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Today's News

  • A career first and having the last word

    Even though I’ve been in journalism for 20 years or so, I can still remember every first experience I’ve had in my career.

    I remember the first misspelling of my last name — Torak — and most of the rest, such as Turok (like the video game), Tork (like the Monkee), Took (like the past tense verb), Tonorock (like, well, I have no idea), Clark (like not even close) and — my favorite — Sock (like the article of clothing).

  • School board raise issue should stir outrage

    Service as an elected official requires a certain degree of sacrifice. Apparently, Brunswick County Board of Education members forgot that when they tried to give themselves a raise Aug. 28.

    It is difficult to believe, given their combined 57 years on the board, they did not know only the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners can give them a raise.

    It is astounding that they would try this in a year when teachers across the state had to fight so hard to secure an average 7 percent salary increase from the General Assembly.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 2, 3 and 8 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.

     

    Tuesday, Sept. 2

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Tiffany Blickenstaff, PG DWI level 5.

  • Topsail beats Trojans 2-1 in soccer

     HAMPSTEAD — Topsail beat West Brunswick 2-1 in a conference soccer game between two class 3A teams Monday, Sept. 15.

    Topsail took a 2-0 lead on a long-range goal with about 15 minutes left. A red card penalty on Topsail — it was the second yellow on a player — left the Pirates with 10 players for the final 7:55.

    The Trojans took advantage by scoring with 3:44 left. A low, hard shot by junior midfielder John McNeil bounced to the right of the Topsail goalkeeper. Junior forward Jerome Scoggins ran to the ball and kicked it into the goal.

  • Decisions about when to go on fishing trip

     If fishing runs in your veins, now is the time to be planning that fishing trip. The availability of baitfish is unbelievable right now. Mullet and menhaden are thick from the waterways to the beachfront. Several of the shallow creeks are full of shrimp, too. The predator fish are lurking and the action should get stronger as more cold fronts pass through out area. We just experienced our first good cool down and the fish are starting to stack up.

  • Mini Scorps perform
  • North defeats South 34-16 in football
  • A day of hope brings joy and peace to all

    I almost missed the Beacon announcement, “Church sponsors ‘A Day of Hope’ benefit,” in the Aug. 21 Religion Briefs section. Hubby Dear noticed it, called it to my attention, and sharply announced: “Put this on our calendar. We’re going ... and bring the checkbook!” Then, it caught my eye and my heart.

  • Dowdys announce birth

    Matthew and Kristin Dowdy of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Olivia Jane Dowdy, born at 8:41 p.m. Aug. 31 at New Hanover Memorial Hospital weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparents are Mitchell and Mary B. Williamson of Whiteville.

    Paternal grandparents are Rick and Christine Dowdy of Jamestown.

    Great-grandparents are Jane E. Bullard and Margaret Smith.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    One nice thing about being a botanist is that there is always something to talk about at the dinner table, even if you are a total carnivore ... after all, where does meat come from? This week’s edible mystery plant fits the bill quite nicely, and offers another slant on the wonderful sunflower family.