Today's News

  • The day after Irene: OIB, SB and HB

     On Saturday morning as first light dawned on Brunswick County, the winds of Hurricane Irene continued to blow.

    By noon power lines and trees continued to fall across the county. Stoplights in Shallotte lost power and emergency crews vigorously worked to restore power and ensure safety. On the beaches, the sand blew in sheets.

    But the good news is the visable damage to property on the islands is minimal. A few houses on each of southern Brunswick’s islands beaches sustained damage to siding, screens, windows and shutters.  

  • Hurricane Irene: Power outages, road closings, damage reports


    4 a.m. Nearly 12,000 Brunswick BEMC customers are without power. 

    Emergency radio traffic indicates a tree is down on Holden Beach Road at Ball Park Loop. Road is blocked. 

    A tree is down in Leland at Intersection of Shamrock and Live Oak.

    3:30 a.m. Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm. Sustained winds have decreased to about 90 mphs.

    More than 7,300 BEMC customers are without power. 

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Carolina Shores recycling center closed Saturday

     The town of Carolina Shores Recycling Center will be closed on Saturday, Aug. 27. 

    Town crews will begin street-clearing and damage assessment activities as soon as possible following the storm. 

    The town will resume normal operations upon completion of these critical tasks.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Voluntary evacuation in Calabash

      The town of Calabash has issued a voluntary evacuation for all areas within municipal boundaries effective 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 26. 


  • HURRICANE IRENE: Tropical storm conditions to begin around noon

    Tropical-storm force winds and rain will reach Brunswick County around noon Friday.

    The beach towns will be the first to begin to feel the effects of the winds, and the outer rain bands are approaching the area.

    Overnight, Hurricane Irene, now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, lost some of her strength—but she also sped up.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said Hurricane Irene’s maximum sustained winds speeds lowered by 10-15 mph overnight.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Holden Beach Mayor issues mandatory evacuation

    Mayor Alan Holden issued a mandatory evacuation for Holden Beach. Everyone is to be off the island by 6 p.m. Friday. The bridge is subject to being closed sooner if winds are sustained at 45 mph or higher.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Holden Beach may issue mandatory evacuation Friday

    Holden Beach may issue mandatory evacuations on Friday. At 4 p.m. Thursday, Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden issued a proclamation for voluntary evacuation of Holden Beach.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: ‘Hurricane Irene aims its fury toward the North Carolina Coast’


    4 a.m. Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm with sustained winds dropping to 90 mph. Irene is moving north.

    Almost 12,000 Brunswick Electric customers in Brunswick County are now without power.

    When it is safe and daylight breaks, Beacon reporters will be out surveying damage and posting stories, photos and videos.

    1:30 a.m. Brunswick County is under a flood warning until 3:45 a.m. 

  • Turnovers doom West in 49-21 loss

     SOCASTEE, S.C.—Socastee scored after four straight first-half turnovers by West Brunswick and went on to beat the Trojans 49-21 in a non-conference high school football game Aug. 25.

    The Trojans scored the first touchdown on a 1-yard run by quarterback Taylor Buffkin on their first possession. Buffkin and Justin Bland did most of the running on the 57-yard drive, and Cameron Smith’s extra put gave the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 6:43 left in the quarter.

    The Braves scored on a 19-yard run, tying the score with 4:57 left in the quarter.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Sunset Beach bridge re-opened

      The Sunset Beach bridge has re-opened. As winds spurred by Hurricane Irene continued to gust along the coast Saturday, beachgoers emerged to assess the waves and take pictures. Damages in the Calabash and Sunset Beach area consisted mostly of debris-strewn roads, and a tree was down on N.C. 179.

    Calabash fire and county law enforcement worked the scene to remove the tree and direct traffic at the site in front of Bonaparte's Retreat.