Today's News

  • Beacon writers win national press awards

    Brunswick Beacon staff writers Rachel Johnson and Laura Lewis have won national writing awards. Both were recognized as winners in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

    Johnson won two awards. She won third place in the best agriculture story for all daily and non-daily newspapers with a circulation of 6,000 or more. Her award was for a story she did about tobacco farming in Brunswick County.

  • Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have investigated the following incidents:

    July 26

    •Fraud, obtaining money/property by false pretense on Long Beach Road, Southport.

    Aug. 3

    •Found property (bank cards) on U.S. 17 N. near Maco Road in Leland.

    •Larceny of a rotary phone and shotguns on Morgan Road in Supply.

    •Larceny and burglary of an open utility trailer on Holden Beach Road in Supply. •Criminal damage to property (vandalism) and larceny, mobile home on Malmo Loop Road in Leland.

  • Brunswick Novant Medical Center celebrates first birthday

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Novant Medical Center just celebrated an important birthday—its own.

    Tuesday, July 31, marked the first birthday of the hospital, which opened a year ago.

    Hospital spokeswoman Amy Myers described the anniversary as “capping a dramatic turnaround for medical care in Brunswick County that began with Novant Health’s arrival six years ago.”

  • UPDATE: 'Deplorable' puppy mill busted in Leland


    That’s how officials are describing the horrific scene they encountered Friday in the Leland area.

    Acting on an anonymous tip, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by shelter and animal rescue groups, descended on a puppy mill at 2059 Maco Road. The team rescued 158 dogs and 26 birds. Two people were arrested.

  • Sunset Beach police report

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents.

    •A larceny was reported Aug. 2 on West Main Street.

    •Jeffrey Lance Nolte, 50, of 1477 Lake Front Drive, Salem, Ohio, was charged with DWI on Aug. 1.

    •A warrant for driving while license revoked was drawn Aug. 4 for San Juanita Lozano, 28 Rackleys Place, Elizabethtown.

    •Dominic Gene Moracco, 57, of 1117 Sun St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with trespassing Aug. 6.

  • Jet Ski business is a no-go in Sunset Beach

     Jet Ski business is a no-go in Sunset Beach

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposed Jet Ski operation in the town has been turned down by the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA).

    Town building inspector Sandy Wood, speaking at town council’s pre-meeting work session Monday night, said after the applicants told CAMA what they wanted to do, “CAMA said no way.”

    Wood said the applicants could still come back and build a different type of pier.

  • It's 5 a.m.—do you know where you are and why you're up?

    I had awakened at my usual pre-dawn-Tuesday hour to get some things accomplished. It was, after all, newspaper-drop-dead-deadline-day, a significant time of the week—every week, rain, snow, hurricane or humidity—here at the Beacon.

    While visions and sounds of the prior night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting danced and grumbled in my head—another story to crank out ASAP Tuesday—I cranked up the coffeemaker and logged onto cyberspace.

  • Deep-sea catch dedicated to OIFC's Capt. Brant McMullan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was a good fishing day by any standard.

    Terry Johnson couldn’t believe the bounty of fish caught as he accompanied young men on a deep-sea expedition Aug. 3.

    “Captain Brant [McMullan] knew that we were going out with Matt Richards on his new boat,” said Johnson, who works at the fishing center.

    Johnson was referring to Richards, first mate who goes out on fishing charters every day.

  • Work under way in Jaguar's Lair, councilwoman says

    SUNSET BEACH—Survey work for curbing and roads at the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development has begun.

    Town councilwoman Karen Joseph, speaking at town council’s monthly meeting Monday night, said she was pleased to announce work had started that day, Aug. 6, as part of an initial calendar for the development’s Section 1.

    She added curbing contractors would begin work after the grading is complete.

  • Dancing with the Brunswick Stars is Friday at Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center

    Twenty-one dance couples are set to strut their stuff at the fourth annual Dancing with the Brunswick Stars competition this coming Friday.

    The fundraiser for the Brunswick Community College Foundation is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in the gymnasium of the Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center on the main campus of Brunswick Community College at Bolivia.

    “Dancing with the Brunswick Stars is a great and valuable fund-raiser for our student scholarship programs,” said Sally Counihan, marketing and community relations representative at BCC.