Today's News

  • West beats New Hanover in softball

     West Brunswick beat New Hanover 4-3 in a nonconference softball game March 9.

    Winning pitcher Carly White gave up three unearned runs—two in the last inning—and four hits. She walked two, hit one and struck out six. West made four errors in the victory.

    West scored in the first when leadoff hitter Gabby Sanders walked and White singled with two outs.

  • Bridge dedication could tie in with Sunset at Sunset, organizers propose



    SUNSET BEACH—A bridge dedication in conjunction with the next Sunset at Sunset event in October is being considered by the town.

    At a special meeting March 4, the Sunset at Sunset committee outlined an idea to have a dedication ceremony of the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge if details work out.

    The tentative proposal would be to have a sunset ceremony to launch a weekend celebration that could include a gala, 5K run, bike ride and fourth annual Sunset at Sunset festivities on Saturday, Oct. 2.

  • Former alderman Roach dies, leaves legacy of service

    Former Shallotte alderman and longtime community volunteer Jim Roach died last Thursday morning after collapsing during softball practice.

    According to Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor, Roach, 75, was practicing with the county’s senior softball league at Lockwood Folly Township District Park when he collapsed. He was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital, where he later died.

    Those who knew and worked with Roach say his service to the town as well as his friends and family will not be forgotten.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Hagan in Wilmington; greeted by a Tea Party

    WILMINGTON—Saying she has continually ignored their requests for a town hall meeting to voice concerns, members of the Cape Fear Tea Party Patriots, We the People of Brunswick County, N.C., and various other grassroots organizations gathered outside the Wilmington Hilton hoping to get the attention of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

  • Wastewater connection outlined in Calabash



    CALABASH—Future sewer is in the works as Mayor Anthony Clemmons gave a construction update and outlined steps for connecting at Tuesday night’s commission meeting.

    In Clemmons’ monthly wastewater report, it was noted a Brunswick County representative would meet property owners on-site to discuss and determine an appropriate location for a grinder pump.

  • Paving contract approved in Carolina Shores



    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a $68,000 contract to pave three areas of town.

    Approval to contract with Hardee and Prince Contractors of Loris, S.C., came at the board’s March 4 meeting.

    Commissioner Joyce Dunn made a motion for approval with a clause stipulating references be satisfactorily checked and at least a one-year warranty be included with the contract.

    The work is for paving at Oakbark Court, Gate 3 and in the Village at Calabash, town administrator Linda Herncane said.

  • Bridge signs stir spelling debate

    Laura Lewis

    The posting came to the Beacon last week via Facebook, from a Shallotte resident concerned about new signs for a new bridge that, she wrote, are misspelled.

    “Why in the world,” asked Katherine Lyles Norfleet, has the North Carolina Department of Transportation “renamed the ‘Todd Bridge’ to ‘Jinny’s Branch’ when ‘Jinny’ is actually spelled ‘Jennies Branch’ and has been for over 200 years?”

  • Development open space still being aired in Sunset Beach



    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board generally agrees requiring about 17.5 percent of open space for future residential development is a good route to go.

    However, at the March 4 meeting board members debated what such open space should entail.

    The board indicated recreational areas wouldn’t count as suitable open space.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED BCC wins Region 10 tourney, qualifies for national tourney

     FORT MILL, S.C.—Few believed Brunswick Community College could win this championship tournament.

    A basketball team with nine freshmen. A team that began the season 0-2 in the conference. A team that lost 97-69 to league champion Cape Fear on Feb. 24, just three days before the end of the regular season.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: World Day of Prayer celebrates Cameroon culture, provides lessons

    They entered dancing, singing and celebrating to the upbeat praise chorus, “We are Marching.”

    They were dressed in brightly colored fabrics and came with a message of praising God—jingling bells, shaking maracas and beating tambourines. Participating women were dressed in “kangas,” traditional African wraps worn as shawls, skirts or dresses and used in celebration.

    They were women from churches from southern Brunswick County gathered to celebrate World Day of Prayer Friday morning at Seaside United Methodist Church.