Today's News

  • Commissioners chairman to manager: ‘Hold the tax rate’

    BOLIVIA—After several hours of presentations over two days, Brunswick County commissioners set one major goal for the upcoming fiscal year—hold the line on taxes.

    In fact, when Brunswick County Manger Marty Lawing asked commissioners for a direction in the upcoming budget process, commissioners chairman Bill Sue replied, “The direction is, hold the tax rate.”

    Commissioners Scott Phillips, Phil Norris, Marty Cooke and Charles Warren all agreed.

  • Missing televisions may have ended up in Puerto Rico and Mexico

    A few of the flat-screen televisions stolen from Holden Beach and the other Brunswick County beaches have been recovered, but many of the stolen TVs were shipped to Puerto Rico and Mexico, Holden Beach police chief Wally Layne told town commissioners Tuesday night.

    “One male and his wife have been arrested,” Layne said, while federal authorities are helping try to apprehend another suspect.

    The face of the fugitive was caught on a motion-activated security camera at one of the beach houses.

  • Early College student named National Merit finalist

    Alice White’s dreams of studying pharmacology at a major state university are a step closer to reality.

    White, a student at Brunswick County Early College High School (BCECHS), was recently named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

    As a finalist, White will compete against 15,000 students nationwide for a chance to win one of 8,300 National Merit Scholarships. There are more than $34 million worth of scholarships available for National Merit finalists.

  • Black History Month: Cemetery benefit Sunday

    For decades—if not centuries—Pleasant View Cemetery has offered quiet respite for the dearly departed and their loved ones.

    The historic African American community cemetery, off Old Georgetown Road in Sunset Beach, has long been a peaceful resting place for numerous local families.

    Tucked at the end of an unpaved lane winding between Sea Trail Golf Course and Sea Trail residential area, the cemetery existed even before there was a Sea Trail.

  • Line-dancing launches Sunday at Silver Coast Winery

    Line-dancing aficionados should get in line.

    Starting this Sunday, Feb. 19, country line and partner dancing are slated to launch as part of the “Get Hooked on Dancin’” program at Silver Coast Winery.

    The Sunday-afternoon sessions start at 2:30 p.m. with beginners’ dance lessons, followed by dancing from 3-6 p.m. with an additional partner line dance lesson. The Sunday dances will continue on March 11 and March 18.

  • Health expo set for Feb. 25

    Get ready for free, professional health screenings, chair massages and information.

    All of this and more will be showcased at Health Expo 2012, slated for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 25, at West Brunswick High School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the sixth annual expo will feature about 40 vendors and sponsors converging in the school gymnasium and elsewhere at the school on N.C. 130, according to Christy Williamson, expo representative for the Beacon.

  • Calabash sign needs something instead of nothing, citizen says

    CALABASH—A resident says the town welcome sign needs to make people feel more welcome.

    Former town commissioner Cecelia Herman, speaking at Tuesday night's monthly Calabash town board meeting, took issue with the sign at the north-bound entry into town on N.C. 179 when it's blank.

    "It makes me feel like our town is closed, that there's nothing going on there," Herman said, asking the board to consider putting something on the sign even when nothing special is happening.

  • Ocean Isle mascot dog passes on to canine heaven

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Doppler was an Ocean Isle mainstay, an anchor, light and fixture routinely stationed right next to the Intracoastal Waterway.

    People who visited Ocean Isle Fishing Center usually met and socialized with the friendly golden retriever, since that’s where he most often could be found.

    “He was my pet,” said Capt. Brant McMullan of the fishing center’s official canine greeter. “He’d been here ever since we opened.”

  • Sunset Beach OKs raises for firefighter certifications

    SUNSET BEACH—Following debate that took up much of Monday morning, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved salary adjustments for employees who have received certifications.

    Council voted 4-1 to approve the salary adjustments at the specially called 9 a.m. meeting. Town councilwoman Carol Scott cast the only dissenting vote.

    The vote means council will go ahead and grant 2.5 percent pay increases for 17 certifications submitted by Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee.

  • Harbor seal visits Shallotte Point

    A harbor seal visited near Shallotte Point last week.

    The seal swam up and rested on a dock, according to residents who photographed the seal.

    According to NOAA Fisheries, “harbor seals are generally non-migratory and occur on both the U.S east and west coasts. On the East Coast, harbor seals are found from the Canadian Arctic to southern New England, New York and occasionally end up in the Carolinas.”