Today's News

  • Wade Currie creates information hut for The First Tee

    Wade Currie has finished his Eagle Scout Project: an information hut for The First Tee of Brunswick County. Constructed of treated all-weather wood, Wade House has a roof, a glassed in framed bulletin board with rear access and a lift-top desk. Wade is a member of Paul Mason Troop 19 in Wilmington.

  • Red drum being caught at Little River jetties

    Fishing is certainly feeling like fall, with lowering water temperatures and worries about hurricanes seemingly every week. Post Hurricane Irene, the inshore saltwater fishing in Brunswick County has gotten much better.
    Redfish, flounder, pompano, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are being caught—not in fall numbers yet but in good early September action.

  • Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 24, 25, 26, 29 and 30 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, DWI court

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Elizabeth Prince and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

  • 9.11.01 The day that changed America

    Ten years later, Americans who vowed never to forget Sept. 11, 2001, have kept their promise.

    Ten years ago, the country came to a halt and American lives changed forever as terrorist-directed planes crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a rural field near Shanksville, Pa.

    Nearly 3,000 lives were lost that day, including 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, 60 New York City and Port Authority officers, and eight emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

  • Florence Skipper

    Florence Evelyn Piner Skipper, 97, of Leland, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
    She was born in New Hanover County on Dec. 27, 1913, and was a daughter of the late William Amos Piner and Molly Stokley Piner.
    She is survived by three children, Carol Potter of Leland, Phillip Skipper of Orange, Va., and Polly A. Black of Leland; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

  • Delmas Green

    Delmas Green, 85, of Supply, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Carrol S. Roberson Hospice Center in Fayetteville.
    Funeral services will be announced at a later date by Smith Funeral Home Inc. of Whiteville.

  • Forever on our minds, always in our hearts: 9-11

    It was the day that changed America. For those moments we were no longer white or black or a hodgepodge of world races, we were humans. We were broken. We were devastated. We were forever scarred by memories that even now, some 10 years removed from Sept. 11, 2001, we will never forget.

  • Neighbors helping neighbors

    BOLIVIA—Neighbors lending a helping hand have taken on a whole new meaning in Brunswick County.

    Bruce and Adrienne Hollenbeck lost their home to foreclosure in June. Since then they have been living underneath tarps set up in their yard. That is, until their neighbors stepped in.

    Last Tuesday evening, less than one week since the couple’s story appeared on the front page of the Beacon, the Hollenbecks sat anxiously in their front yard waiting for a new, temporary home.

  • When it erodes away

    There is no better time to see what Mother Nature can do than the morning after a hurricane.

    The east end of Ocean Isle Beach is historically susceptible to high winds, tides and waves, and despite avoiding a direct blow from Hurricane Irene, the east end sustained damages.

  • Shallotte Crime Report


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

    •Common law robbery on Shallotte Avenue by the suspect taking money from the victim; the suspect took $3,900 in cash and a cell phone from the victim.