Today's News

  • Park meeting set for Thursday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Withers & Ravenel consulting firm will have a public meeting from 4-8 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 2, at town hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is to gather citizen input on what should go in the proposed 5-acre public park site on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The meeting will be in the form of a “charrette,” in which the public will have an opportunity to sit down at tables and participate in the design of the park.

  • New water lines enable more events at BCC South Brunswick facility

    CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College’s new South Brunswick Islands Center is ready for more community events now that county water line installation is complete.

    The center, which opened in December, had been restricted to having classes and other BCC-sponsored events until water lines were installed, SBIC director Gaye Varnam Fulford said.

    The facility has gotten the go-ahead from the fire marshal and is now fully operational, according to BCC officials.

  • Septuagenarian set to ride Harley in 6,000-mile fundraiser

    Tom Hunter is ready to ride.

    The life-long motorcycle rider, who turns 70 in September, left his Ocean Isle Beach home last week to take part in the third annual Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge, a 6,000-mile, cross-country charity event. He is participating to raise money for Hope Harbor Home and raise awareness about domestic violence.

    The retired domestic-violence and homicide detective, who serves on Hope Harbor’s board, was at Beach House Harley-Davidson in Shallotte last week getting his Harley checked out before leaving Brunswick County on July 27.

  • Farewell, Brunswick County, and thank you for the chance to bring you your news

    After more than six years, 2,040 stories, 196 opinion columns, countless crime reports and one ejection from a public meeting, my time here at The Brunswick Beacon is winding down.

    This Friday, Aug. 3, will be my last day at the Beacon, where I have spent the past six years and three months trying my damnedest to bring you the news—first, right and, frankly, better than anyone else.

  • Realtor’s murder trial to begin later this month

    On Monday, Aug. 20, the first-degree murder trial of Craig Bryant, accused of killing Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw more than four years ago, is scheduled to begin in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    According to the autopsy report, Bradshaw, 34, who lived with his wife Shannon and their young son in the Brierwood community, died from a gunshot wound to the head from a high-velocity firearm on April 26, 2008, the day before his wife reported him missing.

  • Family, friends celebrate life of Holden Beach builder Jeff Lee

    HOLDEN BEACH—Jeff Lee was a Holden Beach fixture.

    The former Holden Beach commissioner and longtime owner of Jeff Lee Builders was renowned among locals and fishermen who knew him well.

    Up until his sudden death on Friday, July 20, at the age of 57, Lee was amid friends and having a good time.

    Lee’s longtime friend, Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden, said he spent the previous Wednesday with Lee at the surveyor’s office.

    “He was telling jokes and being himself,” Holden said.

  • Misdemeanor convictions for teen who killed friends in crash

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County jury has found Joseph Moreno guilty of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

    Moreno, 20, was facing two counts of involuntary manslaughter—both felonies—for the May 2009 deaths of two friends after the car he was driving lost control.

    Last Friday, July 27, jurors found Moreno guilty of two misdemeanors in the deaths of 18-year-old Jacob Moseley and 17-year-old Caleb Hawkins.

  • Reduced gaming distances pondered in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners will consider a proposed amendment to reduce distances between gaming establishments and schools, homes, churches and other entities.

    The town’s planning and zoning board unanimously voted to recommend that such a change not be approved at its July 18 meeting.

    The current minimal separation between such establishments is 1,500 feet, town administrator Mike Hargett said.

  • Soap star Laura Wright in North Myrtle Beach on Aug. 5

    “General Hospital” star Laura Wright has scheduled a special appearance Sunday, Aug. 5, at Martini’s restaurant in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Wright and her husband, John, will introduce wines from their family-owned winery, Standing Sun in California.

    Wright’s brother, Jeff Sisk, is chef and operator of Martini’s.

    Wright, who plays Carley on “General Hospital,” will be available for free autographs and free pictures.

  • Hurricane Simulator blows into Ingram Planetarium

    SUNSET BEACH—It blows, it flows, and can be quite a hair-raising experience.

    In the midst of the season, a new hurricane simulator has descended on Ingram Planetarium.

    For just $2 a pop, visitors can enter the eye of the storm inside the dome of the simulator set up inside the planetarium’s Paul Dennis Science Hall.

    The simulator’s hurricane-force winds are predicted to reach 70-plus-per-hour, described as an “incredible blast of fun.”

    The simulated storm lasts about 60 seconds.