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Today's News

  • Three stars who shined on fall nights

    While covering the Southwest Brunswick Junior American Legion baseball season, I noticed one of the baserunners hardly ever got caught stealing. I told manager Mike Alderson how impressed I was with this ballplayer’s speed, and Alderson said, “You should see Ryan Hill.”

    I had been a sportswriter at this newspaper for a few weeks and did not know Ryan Hill. That changed last fall.

  • Kazmierczak top volleyball player in Brunswick County

    South Brunswick’s Jenna Kazmierczak is the county player of the year in volleyball. West Brunswick’s Leslie Reeves is the county coach of the year.

    The sports staffs of the The Beacon and The Pilot selected players on the basis of recommendations from coaches, conference honors and performance throughout the season.

  • John Mendoza named top county soccer player

    West senior John Mendoza is county player of the year in soccer. West coach Tripp Smith is the county coach of the year.

    The sports staffs of the The Beacon and The Pilot selected players on the basis of recommendations from coaches, conference honors and performance throughout the season.

    Mendoza, a forward, scored 18 goals and had eight assists playing against some of the toughest competition in the state. Coaches noticed: The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association selected Mendoza to the Class 3-A All-State team in addition to the Region 4 Class 3-A team.

  • North girls beat Whiteville

    WHITEVILLE—Junior guard Asheley Robbins and sophomore guard Tyera Fisher each scored 17 points as the North Brunswick Scorpions routed the Whiteville Wolfpack 53-32 in a Waccamaw Conference girls basketball game Friday night.

    In the first quarter, Robbins scored eight points and Fisher five in leading North to an 18-7 lead. The Scorpions led 25-13 at the half, but when the Wolfpack scored to cut the lead to 29-18 with 3:35 left in the third quarter, coach Travis Fortune called time. When play resumed, the Scorpions went on a 9-0 run that clinched the victory.

  • Lady Trojans split two in holiday tourney

    The West Brunswick girls basketball team finished second in the two-day Tri-County Holiday Tournament, played Dec. 29-30 at East Duplin High School.

    The Lady Trojans opened the tourney by routing South Lenoir 63-45. West led 15-11 after the first quarter and 28-24 at halftime. West then held South Lenoir to three points in taking a 41-27 through three quarters.

    Breana Gause scored 15 points, hitting nine of 10 free throws, and Sheena Suttlemyre scored 14. Suttlemyre also had eight steals and five assists.

  • Volunteers needed for kids golf program; First Tee myths and reality

    Four years ago, Rusty and Carol Petrea, the founders of The First Tee of Brunswick County, asked me to serve on the board of directors and to help with public relations. It’s been a fun ride since then and I have never, ever been sorry I made the commitment.

  • Upset about unfair increases

    To the editor: This letter is to inform people what is happening to homeowners on Ocean Isle Beach.

    I purchased a home in 2001 on Ocean Isle Beach that is 1,500 square feet. The estimated cost to replace my home is $150,000.

    My taxes are now $2,392 per year. The insurance on my home is $6,908 per year. This is $775 per month for taxes and insurance on this $150,000 home. I will pay more $150,000 in insurance in 21 years, more than enough to completely replace my home.

    Something is not right here!

  • Warm-weather spoiled Coastal Carolinian feels the real depth of the deep freeze

    Growing up in central Kentucky, I’m used to winter’s cold temperatures, snow, wind, rain and ice. Although it’s nothing compared to many northern states, Kentucky has plenty of below-freezing days during winter months.

  • Positive thinking may lead to a revitalized economy

    This is the beginning of a new year. It is time to release the past and look toward the future. It is important not to allow past failures and disappointments to hinder future success. Rather than reflect on what has gone wrong with our economy in the past, we need to reflect on what can go right with our economy in the future.

    The Apostle Paul says in the fourth chapter of Philippians, “think on those things that are true, honest and just.”

  • Overboard incidents/loss of life on cruises

    To the editor: An open letter to cruise lines: In our fast-forward, intelligent society, I see a need for brainstorming when it comes to room balconies and outer deck railings on cruise ships.