Today's News

  • OIB amends anticipated expenses for new town hall

    Editor's Note: The story in this week's print edition contains an error. The total cost of the new town hall was estimated at $6,070,890 at a previous town meeting. The Beacon apologizes and regrets the error.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners amended its Capital Projects Ordinance-New Town Hall Construction Project during their regular meeting Tuesday, July 9. The ordinance was initially passed June 11, 2019.

  • Candidate filing period ends Friday

    By Sam Hickman and Laura Lewis

    The candidate filing period for 2019 municipal elections in Brunswick County ends at noon Friday, July 19.

    All of the county’s 19 municipalities have town board seats up for grabs or renewal for this year’s Nov. 5 elections, including mayoral seats.

    Calabash Mayor Mary Knight announced in June she does not plan to seek re-election this year after serving two terms in addition to serving previously as a town commissioner.

  • Bolivia man killed in motorcycle crash

    A 50-year-old Bolivia man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday, July 14, in Little River, S.C. 

    Roger Tomblin was driving a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Mineola Ave. in Little River about 10 a.m. when he lost control of the bike, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

    Tomblin, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, ran off the side of the road and struck a pole, resulting in his death. 

  • Carolina Shores broaches brunch bill

    Town commissioners are considering adopting a brunch ordinance for early alcohol sales on Sundays.

    The request comes from operators of Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club “as a matter of economic competitiveness,” Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said following the town board’s monthly morning workshop July 8 and afternoon meeting July 11.

    Commissioners last week instructed town staff to prepare required materials to be reviewed at a future board meeting.

  • Judge takes Calabash apartment case under advisement

    BOLIVIA — A judge has taken under advisement a petitioner’s appeal regarding the Calabash town board’s recent approval of a conditional use permit for a 60-unit apartment complex.

    Judge Doug Sasser, filling in at a hearing Monday for Superior Court Judge James Bell, cited 130 pages of documents requiring review in the appeal filed April 29 by resident Sandra Lefenfeld.

  • Calabash mayor’s next gig on P&Z board approved

    Maybe she isn’t seeking re-election this year, but the town of Calabash isn’t letting go of Mayor Mary Knight just yet.

    At their July 9 monthly meeting, town commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Knight and former commissioner Daria Buccilli to fill vacant positions on the town planning and zoning board after each indicated interest in serving.

    Knight will fill the remainder of an unexpired term that continues through October 2020 following the resignation of former board member John Thomas, town clerk Sue Stuhr said.

  • Fort Fisher trains Civil War “artillery soldiers”




     “Attention Cannoneers” is one of nine hands-on summer activities featured Fridays beginning in June and running until August. Friday, July 12, “Junior Cannoneers” learned the strategies of prepping, loading and firing a cannon.





  • Monument honors all veterans, not limited to WWII

    Nearly two decades have passed since the flagpole and granite monument honoring all veterans of Shallotte and surrounding areas was erected on the front lawn of the North Carolina National Guard Armory on Main Street. Dedicated on Saturday, Dec. 11, 1999 as a tribute to the Shallotte Centennial, the monument will soon be relocated and serve as the centerpiece of the proposed Veteran’s Park.

  • Shallotte aldermen OK plans for Veterans Park, tighten nuisance ordinances

    The Shallotte Aldermen received and approved a preliminary design for Veterans Park during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, July 2.

    The memorial park will be an extension to Mulberry Park. The site for the extension is north of the cemetery and west of the community garden.

    Plans for Veterans Park include memorials honoring all five branches of the military. Veterans who served during WWI, WWII, the Korean, Vietnam and Iraq wars will be recognized. Local officials hope to dedicate the park on Veteran’s Day.

  • Northwest waste water plant upgrades moving as planned

    Design for the Brunswick County Northwest Water Treatment Plant upgrade and new concentrate pipeline are advancing on schedule, according to Brunswick County officials.

    The county recently received a favorable response from federal regulators regarding the concentrate discharge to the Cape Fear River stating that it “is not likely to adversely affect species listed as threatened or endangered or critical habitats.”