Today's News

  • West Bladen boys beat South's Cougars

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Bladen, with a record of 8-1 and ranked high in the state, sank South Brunswick 49-33 Friday night in a Waccamaw Conference boys’ basketball game in the Cougars’ gym.

    The Cougars entered the game coming off a 48-45 loss Dec. 16 to Horry County powerhouse North Myrtle Beach.

    South coach Dan McGougan likes his teams to face a tough schedule before they get deep into conference play, and these last two games should get them going in the right direction.

  • Foul trouble costs South's Lady Cougars

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Foul trouble and the inability of the Cougars to make their free throws cost them a victory Friday night in a Waccamaw Conference girls’ basketball game.

    They faced off against a West Bladen team that knows how to run the floor, pass, rebound and make free throws. Yet, the inexperienced girls of South, with nine players suited up, still made a game of it on sheer determination before losing 47-37.

  • Senate health reform bill moves forward; Christmas Eve vote expected

    After a series or party-line votes on healthcare reform this week, senators are expected to cast what could be their final vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act early Christmas Eve.

    The week of votes on the reform bill began with a cloture vote at 1 a.m. Monday, when a 60-40 party-line vote gave senate Democrats the three-fifths majority needed to move for with the bill.

  • New feature will highlight those who are changing people’s lives and the community

    Each year, The Brunswick Beacon highlights some of the community’s most interesting people in its annual 10 Most Interesting feature. Once a year, a single issue of the paper is devoted to telling the stories and featuring photos of those readers suggest are among the most interesting in Brunswick.

    This year, when we made a call for suggestions, we received more than we anticipated. With so many good suggestions, we wondered how we could do more than just feature 10 people this year.

  • Wallet loss, theft, damages reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a lost wallet reported Dec. 11 in the Great Egret Circle area of Sunset Beach.

    A Canadian Border serviceman reported he had lost all his military identification, a Canadian Border badge and badge holder and other items, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

    Police also investigated a report a 41-year-old son stole items from his elderly mother at an address on Indigo Circle.

  • West Brunswick students recognized for effort

    Louis Slover, assistant principal at West Brunswick High School, said when he was in high school, he was the “everyday kid.”

    He came to school, followed the rules and always tried to do his best. He may not have been at the top of his class, but he put forth effort.

    The teachers and administration at West Brunswick High School want the “everyday kids” to know they appreciate their efforts. Sixty-eight students were honored Friday morning with Effort Awards during a ceremony and breakfast celebration.

  • Shallotte man charged with sex crimes; more charges expected

    Shallotte Police officers have arrested a local resident for sex exploitation of a minor, and more charges may be forthcoming, officials say.

    Last week, police charged Marcus James Scott, 40, of 495-4 River Bluff Drive, Apt. 4, Shallotte, with two counts of sex exploitation of a minor. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $6,000 secured bond.


    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents during the past week. The information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Identity theft at GoGas; suspect used victim’s stolen credit card to purchase gas.

    •Larceny of a check and mail tampering on Arnold Palmer Drive; suspect opened victim’s mail and removed a check.

    •Larceny of a pipe laser in the Belk parking lot; suspect took a pipe laser valued at $3,900 from the company’s pickup bed.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female, resisting a public officer, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked on Causeway Drive. Suspect Larry Cheyenne Pigott Jr., 21, was driving while impaired, assaulted his girlfriend, attempted to run her over and ran from officers while being placed under arrest.

  • Virginia Williamson students study countries around the world

    Third-grade students at Virginia Williamson Elementary School are more globally aware after studying cultures from around the world.

    Students started studying different cultures several weeks ago and culminated the unit with Tour Around the World Thursday afternoon, where they were able to present the information learned during their studies.