Local News

  • Changes not likely for traffic flow on Holden Beach Road

    SHALLOTTE— For more than six months a handful of Shallotte residents and business owners have been pushing the town of Shallotte to get portions of Holden Beach Road re-opened.

    It is not likely that will happen.

    “The results show that for the near term, opening the road would not be a detriment but by the year 2022, it would be back to where is was when we requested the project,” said Alan Lewis, alderman, referring to results of a recent North Carolina Department of Transportation feasibility study.

  • Terminal groin project could cost as much as $7 million

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A terminal groin on Ocean Isle Beach could cost the town between $4 million and $7 million.

    Coastal Planning and Engineering of Wilmington presented their findings of a feasibility study to town commissioners and a handful of Ocean Isle Beach residents Tuesday morning during the board’s regularly scheduled April meeting.

  • Election 2012: Four local attorneys vie for district judge seat

    BOLIVIA—Four local attorneys are vying for a seat on the district court bench.

    Longtime District Judge Napolean Barefoot is not seeking another term, and he has four attorneys who want to succeed him.

    Assistant District Attorney Catherine Radford and local attorneys Pauline Hankins, Richard Cox and Sheila McLamb are all running for Barefoot’s seat in the 13th District, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

    Judicial races in North Carolina are nonpartisan.

    Richard Cox

  • Brunswick County dips in census ranking

    Brunswick County has long enjoyed a spot on the U.S. Census Bureau’s fastest-growing counties list.

    The county was the 14th fastest growing in the country in 2007. Since then, Brunswick County has ranked 17th, 28th and 37th.

    The Census Bureau released its most recent list last week.

    Between April 2010 and July 2011, Brunswick County was the 93rd fastest growing county in the country.

  • Beacon and ATMC-TV team up to produce candidates’ forum

    Want to know what local county commissioners’ candidates think about important community issues?

    The Brunswick Beacon and ATMC-TV have produced a candidates’ forum for contested county commissioner candidates where they share ideas about Brunswick County’s future.

    The forum will air from 9-10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Election Day, Tuesday, May 8. Early voting for the May 8 primary begins Thursday, April 19.

    The forum will also be available for ATMC-TV subscribers anytime on ATMC-TV’s On Demand feature.

  • Leland man killed in motorcycle wreck

    SOUTHPORT—A Leland man was killed Easter Sunday when his motorcycle was struck by a van on N.C. 87.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Troy Pope said 37-year-old James Osborne of Leland was killed around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8. James Osborne was traveling northbound on N.C. 87 about seven tenths of a mile north of Southport while Alice Fay Osborne, 62, was traveling southbound on N.C. 87 in a van.

    Alice Osborne, who is not related to James Osborne, crossed the center line, and when she did, her van struck James Osborne.

  • Unemployment in Brunswick County dips slightly in February

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in February, but it remains in double digits.

    According to unemployment numbers released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in February, down .8 percent from 13 percent in January to 12.2 percent in February.

    Brunswick County’s 12.2-percent unemployment rate remains higher than both the state’s 9.9-percent unemployment rate and the nation’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate.

  • 1972—1976: Looking back - Beacon History

    SHALLOTTE—In January 1972 an advertisement in the Jan. 6 Brunswick Beacon says “A Story of Heroes” featuring Steve McQueen and Flesh Fest starring Veronica Lake with flesh-eating maggots is showing at the Holiday Drive-In Theatre.

    In the same issue Macks was selling three giant rolls of paper towels, napkins or envelopes for $1, motor oil was 15 cents a quart and a package of 50 clothespins was 47 cents.

    The Jan. 20, 1972, paper announces the start of construction on a new 12-bed addition to Dosher Memorial Hospital.

  • Cancer diagnosis builds bond between high school siblings


    SHALLOTTE—A few minutes before the bell rings, two students in different classrooms at West Brunswick High School get up from their seats.

    Lillian Willis, a junior, and Brian Willis, a freshman, meet in the hallway. Lillian takes Brian’s books and his lunch, adding them to her own menagerie of items to carry. Brian picks up his crutches. Together the brother and sister navigate the bustling hallways to their next classes.

    “I’m his bodyguard,” Lillian jokes.

  • Shallotte agrees to work with Mark Saunders


    SHALLOTTE—The town has agreed to work with Mark Saunders and Coastal Companies.

    After delivering a compelling speech and presentation to aldermen at their regularly scheduled April meeting, the board agreed to establish a committee to work with Saunders.

    Saunders began his presentation to the town by saying, “As you know Rivers Edge is understandably important to the town of Shallotte.”