Today's News

  • Pitt sweeps BCC in three-game baseball series

    Brunswick Community College lost three baseball games to Pitt in the final games of the NJCAA Division II Region 10 regular season. BCC finishes second in the region (21-5) and Pitt first (22-2)

    Pitt 14, BCC 4

    The Brunswick Community College baseball team lost the lead late in a 14-4 defeat to Pitt Community College on Saturday afternoon. The game was tied at four with Pitt batting in the top of the seventh when Caleb Beatty singled off of McKinley Stanbery, driving in one run.

  • Trojans MEC tournament champions

    By Ed Hullings

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick Trojans won the MEC playoffs May 4, adding the playoff championship trophy to the regular season championship they won a week ago.

    This championship game featured the third matchup of the season between the powerful teams from West and Topsail. For the third successive time this season, the Trojans defeated the Pirates 2-1 in an epic battle in Shallotte.

  • State champions Watson, Burton sign with Campbell

    LELAND — Before signing his letter of intent Friday to wrestle at Campbell University, North Brunswick senior Tyrone Watson Jr. looped his black-and-orange striped tie many times. He spent more time adjusting his tie than he did wrestling some of the foes in his high school career.

    Watson and teammate Patrick Burton signed to attend Campbell in a ceremony in the North Brunswick gym.

    “It is the first time in school history that anybody has ever signed for wrestling, and especially for DI,” North coach Thomas York said.

  • You decide: What determines county jobless rates in N.C.?

    The unemployment rate is one of the most closely tracked of economic statistics. There are two reasons for this. First, unemployment rates for the nation, state and local areas (counties, metropolitan regions) are released each month and with a rather short lag, so the information is reasonably up-to-date.

    Second, an unemployment rate, unlike many economic measures, is relatively easy to understand. It’s the percentage of the adult workforce actively looking for a job.

  • Meals tax is a bad idea for Brunswick County residents

    By Lynn Minges

    Guest Columnist

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we hosted the UNC Tar Heels national champion men’s basketball team, we had a short week in the House of Representatives while the Senate worked on the state budget, and I was able to spend more time back in the district talking to our citizens.

  • There’s always plenty to do and celebrate in Brunswick County

    Either Beacon readers are exceptionally nice, or none noticed the headline error we published above the April 27 editorial and for which I apologized in my column last week. No one called, mailed or emailed me about it, anyway, so I’m leaning toward the former.

  • County agreement with BCC sensible, expensive

    Last week, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners agreed to pay half the cost — $2,857,000 — for a building to expand nursing and medical assisting program classrooms at Brunswick Community College.

  • Residents pay to fix spillway road damaged by Hurricane Matthew

    SUNSET BEACH — Months after being washed out by Hurricane Matthew, a spillway and road in the Sunset Lakes community have been repaired and vehicles are once again able to cross after residents pitched in to have the work done.

    At a recent homeowners meeting, residents paid tribute to outgoing chairman Kyle Canady as well as residents Lee Gushman and Mike Welsh for their efforts having the roadway and spillway repaired.

  • Holden Beach squirrel gains national fame eating ice cream

    HOLDEN BEACH — This is the story of a squirrel who loves to eat ice cream and keeps coming back for more.

    But it’s not just a wild squirrel tale — Putter is a real, live gray squirrel who lives in a tree at Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf on the Holden Beach causeway.

    She recently gave birth to two babies and achieved national fame for her ability to hold a tiny squirrel-sized cone between her front paws and devour the treat made especially for her until it’s all gone.