Today's News

  • Brunswick County candidate filings closed; final candidates announced

    Candidate filings have closed for the November 2008 election. Candidate filing opened at noon Monday, Feb. 11 and closed at noon Friday, Feb. 29.

    The following candidates have filed for office:

    N.C. State Senate

    •R.C. Soles Jr. (incumbent), Democrat, Tabor City

    •Bettie Fennell, Republican, Rocky Point

    N.C. House of Representatives (District 17)

    •Bonner Stiller (incumbent), Republican, Oak Island

    •Vernon Ward, Democrat, Shallotte

    N.C. House of Representatives (District 20)

  • TDA to soup up database, provide personalized info

    Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority members say they want to better utilize their Web site to provide more personalized attention to potential visitors. They want to make sure visitors remember the Brunswick islands when they plan their vacations.

    TDA members took the first step toward meeting that goal at last Wednesday’s meeting, voting unanimously to begin the process of obtaining new software, a new employee and a new way of responding to inquiries beginning July 1.

  • Waccamaw branch celebrates grand opening

    Waccamaw Bank Board Chairman Alan Thompson and CEO Jim Graham join Waccamaw’s vice president and area executive Dianne McRainey, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long, Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Altman and bank employees to cut the ribbon on the newest Waccamaw branch, the former Coastal Federal bank on Smith Avenue in Shallotte. The bank had a daylong celebration at the new branch. This is the seventh Waccamaw branch in Brunswick County, and Graham said the bank plans to continue to expand in the county.

  • Board steps in at town hall

    CALABASH—Who’s in charge at town hall?

    Since the firing of former town administrator Donna Prince on Feb. 20, town commissioners have been pitching in to oversee business.

    Last week, they also appointed deputy clerk Kelley Southward to serve as interim town clerk but have not indicated when or if a replacement for Prince will be hired.

    Monday, just inside the entry to town hall on Persimmon Road, a sign on a glass window marked the darkened former administrator’s office where Southward will now be working.

  • Calabash salon named one of North America's fastest growing salons

    CALABASH—Totally Chic Salon & Spa in Calabash has been named one of the 200 fastest-growing salons in North America by the editors of Salon Today magazine, a business publication for salon and spa owners.

    Owner Karen Hardee said recently she was excited to learn the news after spending the last 14 years expanding the business.

  • Carolina Shores delays single voting district consideration

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners tabled consideration Tuesday of a proposal to create a single voting district in the town.

    At issue is N.C. House Bill 742, which created two voting districts in the town after Carolina Shores involuntarily annexed the Village at Calabash in 2003.

    Commissioner Tom Puls, who proposed tabling the matter, said the bill was adopted to ensure the newly annexed community, which became voting District 1 for town elections, always had representation on the board. Carolina Shores proper became District 2 for local elections.

  • Second annual Beacon health expo a 'huge success'

    SHALLOTTE—More than 500 people came out Saturday to The Brunswick Beacon’s second annual health expo at West Brunswick High School.

    Event coordinator Christy Williamson, who called the health expo “a huge success,” said this year’s attendance was up from last year because of word of mouth from last year’s inaugural event.

    Fifty-five vendors were on hand, including doctors, pharmacists, chiropractors, medical supply vendors and various nonprofit agencies.

  • Ocean Isle Beacher tries to keep it warm at Alaskan Iditarod

    Greetings from Anchorage!

    I have been running wide open going from meeting to meeting, picking up gear, shooting shots and being involved in this incredible adventure known as The Iditarod.

    It’s cold! On the morning of March 1, it is around 15 degrees with a 14 mph wind (which is like a sharp knife shooting in you) bringing the wind chill to around zero.

    It’s 7 a.m. (11 a.m. back home) and still very dark. It looks like the middle of the night, but down below you can still see workers and volunteers setting the stage for what will be an incredible event.

  • Brunswick County Democratic Party to have precinct organizational meeting

    The Brunswick County Democratic Party will have its annual precinct organizational meetings during the weeks of March 10 and March 17.

    All meetings are free and open to any registered Democrat residing in the precinct.

    The meetings are scheduled at the following times and locations:

    7 p.m. on March 10: The Town Creek precinct will meet at the Town Creek Community Building. The Boiling Springs Lakes precinct will meet at the BSL Community Center.

  • Artwork, supplies stolen from second art gallery

    SHALLOTTE—A Main Street art store has been robbed, marking the second time artwork has been stolen from a Brunswick County gallery in as many weeks.

    The owner of Calabash Art Gallery, formerly River Bend, at 4806 Main St., reported to Shallotte Police on Feb. 29 that suspects removed a $300 original watercolor, two original art pieces by the same artist worth a total of $200, $150 worth of foam core, three tubes of spacers worth $150 and a $25 box of framing supplies.