Today's News

  • Beacon to honor citizens, watchdogs with Sunshine Week First Amendment award

    For journalists, our March Madness has nothing to do with college basketball and everything to do with freedom of information. Well, except for sports writers. Obviously.

    For us journalists a little more on the nerdy side, our March Madness is Sunshine Week—a week in March where we dedicate pretty much everything we do to freedom of information and the public’s right to know.

    Instead of bracketology, think FOIA-tology. Too cheesy? Sometimes I just can’t help myself.

  • Sex offender registry application available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

    RALEIGH—A new iTunes application allows anyone to track and view registered sex offenders in North Carolina by using a mobile device.

    The North Carolina Department of Justice recently unveiled an application, or app, to view the North Carolina Sex Offenders Registry on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

    Users can also track registered sex offenders with the same app.

    North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said the sex offender registry app has been downloaded by more than 18,000 people since it went live Jan. 31.

  • Update: Man killed in fatal wreck is from Sunset Beach

    N.C. State Highway Patrol officials did not have all the available information about a fatal wreck in Supply when the Beacon went to press last week.

    Last Monday, Feb. 6, a Sunset Beach man was killed in a fatal wreck on U.S. 17 in Supply in front of Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Oak Street in Ash; suspect stole a 300-gallon barrel from victim’s property.

    •Larceny on Makatoka Road in Supply; suspect stole $157 in cash from victim.

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Meadowlark Lane in Shallotte; suspect entered victim’s home through the back door and stole a 10-speed bike, valued at $200.

  • Commissioners to have annual budget retreat this week

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners will have their annual budget retreat this week.

    Commissioners have scheduled the two-day workshop for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Both budget sessions will be in the second-floor conference room in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office ACE roundup

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Feb. 6-12, ACE deputies issued 132 total traffic violations and other charges Deputies charged six suspects with driving while impaired (DWI). Deputies patrolled Longwood, Supply, Leland, Southport, Winnabow, Calabash and Ash.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Gwendolyn Chavis, 46, of 820 Fairway Drive, Longs, S.C., was charged with DWI and open container.

  • Sheriff’s sergeant cleared in shooting; returns to work

    BOLIVIA—District Attorney Jon David said a sheriff’s deputy who used deadly force during a domestic dispute last December was justified in the shooting.

    On Monday, David released his opinion following a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) investigation into Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Tully.

    David cleared Tully in a Dec. 26 shooting, saying, “Tully’s actions were justified and the need for deadly force was authorized.”

  • West basketball video Feb. 13
  • VIDEO INCLUDED Buffkin’s steal, layup clinches West Brunswick tourney win over South Brunswick

     Taylor Buffkin’s steal and layup in the final 21 seconds clinched West Brunswick’s 50-45 victory Monday over South Brunswick in a first-round game of the Farm Bureau Insurance Waccamaw Conference Basketball Tournament.

    Buffkin, a senior forward, scored two points in the first half but finished with 13, tying for the team lead with senior guard Jamal Jacobs. He scored of eight of West’s final 17 points.

  • Candidate filing open for 2012 election

    BOLIVIA—And they’re off.

    Candidate filing for the 2012 election is under way. Filing began at noon Monday, Feb. 13, and runs until noon Wednesday, Feb. 29.

    The 2012 primary election will be Tuesday, May 8, and the General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

    Several candidates arrived at the Brunswick County Board of Elections on Monday to file for their respective offices.

    County contests are already proving to be crowded fields.

    County commissioners