Today's News

  • Siblings find each other through DNA match

    VARNAMTOWN — It was Thanksgiving 2015, and Debra Smith took dinner up to her elderly mom, Elsie Yosia Kelly, during a visit in their hometown of Morgantown, W.Va.

    “My mother was having a bad Thanksgiving,” recalled Smith, who now lives in Holden Beach with her husband, Mike.

    “None of the other kids were around,” she recalled. “That’s when she informed me she had come to Wilmington and given up a child for adoption.”

  • Brunswick County plans to expand EMS services into Leland

    Brunswick County EMS crews are tentatively scheduled to begin servicing Leland residents perhaps as early as July1, according to a Leland Town Hall press release.


    The expanded emergency services follow county staff’s recommendations to not renew Leland’s ambulance franchise for the coming fiscal year.


  • Shallotte booming with new business, residential plans

    The town board of Shallotte has conditionally approved construction of a shopping center, auto/office site and residential community.

    During the public hearing segment of the regular board meeting Tuesday, May 7, aldermen listened as James McAden, project manager of Realty Link of Greenville, S.C., reviewed plans for a shopping center at the corner of Main Street (U.S. 17 Business) and Smith Avenue. The board approved a conditional permit at its Oct. 9, 2018, meeting for the proposed retail center.

  • Brunswick Chamber fires two top staffers

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is going through transition after two of its key employees were dismissed May 3.

    Tori Humphrey, chairwoman of the 19-member chamber board, confirmed in an email announcement received by the Beacon on May 6 that membership relations director Heather Buell and membership engagement director Robyn Beliveau are no longer employed by the chamber.

    Humphrey wrote that chamber leaders have also been going through applicants and checking references for a new chamber president.

  • Fitness trail conflicts raised in Sunset Beach

    As three Sunset Beach council members approved a rush-order for a new fitness trail last week, none of them disclosed their involvement with the nonprofit group asking the town to assume responsibilities for the trail.

    Sunset Beach Town Councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern are both board members of Sunset Vision, the nonprofit group offering to donate property for the trail if the town will take over liabilities and maintenance.

  • Carolina Shores passes $2.27 million budget

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved a $2,274,000 balanced budget for the next fiscal year without a tax increase.

    First-reading approval came at the town board’s monthly meeting last Thursday, May 9. The fiscal 2019-2020 budget, which takes effect July 1, includes maintaining the town’s current ad valorem tax rate of .1016 cents per $100 valuation.

    Second reading of the budget will come at the board’s June meeting.

  • Attorney files for court review of Calabash complex

    A Calabash resident who is also an attorney has filed a petition seeking court review of the town’s recent approval of a conditional use permit for a 60-unit apartment complex on Thomasboro Road.

    Sandra Lefenfeld filed a petition April 29 in Brunswick County Superior Court requesting review of town commissioners’ April 4 approval of Woda Cooper Development Inc.’s three-story, multi-building apartment complex planned in the town’s central business district across from Harbor Drive.

  • Relay for Life races to beat cancer Friday at WBHS

    This year’s Relay for Life rolls out as a six-hour race against cancer Friday night at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    The goal this year is to raise $164,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. At last count last week, most of the 38 participating teams had already pulled in $116,000 so far. This year’s theme is “Surfing for a Cure.”

  • 38th Little River Blue Crab Festival May 18-19

    Crab-lovers can shed their shells by getting out to celebrate the 38th annual Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival this weekend.

    Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, on the Little River waterfront, the festival once again promises a long lineup of food, vendors, entertainment and plenty of delicious crabs.

    Saturday’s entertainment includes RiverMist Band at 10:30 a.m. and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot at 2 p.m.

  • Hands Across the Sand stretches across beaches at noon Saturday

    People interested in protecting their beloved coast are invited to take part in Hands Across the Sand at local beaches at noon this Saturday, May 18.

    Launched internationally in 2010, the goal of HATS is to draw attention to and protest seismic blasting and offshore oil drilling.

    This event is being planned at all Brunswick County beaches, inviting participants to enjoy the sense of community felt in standing up for our coast.