Today's News

  • Busted’ jukebox leads to being "Picked Off"

    SHALLOTTE—While Shallotte’s two national TV stars didn’t make it into the finals of the new show “Picked Off,” they now own a Hitler-skunk bank and are in the process of purchasing a jukebox.

    On Wednesday, July 25, Justin Ward and John Pettry, Shallotte firemen and EMTs, appeared on the History Channel’s “Picked Off” wearing their Shallotte Honor Guard shirts.

  • Golden Corral set to open Friday

    SHALLOTTE—The steaks are already marinating as Golden Corral prepares to open its doors.

    According to owners Mickey and David Chance, if everything stays on track with inspections, the restaurant will open its doors for the first time in Shallotte at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3.

    At press time Tuesday, everything was on track for the Friday opening. David Chance said the staff has been hired and trained.

  • Beacon columnist, fisherman recovering after fall from billboard

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An Ocean Isle Beach man is recovering after falling from the top of a billboard along U.S. 17.

    Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, Brant McMullan, a Beacon fishing columnist, fell and landed on a concrete drive. His father Rube McMullan said while the height hasn’t been measured, it is near 50 feet.

    According to Rube, Brant and his brother Barrett McMullan were putting a new “OIFC” wrap on a billboard for the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, a family business, when he fell. The billboard is on U.S. 17 near N.C. 904.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests since July 3. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Causeway Drive and East First Street.

    •Simple possession of schedule II controlled substance at Pelican’s Perch.

    •Chad Michael McKenna, 29, of 2056 Inland Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with possession of schedule II substances and drug paraphernalia.

  • She was at the right place at the right time


    I have always heard the saying, “ the right place at the right time,” but never has it been more true than last weekend.

    I had a rare few hours off work last Saturday night and decided I wanted to hang out with one of my best friends. The last few months we haven’t seen much of each other unless we were at work in the local restaurant we both moonlight in during the summer months.

    We decided it was girls’ night out.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny at Shallotte Nails; victim’s money was removed from her clutch.

    •Concealment of goods at Food Lion: suspect concealed New York strip steaks in clothing and attempted to leave the business.

    •Larceny at Food Lion; suspect took items from victim without paying for them.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 18, 19, 20 and 24 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, July 18

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutors Cathi Radford and Meredith Everhart and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Inshore fishing getting better: Redfish, flounder, black drum biting

    Inshore fishing has improved during the last two weeks, with some slightly cooler temperatures and a lot of bait in the water leading to better action.
    There has been solid fishing on redfish, flounder and black drum as well as some pompano in the surf and off the piers.

  • Second Cast wins third annual Cape Fear Flounder Classic

    Second Cast took home top prize in the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Cape Fear Flounder Classic with a 10.10-pound flounder.   
    Captain Tim Lee from Fayetteville and his crew of Yogie Martin, Mike Clark and John Balentine enthusiastically accepted their winning of $3,036 from event co-chairs Martin Register, BEMC, and Dione Potter at the Southport Marina on Saturday, July 28.

  • Five county picnic shelters to be available on reservation basis

    Staff Report

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation has 24 picnic shelters throughout all of the county parks, and most are on a first-come, first-serve basis. But starting Aug. 1, five picnic shelters will go on a reservation system.
    The park shelters under this new system are used heavily and many citizens have wanted to reserve them in the past for their family gatherings and picnics.