Today's News

  • Beacon investigates: A look at DSS open meetings, public records violations

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday scheduled a hearing on Jan. 17 to determine whether there is just cause to remove commissioner Charles Warren from his role on the county’s social services board.

    Warren claims the hearing was scheduled because commissioners are “racists.” Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue said it was because of Warren’s actions while serving as DSS chairman.

  • Merry Christmas from me and my open meetings and public records drum

    It’s Christmas. I wanted to write something holly and jolly and fun. I really did. I love Christmas—everything about it.

    But alas, I find myself beating the same old drum I’m always beating. Someone has to beat that drum. I can’t even imagine what would happen otherwise. Even the little drummer boy has nothing on me and my open meetings and public records drum.

    Pa rum pum pum pum.

    I couldn’t help it; I just love that song.

  • Agents bust indoor grow operation

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit recently busted an indoor grow operation in Leland.

    On Dec. 8, drug agents received information leading to an investigation at 1128 Lexington Ave. As a result, drug agents seized more than 100 marijuana plants, which totaled 9 pounds, as well as paraphernalia consistent with an elaborate indoor grow operation, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

    Brooke Vanhorn and Jason Sykes were arrested and charged. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.

  • Several arrested in drug operation

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested several suspects in a Southport drug operation last week.

    The unit is made up of drug and vice agents from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Shallotte Police Department and Oak Island Police Department.

    Agents investigated several complaints of narcotic sales in Southport and Leland.

  • Narcotics unit makes arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The unit is made up of drug and vice agents from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Shallotte Police Department and Oak Island Police Department.

    •Dustin McCorkel, of 206 Sand Pebble Drive, Leland, was charged with maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Burglary and larceny on Creekwood Court in Supply; suspect pried open victim’s front door of residence and outbuilding and stole a computer, two fishing rods, a trolling motor, a .22-caliber rifle, a hammer drill and a sawzaw.

    •Burglary and larceny on Cedar Landing Road in Supply; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole medication.

  • 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 Dec. 7-11, ACE deputies issued performed 26 traffic stops, resulting in 66 total traffic violations. Deputies also made seven arrests. 

    ACE deputies set up checkpoints at U.S. 17 on the state line, Trade Street, Village Road, Leland School Road, Grey Bridge Road, Lincoln Road and Mount Misery Road.

  • Holiday closings and schedules

    Local governments will be on the following schedules during the upcoming holidays.

    Brunswick County government complex

    Brunswick County government offices in Bolivia are closed Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday, Dec. 27. Offices will be closed for the New Year’s holiday Jan. 2, and reopen Jan. 3.

    Brunswick County Schools and central office

  • Special meeting Wednesday to review Sunset Beach mayor, council 'authority'

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has called a special meeting for noon this Wednesday, Dec. 21, at town hall council chambers to review council and mayor “authority.”

    The town issued a notice about the meeting Monday morning, as it is required to do 48 hours in advance of scheduling a special meeting.

    Newly installed Mayor Richard Cerrato said Monday he did not know about the meeting until the notice was issued.

  • VIDEOS INCLUDED: Commissioners set hearing to remove Warren from DSS board

    BOLIVIA—During a tirade at Monday’s county commissioners’ meeting, embattled county commissioner Charles Warren asked people to treat others with respect—to treat others as they’d like to be treated.

    Warren made this plea for respect and civility almost immediately after yelling at fellow commissioners, DSS board member Pat Sykes and local activist Ginny Quaglia, calling them all racists.