Today's News

  • Shallotte police ask for help in IDing two women accused of purse snatching

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two women they say snatched a purse from someone at Walmart on Thursday.

    The women are white women of medium build, with one appearing to have yellow hair and the other with dark hair with what appears to be a white streak.

    Anyone with information on the women is asked to call the department at 754-6008.

  • ATMC accepts applications for 2019 grant programs

    ATMC is accepting applications for the 2019 Community Connections and Smart Connections Grant Programs. This year, $35,000 in Community Connections grant funds will be awarded to nonprofits serving Brunswick County and $35,000 in Smart Connections funds will be given to educators in Brunswick County and areas of Columbus County served by ATMC.

  • Man wanted in connection with Leland, Wilmington robberies arrested

    A Leland man wanted in connection with a Wednesday robbery in Leland and a Thursday robbery in Wilmington has been arrested in New Hanover County.

    No one was injured.

  • Happy valentines: Ash couple celebrates 61 years of marriage

    Working in the soda shop on East Carolina University’s campus kept Pat Purvis busy, and she didn’t really pay much attention to the young man who would come in multiple times to order from her — that is, until he asked her on a date.

    “I don’t know what made me notice her to begin with,” Doug Brown, now 84, said of his future wife. He finally got the courage to ask Pat on a date in December 1954, and the couple hasn’t looked back.

  • Flu nears February peak

    With flu season nearing a peak, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is restricting access to help curb its spread as cases spike countywide.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, flu activity is rising in the state as it moves closer to a peak for the 2018-2019 season.

    Six flu-related deaths were reported in the state during the week ending Feb. 2, with the total of influenza-related deaths reported this season now at 35. None of those deaths have been reported in Brunswick County.

  • Belville man arrested on child pornography charges

    A Belville man wanted on child pornography charges in Brunswick County was arrested in Wake County Jan. 31 and transferred to Brunswick County.

    Brenan Alexandre West, 27, of Maple Branches Drive has been charged with 10 felony counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and 10 felony counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

    Warrants show West had and duplicated sexually explicit photos of children ranging in age from 3-14 between Jan. 1 and Jan. 30.

    West remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $400,000 bail.

  • Former mayor cites split board on hiring administrator

    SUNSET BEACH — A split decision on naming a new town administrator apparently contributed to last week’s resignation of former mayor Greg Weiss after just five months on the job.

    The Beacon obtained a copy of an email Weiss sent to town council members Jan. 28 outlining his concern about appointing interim town administrator Hiram Marziano, the only person interviewed, to the full-time permanent administrative job, which council members voted to do on a split 3-2 vote at their Feb. 4 meeting.

  • BFA commodities distribution Feb. 14

    Brunswick Family Assistance will have a commodities distribution Feb. 14 starting at the BFA/Big Lots parking lot on Main Street in Shallotte.

  • Registered sex offender faces additional sex crime charges

    A registered sex offender is facing three child sex crime charges.

    Lowell Curtis Alsbury, 37, of Robinson Park Trail in Supply was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.

    Warrants show the incidents took place with a 12-year-old child between Nov. 27, 2014, and Nov. 27, 2015.

    Alsbury remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $50,000 bail.

  • Superintendent Oates reflects on career

    BOLIVIA—In one of his old high school yearbooks, Dr. Jerry Oates, now Brunswick County Schools superintendent, accurately predicted his future.

    “I see that page, ‘What do you plan to do in five years,’ ‘What do you plan to do in 10 years,’ ‘Your lifetime goals,’” Oates said. “My five-year plan was to attend UNCW and get a bachelor’s degree in history. I wrote it down, I mean, I show people this.