Today's News

  • Fort Fisher trains Civil War “artillery soldiers”




     “Attention Cannoneers” is one of nine hands-on summer activities featured Fridays beginning in June and running until August. Friday, July 12, “Junior Cannoneers” learned the strategies of prepping, loading and firing a cannon.





  • Band of the Week: Too Much Sylvia stirs up OIB concert crowd July 19

    Too Much Sylvia has been around for nearly three decades, consisting of four longtime musicians who have been on the coastal Carolina concert circuit even longer.

    Most people with any regional band savvy know Too Much Sylvia’s music by now. But next-to-nobody knows how the Charlotte-based band, which doesn’t have one female musician, got its name.

    It’s a little-known story that might best be left untold, Rick Lee, longtime keyboardist and vocalist for Too Much Sylvia, said with a chuckle.

  • BLT auditions for ‘Jack Benny’s Not 39 Anymore’

    Brunswick Little Theatre stages auditions for “Jack Benny’s Not 39 Anymore” July 21 and 22 at its 8068 River Road theater in Southport in classroom 1A.

    Auditions are noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21, and 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 22. A callback, if necessary, follows from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 23.

    Penned by playwright Marv Siegel, the production centers 

  • South Carolina woman charged with injury to personal property

    The Sunset Beach Police Department has charged a South Carolina woman with injury to personal property in connection with damage to a car.

    Kellie Pepitone, 43, of Wilderness Trail in Liberty, S.C., was charged Friday, July 12, after police investigated a report of damage to a vehicle door on 33rdStreet on the Sunset Beach island.

    The investigation was in reference to reports the department received of “several vehicle unlocks” within town limits, according to a department report.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    “The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet.”

    William Shakespeare, Sonnet 94

  • We’re all doing the best we can

    By Linda Arnold

    Are you still stressed out over something that happened last week?

    Holiday periods often bring extended family into our lives. Routines are changed, and people are thrown together 24/7. So it’s no wonder some feathers can get ruffled.

    Here’s the thing. You may have had expectations of how things would go. And when they didn’t go that way, you got upset. This is just human nature, although you can make it easier on yourself. Especially if you’re still experiencing “aftershocks.”

  • 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.

  • A Second Look: The Green Book evokes the power of relationship

    I love to go to the movies. The only challenge is my inability to sit in the dark while trying to take notes on what hits my heart or mind or need in order to enable a later recording what I now see.

  • Pet travel time: tips to combat motion sickness

    Each summer, I receive frantic phone calls from pet parents embarking on the Great American Car Trip. “What can I do to keep Buster calm? How can I prevent him from getting sick in the car?” It’s a fact. Many dogs and cats experience nausea, anxiety and stress when riding in cars. To calm a nervous stomach, these are some of my favorite phone call remedies:

    Natural treatments for motion sickness

    1) Withhold food four to six hours before departure.

  • Answering questions about food preservation

    Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Science staff in North Carolina has long been known for their knowledge of food safety and food preservation. We frequently get phone calls or emails from consumers asking specific questions on these topics.