Local News

  • 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.

  • Man wants to keep Christ in Christmas

    SHALLOTTE—Three years ago Alan Hughes got fed up with hearing people say “Happy Holidays” so he made it his mission to spread a message—put Christ back in Christmas.

  • 2012 Photo contest winners


    As a thank-you to our readers, this week’s Beacon features a free 2013 calendar.

    The calendar features photographs from this year’s Brunswick Life photo contest, plus lots of great advertisements from area businesses.

    “The calendar has been one of our most rewarding special projects,” Beacon managing editor Stacey Manning said. “We love getting quality photos from children and adults each year. It’s hard to pick the winners and select the few that will make it into the calendar.”

  • Mayors meet with new county commissioners

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—On Thursday, Dec. 13, mayors and other elected officials from throughout Brunswick County participated in a mayors’ meeting in Ocean Isle Beach commissioners’ chambers. The topic was getting to know Brunswick County’s newly elected commissioners—Pat Sykes and Frank Williams.

    “The agenda is simple,” said Bob Morrow, mayor of St. James. “We have invited the newly elected commissioners to hear their views and get to know them a little better.”

  • Get a blessing, give a blessing with free meals on Christmas


    On Christmas Day, Faith Building Mission will set up three feeding sites in Brunswick County where free Christmas meals may be picked up and delivered.

    “Christmas is a great time for many of us, but also a sad time for many of us. We want to share the love of Jesus,” said Dean Siler, Faith Building Mission project coordinator. “Everybody knows somebody.”

    A free meal of ham or turkey, beans, dressing, potatoes and dessert is available.