Local News

  • McIntyre seeks to reverse Brunswick County MSA designation

    U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre wants Brunswick County to be reinstated in the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    “It makes no practical, economic or common sense for Brunswick County to be pulled out of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and placed in the Myrtle Beach [S.C.] MSA,” McIntyre is quoted in a statement released by his office Monday.

  • New construction springing up on South Brunswick Islands

    After years of slow growth following the peak of the recession, beach-house construction on the South Brunswick Islands is booming.

    Holden Beach has 27 houses under construction, Ocean Isle Beach has 26 and Sunset Beach has 24 under construction or having received certificates of occupancy in the past year.

    Among the houses being built on Holden Beach is one with 16 bedrooms and 16 baths. It’s at 1355 Ocean Boulevard West and encompasses 7,949 square feet of heated space.

  • Family turns tragedy into gift for others

    Dale LaShay Clemmons never met her father. She was born 12 days after he died.

    Now 8 years old, Shay, also known as Little Dale, and her grandparents are making sure Dale (D.J.) Clemmons Jr.’s memory stays alive. The family strives to turn tragedy into a blessing for others.

    On July 22, 2004, at the age of 22, D.J. was killed in an automobile accident in Brunswick County.

  • Beacon staff honored for outstanding work in 2012

    The Brunswick Beacon and its employees once again set themselves apart from the competition in the North Carolina Press Association 2012 News, Editorial and Photojournalism contest and the 2012 Best Ad Contest.

    Winners were announced on Thursday, March 21, during the 2013 Winter Institute and Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill. The Beacon competes in the NCPA’s division C for community newspapers with a circulation of more than 10,000.

  • Easter services dawn early Sunday

    Easter Sunday comes early this year, and so do Easter services scheduled at local beaches and beyond this coming Sunday morning, March 31.

    Other Holy Week events are planned as well.

    Beach services

    Three sunrise services, as well as later morning services, are scheduled Easter Sunday.

    Brunswick Islands Baptist Church and Holden Beach Chapel are sponsoring an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at the Holden Beach Pier.

  • Wendy's nears re-opening

    Wendy’s in Shallotte is almost ready to re-open.

    Franchise spokesman Kelly Durham said management hopes to re-open the restaurant this Friday.

    The restaurant on Whiteville Road has been closed since an out-of-control vehicle struck the building going 50 mph late on March 6, causing extensive damages and sending an employee to the hospital.

    The collision knocked the building off its foundation, causing in excess of $50,000 in damages, Durham said.

  • New Bird Island kiosk dedicated in Sunset Beach

    The Bird Island Preservation Society has dedicated a new educational kiosk—a four-sign display of information about Bird Island.

    The ceremony took place at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the kiosk provided by the town of Sunset Beach in the gazebo parking lot on the island.

    Posted at the kiosk is a message to visitors, “If you walk approximately 1.2 miles west down the beach, you will reach Bird Island, which stretches 1.4 miles, crossing the South Carolina state line and ending at Little River inlet.” 

  • Brunswick County manager accepts Guilford County job

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing has accepted an offer to take the manager’s role with Guilford County.

    The Guilford County commission’s nine-member board voted 6-3 to offer the county manager job to Lawing.

    “They voted at 1 a.m. I confirmed today with the Guilford County chairman (Linda Shaw),” Lawing said Friday.

    “The time was right. You can’t schedule when an opportunity in a county will come.”

  • Carolina Shores celebrates Arbor Day

    CAROLINA SHORES—Second-graders from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School are once again helping the town celebrate Arbor Day.

    The town’s fifth annual event Friday included a planting of a redbud tree on the grounds of town hall.

    Arbor Day is celebrated in North Carolina on the first Friday after March 15.

    The town also received renewed recognition Friday as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

    For more details and photos, pick up a copy of next week’s Beacon.

  • Former county commissioner Warren sues Brunswick officials

    Former Commissioner Charles Warren is taking Brunswick County’s leadership to court.

    Warren filed a civil suit in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington on March 12 against current county commissioners Phil Norris, Marty Cooke, Scott Phillips and Pat Sykes, former commissioner Bill Sue, county manager Marty Lawing and county attorney Huey Marshall.