Local News

  • Summer concerts Sunday, Wednesday and Friday

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is under way for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    Here’s the lowdown (and schedule) of concerts in the coming week.

    Holden Beach

    Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at the Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard. Carolina Breakers perform Sunday, June 30.

    Sunset Beach

  • Lightning knocks out power

    Lightning from a thunderstorm knocked out power Thursday night in portions of Brunswick County.

    The outage affected about 15,000 customers in the Holden Beach and Supply areas, said Judy Gore, spokeswoman for Brunswick Electric Membershop Corp.

    Five substations were out as a result of lightning strikes at the Prospect transmission station, Gore said.

    The outage occurred between 9-10 p.m. and lasted for a little over an hour before power was restored, Gore said.

  • Keeping Holden Beach beautiful the goal of June 30 beach sweep

    There’s plenty to do on Holden Beach—swimming, surfing, sunbathing—and on Sunday, June 30, add sweeping.

    Christopher Politis of Paradise Café and Sheila Faye Donahue are organizing a beach sweep cleanup effort from 9:30-noon that will cover the beach from Paradise Café at 102 Jordan Blvd. to the Holden Beach pier at 441 Ocean Blvd. W.

  • Extending waterway dredging window might require a fight

    A grassroots approach may be needed to break restrictions on waterway dredging.

    That was proposed at the latest Brunswick Beaches Consortium meeting June 13.

    The Brunswick Beaches Consortium is a regional group charged with helping its members work together to solve challenges of beach erosion and to provide a group approach for beach preservation.

    Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach and president of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, said the way to make dredging area waterways cheaper is to expand the dredging window, or eliminate it entirely.

  • Brunswick County’s Myrtle Beach/Wilmington tug of war going to Obama

    Brunswick County’s U.S. legislative representatives won’t hand the county over to South Carolina without a fight.

    U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre will ask President Barack Obama to referee their fight with the Office of Management and Budget.

    Earlier this year, the OMB, a federal agency, switched Brunswick County to the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) after years of statistical connection to Wilmington.

  • Navassa plant closing costs 600 jobs

    One of Brunswick County’s largest industrial employers announced June 19 it will close its local plant.

    DAK Americas runs a plant in Navassa that employs about 600 workers—350 full-time employees and 250 contract workers—but said they intend to shut down by September.

    “We acknowledge that this business decision is very difficult for our employees and thank them for their dedication and commitment to our industry for more than 40 years,” Jorge Young, DAK Americas’ president, said in announcing the plant closing.

  • Richardson receives bond, remains incarcerated

    Randy Lee Richardson, the Shallotte teen charged with the murder of his 4-month-old child June 5, received a $500,000 bond Monday.

    Despite the bond, Richardson remains in the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Richardson, 19, of 1515 Pelican Place in Shallotte, was arrested for the murder of Colton Tillman Richardson.

    The baby’s birth certificate obtained by the Beacon through the Brunswick County Register of Deeds office lists Randy Lee Richardson as the baby’s father and Brandy Nicole Elkins as his mother.

  • Lehr’s death a loss of commissioner and friend

    Shock was the term most frequently used by Holden Beach officials at the news town commissioner Ray Lehr died unexpectedly June 20.

    “I don’t know what to say; it’s shocking,” commissioner Sheila Young said, adding she last saw Lehr at the town’s last budget meeting June 17.

    “I was not aware he was ill,” Young said.

    Mayor Pro Tem Don Glander, who knew Lehr for close to 10 years and served with him for six years on the town board, said Lehr was in good health.

  • Holden Beach officials vote 3-2 to appoint Kyser to town board

    Ken Kyser, a former Holden Beach commissioner, was appointed to the town board Thursday morning.

    Holden Beach officials held a special meeting at 10 a.m. June 27 to discuss how to fill the empty seat left after Commissioner Ray Lehr’s death one week earlier.

    Kyser served on the town board for two terms, from 2007-11, but resigned one month prior to the November 2011 general election due to health problems.

  • Woman sought for questioning in recent thefts

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives with the assistance of South Carolina authorities have identified the woman in the attached photos as Bonnie Mendola, 30, of Hillside Drive, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Warrants have been drawn for the following charges: Obtaining property false pretense, larceny for an incident that occurred on June 23 at Turtle Crossing Cupcake Shop in Calabash and larceny for an incident that occurred on June 4 at Bill’s Seafood in Sunset Beach.