Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny on Richmond Street; subject removed generator and downrigger and mount from garage.

    •Robert Lee Vaughan, 25, of Shallotte; subject was wanted by state officials.

  • McIntyre announces federal funding for fire departments

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has announced more than $125,000 in federal funding will help two local fire departments purchase equipment for operations and safety improvements.

    According to a press release, the Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department will receive $84,778. Firefighter Chris Grace said the funding will allow the department to purchase about 15 self-contained breathing apparatuses, which will replace older ones. Grace said replacing older units is vital.

  • Two arrested, one sought after search warrants lead authorities to more than $15,000 of stolen property

    Two people have been arrested and one remains wanted after the Brunswick County South End Task Force recovered more than $15,000 in stolen property.

    According to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Deborah Istvan, 39, of 559 Hughes Trail, Shallotte, has been charged with five counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny, four counts of financial transaction card and four counts of financial identity.

  • Nineteen students inducted into National Elementary Honor Society at Supply Elementary

    SUPPLY—The Supply Elementary School chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) grew a little larger at last Thursday’s induction ceremony.

    “We have 19 students who have distinguished themselves not just as scholars but as young men and women of high character,” Dwight Willis, Supply Elementary School principal, said of the inductees.

    According to the NEHS website, the organization was created in 2008 to recognize students’ academic achievements and character.

  • BCC awarded $200,000 grant for study of women in STEM disciplines

    LELAND—A near $200,000 grant has been awarded to Brunswick Community College officials who will use the money to study women in the community college system.

    The National Science Foundation (NFS-ADVANCE program) has awarded a $199,928 grant for a “comprehensive study of the status of community college women faculty in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics discipline,” according to a press release.

  • Up in the air

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—For many 16-year-olds, the perfect birthday present is a driver’s license that would allow them to freely cruise the open roads. Sixteen-year-old Drew Holden prefers the open sky.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School student and aspiring pilot took his first solo flight Saturday at the Ocean Isle Beach Municipal Airport.

  • Not on our island: Letters bombard Sunset Beach on parking issue

    SUNSET BEACH—Since October, Sunset Beach Town Hall has been deluged with e-mails, including one from an attorney, expressing concerns about a committee’s initial ideas for future parking on the island.

    Last week, upon request from the Beacon, Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin forwarded copies of more than 100 e-mails town hall has received from property owners and others as a town-appointed parking committee fleshes out recommended rules to forward to town council.

  • Parking committee tightens suggestions in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town parking committee is narrowing down its recommendations for public parking on the island and hopes to have them ready in time for Sunset Beach Town Council’s next meeting Feb. 7.

    Committee members hope to come up with final recommendations at their next meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. next Thursday, Jan. 27, at town hall.

  • Thefts investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a larceny reported Monday, Jan. 17, at the Food Lion in Sunset Beach.

    A woman told police she had left her purse in the checkout aisle and left the store. According to a police report, an “unknown” person behind her in the line picked up the purse, set it in a buggy and walked out with it.

    A break-in and larceny were reported Jan. 11 at a residence on Cypress Court. Entry was made with a key, according to a police report.

  • Calabash closed session not improper, town attorney says

    CALABASH—Town commissioners did nothing improper when they voted to hire the county to conduct building inspections following a closed session last month, according to town attorney Mark Lewis.

    The issue arose at the start of the board’s Jan. 11 meeting, when town commissioner Forrest King stated he wanted to correct recorded minutes from the Dec. 14 closed session.