Local News

  • County approves DOT plan to abandon Middle Dam Road

    Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to endorse clipping the end of Middle Dam Road despite complaints from residents.

    The last 30 yards of Middle Dam Road, off Copas Road in Shallotte, end on property owned by R.D. White III, who petitioned the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to abandon it and return it to private property.

    But residents who have a long family history living on the road didn’t see any benefit in shortening the road for anyone except White.

  • Public safety radio upgrade delayed until 2013

    Snakebit best describes Brunswick County’s efforts to install the North Carolina State Viper radio communications system.

    Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano reported to county commissioners Monday night the new system won’t be online until January 2013 at the earliest.

    Marzano said the popularity of the system statewide has delayed the county’s attempt to transition to the public safety radio and paging system.

  • Brunswick County voters keep board of education intact

    Incumbents reclaimed the three Brunswick County Board of Education seats that were up for grabs in Tuesday’s General Election.

    In District 1, voters re-elected Bud Thorsen by 62 percent of the vote over Ray Gilbert. Thorsen received 33,592 votes to Gilbert’s 20,434 votes.

    Thorsen, the Chief Court Counselor for 13th Judicial District, has served on the board for14 years, acting as chairman from 2000-2002 and again in 2010.

  • Phillips returns to Brunswick County board, with Willams and Sykes

    Scott Phillips won 61 percent of the vote to rejoin commissioners Phil Norris and Marty Cooke on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

    He defeated Brenda Faye McMillian with 32,442 votes to her 21,153 votes to reclaim his District 4 seat Tuesday night.

    Phillips was elected to his second term on the county board. He ran on a platform of improving Brunswick County roads and supporting senior citizens and improving the county for his and the residents’ children.

  • General Election Results for Brunswick County

    There were several tight races throughout Brunswick County Tuesday, as some 69 percent of the county's registered voters cast a ballot in the 2012 General Election.

    Some of the closest races were between U.S. House of Representatives incumbent Mike McIntyre and challenger David Rouzer. As of preliminary results Tuesday night, it appears McIntyre will narrowly retain his seat in Congress.

    Also locally, it was a tight race in the bid for 13th District Judge, but it appeared at press time Pauline Hankins would take the win.

  • New reporter joins Beacon newsroom

    Brian Slattery joins The Brunswick Beacon newsroom as a new staff writer and photographer.

    Originally from Ormond Beach, Fla., Slattery spent the past 14 years living in Raleigh, working for community newspapers covering Granville, Franklin and East Wake counties.

  • Habitat Follies set to entertain Saturday night, Sunday Nov. 3-4 at BCC

    The talents of the sixth annual Habitat Follies are unfolding onstage this weekend to benefit Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity.

    Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    This cabaret-style show features great area talent including singers, dancers, musicians and entertainers. Proceeds from this event will benefit Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity.

    Tickets are $25 for adults and $7.50 for children younger than age 12. Group discounts are available.

  • Looking Back 2003-2005


    Editor’s note: This is the next part in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Each month, we bring readers a glimpse into the past.



    •A front-page headline for the first issue of the Beacon in 2003 read “Home sales skyrocket in Brunswick County.” The county saw a 126 percent increase in sales of existing homes.

  • Shallotte Greenway: Duo dreams about preserving green space in town

    SHALLOTTE—There are two brothers in Shallotte who have a dream and vision for preserving green space in Shallotte.

    Chris and Cameron Kinlaw grew up in Shallotte. Both went away to college and upon returning to their hometown realized they missed an important part of their college lives—riding bicycles to get around.

    “I went to school in Savannah and I biked everywhere,” Chris said. “My parents live in Shallotte and it’s dangerous to bike anywhere in Shallotte.”

  • Seventh fatality in Brunswick County in October

    Around 6:46 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 17 claimed the seventh life on Brunswick County roadways during October.

    Levi Sovie, 35, of Leland, was driving a white Suburban in the northbound lane of U.S. 17. He was in the construction zone near Goodman Road just south of Leland. His vehicle overturned.

    According to Sgt. E.C. Harris with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Sovie apparently overcorrected his vehicle by pulling the wheel to the right, then immediately back to the left, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.