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Today's News

  • McShane clan makes OIB summer visits for more than 20 years

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Charlie and Sherry McShane started vacationing in Ocean Isle Beach in 1995 for two reasons: an injury and a magazine.

    Sherry was injured as she and her husband Charlie were vacationing in Bethany Beach, Del., in the early 1990s.

    “I came out of the surf, dislocated my left elbow, and said ‘I’m never going back there again,’” she said.

  • One of two Saturday drowning victims identified

    A man who drowned on the coast of Holden Beach on Saturday has been identified.
    A Holden Beach news release identified the victim as 20-year-old Patrick A. Bass of Charlotte.
    According to the release, at 2:03 p.m. Saturday emergency responders from Holden Beach Police Department, Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department, the Coast Guard, Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to a reported drowning in the 400 block of Ocean Boulevard West near Holden Beach Fishing Pier.

  • Leland man gets more than 30 years for child’s death

    A Leland man will spend at least 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and felony child abuse in the January 2015 death of his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son.

    A Superior Court judge, whom a District Attorney’s Office news release did not name, sentenced 38-year-old Albert David Morgan III of Green Hill Road on Friday to between 365 and 450 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served.

  • County seeks grant for Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners unanimously agreed Monday night to apply to the North Carolina Division of Water resources for a grant to dredge an improved navigation channel at the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has only had enough funding to dredge that inlet to eight feet,” Deputy County Manager Steve Stone said.

  • Carolina Shores residents question FEMA flood maps

    CAROLINA SHORES — Residents sprinkled town commissioners with questions before the board approved Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps at the July 12 town meeting.

    Beacon Townes resident Bill Steuernagelasked about ramifications on people who bought in the community.

    “What about the rest of Carolina Shores?” he asked. “Is this a ticking time bomb?”
    Other residents in The Farm at Brunswick had concerns about how the maps will affect them and costs.

  • Validity questioned on filling Sunset Beach mayor seat

    Two Sunset Beach Town Council members are questioning the validity of action earlier this month that halted the appointment of a mayoral candidate.

    Council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato took issue after councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern first voted not to seat sole candidate Greg Weiss at the July 2 council meeting.

    Harris and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton voted in favor, resulting in a split vote because Cerrato was absent.

  • Leland intersection to close for week

    The intersection of Fairview Road and Baldwin Drive in Leland will be closed to all through traffic July 23-27, weather permitting.

    The closure is necessary so Harrington Village contractors can install concrete crosswalks.

    Motorists are asked to be alert when driving in this area.

  • Belville mourns Schardien during goodbye to Breault

    BELVILLE — Belville officials expected to lose one commissioner at the July 16 meeting after Joe Breault announced his resignation from the town board because of health issues in June.

    But they also said goodbye to commissioner Donna Schardien, who died July 13 after a three-year battle with breast cancer.

    Mayor Mike Allen announced May 14 that Schardien would take a 90-day leave of absence from the town board to recover from a car accident.

  • SB Mayor Pro Tem found guilty of DWI, plans appeal

    Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton has been found guilty of driving while impaired and driving left of center.

    The verdict came during a hearing July 2 with Judge Jerry A. Jolly presiding, prosecutor Sarah McPherson and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones.

    Benton told the Beacon he plans to appeal the verdict.

    Benton, 61, was arrested by Sunset Beach police April 4 after he left The Bridge Grill on Sunset Boulevard North around 9:30 p.m.

  • Elections board sends early voting matter to state again

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Elections sent the matter of Sunday early voting to the State Board of Elections with a split 2-2 vote, twice, on choosing a one-stop voting schedule June 19.

    Then Senate Bill 325, a state requirement to move early voting to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, and ending Friday, Nov. 2, became law.

    The bill was ratified by the legislature June 15, vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper on June 26 then overridden by the Senate on June 27.