Today's News

  • Panel addresses opioid crisis

    The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce holds a discussion on the opioid crisis in Brunswick County in April. Kathryn Lawler, Hypnosis By Professionals, organized and moderated the event for the chamber.

  • Medication disposal event a success

    A total of 3,680 pounds of medication and 30,000 sharps were collected at April 28’s medication disposal event hosted by New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington at sites in Brunswick, New Hanover and Columbus counties, including NHRMC Brunswick Forest in Leland and Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • Operation Medicine Drop collects record number of potentially dangerous medications

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced that the 2018 statewide Operation Medicine Drop/Take Back event was the most successful medication take-back campaign held in North Carolina since coordinated take-back efforts began in 2010.

    In total, a record 32,247 pounds of unused prescription medications were delivered to a state-approved incinerator to be destroyed May 2. The number of pills collected during this year’s event equals approximately 24.2 million dosage units.

  • Customers discover new Leland restaurants

    LELAND — A few businesses that opened in Leland in the spring will spend the summer establishing themselves with a new customer base because they are all new to northern Brunswick County.

    Panera Bread Co. came over from Wilmington so customers don’t have to, opening at 2024 Olde Regent Way in front of the Harris Teeter shopping center.

    Manager Jeremy Spencer said the new restaurant opened March 22 “but people are still learning that we’re here.”

  • OIB officials begin flood map, ordinance approval process

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials placed the town’s new Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) flood map on the wall in the commissioners’ meeting room to show off the upgrades.

    Most of the island was redesignated AE zones, areas with flood rates substantially lower in those zones than homes in VE zones that are considered volatile flood hazard areas.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 10:06 a.m. May 8, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • County to end volunteer fire department supplements

    Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy will recommend at a budget workshop Thursday that county commissioners discontinue using county property taxes to supplement county volunteer fire departments.

    “No decision has been made regarding supplemental county ad valorem funding for fire departments,” Hardy said, but she will make the recommendation because of some duplication of service areas and some very low call volumes for some fire departments receiving the supplements.

  • Rouzer talks federal, state issues during Brunswick County visit

    SHALLOTTE — Congressman David Rouzer visited Brunswick County on May 2, including a stop at The Brunswick Beacon to discuss issues facing the country and state.

    Rouzer said the Agricultural Committee, of which he is a member, recently completed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, part of which will get people working and off food stamps while helping them avoid the “cliff,” or poverty threshold, for those who are promoted or take a second job that causes them to lose their benefits.

  • County accelerates courthouse parking lot construction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved accelerating construction of a parking lot across Government Center Drive from the courthouse to replace parking that will be lost in the upcoming courthouse expansion.

    Engineering director William Pinnix told commissioners May 7 the courthouse renovation design has begun but it will take about a year for construction to begin.

    He proposed in the meantime the board approve building a new courthouse parking lot that will be open when courthouse staff members lose their parking spaces.

  • Early primary results put Benton ahead of Thompson on school board

    By Lindsay Kriz and Brian Slattery
    Staff Writers

    The Brunswick County Board of Education will have a new member come November, according to preliminary May 8 primary results.

    At press time Tuesday, it appeared Jerry Benton of Leland bested incumbent John W. Thompson of Belville to become the District 5 Republican candidate in November, with candidate Robert Cruse of Leland coming in third among the three Republican candidates.

    Benton will face Democrat Joanne Levitan in the Nov. 6 general election.