Today's News

  • Treffinger: February fishing provides ample opportunities

    Believe it or not, February is finally here. Amidst the snow, sleet, high winds and the abnormal 65-degree sunny day, opportunities to go fishing offshore have been slim to none the past few weeks. Whether you’re a hardcore backwater angler or a novice offshore angler, the weather has not been conducive to spend the day fishing. However, there has been a handful of courageous fishermen who have bundled up and ventured offshore and have done surprisingly well.

  • PHOTOS: North Brunswick varsity basketball (boys and girls)

     Jim Moore, a contributing photographer for the Beacon, snapped shots of North Brunswick's varsity basketball games last week against West Brunswick in Shallotte. 

  • PHOTOS: West Brunswick basketball (boys and girls)

     Jim Moore, a contributing photographer for the Beacon, captured photos from last week's varsity basketball games between county rivals West Brunswick and South Brunswick. 

  • New Hanover holds off Trojans in back-and-forth affair

     SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick entered last week’s game against New Hanover, which is unbeaten in Mideastern Conference play, with essentially nothing to lose.

    The Trojans played like it for 26 of the game’s 32 minutes, but the final six minutes proved pivotal in a 70-57 New Hanover victory.

  • Officials are the most unpopular figures in local athletics

     Bob Gardner, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and Que Tucker, commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, released the following op-ed piece last week. I’ve included it in its entirety in this week’s column.

    From Gardner and Tucker, “They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials.

  • West Brunswick wrestlers fall one match shy of state title berth

     FAYETTEVILLE – West Brunswick wrestlers fell one win shy of a spot in last weekend’s state championship dual.

    While the Trojans fell two wins short of the ultimate team goal, the West grapplers completed one of the best single seasons in school history with a 24-3 record and a trip to the 3A East Regional finals.

    Orange, a traditional powerhouse wrestling program in the Tar Heel State, defeated West Brunswick 41-31 in the region’s championship match Thursday, Feb. 1, at Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville.

  • Trojan girls split pair of conference games

     SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick entered a Friday, Feb. 2, home game against New Hanover with a chance to finish the night tied for third place in the Mideastern Conference.

    Instead, the Wildcats dealt the Trojans one of their most lopsided losses of the season in a 67-33 decision.

    West Brunswick (14-8, 7-5) didn’t have a single player reach double figures in scoring and never threated New Hanover after falling behind by 10 points before the halftime break.

  • Calisto named VFW High School Teacher of the Year

     SHALLOTTE – Coach. Teach. Mentor.

    That’s the mantra Retired Col. Joseph Calisto, the senior army instructor for West Brunswick High School’s Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) program, has tried his best to live by during his five-year stint at the Shallotte school.

    He’s done just that and more.

    For his efforts, he earned the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 2018 North Carolina High School Teacher of the Year Award.

  • Shallotte holds annual retreat

    SHALLOTTE — A discussion of Shallotte’s fund balance led the town’s annual retreat at town hall Jan. 31.

    Mayor Walt Eccard said the plan of the meeting was to focus on “projects we’ve agreed to undertake, look at the budget implications of them and come away with a priority list.”

    Finance officer Mimi Gaither explained how much available cash the town would have if it maintained either a 90 percent or 80 percent fund balance.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 29

    Call for service for someone stepping into an uncovered water meter box on Main Street.

    Fraud by scamming the victim out of $350.

    Obtaining property by false pretenses by using the victim’s credit card to make $300 in purchases.

    Jan. 30