Today's News

  • Shortage doesn’t hinder those who want a real live tree

    LELAND — Tree shortage? What tree shortage?

    Anyone interested in having a real live tree this holiday season should be able to find one, but with Christmas less than two weeks away local supplies of fresh trees are starting to dwindle.

  • FEMA extends disaster assistance application deadline to Dec. 19

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency extended the deadline for North Carolinians to register for disaster assistance to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.

    Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs. Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other federal and state programs. Grants do not have to be repaid to the federal government.

  • Brunswick Beacon Dec. 20 premium issue includes $1 surcharge

    Because of the premium nature and increased production and distribution costs of the edition published December 20, 2018, all subscribers will incur a nominal additional charge of $1 for the edition.

    Your total bill will remain unaffected but there will be a slight adjustment in your expiration date, unless you have selected the Monthly EZ Pay option.

    The premium surcharge will be added to the applicable regular Monthly EZ pay charge.

  • Beached whale euthanized in Sunset Beach

    Marine veterinarians, students and staff from UNC Wilmington were called to the scene of this beached pygmy sperm whale near Fifth Street in Sunset Beach on Tuesday morning, Dec. 11.

    Carmel Zetts of Sunset Beach Turtle Watch sought help from the Sunset Beach Fire Department after the whale was discovered around 7 a.m.

  • Leland public safety competition ends in tie, win for charity

    LELAND — Leland’s police and fire/rescue departments held a friendly competition Dec. 7 to see who could raise more donations for Brunswick Family Assistance.

    The Pack the Patrol Car/Fill the Fire Truck donation drive was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the Leland Wal-Mart at 1112 New Pointe Blvd. to collect non-perishable food items.

    All items donated to Pack the Patrol Car and Fill the Fire Truck were given to BFA, the nonprofit responsible for coordinating Hurricane Florence relief efforts throughout Brunswick County.

  • Myrtle Beach company to take over Sea Trail villa rentals, reopen activity center

    SUNSET BEACH — A new management company has taken over vacation villa rentals and the village activity center in Sea Trail.

    Parker Smith, owner of Golf Trek in Myrtle Beach, S.C., said last week his company took over what they’re calling Sea Trail’s Village Amenity Center on Dec. 6 after signing a lease last Tuesday, Dec. 4.

    He and his management team are in the process of renovating and upgrading the activity center on Royal Poste Road.

  • OIB officials consider cost of adding bridge lights

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning to add safety rails to the Odell Williamson Bridge, so Ocean Isle Beach officials will look into funding the addition of lights as part of the project.

    NCDOT Division 3 construction engineer Kevin Bowen attended the town meeting Dec. 11 to update commissioners on maintenance plans for the bridge.

  • Brunswick County December Teen Court

    The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County.

  • Watts to retire as county emergency services director

    Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts is retiring after 16 years with the county, effective Dec. 31, according to a county news release issued Tuesday.

    Watts served as Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services Division director for 12 years before being named emergency services director in 2014. He previously worked for Mecklenburg EMS and spent 16 years as a volunteer with Union Road Volunteer Fire Department in Gastonia, the last two years as chief.

  • County approves technology upgrades for sheriff’s office facilities

    County approves technology upgrades for sheriff’s office facilities


    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer


    Brunswick County commissioners have approved security upgrades for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, including new building cameras.