Today's News

  • Siblings find each other through DNA match

    VARNAMTOWN — It was Thanksgiving 2015, and Debra Smith took dinner up to her elderly mom, Elsie Yosia Kelly, during a visit in their hometown of Morgantown, W.Va.

    “My mother was having a bad Thanksgiving,” recalled Smith, who now lives in Holden Beach with her husband, Mike.

    “None of the other kids were around,” she recalled. “That’s when she informed me she had come to Wilmington and given up a child for adoption.”

  • Bee puts ‘spell’ on literacy competition

    The buzz is the Brunswick County Literacy Council is gearing up for its 30th annual adult spelling bee, set to take place Tuesday night, May 21, in the Virginia Williamson Events Center of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The event starts with a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by the bee at 7 p.m.

    Assorted teams of two have once again signed on to compete in the annual fundraiser to benefit literacy programs in Brunswick County.

  • SB fitness trail plans scrapped

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council on Tuesday voted to withdraw last week’s approval of the Sunset Vision fitness trail after learning property to be given to the town came with an annual POA fee of “approximately $3,000.”

    Town councilman John Corbett, who is also an advisory committee member of Sunset Vision, read a prepared statement at the May 21 meeting detailing the cost he said they didn’t know about.

  • Proposed $1.32 million Calabash budget calls for no rate hike

    CALABASH — Calabash commissioners have approved a June 11 public hearing for the town’s proposed $1,322,616 budget for fiscal 2019-2020.

    The budget calls for the town’s ad valorem tax rate to remain at .0875 per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as it has been for the past eight fiscal year budgets, Town Administrator Chuck Nance notes in his budget message included in the packet for the town board’s monthly meeting last Tuesday, May 14.

    Copies of the budget are also available at town hall.

  • Attorney files for court review of Calabash complex

    A Calabash resident who is also an attorney has filed a petition seeking court review of the town’s recent approval of a conditional use permit for a 60-unit apartment complex on Thomasboro Road.

    Sandra Lefenfeld filed a petition April 29 in Brunswick County Superior Court requesting review of town commissioners’ April 4 approval of Woda Cooper Development Inc.’s three-story, multi-building apartment complex planned in the town’s central business district across from Harbor Drive.

  • Shallotte booming with new business, residential plans

    The town board of Shallotte has conditionally approved construction of a shopping center, auto/office site and residential community.

    During the public hearing segment of the regular board meeting Tuesday, May 7, aldermen listened as James McAden, project manager of Realty Link of Greenville, S.C., reviewed plans for a shopping center at the corner of Main Street (U.S. 17 Business) and Smith Avenue. The board approved a conditional permit at its Oct. 9, 2018, meeting for the proposed retail center.

  • Fitness trail conflicts raised in Sunset Beach

    As three Sunset Beach council members approved a rush-order for a new fitness trail last week, none of them disclosed their involvement with the nonprofit group asking the town to assume responsibilities for the trail.

    Sunset Beach Town Councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern are both board members of Sunset Vision, the nonprofit group offering to donate property for the trail if the town will take over liabilities and maintenance.

  • Brunswick County plans to expand EMS services into Leland

    Brunswick County EMS crews are tentatively scheduled to begin servicing Leland residents perhaps as early as July1, according to a Leland Town Hall press release.


    The expanded emergency services follow county staff’s recommendations to not renew Leland’s ambulance franchise for the coming fiscal year.


  • Brunswick Chamber fires two top staffers

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is going through transition after two of its key employees were dismissed May 3.

    Tori Humphrey, chairwoman of the 19-member chamber board, confirmed in an email announcement received by the Beacon on May 6 that membership relations director Heather Buell and membership engagement director Robyn Beliveau are no longer employed by the chamber.

    Humphrey wrote that chamber leaders have also been going through applicants and checking references for a new chamber president.

  • Carolina Shores passes $2.27 million budget

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved a $2,274,000 balanced budget for the next fiscal year without a tax increase.

    First-reading approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting last Thursday, May 9. The fiscal 2019-2020 budget, which takes effect July 1, includes maintaining the town’s current ad valorem tax rate of .1016 cents per $100 valuation.

    Second reading of the budget will come at the board’s June meeting.