Local News

  • A dog's tale: Abandoned pooch transforms into Angel

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—“Look at how beautiful she is,” Janie Withers said as she showed off a lively white Pekingese dog that’s been residing at her home for the past two months.

    Two months ago, the little dog Withers has named Angel wasn’t so lively or pretty. Found abandoned along a Winnabow roadside, starving, she had a ruptured eye and her fur was severely matted. The dog likely would have died except for a Good Samaritan who rescued her.

    A rescue group couldn’t help, so Withers was contacted for help.

  • Vehicle break-in spree lands two people behind bars

    Two Brunswick County burglars are behind bars one day after going on a breaking-and-entering spree that led to 21 charges.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on Sept. 19 and charged them with a ring of car breaking-and-entering incidents in the Supply area that took place on Sept. 18.

    Arrested were Timothy Lane Inman, 20, of 1669 Vest Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, and Amy Denise Horne, 34, of 731 Stone Chimney Road, Supply.

  • Calabash returns rezoning request to planning board

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has voted to send a request to rezone seven acres along Thomasboro Road from commercial to residential back to the town planning and zoning board.

    The 4-1 vote came following a public hearing at town commissioners’ last monthly meeting Sept. 11.

    Compass Point Engineering, on behalf of property owner Russell Price, wants to rezone 7.16 acres from central business (CB) to R-15 residential. The addresses of the property are 1401 Thomasboro Road and 9215 McMurray Lane.

  • Missing juvenile last seen more than a week ago in Leland

    A Brunswick County juvenile was last seen more than a week ago and police need your help locating her.

    Carla Pedroza Ibarra, 15, of Leland has been missing since Sunday, Sept. 16. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information as to her whereabouts.

    Ibarra is a Hispanic female who is 5 foot 4 inches and weighs about 238 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes and wears black frame eyeglasses.

  • Looking Back 1981-1983

     Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Each month, we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    Fishermen, foiled robberies and other topics unique to Brunswick County dominated headlines in The Brunswick Beacon in the early 1980s.

    In 1981, local fishermen came out in force to protect their waters from the county.

  • Holden Beach indicates support for Myrtle Beach MPO

    Holden Beach commissioners did not take an official vote but showed strong verbal support for a South Carolina road-building representative to pursue working with southeastern North Carolina representatives to build roads.

    The presentation by Mark Hoeweler of the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments was a highlight of Holden Beach commissioners’ regular meeting in town hall on Sept. 11.

  • Feral cat or house pet? Shallotte woman looks to slow growing feral cat population

    SHALLOTTE—A local resident’s love of animals has led her to reach out to help stop a feral cat colony in her neighborhood from increasing.

    Cindy Milam moved to Shallotte three years ago from Ocean Isle Beach. Already a cat lover, she had several indoor felines of her own. It didn’t take long for the neighborhood’s feral cat population to realize she was their friend.

    “One month after I moved here, one cat showed up. My kids were like ‘Mom, don’t feed it,’” Milam said.

  • BFA now taking applications for Christmas assistance program


    With summer over and school under way, it is time for one area organization to start gearing up for Christmas.

    The annual Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program takes organizers months of planning to deliver.

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency will begin taking applications, by appointment only, on Sept. 24. Applications will continue to be taken through Nov. 8, but don’t wait until the last minute. BFA officials say the closer the holidays get, the busier BFA employees and volunteers are.

  • Newly renamed justice center honors former sheriff


    BOLIVIA—Monday’s county commissioners meeting began with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office honoring former Sheriff John Carr Davis.

    Commissioners read a proclamation naming the John C. Davis Law Enforcement Center in Bolivia after him. Davis’ family surprised and surrounded him as he was recognized for his work. Davis received a standing ovation from the packed room as he was given a certificate of recognition.


    Personnel policy amendments

  • Warriors prepare to ride through Brunswick County

    The day to show your appreciation to warriors who have sacrificed for freedom is rapidly approaching.

    On Friday, Sept. 28, the Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride 2012 will be cycling through the area. The ride is a four-day event and is the last Warrior Ride of 2012. Rides began in late March and took place in the Carolinas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    Warrior Ride founders Debra and Bob Racine of Oak Island started the nonprofit organization seven years ago as a way to incorporate recreation and rehabilitation and to give back.