Today's News

  • Bee puts ‘spell’ on literacy competition

    The buzz is the Brunswick County Literacy Council is gearing up for its 30th annual adult spelling bee, set to take place Tuesday night, May 21, in the Virginia Williamson Events Center of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The event starts with a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by the bee at 7 p.m.

    Assorted teams of two have once again signed on to compete in the annual fundraiser to benefit literacy programs in Brunswick County.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, May 7-9, 2019

    May 7

    Tina Margaret Badcock, 40, of Jennis Avenue, Sunset Beach, issued citation on charges of driving while license revoked and possession of marijuana less than ½ ounce.

    Report taken at Food Lion about a victim who was scammed out of several hundred dollars.

    May 9

    Shoplifter reported at Family Dollar. Officers arrived on scene and located subject. The item was returned and store did not want to prosecute.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    My protest sign read: “After bread, education is the ‘first’ need of the people.”

    It’s a quote attributed to George Danton in Paris in 1792. Danton was a champion of educational reform throughout France and something of a legend within this cause.

  • Life lessons from our mothers live on

    By Linda Arnold

    This week marked my 10th Mother’s Day without my mother. And my husband’s eighth without his. It’s always a time of reflection. Sometimes it seems longer, and sometimes it doesn’t seem that long.

    For many of you, this may have been your first, and those “firsts” are tough, whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary or that first holiday. These are powerful triggers that start building before the event, and endure after it’s over. 

  • Weaving sunshine out of the falling rain

    As I perused the articles I had sent as copy to the Beacon these past few weeks, I noted that pain had been of primary interest.

    Here we are, in the wonderful springtime of the year, and I am still focused on pain. Sounds pretty pitiful, doesn’t it? Yet, there must be a reasoned cause for this reality, other than awful self-absorption and clinging to a “Poor Ole Me” attitude.

  • Cranial cruciate injury repair — extracapsular repair and TightRope Procedure

    My dog tore his cranial cruciate ligament. My veterinarian has suggested surgically fixing it using an external capsular repair technique. What is it?

    One of the most common injuries to the knee of dogs is tearing of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). This ligament is similar to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans.

  • Restaurant nutrition labels

    Standing at the counter in a fast food restaurant ordering or making a choice at a sit-down restaurant may take more time these days because there is more information available that may influence the choices you make.

    This is because a new restaurant nutrition labeling rule went into effect a year ago this month. Calorie and nutrition information now appear on printed menus and posted on menu boards. 

  • Bravo, county commissioners, on nixing Leland ETJ

    To the editor:

    I was pleased to see the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners vote a solid no to the town of Leland’s request to establish an extraterritorial jurisdiction outside town limits.

    My concerns are for existing industries that would be included in the jurisdiction.

  • Paul VanWormer named new Sunset Beach mayor

    SUNSET BEACH — Paul VanWormer has been named the town’s third mayor in less than three years after being unanimously approved Monday night by Sunset Beach Town Council.

    VanWormer, 59, was chosen after a motion for the other contender, David Marsland, failed on a 2-3 council vote.

    Town council members Richard Cerrato and Jan Harris favored Marsland, with Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and town councilmen John Corbett and Charlie Nern casting dissenting votes.

  • Carolina Shores ready to adopt new budget

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are poised to approve the new budget for fiscal 2019-2020 this Thursday calling for the same tax rate.

    The proposed $2.389 million budget includes maintaining the current ad valorem tax rate of .1016 cents per $100 of valuation, which Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall notes in his introduction marks the seventh straight year since 2012 without a tax increase for the town.