Today's News

  • Jet Ski business is a no-go in Sunset Beach

     Jet Ski business is a no-go in Sunset Beach

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposed Jet Ski operation in the town has been turned down by the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA).

    Town building inspector Sandy Wood, speaking at town council’s pre-meeting work session Monday night, said after the applicants told CAMA what they wanted to do, “CAMA said no way.”

    Wood said the applicants could still come back and build a different type of pier.

  • It's 5 a.m.—do you know where you are and why you're up?

    I had awakened at my usual pre-dawn-Tuesday hour to get some things accomplished. It was, after all, newspaper-drop-dead-deadline-day, a significant time of the week—every week, rain, snow, hurricane or humidity—here at the Beacon.

    While visions and sounds of the prior night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting danced and grumbled in my head—another story to crank out ASAP Tuesday—I cranked up the coffeemaker and logged onto cyberspace.

  • Deep-sea catch dedicated to OIFC's Capt. Brant McMullan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was a good fishing day by any standard.

    Terry Johnson couldn’t believe the bounty of fish caught as he accompanied young men on a deep-sea expedition Aug. 3.

    “Captain Brant [McMullan] knew that we were going out with Matt Richards on his new boat,” said Johnson, who works at the fishing center.

    Johnson was referring to Richards, first mate who goes out on fishing charters every day.

  • Work under way in Jaguar's Lair, councilwoman says

    SUNSET BEACH—Survey work for curbing and roads at the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development has begun.

    Town councilwoman Karen Joseph, speaking at town council’s monthly meeting Monday night, said she was pleased to announce work had started that day, Aug. 6, as part of an initial calendar for the development’s Section 1.

    She added curbing contractors would begin work after the grading is complete.

  • Dancing with the Brunswick Stars is Friday at Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center

    Twenty-one dance couples are set to strut their stuff at the fourth annual Dancing with the Brunswick Stars competition this coming Friday.

    The fundraiser for the Brunswick Community College Foundation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in the gymnasium of the Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center on the main campus of Brunswick Community College at Bolivia.

    “Dancing with the Brunswick Stars is a great and valuable fund-raiser for our student scholarship programs,” said Sally Counihan, marketing and community relations representative at BCC.

  • Gaming distances questioned in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A former town commissioner is questioning why a proposed reduction in gaming distances is on the town board’s agenda.

    “I don’t understand how we got to a public forum on this,” former commissioner Gere Dale said at the town board of commissioners’ workshop Monday morning.

    He said it’s not standard procedure for such a proposal, especially after the town planning and zoning board voted to recommend such a change not be approved at its July 18 meeting.

  • Eye of round roast is the easiest roast you’ll ever cook

    This week, I thought I would post some of my favorite recipes and one that seems to be a favorite, or at least the most requested, by readers.
    Even though it’s a relatively easy recipe with few ingredients (only one, if you don’t count salt and pepper), the baking temperature and time still seem to be a puzzlement. We’re talking about cooking a beef eye of round in the oven.

  • Brunswick Intercultural Festival is Sept. 8 at BCC

    How would you like to travel the world without ever leaving Brunswick County? Join in celebrating diversity and cultural education at the ninth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival. It will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in front of the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • Get outside and catch the gardening bug

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician
    Each year new people get the gardening bug. Maybe it’s the do-it-yourself movement or economics. No matter, it’s worth a try even if some disappointments are to be expected by even the most experienced gardeners.
    If this is your year to dip your toe into freshly tilled soil, go for it. If your non-gardening friends try to discourage you, ask them the following questions:

  • Community briefs

    Brunswick Family Assistance names new interim director
    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Family Assistance has selected Fred Stephens as its interim executive director.
    Stephens has served as BFA board secretary for the past two-and-a-half years. As a member of the planning committee, he helped develop BFA’s new strategic plan. He has also volunteered his time and services for numerous programs.
    Stephens replaces former BFA executive director Carol Phelps.