Today's News

  • Sunset Beach deputy chief retires

    SUNSET BEACH—Steve Smith, deputy chief of detectives for the Sunset Beach Police Department, has retired effective this past Monday, Oct. 31.

    Smith has been with the department for 13 years.

    Smith’s title is being retired as well.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said Smith’s position will not be continued, but positions will be added for a detective and a patrolman in the town’s public safety department.

    Massey said Monday this is her decision and it will save the town money.

  • Robberies spark alarm in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—It’s happened not once, but twice in a two-week span.

    Late on two Sunday nights in October, armed robbers descended on the Food Lion store in Carolina Commons shopping center, forcing employees to hand over undetermined amounts of money in both incidents.

    The first robbery occurred around 10:50 p.m. Oct. 16. The second occurred at about 10:18 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Both incidents involved two male suspects.

    In the latest incident Sunday, the suspects wore Halloween masks.

  • Carolina Shores Golf Course under new management

    CAROLINA SHORES—There is new management at Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club.

    About 100 residents attended an Oct. 19 session, when Philippe Bureau was introduced as new manager of the 37-year-old course, which he’ll be running on a day-to-day basis.

    Bureau, contacted Monday, said Mike Matheny is still owner of the 18-hole course designed by golf architect Tom Jackson, as well as the Palmetto Greens Golf and Country Club just across the state line in Longs, S.C.

    Bank issues, Bureau said, are still pending.

  • Calabash meeting rescheduled for Nov. 10

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners’ next monthly meeting has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons called for rescheduling the meeting from next Tuesday, Nov. 8, because that is Election Day.

    This year, six candidates are vying for four available town board seats.

    Town commissioner Mary Knight is unopposed in her bid for mayor. Clemmons is not seeking re-election.

  • Six arrested in Sunset Beach

    Police made the following arrests reported over the past weekend:

    On Oct. 30, Thomas Peter Kronyak, 38, of Country Club Drive, Shallotte, was charged with DWI.

    Aaron Lee Vannatter, 21, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on outstanding warrants on two counts for failure to appear.

    Cori Otez Vaught, 21, of Eastbrook Avenue, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on warrants for child support.

  • It's almost Election Day—do you know who you're voting for?

    There’s nothing like taking a week off to zap a soul back to reality—my soul, that is. And my reality.

    After five luxurious days consisting of a fantastic (car) cruise to Wilmington (for food and essentials), carpetmen transforming my worn floors and assorted de-cluttering (which I’m still working on), I had to face the inevitability of the following back-to-work Monday this week.

    And approaching elections—how could anyone covering southern Brunswick County forget about those? Certainly not me—except during that blissful week off.

  • Rose Hill man killed while loading moving van

    A Rose Hill man was killed while loading a moving van last week on Green Hill Road near Leland.

    According to a North Carolina Highway Patrol report, Harold Jones, 63, of 2495 Delway Highway, Rose Hill, was loading a North American Van Lines moving van around 8:43 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle and killed.

    John Nick Demos, 77, of 1940 Green Hill Road NE, Leland, was driving a Honda passenger vehicle south on Green Hill Road. According to the report, Demos was blinded by sunlight and struck Jones and then the moving van.

  • Holiday Happenings: Brunswick County’s first-ever Christmas show

    SHALLOTTE—Come join The Brunswick Beacon and more than 40 vendors at Brunswick County’s first-ever Christmas show, the Beacon’s own Holiday Happenings Christmas Show.

    The Holiday Happenings Christmas Show is free and open to the public. The family-friendly event will unfold 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte. The show will be in the school’s cafeteria and front lobby.

    Angie Sutton, advertising director at The Brunswick Beacon, said there is something for people of all ages at the show.

  • Major motion picture to film in area

    N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue has announced the Marvel Comics-turned-major-motion-picture-franchise “Iron Man” will film its latest installment in the Wilmington area.

    Perdue said the production, which stars actor Robert Downey Jr., will begin pre-production work soon in the Port City.

    Expected to take about 10 months to film, Perdue said the movie production is anticipated to create more than 550 crew jobs and more than 1,000 talent opportunities. The total economic impact to the area is estimated to be more than $80 million.

  • Brunswick County sees slight dip in unemployment rate

    Brunswick County saw a slight dip in its unemployment rate in September.

    According to recent unemployment numbers released Oct. 28 by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina, Brunswick County had a 10.6 percent unemployment rate during September.

    The September rate is down slightly from August, which had a 10.8 percent unemployment rate, but was still above the September 2010 unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, according to ESC figures.