Today's News

  • New maps splits Brunswick County

    Editor’s note: The General Assembly released new state House and Senate maps last Tuesday evening, after the Beacon went to press.

    WILMINGTON—It’s like a game of musical chairs, but with voting maps.

    The North Carolina General Assembly released yet another round of proposed redistricting maps last Tuesday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 19.

    In the most recent maps released to the public, Brunswick County state House lines are much different than they currently are, or were first proposed.

  • Brunswick County Vice-Narcotics Unit makes several arrests

    On July 1, agents with the Brunswick County Vice-Narcotics Unit, which includes officers from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Shallotte Police Department and Oak Island Police Department, arrested a mother and son on various drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said agents investigated complaints of drug activity at a Shell Point residence.

    Agents searched the home at 1628 Chadwick Landing Road in Shallotte, where they recovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia during an ongoing party.

  • Brunswick beats Hope Mills, wins Junior Dixie Boys Baseball state title

     Connor Durham struck out eight batters in five innings as the Brunswick Junior Dixie Boys baseball team routed Hope Mills 10-0 July 19 and advanced to the World Series.

    Catcher Jordan Flora hit a two-run home run to left field in the first inning and Durham drove in the game-winning two runs in the fifth in the game at Smithville Park.

    The World Series is July 30-Aug. 3 in Seneca, S.C., and for coach L.C. Pigott, this will be the fourth team he has taken to the event.

  • Tourism on the up in the county


    BRUNSWICK COUNTY—By all accounts the steady lines of traffic visiting the county’s beach towns are an increase over the past two years.

    With the economy struggling to recover, predicting the tourism season in Brunswick County at the start of 2011 was a bit difficult but it is well under way and business is booming.

  • BCC could become a satellite campus of CFCC if proposal is accepted by the General Assembly

    SUPPLY—She may have only been on the job a week, but Dr. Susanne Adams knew she had to represent Brunswick County in Raleigh last week.

    “I hadn’t been on campus long, but I felt Brunswick needed to be represented there,” Adams said.

    On Wednesday, July 13, Adams joined approximately 40 other community college presidents and trustees in Raleigh to speak and hear discussion related to a recent study that outlines the advantages of merging or consolidating community colleges.

  • My bump in the road

    Last week I had the fortune of meeting and talking with members of Cowboy Chrome, a country band based out of Ocean Isle Beach. Their story so moved and inspired me and struck closer to home than I ever would have preferred.

    Cowboy Chrome wrote a song for Nick Patrick, a 15-year-old battling a rare form of brain cancer. The song called “Bump in the Road” chronicles the thoughts of his mother, sister and himself.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

  • Sheriff’s office memorializes K-9 killed in the line of duty

    On Saturday, July 16, deputy Jared Zeller lost his partner.

    He lost his best friend. He lost a family member.

    So did the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Zeller, a sheriff’s office K-9 handler, lost his K-9 Viper after Viper was exposed to toxins in cocaine while performing a search in a cornfield in Ash.

  • Comedian Rickey Smiley bringing routine back to Brunswick County

    He’s renowned for his radio comedy, particularly his knack for dialing up prank phone calls that have brought him laughs and fame.

    This Saturday night, stand-up comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley will be bringing his trademark humor back to Brunswick County. Smiley, a pianist, is also bringing a live band for the return performance at 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Will he be making any prank phone calls in Brunswick County?

  • Former N.C. reporter to sign new Wright Brothers book in Sunset Beach

    Julia Hedgepeth Williams, a former reporter for the Sampson Independent, will be at Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach from 2-4 p.m. this Thursday, July 21, signing copies of her new book, “Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910.”

    Williams, who is a regular vacationer along with her family at Ocean Isle Beach, now teaches journalism at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.