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Brunswick Beacon

With a circulation of about 15,000, the Brunswick Beacon serves Shallotte, the islands of Holden Beach, Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, as well as a number of other coastal communities in southern Brunswick County including Carolina Shores, Calabash, Supply, Bolivia, Belville, Leland and Navassa. Because of the area's allure to tourists and retirees insistent on keeping up with Brunswick County's burgeoning real estate market, the Beacon boasts paid circulation in 49 states. The Brunswick Beacon was founded by Brunswick County native Robert B. Stanley, Sr. in 1962, following a series of ill-fated publications that served the area dating back to the 1930s. The first publication of what would become The Brunswick Beacon was called Shallotte Press and was dated November 1, 1962. A contest held to name the paper was won by Shallotte businesswoman, JoAnn Simmons. With the islands nearly vacant in the early 1960s and small pockets of population in the fishing-dominated surrounding communities, front-page news from that period included a local man being stung by a bee, a raid on a local still, and a jailbreak in a neighboring town. The Beacon was purchased in 1970 by Edward Sweatt, then a partner in Community Newspapers Inc. out of Spartanburg, S.C. Sweatt and his wife, Carolyn, s... ()

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Fischer | Data Science ID: NEWSPAPERS:2328, Added: 07/15/2019, Last updated: 11/12/2019