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Today's News

  • Healthcare amendment process under way in Senate

    Senators have offered several motions and amendments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Senate healthcare debates are “In the amendment process right now,” David Ward, press secretary for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said.

    Ward said senators have “taken up amendments from both sides of the aisle.”

    Calling it a “notoriously slow process,” Ward couldn’t offer a timeline on the amendment process.

  • Local law enforcement lauds start of local MADD chapter

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram knows firsthand the impact drunk driving has on families.

    Ingram, whose brother was killed by a drunk driver, said programs like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are beneficial to communities as they raise awareness of how drunk driving affects peoples’ lives.

    Stacey Manning, managing editor of The Brunswick Beacon, is organizing an effort to start a Brunswick County chapter of MADD. The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s community room on U.S. 17.

  • Commissioners OK interim sewer agreement with Ocean Isle Palms

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners approved an interim sewer agreement with Ocean Isle Palms on Monday.

    The agreement allows for deferred construction of a pump station at Ocean Isle Palms; instead allowing developer Mark Saunders to obtain construction permits before completion of the pump station.

  • Ashley sweeps South Brunswick at home

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Ashley beat South Brunswick 50-45 in a nonconference high school boys’ basketball game Nov. 1.

    It was cancer survivor night at the Cougars’ gym. The players from South had pink shoelaces. The referees had pink whistles. Anyone who knew a cancer survivor was asked to walk around the basketball court.

  • Scorpions swept by Ashley's Screaming Eagles

    LELAND—A poor-shooting first half cost the North Brunswick boys’ varsity basketball team in a 54-39 loss Friday night to the Ashley Screaming Eagles. The Eagles, led by Reid Clark’s 14 points, jumped out to a 10-1 lead and the Scorpions never recovered.

    North looked flat during the game after winning its first two games of the season.

    “It was hard to control them in practice this week,” North coach Travis Lemanski said. “Their heads got a little big after the blowout victory against East Columbus.”

  • Battle of the Beach Saturday at West

    The West Brunswick wrestling team will be host of the Battle of the Beach Saturday. This will be an individual round-robin tourney with team scoring.

    In addition to the Trojans, North Brunswick, Ashley, Lumberton, Clinton and Socastee, S.C., will be participating.

    Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to end around 6 p.m. Admission is $5; children 12 and younger admitted free. Junior varsity matches will take place in the auxiliary gym.

  • BCC women get first victory of season

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick Community College women’s basketball team beat Lenoir Community College 70-63 Friday, getting its first victory of the season.

    Freshman guard Willetta McIntyre scored 36 points, first-year coach Ashlyn Burke said. The game was the Lady Dolphins’ third in five days. They played again Saturday, finishing the week 1-3 in four games.

  • Finding the real Christmas spirit this holiday season

    Every year I bake dozens of cookies, listen to Christmas music and hope I will get into the Christmas spirit. Somehow, I never manage anything other than being a slightly less grumpy version of my usual self.

    This year, I wanted to try something a little different—I wanted to really experience Christmas. I wanted to take in every little bit of Christmas I could.

  • Early College students use Skype to communicate with people in other countries

    In the past few weeks, students in Claire McLaughlin’s earth/environmental science class at Brunswick County Early College High School have visited with students from Canada, Sweden, Seoul, Korea, Kosovo, Madagascar, Australia, London and Rio de Janeiro. And they did it without ever stepping foot outside of their classroom.

    The ninth-grade class has been using Skype, an Internet program that allows users to make free calls and chat via Web cam.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated larceny at Marathon on Causeway Drive last week. According to the police report, the suspect shoplifted a $1.50 can of beer.