Today's News

  • Attorney disputes DA’s claims about officer shooting

    Attorney Mark Lewis has taken issue with a press release District Attorney Jon David issued last week, clearing a sheriff’s deputy of any wrongdoing in a December 2011 shooting.

    Last week, David cleared Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Tully, saying his actions in a Dec. 26, 2011, shooting were justified and “the need for deadly force was authorized.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Open meetings violation one cause for Warren’s removal

    BOLIVIA—Of the items considered for DSS chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren’s removal from the DSS board Monday night, commissioners heard evidence about the DSS board’s open meetings violation on Dec. 13, 2011.

    At that meeting, board member David Grimes read, at Warren’s direction, a statement saying the reason for going into closed session was N.C. GS 143.318(a)3 and (a)6, to consult with an attorney and to discuss personnel, respectively.

  • Beacon to honor community members with First Amendment award

    SHALLOTTE—In honor of Sunshine Week, The Brunswick Beacon will honor a community member or members for commitment to freedom of information and the First Amendment.

    Sunshine Week is an annual event created by the American Society of News Editors. This year, it will take place March 11-17, and, in keeping with the Beacon’s commitment to freedom of information, we want to recognize a community member who has stood up for freedom of information.

  • 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:

    •Burglary and vandalism on Harbour Edge Drive in Supply; suspect forcefully entered victim’s back door, damaging screen door and glass door.

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Southport-Supply Road in Southport; suspect entered victim’s business, damaging the walls and electrical wiring. The suspect reportedly stole money, a digital camera and a camera system DVR.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Feb. 13-19, ACE deputies patrolled Longwood, Leland, Winnabow, Holden Beach Road and Beach Drive.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Charles Ard Jr., 38, of 3935 Gladiola Court, Myrtle Beach, S.C., was charged with driving while impaired and driving while license revoked.

  • Southport man killed in wreck on N.C. 211

    A Southport man was killed Sunday when his vehicle was struck head-on by a police cruiser on N.C. 211 near Oak Island.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Troy Pope said Jack Ferguson Kirkland, 73, of Southport, was killed Sunday when his van was struck head-on by a Southport Police cruiser.

    The Southport Police officer, Joshua Wesley Gaughf, 22, of Bolivia, was not at fault, Pope said.

    Pope said Gaughf was traveling north on N.C. 211 about a half a mile from Oak Island.

  • Girls’ basketball playoff video: West Brunswick vs. Cleveland
  • Basketball video: Lady Trojans vs. Cleveland in playoffs
  • VIDEO INCLUDED At last, West Brunswick boys win in playoffs


    Senior Jamal Jacobs hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points and senior Taylor Buffkin scored 16 points as the West Brunswick basketball team beat D.H. Conley 65-60 in a first-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state basketball playoffs Monday at West.

    The victory by coach Eric Davis’ team, in his second season at West, was the first for the Trojans in the state playoffs in several years. West (14-11) will play a second-round game Feb. 22 at West. Conley finishes 10-13.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Warren booted from DSS board

    BOLIVIA—The tables have turned and it was county commissioner Charles Warren’s turn to be removed Monday night.

    During Monday night’s county commissioners’ meeting, commissioners voted four votes to one to remove Warren from the DSS board for, among other things, removing fellow board member Pat Sykes and a Beacon reporter from a December 2011 DSS board meeting.

    Warren cast the lone dissenting vote.