Today's News

  • How to have a safe cookout, no matter what you call it

    I’m guessing that most of you had a cookout of some sort over the holiday. According to a survey commissioned by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), July 4 is the most popular grilling day of the year. Their survey shows 73 percent of consumers grill on that holiday.

    The survey also shows seven out of 10 U.S. adults own a grill or a smoker. Gas is the most popular grill type (64 percent), followed by charcoal (44 percent), then electric (9 percent).

  • District court docket for June 22


    The following cases were adjudicated in District Criminal Court on June 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Friday, June 22

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

  • News is reported even when nightmares come true

    It was only one story.

    One factual, accurate and fair piece of reporting about a harassment case apparently motivated a man to redirect a festering rage to a community newspaper and take it out June 28 on the innocent people who worked there.

    I didn’t know Gerald Fischman, Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith or Wendi Winters, but they were just as much my colleagues as anyone else I work with here at the Beacon or have worked with in my newspaper career.

  • Belville, county residents owe thanks to Breault

    Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park remains a work in progress pending the addition of a Cape Fear Raptor Center education facility and 1,480-foot waterfront boardwalk among other amenities. But it already boasts features like a 2,400-square-foot observation deck, 125-foot-long fishing pier, concert pavilion, a handicapped accessible mile-long nature trail and farmer’s market.

    The riverwalk park is a jewel for Belville and all of Brunswick County as a regional attraction since it opened in 2015.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 11:55 a.m. July 2, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Annual sit-a-thon set for July 6 to benefit Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program

    The annual sit-a-thon to benefit the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program is scheduled for Friday, July 6, beginning at 10 a.m. with participants in their chairs at 10:30 a.m. off Fifth Street on the Sunset Beach island shoreline.

    Participants sit in a chair at the water’s edge. As the tide comes in from the Atlantic Ocean, the water starts knocking them over. The last participant sitting is declared the winner.

    Vacationers put on this event every year to collect donations for the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program. All are invited to participate.

  • State board approves toll increases for Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry

    The North Carolina Board of Transportation approved a request June 28 from the Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization and the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization to increase tolls on the N.C. Ferry System’s Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route.

    The toll for a vehicle less than 20 feet in length will go from $5 to $7, tolls for vehicles between 20 feet and 40 feet will go from $10 to $14, and tolls for vehicles larger than 40 feet will go from $15 to $28.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 3:11 p.m. June 29, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Former Southport mayor dies

    Former Southport mayor Norman Holden, 82, died Wednesday, June 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Southport Police Chief Gary Smith said.

    Officers were dispatched to Holden’s home on Frink Drive to check on him, Smith said. Holden was part of We Care, a program police use to check on registered residents daily. 

    Smith said police arrived about 9 a.m. and found Holden dead in his yard.

    Holden last served as Southport mayor in 2007.

  • Missing diver’s body found near Flying Pan Shoals

    The body of a 51-year-old diver who went missing Monday afternoon was found Tuesday afternoon near Flying Pan Shoals off the Brunswick County coastline.

    His identity has not been released because members of his dive team found his body, the Coast Guard said.

    The man went for a half-hour dive off the boat Jet Lag on Monday afternoon. When he did not resurface, Jet Lag divers searched the area, the Coast Guard said.