Today's News

  • OIB officials begin flood map, ordinance approval process

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials placed the town’s new Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) flood map on the wall in the commissioners’ meeting room to show off the upgrades.

    Most of the island was redesignated AE zones, areas with flood rates substantially lower in those zones than homes in VE zones that are considered volatile flood hazard areas.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 10:06 a.m. May 8, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • County to end volunteer fire department supplements

    Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy will recommend at a budget workshop Thursday that county commissioners discontinue using county property taxes to supplement county volunteer fire departments.

    “No decision has been made regarding supplemental county ad valorem funding for fire departments,” Hardy said, but she will make the recommendation because of some duplication of service areas and some very low call volumes for some fire departments receiving the supplements.

  • Rouzer talks federal, state issues during Brunswick County visit

    SHALLOTTE — Congressman David Rouzer visited Brunswick County on May 2, including a stop at The Brunswick Beacon to discuss issues facing the country and state.

    Rouzer said the Agricultural Committee, of which he is a member, recently completed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, part of which will get people working and off food stamps while helping them avoid the “cliff,” or poverty threshold, for those who are promoted or take a second job that causes them to lose their benefits.

  • County accelerates courthouse parking lot construction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved accelerating construction of a parking lot across Government Center Drive from the courthouse to replace parking that will be lost in the upcoming courthouse expansion.

    Engineering director William Pinnix told commissioners May 7 the courthouse renovation design has begun but it will take about a year for construction to begin.

    He proposed in the meantime the board approve building a new courthouse parking lot that will be open when courthouse staff members lose their parking spaces.

  • Early primary results put Benton ahead of Thompson on school board

    By Lindsay Kriz and Brian Slattery
    Staff Writers

    The Brunswick County Board of Education will have a new member come November, according to preliminary May 8 primary results.

    At press time Tuesday, it appeared Jerry Benton of Leland bested incumbent John W. Thompson of Belville to become the District 5 Republican candidate in November, with candidate Robert Cruse of Leland coming in third among the three Republican candidates.

    Benton will face Democrat Joanne Levitan in the Nov. 6 general election.

  • Jinks Creek dredged up again in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Dredging Jinks Creek continues to be a hot water topic, taking up more than half of town council’s nearly three-hour meeting Monday night.

    Council’s hour-long discussion and debate during a presentation by consultant Robert Neal with Moffatt & Nichol was followed by comments from many affected residents from the area who spoke in favor of dredging to enable better boat navigation as well as to enhance their property values and amenities for visitors.

  • Carolina Shores set for new budget, neutral tax

    CAROLINA SHORES — Commissioners are poised for a first reading and public hearing Thursday of the town’s proposed $2.3 million fiscal 2018-19 budget calling for a neutral tax rate.

    At their monthly workshop Monday, board members and Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall combed through revenue and expenditure numbers for the proposed balanced $2,321,787 budget that takes effect July 1.

  • BLT apprentices present “That’s Entertainment IV” May 13 and 20

    Brunswick Little Theatre’s 2018 class of Musical Theatre Apprentices presents their annual revue, “That’s Entertainment IV,” with matinee performances at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, and Sunday, May 20 at the BLT Theatre at 8068 River Road in Southport.

  • Summer concert: Chocolate Chip & Company heats up Thursday night in Leland

    It’s free summer concert and movies time again in Brunswick County.

    Chocolate Chip & Company dance band of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is slated for a show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Leland Municipal Park at 102 Town Hall Drive in Leland.

    Poor Piggy’s BBQ Food Truck will be on hand with food available for sale.

    Another upcoming concert is Carolina Line Bluegrass Band from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Franklin Square Park in Southport.

    On May 19, the movie “Coco” will be shown at sunset in Leland Town Park.