Today's News

  • Conclusion of candidate filing sets the stage for contested local races

    The candidate filing period for 2019 municipal elections in Brunswick County ended Friday, July 19, and several local towns will feature contested races in November.

    All of the county’s 19 municipalities have town board seats up for grabs or renewal for this year’s Nov. 5 elections, including mayoral seats.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight announced in June she does not plan to seek re-election this year after serving two terms in addition to serving previously as a town commissioner.

  • Photographer catches bobcat up-close in Sunset Beach

    It isn’t every day local photographer Mark Head catches a close-up of a bobcat.

    In fact, it was his first and so far only shots when he happened up on the elusive wildcat during one of his regular early-morning walks on the Sunset Beach island on Tuesday, July 16.

    Shortly after 6 a.m., Head and his camera were trolling a wooden walkway in the thickly shrubbed dunes area at Second Street when he espied the brown, mottle-coated feline sitting in the grass about 75 feet away. His first thought was it was too big for a regular cat.

  • Cost to extend county waterlines too high for rural areas

     The run-away development of Brunswick County, especially those areas nearest the beaches, has some county residents feeling left behind.

    Residents living farther inland to the west and north of Brunswick’s beautiful coastline do not always have access to county water and sewer services. These unincorporated area residents feel their ability to address policy makers is limited, often to the point they feel they have no representation at all.

  • Improvement needed after Holden Beach town audit

     The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, July 16, appeared to ruffle some feathers as board members questioned the 2018 audit presentation and the additional expenses incurred.

    Jay E. Sharpe of Rives & Associates, LLP, an accounting firm with offices in Raleigh, Charlotte and Lexington, presented the results of the 2018 audit.  Sharpe’s presentation indicated the town is financially in good shape as of the June 30th end of the fiscal year.

  • Affordable apartments approved by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH — Following debate and more objections of adjacent property owners, the Sunset Beach Planning Board unanimously approved recommending proposed plans for the 72-unit Artesa Village apartment complex near The Village at Sunset Beach.

    The vote came following an hour and 15 minutes of discussion at the monthly board meeting last Thursday, July 18. Eight residents expressed concerns during public comment, akin to an earlier full-house meeting of the town advisory board June 6 when the matter was tabled.

  • Sunset Beach owner loses Little River restaurant to fire
  • Carolina Shores broaches brunch bill

    Town commissioners are considering adopting a brunch ordinance for early alcohol sales on Sundays.

    The request comes from operators of Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club “as a matter of economic competitiveness,” Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said following the town board’s monthly morning workshop July 8 and afternoon meeting July 11.

    Commissioners last week instructed town staff to prepare required materials to be reviewed at a future board meeting.

  • Bolivia man killed in motorcycle crash

    A 50-year-old Bolivia man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday, July 14, in Little River, S.C. 

    Roger Tomblin was driving a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Mineola Ave. in Little River about 10 a.m. when he lost control of the bike, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    Tomblin, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, ran off the side of the road and struck a pole, resulting in his death. 

  • OIB amends anticipated expenses for new town hall

    Editor's Note: The story in this week's print edition contains an error. The total cost of the new town hall was estimated at $6,070,890 at a previous town meeting. The Beacon apologizes and regrets the error.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners amended its Capital Projects Ordinance-New Town Hall Construction Project during their regular meeting Tuesday, July 9. The ordinance was initially passed June 11, 2019.

  • Brunswick County announces hiring of new county manager

    Brunswick County has named Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff as the new county manager. Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy is retiring, effective

    Nov. 1.

    Hardy has worked as county manager since 2005. Prior to her appointment to the county manager’s post, she worked with the Brunswick County Schools system beginning in 1995.

    The July 26 announcement followed two executive sessions on July 23 and July 24. The board will officially announce Woodruff’s hiring at the next regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, August 5.