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Today's News

  • Commercial strip up for new ownership in Calabash

    CALABASH—A commercial strip at Calabash Town Center is undergoing a change in ownership.

    The 11.85-acre site was previously part of a parcel pegged for development by Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners.

    The site was recently posted for sale for $1.55 million by Cape Fear Commercial of Wilmington. The property consists of five parcels composing the total acreage. It is part of Calabash Town Center, a mixed-use commercial and residential project by Myers’ company.

    Myers said Monday the property was taken from Calabash Town Center LLC.

  • Blues and crabs in Little River this weekend

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Get ready for crabs, crafters and crooners.

    The 31st Annual Blue Crab Festival is set for this weekend just south of the border in Little River, S.C.

    Scheduled 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food and arts-and-crafts booths lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

    Other events at the “biker-friendly festival” include a children’s area and activities.

  • Author visit to Sunset Beach is Cat Tails' meow

    A local feline group will be beneficiary of appearances this Saturday by a best-selling author.

    Author Larry Bond is coming to Sunset Beach this Saturday to benefit Cat Tails, a nonprofit, no-kill cat adoption facility at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bond, a former defense analyst, is author of New York Times best-selling military thrillers, including “Cold Choices” and “Exit Plan.” He will make two appearances in Sunset Beach.

  • Theft, fraud, DWI in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents:

    •Incidents of obtaining property by false pretenses and financial transaction card fraud were reported May 4 at Island Breeze.

    •Breaking-and-entering and larceny from buildings were reported May 11 on Sailfish Street.

    •Patricia N. Barbour, 53, of 1151 Dale Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested and charged with DWI May 11.

  • Did Johnston County elect coastal congressional nominee?

    Ilario Pantano won Brunswick County, New Hanover County and six other counties in last Tuesday’s Republican contest to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., in November.

  • Oak Island business owner convicted of drug trafficking

    BOLIVIA—Charles Overman, owner of Overman Electric Inc. in Oak Island, has been sentenced to prison for drug trafficking.

    According to the district attorney’s office, Overman pleaded guilty to trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana in Brunswick County Superior Court on May 9. He was sentenced to a 25-month minimum mandatory sentence in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • Brunswick County finance team wins awards, including distinguished budgeting

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County finance team, helmed by director Ann Hardy, have been recently honored with multiple financial awards, including distinguished budget presentation.

    According to county manager Marty Lawing, the finance department earned honors for the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 20, 2011.

  • Looking back: Beacon headlines from 1979, 1980

    Editor’s Note: This is the next in a yearlong series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    SHALLOTTE—The Beacon continued its coverage of the controversial liquor by the drink laws, featuring a story in the Jan. 4, 1979 issue of the Beacon, entitled, “Liquor by the drink and alcoholism relationship eyed.”

  • Commissioners opt not to re-appoint tax assessor to another term

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have opted not to re-appoint Brunswick County Tax Assessor Tom Davis to another term when his current term expires June 30.

    According to a letter sent to Davis from Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing, commissioners have decided not to re-appoint Davis to another term at the helm of the county tax department.

  • Shallotte Point home destroyed by fire

    SHALLOTTE POINT—A Shallotte Point home was destroyed by a fire Monday night.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said around 9 p.m. Monday, May 14, someone reported a house fire at 1788 Mary Sheldon Road in Shallotte Point.

    The homeowner was out of town, and no one was in the home when it caught fire, Garner said.

    The cause of the fire was a lighting strike, which Garner said attributed to several other house fires on Oak Island Monday night. Several strong storms with lightning moved through the area Monday night into Tuesday morning.