Today's News

  • It's almost Election Day—do you know who you're voting for?

    There’s nothing like taking a week off to zap a soul back to reality—my soul, that is. And my reality.

    After five luxurious days consisting of a fantastic (car) cruise to Wilmington (for food and essentials), carpetmen transforming my worn floors and assorted de-cluttering (which I’m still working on), I had to face the inevitability of the following back-to-work Monday this week.

    And approaching elections—how could anyone covering southern Brunswick County forget about those? Certainly not me—except during that blissful week off.

  • Rose Hill man killed while loading moving van

    A Rose Hill man was killed while loading a moving van last week on Green Hill Road near Leland.

    According to a North Carolina Highway Patrol report, Harold Jones, 63, of 2495 Delway Highway, Rose Hill, was loading a North American Van Lines moving van around 8:43 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle and killed.

    John Nick Demos, 77, of 1940 Green Hill Road NE, Leland, was driving a Honda passenger vehicle south on Green Hill Road. According to the report, Demos was blinded by sunlight and struck Jones and then the moving van.

  • Holiday Happenings: Brunswick County’s first-ever Christmas show

    SHALLOTTE—Come join The Brunswick Beacon and more than 40 vendors at Brunswick County’s first-ever Christmas show, the Beacon’s own Holiday Happenings Christmas Show.

    The Holiday Happenings Christmas Show is free and open to the public. The family-friendly event will unfold 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte. The show will be in the school’s cafeteria and front lobby.

    Angie Sutton, advertising director at The Brunswick Beacon, said there is something for people of all ages at the show.

  • Major motion picture to film in area

    N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue has announced the Marvel Comics-turned-major-motion-picture-franchise “Iron Man” will film its latest installment in the Wilmington area.

    Perdue said the production, which stars actor Robert Downey Jr., will begin pre-production work soon in the Port City.

    Expected to take about 10 months to film, Perdue said the movie production is anticipated to create more than 550 crew jobs and more than 1,000 talent opportunities. The total economic impact to the area is estimated to be more than $80 million.

  • Brunswick County sees slight dip in unemployment rate

    Brunswick County saw a slight dip in its unemployment rate in September.

    According to recent unemployment numbers released Oct. 28 by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina, Brunswick County had a 10.6 percent unemployment rate during September.

    The September rate is down slightly from August, which had a 10.8 percent unemployment rate, but was still above the September 2010 unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, according to ESC figures.

  • Detectives search for weekend armed robbery suspects

    CAROLINA SHORES—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for two male suspects who were involved in an armed robbery near Carolina Shores late Sunday evening.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said two suspects entered the Food Lion on U.S. 17 near Carolina Shores around 10:18 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

    Routh said the suspects concealed their identities with masks, and forced employees to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the business.

  • West loses to Stallions; will open playoffs at 10-0 Wilson Hunt

     TABOR CITY—South Columbus beat West Brunswick 28-21 Friday in the final game of the Waccamaw Conference football season.

    South Columbus finishes 5-1 in the conference. West ends the conference season 3-3, 4-6 overall. It will open the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3AA state playoffs on Friday at Wilson Hunt (10-0). In the East, West Brunswick is seeded No. 16 and Hunt is seeded No. 1.

  • ‘Operation Lumberjack’ nets multiple drug arrests

    LONGWOOD—Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently teamed up for a drug sting in the Longwood community.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson deputy Del Routh said around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, agents conducted “Operation Lumberjack,” which targeted street-level, mid-level and upper-level drug dealers.

  • West JV football team wins conference championship

     The West Brunswick High School junior varsity football team won the Waccamaw Conference championship Oct. 27, beating South Columbus 26-14.

    West’s first score was set up by an opening-kickoff return by Erick Hill to the South Columbus 16. Quarterback Dylan Darguzas ran to the 3 and on the next play Kavonte Gore scored with 10 minutes, 54 seconds left in the quarter.

  • New era begins for the Old Sunnyside School


    SHALLOTTE—Former students and teachers returned to the old Sunnyside School at 221 Village Road last week to begin a new chapter for the building.

    Students and teachers were joined by past mayors, Save Old Sunnyside committee members, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education, Brunswick County Schools representatives, the mayor and aldermen for a ribbon cutting reception.