Today's News

  • Drone flown over Carolina Shores to aid flood mitigation mapping

    CAROLINA SHORES — It’s not every day a drone flies over the town, but it was just another day of data-gathering for a UNCW graduate student and technology pro.

    UNCW graduate student Jeffrey Canaday and Dave Wells, computer/electronics technician with UNCW’s Center for Marine Science, came to town June 27 to launch a pricey, fixed-wing, high-tech eBee SenseFly drone being used in a collaborative effort with the town and a consultant for a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) flood mitigation study.

  • Weather postpones Sunset Beach Summer Concert until July 29

    The Wednesday, July 18, Sunset Beach Summer Concert featuring PaperWork has been postponed to 7-9 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Organizers do not wish to take a chance with all the thunderstorms in the area.


  • Belville mourns Schardien during goodbye to Breault

    BELVILLE — Belville officials expected to lose one commissioner at the July 16 meeting after Joe Breault announced his resignation from the town board because of health issues in June.

    But they also said goodbye to commissioner Donna Schardien, who died July 13 after a three-year battle with breast cancer.

    Mayor Mike Allen announced May 14 that Schardien would take a 90-day leave of absence from the town board to recover from a car accident.

  • Validity questioned on filling Sunset Beach mayor seat

    Two Sunset Beach Town Council members are questioning the validity of action earlier this month that halted the appointment of a mayoral candidate.

    Council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato took issue after councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern first voted not to seat sole candidate Greg Weiss at the July 2 council meeting.

    Harris and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton voted in favor, resulting in a split vote because Cerrato was absent.

  • Elections board sends early voting matter to state again

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Elections sent the matter of Sunday early voting to the State Board of Elections with a split 2-2 vote, twice, on choosing a one-stop voting schedule June 19.

    Then Senate Bill 325, a state requirement to move early voting to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, and ending Friday, Nov. 2, became law.

    The bill was ratified by the legislature June 15, vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper on June 26 then overridden by the Senate on June 27.

  • Calabash restaurant fire continues to smolder at town meeting

    The June 26 fire at George’s Pancake House may be out, but it was still a hot topic at last week’s Calabash Board of Commissioners meeting.

    The issue ignited during the July 10 meeting when commissioner Cecelia Herman, who serves as board liaison with the Calabash Fire Department, disputed rumors the department wasn’t first on the scene of the restaurant fire reported at 2:55 p.m. at 9941 Beach Drive.

  • SB Mayor Pro Tem found guilty of DWI, plans appeal

    Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton has been found guilty of driving while impaired and driving left of center.

    The verdict came during a hearing July 2 with Judge Jerry A. Jolly presiding, prosecutor Sarah McPherson and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones.

    Benton told the Beacon he plans to appeal the verdict.

    Benton, 61, was arrested by Sunset Beach police April 4 after he left The Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard North around 9:30 p.m.

  • Another ferry tops county transportation priorities

    WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear Area Rural Planning Organization Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) approved a priority list of regional projects they are seeking to fund in the next update of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

    The CFRPO, which includes representatives of Brunswick, Pender and Columbus Counties, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Cape Fear Council of Governments, met July 13.

    The 2020-2029 STIP identifies the transportation projects that will receive funding during that 10-year period.

  • Holden Beach commissioners to update CAMA land use plan

    HOLDEN BEACH— Town commissioners voted July 10 to approve an agreement between the town and the Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) for a Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) land use plan update.

  • County seeks grant for Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners unanimously agreed Monday night to apply to the North Carolina Division of Water resources for a grant to dredge an improved navigation channel at the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has only had enough funding to dredge that inlet to eight feet,” Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said.