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Today's News

  • Pennell named Principal of the Year

    SOUTHPORT—South Brunswick High School Principal Vann Pennell was named Brunswick County's Principal of the Year Friday. Pennell said he was "honored and humbled" to have been chosen as this year's recipient. Also nominated for the award was George Kelley, West Brunswick High School, and Dwight Willis, Supply Elementary School.

    Read the full story in next week's Beacon.

  • ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader’ fundraiser around the corner

    Local community leaders will try and prove they are smarter than students at The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School when they participate in “Are You Smarter Than a Village Schooler?” a fundraiser based on the popular TV show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”

    Twelve local figures will compete against fifth- and sixth-graders from The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Former Leland mayor, county commissioner charged with video poker possession

    Former Leland Mayor and former county commissioner Franky Thomas has been charged with possessing and attempting to sell video poker machines.

    Thomas, 65, of 102 Riverview Drive, Leland, was charged Friday, Nov. 7, with two counts of possessing a video gaming machine and one count of attempting to sell a video gaming machine.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said Thomas was charged following a three-month investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit.

  • Hearing Monday for two more games places in Calabash

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—A board of adjustment hearing for two more gaming-machine businesses is set for 6 p.m. Monday at Calabash Town Hall.

  • Planetarium sets sights on digital future

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—2009 should be a good year for Ingram Planetarium.

    Not only is it the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope, it’s also when the six-year-old planetarium will launch its new $300,000 digital projection system.

  • Rescue-facility adoptees find feline fame

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Anyone who ever thought Cat Tails feline rescue just handles ordinary cats might want to think again.

  • Calabash residents tell town to flush sewer service

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—For the second month in a row, residents of two subdivisions in the seafood capital turned out Tuesday night to protest county sewer service.

    The $7 million project is too expensive for property owners, they said, and they never wanted it in the first place. They also charge the town never gave residents a chance to vote on the issue.

  • John L. Williamson: Honoring a Brunswick hero on Veteran’s Day

    As we celebrate this Veterans Day, many names come to mind of people we know in Brunswick County that served their country with great honor.

    Some names are well known, and other names are less known. Nonetheless, they were heros. Many residents of Brunswick County are familiar with the name of Odell Williamson.

    Odell was a veteran and served as an Army pilot during World War II assigned to the 30th Division.

  • Congratulations BCC volleyball team

    When the Brunswick Community College volleyball team took to the court this season, players and officials had one thing on their minds—being competitive.

    It was a lofty goal considering it was the first time the college had fielded a volleyball team and one that met an unusual challenge—it didn’t even have its own gymnasium in which to practice. Instead, players used the gym at West Brunswick High School.

    But, in its first year, BCC Dolphins did more than just be competitive; the team proved it is one of the top schools in its division.

  • BCC advances to national volleyball tournament

    LOUISBURG—Stephanie Beach, the Brunswick Community College volleyball coach, stood on the volleyball court at Louisburg Community College and quickly recited an amazing list of accomplishments.

    “I can’t believe I would have had a tournament MVP, an all-region player of the year, a coach of the year, a tournament championship and a conference championship all in the first year,” she said. “I can’t imagine it.”