Today's News

  • HURRICANE IRENE: ‘Hurricane Irene aims its fury toward the North Carolina Coast’


    4 a.m. Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm with sustained winds dropping to 90 mph. Irene is moving north.

    Almost 12,000 Brunswick Electric customers in Brunswick County are now without power.

    When it is safe and daylight breaks, Beacon reporters will be out surveying damage and posting stories, photos and videos.

    1:30 a.m. Brunswick County is under a flood warning until 3:45 a.m. 

  • Turnovers doom West in 49-21 loss

     SOCASTEE, S.C.—Socastee scored after four straight first-half turnovers by West Brunswick and went on to beat the Trojans 49-21 in a non-conference high school football game Aug. 25.

    The Trojans scored the first touchdown on a 1-yard run by quarterback Taylor Buffkin on their first possession. Buffkin and Justin Bland did most of the running on the 57-yard drive, and Cameron Smith’s extra put gave the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 6:43 left in the quarter.

    The Braves scored on a 19-yard run, tying the score with 4:57 left in the quarter.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Sunset Beach bridge re-opened

      The Sunset Beach bridge has re-opened. As winds spurred by Hurricane Irene continued to gust along the coast Saturday, beachgoers emerged to assess the waves and take pictures. Damages in the Calabash and Sunset Beach area consisted mostly of debris-strewn roads, and a tree was down on N.C. 179.

    Calabash fire and county law enforcement worked the scene to remove the tree and direct traffic at the site in front of Bonaparte's Retreat.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Brunswick County Schools closed Friday

    Brunswick County School officials have cancelled school for all Brunswick County public schools for Friday, Aug. 26, due to Hurricane Irene.

    According to the 8 p.m. National Hurricane Center update, Brunswick County remains under a hurricane warning.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Hurricane warning issued for Brunswick County (UPDATED)

    UPDATE: Brunswick County remains under a hurricane warning, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 p.m. update.

    Hurricane Irene is still a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. Some overnight strengthening is expected.

    Irene is 530 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, moving north-northwest at 14 mph.

    Her current track is expected to continue through Thursday evening, with a northward turn Friday.

    She is forecast to approach the North Carolina Coast Saturday.

  • Hurricane Irene: Holden Beach issues voluntary evacuations

    At 4 p.m. Thursday, Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden issued a proclamation for voluntary evacuation of Holden Beach.

    "I once again urge everyone to make sure your personal plans are in place and be prepared," he said.

    Earlier Thursday, Brunswick County Emergency officials issued a voluntary evacuation for residents who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas, mobile homes or homes that are subject to damage.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Emergency officials issue voluntary evacuation

    Brunswick County Emergency officials have issued a voluntary evacuation for residents who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas, mobile homes or homes that are subject to damage.

    The voluntary evacuation will begin Friday morning. Shelters will open at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte and North Brunswick High School in Leland at 5 p.m. Friday.

    Hurricane Irene is still a strong Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 115 mph, and she is currently 600 miles south-southeast of Wilmington.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Governor declares state of emergency; shelter sites announced

    North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina’s eastern counties, including Brunswick County.

    According to a press release from Perdue’s office, she declared the state of emergency for counties east of I-95 late Wednesday.

    Brunswick County remains under a tropical storm warning, as do neighboring New Hanover County and Horry County, S.C. A hurricane watch has been issued from Surf City in Pender County to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Schools to release early Friday

    Brunswick County Schools will release students early on Friday, Aug. 26 to allow for Hurricane Irene preparations.

    Brunswick County Schools will dismiss on the following schedule:

    •Elementary schools will be released at 11:50 a.m.

    •Middle schools will be released at 12:55 p.m.

    •High schools will be released at 12:50 p.m.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: What Brunswick County can expect

    BOLIVIA—Hurricane Irene continues to churn northwest through the Atlantic Ocean and was 645 miles south of Cape Hatteras at 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Hurricane Irene is a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. Higher wind gusts are possible, and Irene is expected to strengthen throughout the day Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update.

    But for Brunswick County residents, Hurricane Irene is expected to bring tropical-storm strength conditions early Saturday morning, including rain and wind.