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Today's News

  • Prosecution, defense spar over the man behind the badge

    Who is Ronald Hewett?

    His attorney says the man who served Brunswick County as sheriff for 14 years is a family man—a man of character and integrity.

    But assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy argued in federal court Monday there are two Ronald Hewetts—the public persona, who shook everyone’s hands and never shied from a TV camera—and the man who existed within the walls of the sheriff’s office.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office argued Hewett used deputies as his personal work force, stifled investigations and harassed employees.

  • Hearings shed light on fatal parasailing incident

    WILMINGTON—Passengers aboard the boat Tied High during a parasailing incident that killed two women Aug. 28 on Ocean Isle Beach testified last week about what they saw and heard during the terrifying ordeal.

    Also testifying was Barrett McMullan, president of North Carolina Watersports, which operates the only parasailing business on the island; Thomas Pavozan, the captain of the boat during the ride; deckhand Christopher Eckert and a meteorologist from the National Weather Service.

  • South, West top volleyball teams in Waccamaw

    The Waccamaw Conference volleyball championship may be won by either South Brunswick or West Brunswick—and a match Sept. 29 between the two teams will be key in determining the champion.

    South enters the home match unbeaten in the conference; West has one conference defeat—by South.

    Both teams enter the match in top form. After this match, each team has five conference matches left.

    Below are summaries of their recent matches.

    WEST BRUNSWICK 3

    WEST BLADEN 0

  • Decision on Obama's education speech reached through e-mail, phone calls

    The decision about whether Brunswick County students would be allowed to watch President Barack Obama’s education speech on Tuesday, Sept. 8, was reached after board members discussed the issue through e-mail and phone calls. The board did not have a meeting about it based on advice from its legal counsel, according to board chairwoman Shirley Babson.

  • Community takes to e-mail in response to board's decision

    Prior to making a decision about airing President Barack Obama’s educational message to students, the Brunswick County Board of Education received minimal input from parents and community members.

    But after the decision was made they heard from both sides.

    E-mails obtained by the Beacon contained requests from two people asking the board to now show the speech. No e-mails prior to the board’s decision requested the speech be shown.

  • Principals voice opinions regarding delay in presidential address

    The decision to delay the airing of President Barack Obama’s presidential speech did not sit well with some Brunswick County Schools principals.

    Among e-mails released to The Brunswick Beacon was correspondence from several principals who opposed the board’s decision to not show Obama’s address live.

  • Some say Maco Light is legend, but one man says he’s seen it several times

    Some people may think the ghostly Maco Light is no more than a local legend, but Bob Johannesen believes it’s real.

    He’s seen it several times himself.

    Johannesen, who lives near Greensboro and has a home in the Holden Beach area, vividly remembers going to the Wilmington & Manchester railroad tracks in Maco (near the U.S. 74/76 and N.C. 87 intersection) several times as a kid.

  • If livermush is made without liver, then it must be scrapple

    Scrapple is said to be one of the first pork foods made in America. It’s a flexible dish and makes an excellent breakfast alongside poached eggs and sausage, or serve it for lunch with stewed vegetables or just have it as a snack.

    I’m sure there are some of you who may have never had the pleasure of breakfasting on scrapple…a fried slice of pork-mush. Sometimes called Philadelphia scrapple, it is said to have actually originated in the farmlands of eastern Pennsylvania.

  • Airline pilot, biker, survivor organizes ride against cancer

    Diane Sandoval’s life is anything but boring.

    She’s been a commercial airline pilot for more than 25 years, a Harley-Davidson biker for 40 years and recently made the move with her retired husband, Reggie, to their dream home in Lockwood Folly.

    Now, she’s added “cancer survivor” to her list of accomplishments and says she has a “calling” to promote breast cancer awareness and fight the disease she was lucky enough to beat. On Nov. 14, she and her fellow bikers will take to the streets to benefit breast cancer research.

  • Carolinas is the place to be for good fishing in October

    We’ve been toying around with feelings of fall for about a month now, but as of today, there is no doubt fall is here.

    You’ve heard me say it many times, but there is no place like the Carolinas in October. And besides the light north winds, comfortable temperatures and low humidity, fishing is about to be incredible.