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Today's News

  • Thankful for the rain but praying a flood is not in our future

    It’s a good thing we use battery back-ups, or the space for this week’s column would be blank inches of newsprint.

    Monday’s mid-afternoon downpour in Shallotte caused a chorus of thunder and lightning—causing the Beacon’s power to flicker and computers to begin their own chorus of buzzing and other gut-wrenching sounds—before the rain ever fell.

  • Defense testimony begins in former officer’s wrongful termination trial

    BOLIVIA—Testimony for the defense began Monday in the civil trial of former Holden Beach police officer Terri Oxford, who sued the town of Holden Beach for wrongful termination and gender discrimination after she was fired from the police department in 2008.

    Attorneys for Oxford rested their case Monday afternoon, a week after the trial first began in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • YWCA tries to ease concerns about YMCA name change

    I should have expected it. In the wake of the YMCA’s announcement that it has officially change its name to “The Y,” its sister association, the YWCA, has issued a statement about its concerns over name recognition—ensuring the public that it, too, can still be referred to as “The Y” in casual conversations.

  • Female detective during gender discrimination testimony: ‘Why can’t I be a male?’

    BOLIVIA—Jayne Todd, a detective with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, said there have been times she left work and thought, “Why can’t I be a male?”

    During day four of the Terri Oxford wrongful termination lawsuit against the town of Holden Beach, and the second day of Todd’s testimony, Todd testified to Oxford’s claims she was discriminated against because she was a woman.

  • Injured Tew helps Brunswick win title

     One of the keys to Brunswick winning the state championship was the effort of its pitchers, and Carson Tew in particular.

    Kevin Harris started the loser-out game July 22, against Dallas, and Carson Tew, scheduled to pitch in relief, started at third.

    But those plans fell apart.

    “My ribs were hurting me when I was throwing from third base,” Tew said. “I didn’t know what to do, so I sat out.”

  • Brunswick wins N.C. Dixie Boys Baseball state championship

     SOUTHPORT—Against all kinds of obstacles, Brunswick County won the N.C. Dixie Boys Baseball state championship July 22 at Smithville Park.

    The victory advanced Brunswick to the Dixie Boys World Series for 14-year-olds in Christiansburg, Va., which begins July 31.

    Brunswick entered the final day of the state tourney having lost 10-0 the day before to the team it had to play July 22 in the loser-out game: Dallas. The game was to begin at noon on a day in which the heat index reached 100 degrees.

  • Beauty permeates along historic Gause Landing Road

    “A canopy of moss-draped trees leading to the Intracoastal Waterway” is one way to define Gause Landing.

    Or how about “George Washington slept here”? Or “Hurricane Hazel hit here”?

    Jackie Stanley Varnam is among locals who grew up in the area just west of the waterway and south of Ocean Isle Beach, on Hale Beach Road running parallel to Gause Landing Road.

  • Testimony for former officer continues in fourth day of gender discrimination trial

    BOLIVIA—It was a tale of two letters during day four of the Terri Oxford wrongful termination trial against the town of Holden Beach.

    Oxford, who sued the town for wrongful termination and gender discrimination after she was fired from the Holden Beach Police Department in 2008, testified during the first two days of the hearing as to the working conditions while working for Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne.

  • Brunswick loses in N.C. Junior Dixie Boys title game

      SOUTHPORT—Hope Mills won two games against Brunswick County in taking the N.C. Junior Dixie Boys Baseball state championship.

    Hope Mills had to win two games to win the title and advance to the Junior Dixie Boys World Series, and it did so by beating Brunswick 3-1 in seven innings July 20 and 5-4 in nine innings July 21.

    Below are summaries of the games, played in 90-degree heat at Smithville Park.

     

    HOPE MILLS 3

    BRUNSWICK 1

  • Federal money appropriated for local beaches and inlets

    More than $22 million in federal funds have been appropriated for beaches and inlets in southeastern North Carolina, as well as the Intracoastal Waterway and the Wilmington Port.

    “Our coast is the lifeline for economic growth in our region,” U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre said in a press release. “Federal support is critical to enhancing and protecting the economic and environmental treasure of our coast.”