Today's News

  • Holden Beach mayor files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 5.

    The filing is for personal finances and does not affect Alan Holden Vacations or any of his other corporations.

    “I filed for Chapter 11,” Holden said in an interview Tuesday morning. “Chapter 7 and 13 [bankruptcy] means you’re broke, in simple terms.  Chapter 11 means you are strong in assets versus liabilities and that you are reorganizing.

  • Two arrested for Holden Beach break-ins

    VARNAMTOWN—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and special operations unit worked together this week to take two local suspects into custody in Varnamtown.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said multiple incidents were reported between June and July about motor vehicle break-ins, copper thefts and golf cart battery thefts in the Holden Beach area.

    These incidents generated numerous community complaints and tips that led detectives to the two suspects, Benjamin Carlyle and Justin Varnum.

  • Candidates continue to file for office for November municipal elections

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for the upcoming municipal elections continues.

    Filing began at noon Friday, July 1, and runs until noon Friday, July 15, for most Brunswick County municipalities.

    The towns of Southport and Navassa, which file by district, have a separate filing period from noon Monday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said some changes have taken place since the last municipal election in 2009.

  • Carolina Shores Golf Course sale postponed

    BOLIVIA—A scheduled foreclosure sale of Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club has been postponed until September.

    The rescheduling was announced by a county tax official Tuesday morning at Brunswick County Courthouse, where a handful of Carolina Shores residents turned out to learn the future of the 37-year-old, 18-hole golf course.

    There were more residents than bidders on hand.

    Ron Pecina said he lives on the golf course.

    “My backyard is the golf course,” he said. “I have a vested interest.”

  • Community garden meeting set for July 26 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A follow-up meeting to obtain input from residents about a future community garden and event space next to town hall is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

    The session will be conducted at Carolina Shores Town Hall by Frank Smith, owner of Smith 2 Architecture + Design PLLC of Wilmington. The firm has been contracted to prepare conceptual design of the project.

  • Company chosen to do site, parking lot work for future Calabash park

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have awarded a low-bidding company to do site preparation and parking lot construction for the future Calabash Community Park.

    Brunswick Trucking and Contracting was unanimously chosen Tuesday night by Calabash town commissioners to do the work for $19,250.

    Work at the future site of the park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane will consist of removing and disposing of about 65 tree stumps, removal of a pine tree about 44 inches in circumference, root and bush hog work and parking lot preparation.

  • Supreme Court allows DA’s traffic court; will hear case

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Supreme Court has issued an order allowing District Attorney Jon David’s administrative traffic court to resume.

    David’s traffic court program has been on hold since April, when Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued an administrative order, which halted traffic court.

    In the April administrative order, Jolly criticized David for implementing a new administrative traffic court program, which utilized a driving school program called StreetSafe.

  • Incumbent Mike McIntyre disappointed with new Congressional lines

    After 14 years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., may have been drawn out of his district.

    The new proposed congressional maps released on July 1 don’t just split the Lumberton Democrat’s home county of Robeson, he says they split his hometown and home voting precinct.

    “It is extremely disappointing that the proposed congressional redistricting map is so blatantly and brazenly done for purely political motives,” McIntyre said.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center to open July 31

    BOLIVIA—From her new office in her new hospital, Denise Mihal reflected on the past five years since Novant Health took over Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Before being named president and CEO of Brunswick Community Hospital in March 2006, Mihal served as president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, a Novant-owned hospital Mihal opened.

    Since 2006 when Novant took over the hospital operations in Brunswick County, it’s been a whirlwind of activity, and when Mihal sat down with the Beacon, she was a mere 19 days from opening her second hospital.

  • UPDATED: New state House, Senate districts unveiled

    Note: The General Assembly released new redistricting maps Tuesday evening after the Beacon went to press. The following story contains corrected information.

    Every 10 years, after a U.S. Census takes place, members of the North Carolina General Assembly are charged with re-drawing the lines of state house and senate districts as well as U.S. House districts.

    This year, the legislature led redistricting committees helmed by Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, and Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg.