Local News

  • 'Cashing in on Tourism' topic of March 9 Joint Economic Growth Summit 2010

    Weekend tourists are turning into lifetime residents, bringing $30 billion annually to the economy in the Carolinas. Brunswick County is no exception.

    The University of North Carolina Wilmington and Coastal Carolina University are teaming up to co-host a Joint Economic Growth Summit to explore the lasting benefits of tourism on the local economy and the phenomenon of the “turbo-tourist,” according to a UNCW news release.

    Brunswick County’s statistics will be part of the program.

  • ELECTION 2010 Former school board member to run for county commissioner

    Former Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert has filed to run for a seat on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

    Gilbert, who served on the Brunswick County Board of Education from 2004-2008, will be the Libertarian candidate in November’s General Election for county commissioner in District 1.

  • Local graduates of the Methodist Orphanage organize benefit fashion show

    Brunswick County residents Evelyn Callahan Cates and Rom Hardin met as children at the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh. There, they learned hard work, self-sufficiency and the importance of friendships.

    They say they received an education that has lasted a lifetime.

    “We really learned how to work,” Cates said recently. “We had a farm off campus we worked on…We had our own school.”

    “It was great,” recalled Hardin.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Variety of offerings at Health Expo 2010

    A crowd converged as more than 40 exhibitors took part in The Brunswick Beacon’s fourth annual Health Expo last Saturday, Feb. 27, at West Brunswick High School.

    Highlights included free health screenings and a medication drop-off, as well as tours of Brunswick Community Hospital’s new mobile cardiac catheterization unit and Brunswick Safety House.

    Brunswick Community Hospital, in conjunction with Novant Medical Group, conducted free blood-pressure checks and offered information on local primary care and specialty providers.

  • 'Rev. Jeremy Cribb' ministry site posted, then pulled



    CALABASH—Former town administrator Jeremy Cribb’s felony case is still undergoing case management, his attorney said this week.

    Earlier this week, an Internet site for New Life Ministries listing “Rev. Jeremy Cribb” was pulled after a reporter called a phone number on the site and asked a man who acknowledged he was Cribb about the site.

    The man hung up without answering any questions.

    Shortly afterward, the online site, http://newlifeministriesnc.org, was removed from the Internet.

  • Brunswick County residents among stricken on Caribbean cruise ship



    Brunswick County residents are still recovering after getting sick aboard a ship that had an outbreak of norovirus last week during a Caribbean cruise.

    Ocean Isle Beach resident Lomie Lou Cooke says she’s doing better but still feeling effects of the virus she came down with Feb. 24 while aboard the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship.

    She was among the last group of passengers allowed to leave the ship last Friday after it returned and docked in Charleston, S.C., following an 11-day cruise that departed Feb. 15.

  • ELECTION 2010 Two Democrats, one Republican vie for district attorney

    Incumbent district attorney Rex Gore will face a primary challenger on May 4 to represent the 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties.

    Harold “Butch” Pope, a Whiteville Democrat and criminal defense attorney, filed to challenge Gore in the primary last week. Gore also filed for office last week.

  • Sheriff’s office to open north end substation

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will open its second substation next week.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office North End Substation will open with a ribbon-cutting event at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 10.

    Last year, the sheriff’s office opened its first substation in Calabash. In addition to the main office in Bolivia, residents will have now three stations throughout the county.

    The north end substation is at 1112 Cutlar Crossing, Suite 102, which is in Brunswick Forest in Leland.

  • Commissioners move forward with free dump week

    BOLIVIA—Each free dump week, which usually takes place in Brunswick County twice a year, costs the county about $27,000.

    But county commissioners on Monday decided it’s money well spent and opted to once again have a free dump week at the county landfill in Bolivia. Commissioners approved the semi-annual event, tentatively scheduled for April 12-17, at the county landfill in Bolivia.

  • Shallotte hears San Rio update, applies for sidewalk grant, changes fee policy

    Shallotte aldermen have received an update on the San Rio project, agreed to apply for a state grant for a new sidewalk along the Shallotte River Bridge and has changed the town’s fee policy to make development somewhat easier.

    At Tuesday night’s town board meeting, officials from LandTech Asset Management Company, the court-appointed receiver for the stalled San Rio development off Gray Bridge Road, said they are working to get the property ready for construction and lot sales.