Today's News

  • Selling drugs to drug agent lands two in jail

    Two Greenville residents spent their Christmas holiday in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center after being arrested for trafficking in opium.

    On Thursday, Dec. 20, Derry Mandle Morris and Regina Loraine Jones were arrested after selling narcotics to a drug agent. Four warrants were issued each for Morris and Jones.

    They were arrested after selling Oxymorphone, a prescription painkiller and a schedule II controlled substance, to a law enforcement agent.

  • Vietnam veteran discovers he isn’t eligible for veteran’s benefits

    Bruce Gray received a Vietnam Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Defense. He has his DD-214. He served his country proudly.

    But this year Gray learned he doesn’t qualify for veteran’s benefits.

    “I thought I would go ahead and sign up for it for the time when I decide to retire,” Gray said.

    Gray, like many Vietnam veterans, thought his service automatically qualified him for benefits.

  • Special Operations Report

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Dec. 17-23 special operations deputies set up checkpoints on

    N.C. 211, Chapel Loop Road, Oxpen Road, Red Bug Road, Hickman Road and Danford Road.

  • Sheriff’s Corner: New Year safety reminder

    By the time everyone sees this message, Christmas will be over and New Years will be just a few days away.

    Please keep in mind a lot of people will be traveling all over going to events and parties to celebrate the evening.

    The most important thing that is always a concern is, “Don’t drink and drive.” If you are at a party or a function and are drinking, get someone to take you home. Better yet, have a designated driver already pre-arranged.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.


    Dec. 13

    Shoplifting at Walmart; suspect stacked dog food and diapers in a cart and left the store.

    Property damage in the Bojangles parking lot by opening a car door and hitting another vehicle.

    Larceny at Walmart; suspect took a TV from the store before fleeing on foot.


    Dec. 14

  • Severe weather to move through Brunswick Wednesday

    Severe weather is expected in Brunswick County throughout the day Wednesday.

    A tornado watch is effect until 5 p.m.

    A tornado warning was issued for Brunswick County, near Southport, just before 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. The warning expired around 10:15 a.m.

    Just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the county. Winds could exceed 60 mph. The first storm was reported just south of Southport and was moving northeast.

  • Man wants to keep Christ in Christmas

    SHALLOTTE—Three years ago Alan Hughes got fed up with hearing people say “Happy Holidays” so he made it his mission to spread a message—put Christ back in Christmas.

  • 2012 Photo contest winners


    As a thank-you to our readers, this week’s Beacon features a free 2013 calendar.

    The calendar features photographs from this year’s Brunswick Life photo contest, plus lots of great advertisements from area businesses.

    “The calendar has been one of our most rewarding special projects,” Beacon managing editor Stacey Manning said. “We love getting quality photos from children and adults each year. It’s hard to pick the winners and select the few that will make it into the calendar.”

  • Mayors meet with new county commissioners

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—On Thursday, Dec. 13, mayors and other elected officials from throughout Brunswick County participated in a mayors’ meeting in Ocean Isle Beach commissioners’ chambers. The topic was getting to know Brunswick County’s newly elected commissioners—Pat Sykes and Frank Williams.

    “The agenda is simple,” said Bob Morrow, mayor of St. James. “We have invited the newly elected commissioners to hear their views and get to know them a little better.”

  • Shallotte Crime Report


    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Christopher Lynn Charles, 23, 5126 Matt Hair Road, Fayetteville, was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense.

    Obtaining property by false pretense at Pawn USA; suspect pawned stolen items.

    Larceny of a tire and rim on Country Club Villa Drive; suspect removed a wheel from a victim’s vehicle.