Local News

  • Neighbors helping neighbors

    BOLIVIA—Neighbors lending a helping hand have taken on a whole new meaning in Brunswick County.

    Bruce and Adrienne Hollenbeck lost their home to foreclosure in June. Since then they have been living underneath tarps set up in their yard. That is, until their neighbors stepped in.

    Last Tuesday evening, less than one week since the couple’s story appeared on the front page of the Beacon, the Hollenbecks sat anxiously in their front yard waiting for a new, temporary home.

  • When it erodes away

    There is no better time to see what Mother Nature can do than the morning after a hurricane.

    The east end of Ocean Isle Beach is historically susceptible to high winds, tides and waves, and despite avoiding a direct blow from Hurricane Irene, the east end sustained damages.

  • Shallotte Crime Report


    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Common law robbery on Shallotte Avenue by the suspect taking money from the victim; the suspect took $3,900 in cash and a cell phone from the victim.

  • OIB Crime Report


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a vehicle in the Shallotte Boulevard parking area; suspect removed a black wallet containing $470, a passport, Mexico identification and a Social Security card from under the front seat.

  • A walk through the International Pavilion


    Take a tour of world cultures without leaving Brunswick County.

    The eighth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, on the grounds of the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    During the festival there will be an international pavilion, an international food pavilion and an entertainment stage.

  • DSS meeting time, location questioned at commissioners meeting

    BOLIVIA—Apparently, Charles Warren is working on something.

    When questioned by fellow Brunswick County commissioner Scott Phillips on various matters going on with the county’s social services board, which Warren chairs, he replied to each concern with “We are working on that.”

    “I would like to share and ask questions concerning the DSS,” Phillips said.

  • Volunteers come to aid (and spirit) of Bird Island mailbox

    SUNSET BEACH—You might say a group of residents were moved by the spirit—the Kindred Spirit, that is—when they ventured out last week to come to the aid of a legendary mailbox damaged by Hurricane Irene.

    The group of seven left 40th Street in Sunset Beach promptly at 9 a.m. on the first day of September, headed west to make repairs at the Kindred Spirit mailbox.

    The mailbox and its bench were damaged when Hurricane Irene passed through the area Aug. 26-27, said Jack DeGroot, a Sea Trail resident who was one of the volunteers.

  • Parking issues part of Sunset Beach special meeting Sept. 15

    A special called Sunset Beach town meeting has been changed to Sept. 15.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein has called a special town council meeting for 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the town hall conference room.

    Council’s previously scheduled meeting for Sept. 13, as well as its monthly work session scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, have been cancelled.

    Council will discuss parking issues and postponed parking committee recommendations at the Sept. 15 meeting, according to town clerk Lisa Anglin.

  • 'Events center' still up for debate in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Do residents want an outdoor “events center,” or don’t they?

    That was a point of contention at town commissioners’ monthly workshop Tuesday, when a majority of board members seemed ready to move forward with developing a plan for the outdoor facility.

  • BCC south-end facility nearing opening date

    CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College’s new South Brunswick Islands Center is nearing its opening date.

    A sneak-preview of that occurred last month when the Brunswick County and Little River, S.C., chambers of commerce took part in a special business after-hours event Aug. 16, at the future continuing education facility and conference center.

    A temporary certificate of occupancy enabled that event to occur, said Jerry Thrift, vice president of operations at BCC.