Today's News

  • Commissioners OK patient move for July’s hospital swap

    BOLIVIA—Novant Health has enlisted the help of the county to transport patients when hospital officials open the new Brunswick Novant Medical Center this summer.

    At their regular meeting Monday night, commissioners approved an agreement between Novant Health, the owners of Brunswick Community Hospital and the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center, and Brunswick County, which would allow Brunswick County EMS to transport patients from the old hospital to the new hospital.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested the following suspects last week:

    •Derrick Antonio Daniels, 31, of 7253 Bellamy Road, Longwood, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug agents as well as officers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol seized 14.5 grams of marijuana and more than $3,500 from Daniels during a traffic stop on U.S. 17 near Grissettown.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on Harvest Drive in Bolivia; suspect shot victim’s windows with a BB gun.

    •Property damage on River Drive in Winnabow; suspect threw eggs at victim’s vehicle.

    •Property damage on Long Beach Road in Southport; suspect broke victim’s windows.

    •Larceny on Woodlands Way in Calabash; suspect stole victim’s personal belongings.

  • 'Unusual' wreck is deja vu for fire crew

    It was no April Fool’s joke when firefighters with Grissettown-Longwood Fire Department were called to the scene of an “unusual” wreck last Friday morning, April 1.

    Though they’ve practiced rescues using a similar scenario with one vehicle on top of another, they can’t recall exactly when they’ve actually had to use it.

  • HOA-POA reps converge with concerns in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Road repairs, a recent fire, swimming pool concerns and mosquito-spraying—or the lack thereof—are among issues aired at a March 30 meeting of the Carolina Shores HOA-POA Advisory Committee.

    Formed last summer, the committee meets monthly as a means of providing better communication and comparing notes among the six communities that compose the town. It also makes recommendations and suggestions to the town board of commissioners about community concerns.

  • Residents ask town for help in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have indicated they’re agreeable about helping residents of a town subdivision with lights and security issues.

    Lighthouse Cove residents Mandy Pope and Jeanne Taylor, at Monday’s town workshop, told the town board the community has been in limbo since construction there has stopped.

  • Public records policy tabled in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has tabled consideration of a proposed public records policy and form following debate Monday night.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said she has problems with the proposed policy that has requirements “not legally required by [state] statute.

    “I’m not sure I’m ready tonight to pass this at all,” she said.

  • Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach salary chart


    Mayor/town commissioners

    Salaries are from July 1, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2011

    •Salaries reflect gross pay

    •The mayor and commissioners are not covered by the town’s health, dental, vision, life insurance and short-term disability plans.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons: $900

    Town commissioners Bill Dixon, Forrest King, Mary Knight, John Melahn and Jody Nance: $600 each


  • True costs of government: Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach

    As a continuation of Sunshine Week coverage, the Beacon this week takes a closer look at expenses in the towns of Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach.

  • Wounded Women Warrior ride: Bicyclists honored in St. James

    ST. JAMES—Twenty Wounded Women Warriors got a heroes’ welcome as they pedaled through town last Thursday.

    The women, each of whom have sustained wartime injuries as a result of their military service in the Middle East and elsewhere, proved their stamina and dedication as they took part in a 16-mile ride through the community off N.C. 211.