Today's News

  • Remembering Hugh Morton: ‘Mr. Photojournalism’

    Editor’s note: This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation to member newspapers. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

    By Cammie Bellamy
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Special Operations Unit 2012 statistics

    Special Operations Unit 2012 statistics

    (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012)

    Statistics are for A.C.E. and K-9 deputies


    Driving while impaired: 389

    Aid and abetting driving while impaired: 13

    Driving after consuming and being under 21 years old: 12

    Driving while license revoked: 591

    No operator’s license: 976

    Open container of alcohol in vehicle: 237

    Speed violations: 1,544

    Careless and reckless operation of a motor vehicle: 132

    Aggressive driving: 2

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    Jan. 1

    Child intervention on East Second Street; child wasn’t returned to its mother. The case was closed.

    Jan. 2

    Breaking and entering and larceny on East Second Street; unknown subjects took a laser grade level, a concrete saw and an angle grinder.

  • Twenty-seven lives lost in Brunswick wrecks

    Fatalities on Brunswick County roadways reached a five-year high in 2012.

    Twenty-seven lives were lost last year, the highest since 2007 when there were 33.

    “We definitely went up this year over last year,” said N.C. Highway Patrol First Sgt. Troy Pope.

    According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, there were 27 fatal wrecks resulting in 27 fatalities in 2012.

    In 2011 there were 16 fatal wrecks that claimed 19 lives. In 2010 there were 21 fatal wrecks resulting in 25 fatalities.

  • Tee it up at the Golf Ball

    Mike Gildea
    Special to The Beacon

  • Sheriff's Office Crime Report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:


    Dec. 27

    Domestic assault on a female on McMilly Road, Shallotte.


    Jan. 4

    Fraud by obtaining money/property by false pretense on Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

    Larceny, vandalism and simple physical assault on Longwood Road and Gore Road,  Longwood.

    Larceny of a winch and a A/C unit on Funston Road in Winnabow.

    Fraud on Grandiflora Drive, Leland.

  • Senior golf tourneys

    These are dates for the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation 55+ Golf Program. Contact Khrystye Haselden at khaselden@brunsco.net or call 910-253-2670.
    Jan. 16, Thistle Golf, $45, 9 a.m. sign-in, 10 a.m. start. Price includes cart fee, greens fee, cart attendants, refreshments and prizes.  
    Feb. 20, Cape Fear National Golf, $45, 8:30 a.m. sign-in, 9:30 start. Price includes cart fee, greens fee, refreshments and prizes. Cart attendant’s tip is not included in price.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    The Beachcombers played their first three-nets tournament of the new year on Friday at Cypress Bay. The winners with a score of 198 (-18) were Tom Culverwell, Bob Byrne, Roger Dunham and Gary Gutheil. In second at 201 (-15) were Jim Ritter, Sid Silver, Dan O’Connell and Paul Michal. Low gross was Sid Silver and Gary Gutheil, 86; Paul Hichal, 87; and Bob Byrne, 88. Low nets were Bob Byrne, 68, and Tom Culverwell and Paul Michal, 69. Tom Culverwell is golfer of the week.

  • New sign regulations in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—New sign regulations are in effect for Shallotte.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 8, aldermen unanimously passed a sign regulation amendment modifying sign regulations. No one spoke during a public hearing.

    The amendment reduces the maximum size of signs in the central business district, allows larger signs for large residential developments and makes banners temporary signs. It requires new signs in the central businesses, central waterfront and office and institutional zoning districts to be ground-mounted. It allows larger signs along U.S. 17.

  • Sheriff’s Corner: Heating safety and awareness

    We would like to remind you to use caution when using heaters and other items that produce carbon monoxide.

    Carbon monoxide poisoning is serious and kills hundreds of people, if not thousands all throughout the world. It is odorless and colorless, and it is a deadly poisonous gas that comes about by the incomplete burning of fuels, such as oil or propane, burning wood or automobile fumes.

    Carbon monoxide cuts off the oxygen supply to your organs and tissues after a period of time, causing severe problems and/or death.