Today's News

  • The Brunswick Beacon looking back: 1962 through 1966

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a yearlong series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    SHALLOTTE—A half-gallon of milk cost 35 cents. Twenty-nine cents got you a 10-pound bag of potatoes. A can of Maxwell House coffee was 69 cents.

    And the hometown newspaper, first the Shallotte Press before quickly changing its name to The Brunswick Beacon, cost 5 cents.

    The year was 1962.

  • Sea Trail reorganization plan proposes selling assets

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposed reorganization plan for Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center cites details about selling assets at the resort.

    The intent of the plan, submitted Jan. 26 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, is outlined by Matthew Smith, managing director with The Finley Group Inc. of Charlotte, described as an advisory firm for “operationally challenged organizations.”

  • Incidents, arrest in Sunset Beach

    An Ocean Isle Beach man has been arrested and charged by Sunset Beach police for driving while impaired.

    Kenneth Wayne Gardner, 55, of Sunset Dock, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with DWI on Jan. 28.

    Sunset Beach police also investigated two separate, reported incidents of breaking-and-entering and larceny to real property. The incidents were reported Jan. 28 at a residence on Resort Circle, and on Jan. 26 at a residence on East Main Street.

  • Sunset Beach annual retreat is Feb. 21

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its day-long annual retreat on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Osprey Room A of the Sea Trail Conference Center.

    Council’s agenda is as follows:

    8:15-8:45 a.m. breakfast; 8:45-9:30 a.m. budget preparation process; 9:30-10:15 a.m. community meetings; 10:15-11:15 a.m. beach patrol vs. reserve officers; 11:15-noon bike trails/pedestrian walkways; noon-1 p.m. lunch break; 1-3:30 p.m. capital improvement, five-year financial plans review; 3:30-5 p.m. project schedule review.

  • Carolina Shores candidate says proxy vote misleading; leader says not

    CAROLINA SHORES—A candidate for a Carolina Shores POA directorship claims POA leaders are trying to slip in a bylaw change as members cast their votes this Saturday at the POA clubhouse.

    Peter Kirkby, a candidate for one of three POA board of director seats up for renewal, says the board slipped in a bylaw change that members must sign when they cast their votes for candidates at the 3 p.m. members-only meeting Feb. 4.

  • UDO open house Feb. 15 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town of Carolina Shores will have an open house 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, to discuss land use and the town’s unified development ordinance.

    Business owners and residents and anyone else with property interests in the town are invited to attend. Town staff said it would be an informal forum to discuss development of the draft UDO ordinance as well as future land issues. Consultants will be on hand to discuss the planning process.

  • DSS board members vote to hire fired attorney

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have fired him.

    He’s currently involved in litigation against the county—representing Department of Social Services Chairman Charles Warren in a legal battle against county commissioners.

    He continues to bill the county for work he did after his contract was terminated.

    And on Tuesday afternoon, three of five DSS board members voted to hire him—again.

    Attorney Gary Shipman previously served as the DSS board’s attorney but commissioners fired him last January.

  • EMS 30th anniversary: New 'Spirit of Calabash' ambulance checks in for service

    CALABASH—Calabash Volunteer EMS celebrated its 30th anniversary in style last week, unveiling a new ambulance before a crowd of applauding well-wishers.

    The “Spirit of Calabash” ambulance, as it’s been named and marked, is the newest addition to the Calabash EMS fleet.

    At the Jan. 26 dedication ceremony, new acting chief Steve Barger thanked the dedicated volunteers who have been with the EMS since its beginning.

  • Candidate field stacking up before filing period opens

    Candidate filing for the 2012 elections doesn’t start until Feb. 13, but that hasn’t stopped a handful of local candidates from announcing political intentions.

    Filing runs from noon Monday, Feb. 13, until noon Wednesday, Feb. 29.

    The 2012 primary election will be Tuesday, May 8, and the General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    Commissioner District 5

    Longtime county commissioner and current chairman Bill Sue has announced he does not plan to seek re-election to the board of commissioners.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Motor vehicle theft on Shell Point Road SW in Shallotte; suspect stole victim’s golf cart.

    •Burglary and larceny on Pine Lake Drive in Shallotte; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole an iPhone and a power cable.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Turkey Trap Road in Supply; suspect pried open victim’s front door and stole a TV, DVDs and clothes.