Today's News

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Voluntary evacuation in Calabash

      The town of Calabash has issued a voluntary evacuation for all areas within municipal boundaries effective 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 26. 


  • HURRICANE IRENE: Tropical storm conditions to begin around noon

    Tropical-storm force winds and rain will reach Brunswick County around noon Friday.

    The beach towns will be the first to begin to feel the effects of the winds, and the outer rain bands are approaching the area.

    Overnight, Hurricane Irene, now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, lost some of her strength—but she also sped up.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said Hurricane Irene’s maximum sustained winds speeds lowered by 10-15 mph overnight.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Holden Beach Mayor issues mandatory evacuation

    Mayor Alan Holden issued a mandatory evacuation for Holden Beach. Everyone is to be off the island by 6 p.m. Friday. The bridge is subject to being closed sooner if winds are sustained at 45 mph or higher.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Holden Beach may issue mandatory evacuation Friday

    Holden Beach may issue mandatory evacuations on Friday. At 4 p.m. Thursday, Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden issued a proclamation for voluntary evacuation of Holden Beach.

  • 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.