Local News

  • Local group plans to celebrate National Homeless and Hunger Week

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be homeless and not know where you were going to sleep at night?

    A year ago, a group of concerned citizens united with one mission: to help the homeless in this community.

    One year later, the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition is joining forces with more than 750 groups throughout the nation to bring awareness to those who are homeless and hungry.

    “This is our first event. We just learned about the national week this year,” Barbara Serafin, BCHC president, said.

  • Shallotte Elks to bring a bicycle rodeo to Shallotte

    It’s a state law and one group wants to spread awareness and make it fun.

    In 2001, the Bicycle Safety Act became a law in the state of North Carolina. The law requires every person younger than 16 years old to wear an approved bicycle helmet when operating a bicycle on any public road, public bicycle path or other public right-of-way.

    From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, Shallotte Elks Lodge No. 2854 will have a bicycle safety rodeo in the Shallotte Walmart parking lot on Main Street.

  • Armed robbery suspect apprehended by sheriff

    As a result of a continuing investigation into an armed robbery that occurred Thursday, Nov. 1, Brunswick County Deputies went to a residence on Old King Road in Ash around 12:30 p.m. on Friday. When deputies arrived at this location, Christopher Babson, a wanted suspect in the armed robbery, exited the residence through a window and began to run away. He was immediately apprehended and placed under arrest. 

  • Sheriff seeks man wanted for armed robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man believed to be involved in an armed robbery Thursday.

    Deputies responded to a call that shots had been fired at the home of Christopher Lacki at 2582 Aberdeen St. SW in Supply around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, Lacki was the only person in the home. He was not injured.

    According to Brunswick Sheriff's spokesperson Sgt. Del Routh, two people had fled the scene in a light blue vehicle.

  • Elections: Job creation, improving education priorities for lieutenant governor candidate

    Fees and regulations are making it too difficult for businesses in North Carolina. The state has one of the highest gas taxes in the nation, and it ranks too low for kindergarten through 12th-grade education.

    That’s was the message from Dan Forest, R-
    Raleigh, who is running for N.C. lieutenant governor. “That’s not acceptable for our great state,” Forest said.

  • Elections: Incumbents face challengers in bids for N.C. General Assembly seats

    Three seats representing Brunswick County and its coastal communities are up for grabs on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    N.C. Senate District 8 incumbent Bill Rabon, R-Southport, is being challenged by Danny Hefner, D-Ocean Isle Beach. N.C. House District 17 incumbent Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, faces off against challenger Lundia Washington, D-Bolivia, while District 18 incumbent Susi Hamilton, R-Wilmington, is being challenged by Louis Harmati, R-Winnabow.

  • Voters complain about machines, numbered ballots

    Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy says there are no problems with voting machines as early voting continues in the county through this Saturday, Nov. 3.

    In the past week, some residents have complained to The Brunswick Beacon about problematic machines that, had they not been paying attention, showed them casting votes for the wrong presidential candidate, they claim.

    Another man complained about the use of numbered ballots and a concern his vote choices could be monitored.

  • Sunset Beach meetings scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the town hall conference room with its newly appointed 50th-anniversary committee.

    Council’s regular monthly session starts at 6:45 p.m. Monday for a 15-minute work session, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

    On the agenda is a public hearing for public comments regarding the proposed Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

  • Volunteers needed for first Charles Dickens Christmas Festival

    Volunteers are sought to participate and assist with the county’s first Charles Dickens Christmas Festival planned for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Southport.

    Brunswick Arts Council is presenting and orchestrating the event that will take place 1-9 p.m. both days in downtown Southport. The celebration is a tribute to the renowned English author, whose 200th birthday was this past February.

  • 59th Annual Oyster Roast is Saturday in Varnamtown

    VARNAMTOWN—A shuckin’ good time is just around the bend in Varnamtown.

    This coming Saturday, Nov. 3, Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church will be the site of this riverfront fishing town’s 59th annual oyster roast.

    The event is from noon-5 p.m. at the church at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The cost for the oyster roast is $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Meals will consist of hot, fresh oysters roasted over an open fire, hot hushpuppies, pickles and coffee. Soft drinks will be sold separately.