Today's News

  • 38th Little River Blue Crab Festival May 18-19

    Crab-lovers can shed their shells by getting out to celebrate the 38th annual Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival this weekend.

    Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, on the Little River waterfront, the festival once again promises a long lineup of food, vendors, entertainment and plenty of delicious crabs.

    Saturday’s entertainment includes RiverMist Band at 10:30 a.m. and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 2 p.m.

  • Shallotte booming with new business, residential plans

    The town board of Shallotte has conditionally approved construction of a shopping center, auto/office site and residential community.

    During the public hearing segment of the regular board meeting Tuesday, May 7, aldermen listened as James McAden, project manager of Realty Link of Greenville, S.C., reviewed plans for a shopping center at the corner of Main Street (U.S. 17 Business) and Smith Avenue. The board approved a conditional permit at its Oct. 9, 2018, meeting for the proposed retail center.

  • Fitness trail conflicts raised in Sunset Beach

    As three Sunset Beach council members approved a rush-order for a new fitness trail last week, none of them disclosed their involvement with the nonprofit group asking the town to assume responsibilities for the trail.

    Sunset Beach Town Councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern are both board members of Sunset Vision, the nonprofit group offering to donate property for the trail if the town will take over liabilities and maintenance.

  • Brunswick County plans to expand EMS services into Leland

    Brunswick County EMS crews are tentatively scheduled to begin servicing Leland residents perhaps as early as July1, according to a Leland Town Hall press release.


    The expanded emergency services follow county staff’s recommendations to not renew Leland’s ambulance franchise for the coming fiscal year.


  • Brunswick Chamber fires two top staffers

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is going through transition after two of its key employees were dismissed May 3.

    Tori Humphrey, chairwoman of the 19-member chamber board, confirmed in an email announcement received by the Beacon on May 6 that membership relations director Heather Buell and membership engagement director Robyn Beliveau are no longer employed by the chamber.

    Humphrey wrote that chamber leaders have also been going through applicants and checking references for a new chamber president.

  • Attorney files for court review of Calabash complex

    A Calabash resident who is also an attorney has filed a petition seeking court review of the town’s recent approval of a conditional use permit for a 60-unit apartment complex on Thomasboro Road.

    Sandra Lefenfeld filed a petition April 29 in Brunswick County Superior Court requesting review of town commissioners’ April 4 approval of Woda Cooper Development Inc.’s three-story, multi-building apartment complex planned in the town’s central business district across from Harbor Drive.

  • Carolina Shores passes $2.27 million budget

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved a $2,274,000 balanced budget for the next fiscal year without a tax increase.

    First-reading approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting last Thursday, May 9. The fiscal 2019-2020 budget, which takes effect July 1, includes maintaining the town’s current ad valorem tax rate of .1016 cents per $100 valuation.

    Second reading of the budget will come at the board’s June meeting.

  • Paul VanWormer named new Sunset Beach mayor

    SUNSET BEACH — Paul VanWormer has been named the town’s third mayor in less than three years after being unanimously approved Monday night by Sunset Beach Town Council.

    VanWormer, 59, was chosen after a motion for the other contender, David Marsland, failed on a 2-3 council vote.

    Town council members Richard Cerrato and Jan Harris favored Marsland, with Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and town councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern casting dissenting votes.

  • Widow of fallen state trooper given replica badge

    After the theft of her wallet containing her late husband’s patrolman badge, a 98-year-old woman has been gifted with a replica badge to help her with the loss of the item.

    According to a North Carolina State Highway Patrol news release, Margaret Padgett recently had her wallet containing the patrol badge of her late husband, Paul Winifred Smith, stolen out of her shopping cart at Walmart in Leland.

  • Brunswick fire departments seeking volunteers to aid communities

    Your community needs you.

    The volunteer fire departments of Brunswick County are witnessing a critical shortage of able-bodied men and women to provide aid assistance when an alarm sounds. More than 90 percent of fire departments in North Carolina are all or mostly volunteer and 72 percent of firefighters are volunteers, according to information provided by Battalion Chief Amy Burton of the Leland Fire/Rescue Department.