Today's News

  • Photographer catches bobcat up-close in Sunset Beach

    It isn’t every day local photographer Mark Head catches a close-up of a bobcat.

    In fact, it was his first and so far only shots when he happened up on the elusive wildcat during one of his regular early-morning walks on the Sunset Beach island on Tuesday, July 16.

    Shortly after 6 a.m., Head and his camera were trolling a wooden walkway in the thickly shrubbed dunes area at Second Street when he espied the brown, mottle-coated feline sitting in the grass about 75 feet away. His first thought was it was too big for a regular cat.

  • Affordable apartments approved by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH — Following debate and more objections of adjacent property owners, the Sunset Beach Planning Board unanimously approved recommending proposed plans for the 72-unit Artesa Village apartment complex near The Village at Sunset Beach.

    The vote came following an hour and 15 minutes of discussion at the monthly board meeting last Thursday, July 18. Eight residents expressed concerns during public comment, akin to an earlier full-house meeting of the town advisory board June 6 when the matter was tabled.

  • Sunset Beach owner loses Little River restaurant to fire
  • Calabash concert postponed

    Due to the possibility of severe weather, Tuesday night's (July 23) concert in Calabash Community Park featuring Chocolate Chip & Company has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m., according to a town press release issued Tuesday morning by town clerk Sue Stuhr.

  • Carolina Shores broaches brunch bill

    Town commissioners are considering adopting a brunch ordinance for early alcohol sales on Sundays.

    The request comes from operators of Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club “as a matter of economic competitiveness,” Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said following the town board’s monthly morning workshop July 8 and afternoon meeting July 11.

    Commissioners last week instructed town staff to prepare required materials to be reviewed at a future board meeting.

  • Bolivia man killed in motorcycle crash

    A 50-year-old Bolivia man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday, July 14, in Little River, S.C. 

    Roger Tomblin was driving a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Mineola Ave. in Little River about 10 a.m. when he lost control of the bike, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    Tomblin, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, ran off the side of the road and struck a pole, resulting in his death. 

  • OIB amends anticipated expenses for new town hall

    Editor's Note: The story in this week's print edition contains an error. The total cost of the new town hall was estimated at $6,070,890 at a previous town meeting. The Beacon apologizes and regrets the error.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners amended its Capital Projects Ordinance-New Town Hall Construction Project during their regular meeting Tuesday, July 9. The ordinance was initially passed June 11, 2019.

  • Judge takes Calabash apartment case under advisement

    BOLIVIA — A judge has taken under advisement a petitioner’s appeal regarding the Calabash town board’s recent approval of a conditional use permit for a 60-unit apartment complex.

    Judge Doug Sasser, filling in at a hearing Monday for Superior Court Judge James Bell, cited 130 pages of documents requiring review in the appeal filed April 29 by resident Sandra Lefenfeld.

  • Calabash mayor’s next gig on P&Z board approved

    Maybe she isn’t seeking re-election this year, but the town of Calabash isn’t letting go of Mayor Mary Knight just yet.

    At their July 9 monthly meeting, town commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Knight and former commissioner Daria Buccilli to fill vacant positions on the town planning and zoning board after each indicated interest in serving.

    Knight will fill the remainder of an unexpired term that continues through October 2020 following the resignation of former board member John Thomas, town clerk Sue Stuhr said.

  • Fort Fisher trains Civil War “artillery soldiers”




     “Attention Cannoneers” is one of nine hands-on summer activities featured Fridays beginning in June and running until August. Friday, July 12, “Junior Cannoneers” learned the strategies of prepping, loading and firing a cannon.