Today's News

  • Rally for a Cure at WBHS

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School is rallying for a cure.

    Two weeks ago, WBHS students and staff kicked off Relay for Life season with an educational assembly where students heard personal stories from families who have lost loved ones to cancer.

    The event was the result of a student’s senior project that revealed many students were unaware of what Relay is all about.

    “We really wanted to educate the kids as to what Relay is,” said Chellie McDowell, WBHS secretary. “I think we got their attention.”

  • 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.

    •At 6:53 p.m., Sunday, March 11, a vehicle traveling on East Second Street lost control and struck the residence at 2 Monroe St., causing minor damage to the residence.

  • 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.

    •Michelle Ashley Boahn, 29, of 5401 N.C. Highway 210, Stedman, was charged with shoplifting at Walmart.

    •Kiana Malika Galloway, 22, of 816 Fulton St., Reidsville, was charged with failure to appear on charges of injury to real property. Galloway was picked up at Birch Pond apartments on an outstanding warrant.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK What you would have missed: Five years of celebrating Sunshine Week

    For more than a year, the Beacon has been challenging county commissioner Charles Warren on various open meetings and public records violations as his role as former chairman of the DSS board.

    Warren has since been removed from the DSS board, for, among other things, violating the state’s open meetings law.

    But the Beacon has been challenging government agencies long before Warren was kicking reporters out of meetings.

    Here’s a look back at the Beacon shining the light on public records and open meetings.

  • Holden Beach residents upset about cable service

    One woman complained that the new exercise equipment next to the sidewalk on Ocean Boulevard destroys the beauty of the view of the marsh, while a slew of other Holden Beach residents listed a littany of complaints about TimeWarner Cable for the third straight year.

    Those were the highlights of the first 90 minutes of the Holden Beach Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday night in town hall.

  • Beacon advertising, graphics team brings home seven state ad awards

    “Great artwork!”


    “Great design, enticing to read!”

    “…this ad all work(s) to say, ‘See me. Shop me!”

    These are the things judges had to say about the quality advertising and graphics produced by The Brunswick Beacon and recently submitted to the North Carolina Press Association’s Best Ad Contest for 2011.

    In the state competition, the Beacon’s advertising and graphics department brought home seven honors.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: County records requests are individual and assorted

    Public records requests are a mixed bag at the county level.

    “None of them are routine,” says county attorney Huey Marshall, who strives to point people making requests in the right direction.

    He also doesn’t keep a record of records requests by citizens.

    “It’s none of our business what they’re asking, why they’re asking,” Marshall says. “If you start keeping a log, it looks like you’re riding herd on them.”

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: Obtaining public records from area town governments

    Ever wanted to know where you needed to go to get public information from the town where you live?

    Town halls in our area have resources available to assist you with your requests. Many town hall officials in Brunswick County request a form be completed before records are distributed, however, state public records law does not require these forms to be filled out, nor does a requester have to state a reason for making a public records request.



  • SUNSHINE WEEK: County applies open-meetings rules for nonprofits that get funding

    Nonprofit groups applying for funding from Brunswick County this year may notice something different.

    At their budget retreat this past February, county commissioners approved implementing new open-meetings regulations and expectations for nonprofits that receive county money.

    It was an idea posed by Brunswick County assistant administrator Steve Stone.

    “I made a suggestion to commissioners at the retreat just generally in regard to transparency,” Stone said.

  • Two charged after altercation with Sunset Beach officer

    Two Sunset Beach men have been charged following an altercation with a town police officer.

    Donte Bellamy, 20, of 607 Magnolia Drive, is charged with resisting a public officer and assault on a government official. Robert Perry, 24, of the same address, is charged with resisting a public officer.

    An officer responded to a noise complaint at the address and ended up in an altercation with the two subjects, according to a police report. The incident was reported March 6.

    Town police also investigated the following incidents reported in the past week: