Today's News

  • One dead in Winnabow single-vehicle crash

    One person is dead after a single-vehicle accident in Winnabow on Wednesday morning, April 24.

    North Carolina State High Patrol 1st Sgt. Matthew King said the accident happened just after 6:45 a.m. when a Chevrolet SUV driven by 35-year-old Crystal Willetts of Winnabow was northbound on Swain Road, ran off the road to the right, went back on the roadway, went out of control and ran off the roadway a second time.

    The SUV overturned several times and Willetts, who was not wearing her seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

  • One dead in Oak Island fire

    One person died in a fully-involved fire in Oak Island Wednesday evening, April 24.
    Oak Island Patrol Lt. Frankie Cooke said at 5:31 p.m. Oak Island Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 217 Northeast 54th Street.
    When officials arrived they discovered a house, a shed and a vehicle on the property were fully involved. Cooke said fire crews were able to get the fire under control in less than 15 minutes, and discovered a person in the home who died at the scene as a result of the fire.

  • Longtime crime investigator retires from sheriff’s office

     When Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram attended Basic Law Enforcement Training night classes in 1990, he was the classmate of area native Sam Davis.

    After Davis accepted a job with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office upon his graduation from BLET school, Davis returned to his native land and began a career with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in May 1992.

    Almost 27 years after beginning his career in Brunswick County as a deputy in the jail, the 52-year-old Davis has officially retired.

  • 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.