Today's News

  • Many people help BFA

    To the editor:
    An amazing collection of individuals gave up their personal time to make Christmas happen for 2,501 children and senior adults in 685 households. Volunteers worked long hours every day for three weeks to set up distribution sites. If you have never experienced the process, it takes a lot of work.

  • New Year's Eve bonfire planned in Calabash

    CALABASH—Plans are in the works for the town to host a public New Year’s Eve bonfire and celebration in the Seafood Capital.

    Announcement came at the town board of commissioners meeting Dec. 13.

    Festivities are scheduled to launch at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot next to the Calabash River.

    “It will be a very festive occasion where people can come together,” newly sworn-in Calabash Mayor Mary Knight said at the meeting. “We’re going to have fellowship and food.”

  • Future bakery owner, 13, stirs up holiday recipes

    SHALLOTTE—Cinnamon pecans are tucked in the oven, while visions of chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies and English toffee dance in Catherine Cheatham’s head.

    At 13, the Shallotte Middle School seventh-grader already knows what she wants to be when she grows up. She wants to own her bakery—Butterbean’s Bakery, to be precise—since she already has a name for it.

    For now, she’s getting in lots of preparation and practice as she bakes for her family and teachers for the holidays.

  • 'Pearl gates' not so heavenly for adjacent property owners

    CALABASH—Sandy and John Melahn don’t mind golfers—just the ones who keep driving past their house.

    For the past few years, ever since global positioning systems came into vogue, the Calabash couple has felt victimized by lost golfers constantly going down their dead-end road, Carlyle Street, then turning around on their property.

    The problem, they say, is GPS systems and some online mapping services are erroneously directing golfers down the street as a thruway to the adjacent Pearl Golf Links.

  • Hats off to a legend: Popular eatery gets ready to close Thursday

    CALABASH—It’s cold and dark at 6 a.m., and traffic along Thomasboro Road is just starting to stir.

    Inside Granny Allyn’s Country Kitchen, its lighted signs beckoning like a beacon in the December dark, laughter rings out.

    Longtime restaurant owner Brenda Dixon, coffee in hand and sporting a hat decorated with snowmen, is already in joking mode as she and an employee wait for breakfast customers.

    It will be the last Friday they have to rise in time for the country-style restaurant’s 5 a.m. opening.

  • Beacon investigates: A look at DSS open meetings, public records violations

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday scheduled a hearing on Jan. 17 to determine whether there is just cause to remove commissioner Charles Warren from his role on the county’s social services board.

    Warren claims the hearing was scheduled because commissioners are “racists.” Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue said it was because of Warren’s actions while serving as DSS chairman.

  • Merry Christmas from me and my open meetings and public records drum

    It’s Christmas. I wanted to write something holly and jolly and fun. I really did. I love Christmas—everything about it.

    But alas, I find myself beating the same old drum I’m always beating. Someone has to beat that drum. I can’t even imagine what would happen otherwise. Even the little drummer boy has nothing on me and my open meetings and public records drum.

    Pa rum pum pum pum.

    I couldn’t help it; I just love that song.

  • Agents bust indoor grow operation

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit recently busted an indoor grow operation in Leland.

    On Dec. 8, drug agents received information leading to an investigation at 1128 Lexington Ave. As a result, drug agents seized more than 100 marijuana plants, which totaled 9 pounds, as well as paraphernalia consistent with an elaborate indoor grow operation, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

    Brooke Vanhorn and Jason Sykes were arrested and charged. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.

  • Several arrested in drug operation

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested several suspects in a Southport drug operation last week.

    The unit is made up of drug and vice agents from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Shallotte Police Department and Oak Island Police Department.

    Agents investigated several complaints of narcotic sales in Southport and Leland.

  • Narcotics unit makes arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The unit is made up of drug and vice agents from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Shallotte Police Department and Oak Island Police Department.

    •Dustin McCorkel, of 206 Sand Pebble Drive, Leland, was charged with maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance.