabash on the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

    Festivities launch with the annual Spirit of Calabash Parade showcasing creatively decorated and lighted golf carts and costumed participants.

  • Ceremony marks opening of new Calabash Community Park

    CALABASH—Calabash’s new 1-acre community park is officially open.

    Opening ceremonies and festivities took place Nov. 17 at the new park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    About 100 people braved cold temperatures to attend.

    Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance said the park was built using funds from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant Program, matching funds from the town, and private donations.

  • Friday last day for poster contest entries

    The Brunswick Beacon is sponsoring a poster contest to help spread the message of wearing seat belts.

    The contest is open to people of all ages, but children are most strongly encouraged to participate.

    “In October, we lost seven people on Brunswick County roads in vehicle crashes,” managing editor Stacey Manning said. “We know how very dangerous our roads can be, and we want to do our part to try to save lives. Our campaign to promote seat belt usage is one small way we can do that.”

    The rules for the contest are simple:

  • Hospital Authority turns over $455,000 to Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Hospital Authority knew its time was up.

    The board, whose role was managing the now-closed Brunswick Community Hospital, had already begun planning to dissolve at its July 11 meeting.

    Sitting in the conference room of the hospital’s replacement—Brunswick Novant Medical Center—last Wednesday night, members just had to make it official. 

    The only issue remaining for the hospital authority was whether to turn over to Brunswick County money collected from Novant’s buyout of the old hospital.

  • Interim chief James hired as Leland’s new police chief

    LELAND—Leland took the interim tag off Police Chief Mike James’ badge.

    Town manager David Hollis announced at the Nov. 15 Leland town council meeting James was his choice for the permanent position after a two-month search.

    James was hired as interim police chief Feb. 20, 2012. He has worked in law enforcement 29 years, starting in Rockingham County.

  • Waterford residents tell town they don’t want planned apartments

    LELAND—Leland’s planning staff was talking text changes to the town’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at last Thursday night’s town meeting, but residents of the Waterford subdivision were only hearing that unwanted apartments were coming to their development.

    The concern grew out of changes proposed to add multi-family zoning to the UDO and to conditional zoning permits.