Local News

  • Beacon wins general excellence, distinguished freedom of information award from NCPA

    For the second year in a row, the news team of The Brunswick Beacon won first-place general excellence in its division at the annual North Carolina Press Association’s news and editorial competition.

    And for the third time in four years, the newspaper won the distinguished Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information award for all North Carolina newspapers with a circulation of 20,000 or less.

  • Investigation under way in death of 3-year-old

    Local law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a 3-year-old child in Shallotte. According to Brunswick County coroner Greg White, the child was pronounced dead around 9 a.m. Thursday morning at the Brunswick Novant Medical Center's emergency room.

    The cause of death is under investigation.

    “The autopsy is taking place today,” White said.

  • Dead child dropped off at hospital before police chase

    SHALLOTTE—A 3-year-old boy is dead and the man who left him at a local hospital is in jail following a high-speed police chase in Shallotte last Thursday.

    A second suspect was taken into custody on drug charges following a search of a Shallotte residence where the boy may have been fatally injured.

    “There are two suspects, and they are both in jail on different charges,” said Rodney Gause, Shallotte police chief, on Tuesday afternoon. “There were two suspects in the house: one on the chase and one in the house.”

  • Vote to help Union Elementary School win $50,000

    SHALLOTTE—Eleven-year-old Benjamin Higgins is a fifth-grade student at Union Elementary School and he has the chance to win $50,000 for a new cafeteria facility for the school.

    But he can’t win without your help.

    Higgins entered the Uncle Ben’s-Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest. As a finalist he is mere votes away from bringing home a $50,000 prize for Union Elementary, $20,000 for his family and winning a trip to appear on the Rachael Ray Show.

  • Increasing cuts diminish BCC’s capacity to serve the community


    Brunswick Community College is standing united with other North Carolina Community Colleges in asking the state to restore community college funding.

    “We need restoration of funds to meet our overall goals,” said Susanne Adams, president of BCC. “We keep hearing that community colleges are going to fix this economy but that is not reflected in our budgeted money.

  • Fire and war can't break this veteran

    SHALLOTTE—Jimmy Todd had just turned the television off in his living room and was preparing for bed Wednesday, Feb. 15. When he flipped the switch to his bedroom light, it didn’t turn on.

    Then he heard a loud boom, but he had no idea the roof of his house at 4393 Ritz Circle was on fire.

    He didn’t have smoke detectors in his attic. The ones in his home were functioning but hadn’t yet been triggered by the fire in the attic.

  • Ocean Isle Beach officials talk about fiscal needs


    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the town of Ocean Isle Beach conducted their annual budget workshop retreat. During the daylong meeting, the board of commissioners met with town staff including department heads and discussed upcoming issues and expenditures facing the town in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • It's all about vision

    SHALLOTTE—The town of Shallotte is considering donating town land for a new Shallotte Senior Center.

    The land, which is within the town’s vision plan area, would be donated to Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

    The idea was discussed Tuesday during the Shallotte Board of Aldermen’s annual retreat.

  • Work under way on new boat ramp in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Construction work is under way on a future state-operated boat ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    Soon, the water work portion of the project will be finished, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said, speaking at a day-long town council retreat Feb. 21 at Sea Trail.

    Then the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will bring in its own construction crew to do land work, including a parking lot. The goal is to have the ramp completed in time for the upcoming season, Parker said.

  • The Brunswick Beacon looks back: 1967-1971

    Editor's note: This is the third in a yearlong series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    Back in Brunswick County 45 years ago, the New Year kicked off with bang when a car was hit by a train.