Local News

  • Commissioners honor WBHS graduate for Eagle Scout status

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution honoring a local Eagle Scout.

    Brett Flaccavento was honored at Monday night’s meeting for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout while giving back to an organization close to his heart.

    A West Brunswick High School graduate, Flaccavento is a student at Brunswick Community College and works at Walmart. For his Eagle Scout project, he collected more than 250 pounds of soda pop tabs.

  • Brunswick County unemployment up in December

    Unemployment in Brunswick County was up in December.

    While recently released national jobless numbers show a sub-9 percent national average, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate in December was 11.9 percent, up significantly from 10.5 percent just the month before.

    It was also up from the December 2010 unemployment rate of 11.3 percent.

  • One killed in wreck on U.S. 17 near Brunswick Electric

    SUPPLY—A man was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 17 in Supply.

    Few details were immediately available, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said Tuesday. More information about the people involved was expected to be released Tuesday afternoon.

  • BEMC offers $5,000 reward for power-outage vandalism

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for breaking into the BEMC Hickmans Crossing substation in Calabash and committing vandalism that resulted in a power outage.

    About 3,600 co-op members in the Calabash area were without power from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, to 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, as a result of the vandalism.

  • VFW monthly breakfasts resume this Sunday, Feb. 5

     Calabash VFW Post 7288 will resume its first-Sunday-of-the-month breakfasts starting in February. For $5, one can have a sit-down breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage patties or links, home-fried potatoes, eggs to order, grits, toast, coffee and juice. Pictured preparing the home fries is breakfast chairman Kirk Earney, who spends two days preparing the potatoes before they’re served. The monthly breakfast is served on the first Sunday from 8-11 a.m. at the post, 900 Carter Drive. For more information, call 579-3577.

  • Cash is king in 2012


    If there were a magic crystal ball, this would be a good time to gaze deeply into it and forecast 2012.

    While no known psychics have stepped forward to read the future of Brunswick County’s economy and real estate markets, the Beacon asked several area Realtors to make predictions about 2012.

  • Poachers beware: The Green Swamp Preserve is protected land

    Charles Darwin called it “one of the most wonderful plants in the world.”

    There is only one species of the plant that grows in a small corner of the world.

    It is the Venus flytrap. And it is only found in the wild in this region.

    The Nature Conservancy is working to preserve its natural habitat, right here in Brunswick County.

    “They are only found in the wild in a 100-mile radius around Wilmington,” said Sara Babin, conservation coordinator. “This is the only place in the world they grow naturally.”

  • Damascus Road Revival

    Do you know how hard it is not to spend a dollar that is in your wallet, especially when it’s the last one?

    I have been carrying around a dollar bill for at least two weeks now. When I received it back in my change at a gas station in Sunset Beach, I immediately noticed a red stamp on the dollar. It reads “Track this bill @ www.wheresgeorge.com.” The red stamp appears on both sides of the bill.

  • Judge denies Warren’s request for injunction

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks on Wednesday denied Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren’s request for an injunction to stop a hearing to remove Warren from the county’s Department of Social Services board.

    Hooks’ order, filed at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Brunswick County Superior Court, allows county commissioners to legally proceed with the removal process. The order also nullified a temporary restraining order preventing the hearing.

  • Carolina Shores workshop, retreat set for Monday at SBIC

    The monthly workshop of the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at BCC’s South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17.

    The workshop will be followed by the board’s annual daylong budget retreat at the same location.

    Agendas should be ready by mid-week.