Today's News

  • Commissioners recognize severe weather week in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday adopted a resolution recognizing March 4-10 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

    “Last week and this weekend we’ve had some very sobering reminders of the power of severe weather and its impact on a local community,” Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said.

    On Monday, Brunswick County was under a severe wind advisory, issued by the National Weather Service, with warning of winds up to 40 mph for part of the day.

  • County calls Coastal Companies bonds; developer speaks out

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have called the bonds for 11 The Coastal Companies properties.

    The infrastructure bonds for the 11 communities under the umbrella of The Coastal Companies total $11.56 million, Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said.

    The decision was approved four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting. There was no discussion because the item was not on the action agenda. It was on the consent agenda and approved with a lump sum of other items.

  • National Weather Service issues wind advisory for Brunswick County

    The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind advisory for Southeastern North Carolina, including Brunswick County.

    The advisory will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Monday. Sustained winds of 25-35 mph are expected as well as gusts higher than 40 mph.

    The strongest winds will occur between noon and 3 p.m. Monday, according to the NWS advisory.

  • BCC sweeps winless New River

    Michael Green threw a perfect game as the BCC baseball team beat New River 10-0 in five innings Sunday.

  • BCC men win on Sophomore Day

     On Sophomore Day, sophomores Marcus Graham and Steve Johnson led a second-half rally as the Brunswick Community College basketball team beat USC Sumter 92-87 Sunday on Walter Shaw Court at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center gym.

    Graham finished with 28 points and Johnson 11. Tre Francisco scored 19 points, sophomore Kameko Walls 13 and sophomore Alex Tucker 11.

    BCC trailed 44-37 at the half but Graham scored 13 points and Johnson scored 10 as the Dolphins took a 69-55 lead with nine minutes left.

  • Beacon wins general excellence, distinguished freedom of information award from NCPA

    For the second year in a row, the news team of The Brunswick Beacon won first-place general excellence in its division at the annual North Carolina Press Association’s news and editorial competition.

    And for the third time in four years, the newspaper won the distinguished Henry Lee Weathers Freedom of Information award for all North Carolina newspapers with a circulation of 20,000 or less.

  • Investigation under way in death of 3-year-old

    Local law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a 3-year-old child in Shallotte. According to Brunswick County coroner Greg White, the child was pronounced dead around 9 a.m. Thursday morning at the Brunswick Novant Medical Center's emergency room.

    The cause of death is under investigation.

    “The autopsy is taking place today,” White said.

  • Dead child dropped off at hospital before police chase

    SHALLOTTE—A 3-year-old boy is dead and the man who left him at a local hospital is in jail following a high-speed police chase in Shallotte last Thursday.

    A second suspect was taken into custody on drug charges following a search of a Shallotte residence where the boy may have been fatally injured.

    “There are two suspects, and they are both in jail on different charges,” said Rodney Gause, Shallotte police chief, on Tuesday afternoon. “There were two suspects in the house: one on the chase and one in the house.”

  • Vote to help Union Elementary School win $50,000

    SHALLOTTE—Eleven-year-old Benjamin Higgins is a fifth-grade student at Union Elementary School and he has the chance to win $50,000 for a new cafeteria facility for the school.

    But he can’t win without your help.

    Higgins entered the Uncle Ben’s-Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest. As a finalist he is mere votes away from bringing home a $50,000 prize for Union Elementary, $20,000 for his family and winning a trip to appear on the Rachael Ray Show.

  • Increasing cuts diminish BCC’s capacity to serve the community


    Brunswick Community College is standing united with other North Carolina Community Colleges in asking the state to restore community college funding.

    “We need restoration of funds to meet our overall goals,” said Susanne Adams, president of BCC. “We keep hearing that community colleges are going to fix this economy but that is not reflected in our budgeted money.