Local News

  • Harbor seal visits Shallotte Point

    A harbor seal visited near Shallotte Point last week.

    The seal swam up and rested on a dock, according to residents who photographed the seal.

    According to NOAA Fisheries, “harbor seals are generally non-migratory and occur on both the U.S east and west coasts. On the East Coast, harbor seals are found from the Canadian Arctic to southern New England, New York and occasionally end up in the Carolinas.”

  • Bird Island ranks in Yahoo! Travel list

    SUNSET BEACH—Bird Island is more than just a scenic beach walk to a mystical mailbox.

    Now, the uninhabited, state-owned island has earned a place in Yahoo! Travel’s “World’s Most Unusual Beaches” listing.

    It is among 10 beaches cited in the listing released in January. In this latest recognition, Bird Island is included with beaches in Ireland, Greece, England and New Zealand, as well as other beaches in the United States.

  • Sunset Beach annual retreat is Feb. 21

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its day-long annual retreat next Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Osprey Room A of the Sea Trail Conference Center.

    Council’s agenda is as follows:

    8:15-8:45 a.m. breakfast; 8:45-9:30 a.m. budget preparation process; 9:30-10:15 a.m. community meetings; 10:15-11:15 a.m. beach patrol vs. reserve officers; 11:15-noon bike trails/pedestrian walkways; noon-1 p.m. lunch break; 1-3:30 p.m. capital improvement, five-year financial plans review; 3:30-5 p.m. project schedule review.

  • More parking changes for Sunset Beach island

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved allowing only parallel parking on the main thoroughfares of the island.

    Approval came at the council’s monthly meeting Feb. 6.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott, who has long favored parallel parking as a safety measure, said it won’t prevent people from parking but will be safer.

    Solar waste devices

    Council also discussed at length use of BigBelly solar trash and recycling receptacles that were loaned to the town by Waste Management.

  • Residents question tree removal at Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The fate of trees remains up in the air after a roomful of residents bombarded the manager of Carolina Shores Golf Course with questions.

    Golf course manager Philippe Bureau reiterated plans at the Feb. 9 town board meeting to remove around 900-1,000 pine trees that are interfering with sunlight and the club’s ability to grow grass, especially on the greens.

  • Local actress chases her dreams


    SHALLOTTE—No dream is to big for one aspiring young actress.

    Tara Goodman is a senior at West Brunswick High School, but her dreams are of legends.

    Goodman relocated with her family to Shallotte her freshmen year of high school. She remembers auditioning for a part in the school’s production of “Nightmare Before Christmas.”

    “I didn’t get the part,” Goodman said. “In 10th grade I got a part in ‘Fame’ and I knew that is what I wanted to do the rest of my life.”

  • Local talent takes the stage

    SHALLOTTE—The scene was much like “American Idol” or “The Voice” on Saturday morning at Planet Fun. The only thing missing was the judges.

    David Pickett, executive producer of “unDISCOVERED,” was filming a pilot for what he hopes will become a monthly talent show in Brunswick County.

    On Saturday eight acts performed a variety of entertainment from comedy to rapping and singing. The show was filmed by Pickett’s crew with the hopes of being edited into a 30-minute pilot to be aired locally in the near future.

  • Town opposes school calendar changes: Fears tourism will suffer

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town adopted a resolution Tuesday morning opposing a proposal for Brunswick County Schools to change school calendar dates.

    The calendar will be discussed by the Brunswick County Board of Education after it is taken up in a calendar committee meeting. The board of education is poised to talk about the changes in March. Some proposed calendar changes would require approval from the state General Assembly.

  • Best of Brunswick winners named


    Your votes have been cast and the ballots have been tallied.

    The 2012 Readers’ Choice Best of Brunswick award winners have been named. Make sure you don’t miss them; they appear in a special section in this week’s Beacon.

    This is the fifth year the Beacon has sponsored the contest, which has more than tripled in responses since its inception.

  • Lifelong educator remembered by peers, students

    Editor’s note: This is a first is a series of stories about Barbara Brunson, who was killed last month in a wreck by a suspected impaired driver.

    For half a century, Barbara Brunson was in a classroom teaching the next generation (and the next) the importance of education.

    Brunson retired last year at 72 with 50 years of teaching under her belt.

    But for Carl Brunson—Barbara’s loving husband turned grieving widower—he wished she hadn’t retired, even if he knew it was incredibly well deserved.