Local News

  • Shallotte planning board recommends request approvals

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended board of aldermen approval of several projects.

    At last week’s regular meeting, the board recommended approval of the following:

    •Preliminary plat for Wisteria Place, a 41.16-acre project off Village Point Road. The project is planned to include 89 single-family homes, and the average size of the building site would be about 8,200 square feet.

  • Raising fence heights raises issues in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board is discussing whether to allow fence heights to grow from 4 to 6 feet.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said at an Aug. 28 meeting one problem with the town’s current 4-foot maximum is most privacy fencing available at home-supply stores is 6 feet tall.

    “Four-foot really doesn’t give you much privacy,” he said.

    Board member Eddie Walters recalled one resident asked the town for permission to have a 6-foot fence that was denied several years ago.

  • UPDATE Board changes decision about West AD's hiring

    After not approving John Floyd as West Brunswick High School's athletic director last week, the Brunswick County Board of Education has changed its mind.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson said a board consensus is allowing Floyd to return to work and his recommendation to hire will be approved at the board’s Aug. 26 meeting.

    “The board did not know and was not informed that Mr. Floyd has been working two weeks,” Babson said. “It has caused a disruption in the school, and that’s not what we’re all about of course.”

  • Governor's veto of boat trailer bill draws fire from tourism groups

    Gov. Mike Easley on Sunday vetoed a bill that fishermen and tourism officials say was needed to stop recreational anglers from being fined for pulling wide boat trailers, which could negatively affect the tourist trade.

    Legislators introduced the bill after the state Board of Transportation adopted a resolution asking the General Assembly to review the laws regarding “special permits and commercial driver’s licenses” in reaction to public complaints.

  • New books available at Rourk

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “All the Way Home” by David Giffels. An engaging tale of a young father’s struggle to restore a house and his way without losing himself.

    “Trespassers Will Be Baptized” by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock. The un-ordained memoir of a preacher’s daughter.

    “Solving Stonehenge” by Thomas Hudson. The new key to an ancient enigma

  • County teams scrimmage

    The three county high school football teams get a final warm-up this evening for the 2008 season when they play in the ATMC Wireless County Clash. The scrimmages begin 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at North Brunswick High School. This is a change in the schedule.

    The first games of the season are next Friday. For schedules, rosters and previews, see pages 8–9B.

  • Trojans play soccer home opener

    As the early morning sun rose over the bleachers on the east side of Rourk Stadium, the West Brunswick soccer players found themselves not asleep in the comfort of their beds but instead amid exhausted fellow teammates circling the track. The first part of a two-a-day tryout schedule was merely half of the workouts these players had to endure to make the men’s soccer team.

  • UPDATEBeacon, ATMC gear up for high school football season

    High school football is getting ready to kick off and the Beacon and AMTC want to make sure everyone is ready for another season.

    The Beacon recently teamed up with ATMC to produce a preseason coaches’ show.

    Tune in to ATMC Channel 3 beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 for the coaches’ show.

    During the hour-long show, Beacon reporter Caroline Curran tackles all things football with local coaches and players.

  • Whale comes ashore in Holden Beach

    The UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team was called out to Holden Beach Saturday morning after a pygmy whale reportedly washed up on the shore at 1003 Ocean Blvd.

    The whale was alive when removed from the beach, but later died.

    Look for more information about what happened in this week's Beacon.

  • Two die in wreck on U.S. 17

    Two people died as a result of a three-car wreck Friday afternoon on U.S. 17 in Supply.

    Richard Wayne Green, 40, of Bolton, was driving a 2007 Mazda northbound on U.S. 17 at about 75 mph when he attempted to pass a truck in the right-turn lane leading to Brunswick Community Hospital, 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, said.

    Green sideswiped a car in the right-turn lane and then collided with a third vehicle waiting at the stop sign to leave the hospital, Holmes said.