Today's News

  • Gala set to raise funds for Charters of Freedom

    The Brunswick County Charters of Freedom committee invites individuals committed to preserving the nation’s history to its gala scheduled next Tuesday, April 30.

    The event, a fundraiser featuring Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and perhaps even Thomas Jefferson, begins with a 6 p.m. reception at the Brunswick Center at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    To date, the committee has raised $20,000 toward the $50,000 needed to bring facsimiles of the nation’s most significant documents to our area, according to Brunswick County Commissioner Pat Sykes.

  • Ocean Isle Beach appoints Green to vacant seat

    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners welcomed David Green to fill the unexpired term of former commissioner Bob Williams during their regular meeting Tuesday, April 9.

    Williams resigned March 12 due to health issues, according to Mayor Debbie Smith.

    Williams said his decision stemmed from back surgery requiring an extended recovery, according to a March 21 story in The Brunswick Beacon.

    Williams received a suspended sentence after he was found guilty of impaired driving in a trial by Judge C. Ashley Gore in Brunswick County District Court Dec. 17, 2018.

  • Sunset Beach looking toward tax rate increase

    SUNSET BEACH — Three of five town council members favor increasing the town’s ad valorem tax rate at least a penny for the upcoming 2019-2020 fiscal year.

    Following several budget workshops and at the town board’s April 16 meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern voted in favor of going up on the ad valorem rate from the current 15 cents per $100 of valuation to 16 cents.

    Council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato voted against the measure.

  • Calabash American Legion celebrates mortgage-burning

    CALABASH — Thirteen years after dedicating their new building, members of Nocha White American Legion Post 503 celebrated again this past Saturday with a mortgage-burning party.

    With the building at 10277 Beach Drive now paid in full, Post and Auxiliary members and invited guests gathered for an all-afternoon party that launched with traditional military pomp and the posting of colors.

  • Brunswick County teachers join Raleigh rally

    Brunswick County students will have two days to reacquaint themselves to their schools following this week’s spring break before they enjoy another day off next week.

    Brunswick County School Superintendent Jerry Oates and the county school board have closed schools so that area teachers can join delegations heading to downtown Raleigh next Wednesday, May 1, to address teacher pay and other concerns.

    More than 700,000 students — including 12,471 in Brunswick County — will miss a day of instruction.

  • New emergency director brings range of experiences to Brunswick County



    By Sharon Chance

    Staff Writer

    Despite a busy weekend moving and unpacking, Brunswick County’s new emergency services director hit the ground running Monday morning.

    After meeting with his staff to kick off the week, Edward Conrow is ready to familiarize himself with all the county agencies with whom he will be working in the future.

  • 50-year firefighter: Calabash celebrates Jim Bruno

    CALABASH — A half-century ago, 18-year-old Jim Bruno started his first day of work as a fireman back in his Pennsylvania hometown of Olyphant.

    He’s been fighting fires ever since.

    Last Saturday, a crowd converged at the Calabash Fire Station to pay tribute to Bruno, longtime assistant chief and grant writer for the volunteer department, upon his 50th anniversary as a firefighter.

  • County Commissioners discuss noise ordinance at regular meeting

    BOLIVIA – The Brunswick County Commissioners listened with empathy to opposing sides concerning the noise ordinance during their regular meeting Monday, April 15.

    Members of BEAT (Brunswick Environmental Action Team) also approached the board once again seeking a resolution opposing offshore drilling and seismic blasting. In addition, the board heard requests for monies to continue an archaeological study at Brunswick Waterway Park.

  • Sunset Beach acting mayor appealing DWI

    Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton is appealing a driving while intoxicated charge for which he was found guilty last year.

    Benton, 62, currently the acting mayor for the town of Sunset Beach, said a hearing for his pending appeal in Brunswick County Superior Court has not yet been scheduled but could come up in the next couple of months. He is being represented by Shallotte attorney Ryan Smithwick.

  • Cerrato letter cited for dredging grant delay

    SUNSET BEACH — Town councilman Richard Cerrato was taken to task by fellow council members Tuesday for writing a letter that is among those being blamed for holding up grant money for a future dredging project.