Today's News

  • Former deputy convicted of sex crimes in appeal trial

     A former Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy was convicted of sex crimes in an appeal trial last week in Superior Court.

    A jury convicted 37-year-old Timothy Paul Caulder of Shallotte of soliciting crimes against nature and two counts of soliciting a prostitute stemming from incidents that occurred while he was on duty in August 2013.

  • Sunset Beach police say robbery suspect is in custody

    Police believe the man who injured a 90-year-old woman while stealing her purse Oct. 28 in Sunset Beach is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on unrelated charges.

    His bail was increased from $100,000 to $500,000, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner said during a regular scheduled town council meeting Monday, Nov. 3.

    “We’re working around the clock with the (District Attorney’s) office,” Joyner said. “We’re 100 percent sure the person we’re looking at is going to be our suspect.”

  • BCC hosts ‘PR Speed Dating’ session

     SUPPLY — During a busy fall semester, Brunswick Community College officials decided to host a public relations “speed dating” session at the Virginia Williamson Event Center inside the Odell Williamson Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 29, for members of the local media.

    Representatives from The Brunswick Beacon, The State Port Pilot and The StarNews in Wilmington attended the event that included information sessions, an address from college president Dr. Susanne Adams and lunch.

  • Cedar Grove finishes awareness week with football game

     CEDAR GROVE — Although a flag football game inside Cedar Grove Middle School’s gymnasium drew the loudest cheers, it was a message from a semi-professional football player that the students will remember years from now.

    Mariquise Dixon, a retired semi-pro football player and former member of the Wilmington Tigers, warned students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse before he and two other current players led a flag football game between the Tigers and Bulldog students Thursday, Oct. 30.

  • Recalling my time at UNC with professor at center of scandal

    Like all of my fellow UNC-Chapel Hill graduates, I was sickened to read the findings of a nine-month investigation into alleged fake classes offered to athletes at the university.

    Until then, I was confident in proclaiming the problems began after I’d graduated. The investigation led by former Homeland Security adviser and FBI agent Kenneth Wainstein, however, found the trouble began while I was still a student.

  • Thank you voters, poll workers, candidates

    Election Day 2014 is over. Now the time has come to plan the next steps for local, state and federal government officials who have been elected to serve us.

    Those steps could not be possible without the people who have already taken the first, most important step in our democratic process: voters.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 22 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Wednesday, Oct. 22

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Megan Milliken and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Eat more beans

     By Cheryle Jones Syracuse


    Do you know that game where you’re given a set of words that don’t really sound like they go together and your challenge is to figure out what they have in common? Let’s play. Here are the words: pinto, kidney and black.

    If you don’t know, here are a few more words to give you hints: cranberry, navy, lima, ajzuki, black-eyed, garbanzo, great northern, pink and red.

  • The ‘selfie’ craze is here ... to stay?

     Unless one lived in a hermitage or cave without television or newspapers, “selfie” is not a foreign word. What is strange is its creeping infallibility. Part of the modern vocabulary, selfie has become much more than a description of a cellphone snapshot verifying one’s presence at a monumental site. It is more than simple proof of one’s existence at a particular location or with a special person. Selfies can be fun, taken lightly. They can also be frighteningly indicative of a certain egoism.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    I could be accused of featuring plants in the mint family too often, probably. It is definitely one of my favorite plant families. This week we have yet another member, and I think you’ll agree it is worth a thought or two.