Today's News

  • Danielle Graves succeeds Mike Sapp at OWA

    Danielle Graves has been promoted to fulltime director of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The longtime auditorium employee succeeds longtime director Mike Sapp, who died in May at 64 from medical complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center.

    Announcement of Graves’ promotion was made on campus Oct. 24.

    “I am honored to be the director of Odell Williamson Auditorium and Campus Events,” Graves wrote last week.

  • Brunswick Concert Band fall concert Nov. 17 and 18

    The Brunswick Concert Band’s annual fall concert, “Director’s Favorites,” highlights Broadway and standards with two performances this weekend.

    Concerts are at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hatch Auditorium at 100 Caswell Beach Road, Oak Island, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at 50 College Road on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

  • A week spent in the midst of my memorabilia

    I reached the six-year mark here at the Brunswick Beacon a couple weeks ago.

    I actually hit that milestone while I was away from Brunswick County, out of town and back in Florida to see the parents and attempt to pack the past 40-something years into a few storage boxes.

    Getting older gets trickier when you are a bit of a pack rat. You don’t realize until it’s time to break it all down how successful you’ve become at not letting go of anything.

  • Bradley Carter art colorizes Leland event Nov. 15

    Wilmington artist Bradley Carter and his work will be featured at a reception by the Art League of Leland from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

    Carter is an award-winning international-selling artist who grew up perusing his passion for art in Virginia before moving to the North Carolina in 2007.

    He creates predominantly in paint with a passion for abstract expressionism, but his works also include mixed media, paint skins and furniture. 

  • Other voting in progress after general election

    Well, we may not all be completely satisfied with the results of the most recent general election, but I for one am glad it’s over. It means the end of awful political ads and, hopefully very soon, the removal of campaign signs from along our county roadways. I’m glad most of the ones are gone from Old Georgetown Road, but clusters of them are still cluttering the entrance to the Shallotte rest area off U.S. 17, where plenty of others can be found at random.

  • Voter turnout number still not as great as it should be

    Brunswick County bested the state as a whole in terms of voter turnout for Election Day this year. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, 3,714,582 of the state’s 7,089,657 eligible voters cast ballots, translating into 52.39 percent turnout, while 58,932 of our county’s 103,291 eligible voters did, too, amounting to 57.05 percent.

  • Calabash Fire Department October 2018

    During the month of October, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 189 calls: eight structure fires, a woods/brush fire, two vehicle fires, three fire alarms, nine motor vehicle accidents, a mutual aid, 43 citizen assistance, two other and 120 EMS first-response calls.

  • You decide: can our state’s small towns make a comeback?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    North Carolina was once known as a state of small towns. The reason was the state economy. Led by the “Big Three” of tobacco, textiles and furniture, the economy was organized around small towns. Farmers took their crops and livestock to the closest town for processing and sale. Textile mills often located near rivers and streams for power and built small villages for their workers. Small towns in the foothills close to the state’s large forests were home to the furniture makers.

  • Communities In Schools focuses on student needs despite being displaced by Hurricane Florence

    By Bonnie Jordan

    Guest Columnist

    Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on Brunswick County and the surrounding areas, with restoration and repair continuing for many. Communities In Schools of Brunswick County was among those hit hard by the storm, permanently losing its administrative office at the Duke Media Center. The building was structurally compromised and will be demolished.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports, Nov. 8

    Released at 11:22 a.m. Nov. 8, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement