Today's News

  • It stinks: Sunset Beach says no to reporter at sewer meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—An attorney with the North Carolina Press Association says closure of a meeting to the public last week so town and county officials could discuss sewer installation issues was not justified.

    The response came after Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott told a Beacon reporter the June 13 meeting was not a public meeting.

  • Siblings harvest crop to help feed the hungry

    They just recently got out of school, but Aaron and Hailey Dreyer can already talk about how they spent their summer vacation.

    It took root in the spring, when the Oak Island brother and sister decided to plant potatoes in the Winnabow fields of their great-grandfather, Cedric Ottaway. They wanted to donate the potatoes to area food pantries.

  • Looking Back 1983-85

    Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Each month, we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    It was an era of truckers’ strikes, corruption in government, and the end of driving on the beach at Holden Beach.

  • Raising up cattle just part of the schedule at Fulwoods’ Century Farm

    When Jerry Fulwood returns home after a hard day’s work at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, he’s usually greeted by a herd of cattle moos.

    It’s not that unusual at the family Century Farm that Fulwood shares with his wife, Louise, along with about 60 head of beef cattle and three watch-donkeys.

    The family farmland, encompassing close to 200 acres along Mintz Cemetery Road and another section along Old Shallotte Road, is where Jerry grew up and inherited the land from his dad, Henry Fulwood Jr., who died in 2009 at age 86.

  • Calabash adopts new $1 million budget for 2012-13

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has approved a 2012-13 fiscal year budget ordinance calling for a balanced budget of $1,021,050 and an unchanged tax rate of 8.75 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    Approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting June 12.

    General fund appropriations are for operation of town government and its activities for the fiscal year starting July 1 and ending June 30, 2013.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on June 6, 7 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.


    Wednesday, June 6

    Judge Sherry D. Tyler presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Nashat A. Abdelhamid, PG improper equipment.

  • Museum offers program about beach safety

    Every Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, families can learn beach safety tips that could save their lives.
    “Who Are You Swimming With?” addresses serious beach safety issues in a kid-friendly way. The goal of the program is to educate, not to scare.
    At a recent program, almost 70 people (adults and kids) listened as program leader Judy Sobota talked about what to do in various situations that any North Carolina beachgoer might face.

  • Senior horticulture team wins

    The Brunswick County Senior 4-H Horticulture Judging Team of Darby Dawkins, Carlyn Clark, Tori Norris and Camden Clark won first place in the North Carolina statewide horticulture judging competition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on May 19. Dawkins also accrued the highest individual score.
    The Horticulture Judging Competition entailed three components: 1. Judging the quality of horticulture products (plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables); 2. Identification of 100 plants; and 3. A written test on horticultural practices.

  • Red bugs and those itching chigger bites

    Are you itching at the ankles soon after hiking, picnicking or walking on a lawn? You may have chigger bites.
    Chiggers found in North Carolina, also known as red bugs, are the immature form of a mite. The bites can cause small, red bumps or welts on the skin and intense itching.
    Chiggers occur most frequently in areas of thick vegetation where the animals they normally bite (small mammals, birds, and reptiles) live. Although chiggers are more common in damp, shady areas, they also occur on golf courses or lawns.

  • Ah, pew! Staying ahead of stink bugs

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Stink bugs and their cousins, the leaf-footed bugs, are common pests on many fruits and vegetables in the southeast.
    Gardeners most frequently notice these pests on tomatoes, where their feeding injury causes hard yellow spots to form just under the tomato skin. Populations of both of these difficult-to-control insects build up over the season, peaking in late summer and early fall. Control efforts taken now will help you stay ahead of these malodorous pests.