Today's News

  • The scary realities of cat bite abscesses

    That was a close call. I felt the air whoosh against my retreating hand as the razor-clawed paw swiped past. I’d known Gabe since he was a kitten and he’d never behaved like this.

    “I don’t know what’s wrong. He did the same thing to me last night when I tried to pick him up.”

    As I allowed Gabe to chill for a few minutes, the story became clearer. Gabe was normally an indoor-only cat, but he’d managed to escape out a back door three nights ago.

  • Miss Brunswick County Christmas Pageant winners

    These girls were crowned at the Miss Brunswick County Christmas Pageant on Oct. 20 at Supply Elementary School: back row, from left, Junior Miss Brunswick County Christmas Payton Britt, Teen Miss Brunswick County Christmas Hayley Britt, and Miss Brunswick County Christmas Patsy Lanier; front row, from left, Wee Miss Brunswick County Christmas Paige Williamson, Mini Miss Brunswick County Christmas Millie Scott, Little Miss Brunswick County Christmas Kali Crisco, Brunswick County Christmas Ambassador Gracyn Green and Brunswick County Christmas Star Ava Weaver.

  • Woman charged with killing her mother in Oak Island

    Oak Island police arrested a woman in the slaying of her mother last Thursday morning.

    Julia Louise Copenhaver, 24, of Chatham Street in Springfield, Va.,is charged with first-degree murder, according to records at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, where she was booked at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 25 and is being held without bail.

    A warrant shows she “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice and forethought kill and murder Susan Louise Copenhaver” on Oct. 25.

  • Holden Beach to host annual Festival By the Sea this weekend

    Fall festival season comes to Holden Beach this weekend for the Festival By The Sea from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28

    The event kicks off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway on Saturday, the only day of the year you can walk across the Holden Beach bridge.

    The bridge will close about 9:30 a.m. and re-open about 11 a.m.

    Arts and crafts vendors and food vendors set up under the bridge both days.

    There will also be a horseshoe tournament and a sandcastle building contest.

  • Three finalists chosen for BCC president

    Brunswick Community College has narrowed its pool of applicants for president from 80 to three.

    The BCC Board of Trustees announced in a Thursday news release Drs. Gene Smith, Thomas Gould and Joel Welch are finalists for the position held by Dr. Susanne Adams, the college’s first female president.

    Adams announced in February she will retire in January. The new president will assume the position Jan. 2, according to the release.

  • Beacon’s eighth Holiday Happenings show set for Nov. 3

    ‘Tis the season for The Brunswick Beacon’s annual Holiday Happenings show.

    The eighth annual show unfolds 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road.

    Admission is $2 for adults and free for children.

    Highlights this year include a variety of vendors including artisans, retail and nonprofit, said show organizer Christy Williamson, advertising sales representative for the Beacon.

  • Leland seeks consultant to work on Stoney Creek buyout program

    LELAND — Leland officials agreed at the Oct. 18 town meeting to work as the government entity supporting Stoney Creek Plantation residents seeking home buyouts through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation grant program.

    “The opportunity to apply for a buyout requires a local government entity to support the process,” Town Manager David Hollis said.

  • H2GO board limits service area expansion talks between staff and developers

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board members approved a resolution, by a 3-2 split vote Oct. 16, to limit expansion outside the current service area.

    The decision will allow expansion discussions with developers if the board majority allows it.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Oct. 8

    Michael William Appleby Jr., 35, was arrested on a felony warrant.

    Shoplifting clothing worth $264 in pants and a purse at Belk on Shallotte Crossing Parkway.

    Oct. 9

    Rakeen Deshawn Ratchford, 27, was arrested on a felony warrant.

    Oct. 11

  • OIB will borrow $1M to buy land adjacent to town hall

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH —Ocean Isle Beach commissioners chose to pursue a $1 million loan through First Bank to buy land adjacent to town hall.

    Officials are trying to buy an open lot at 5 W. Third St. next to the town hall building at 3 W. Third St. to use for town parking and open space.

    The town wants to buy .68 acre that ends at Clinton Street, which is part of a 9.2-acre lot.

    The property is owned by LW Legacy Assets LLC & DW Legacy Assets LLC.