Today's News

  • Surviving another season of church softball

     Another church league softball regular season is behind us and we have plenty of strawberries (the scrapes, not the delicious fruit) and sore right arms to prove it.

    I have played with my church, Eastside Fellowship, for the past three seasons. We’ve improved dramatically during that time.

    If memory serves me correctly, we lost our first game of the season three years ago by a narrow margin, 28-3.

    We made the decision lots of churches in the league have to make and it’s not an easy one.

  • 2017 Brunswick County Gator Senior Games results

     These are the gold medal winners in the Brunswick County Senior Games. This year’s Senior Games competition began in May and qualifiers will compete in the North Carolina Senior Games in the fall. Lack of space prevents the Beacon from listing the silver and bronze medal winners. You can see a list of all winners and participants at this link  -- http://bcparks.recdesk.com/RecDeskPortal.


    Jan Abbott: bowling singles, pickleball mixed doubles, tennis mixed doubles

    Roger Albizu: table tennis doubles

  • T.J. Spivey resigns as WBHS baseball coach

     SHALLOTTE --- West Brunswick has one of the best baseball programs in eastern North Carolina. Former head coach Mike Alderson built the Trojans into one of the state’s top-notch programs during an illustrious 26-year career as the team’s skipper.

    T.J. Spivey led the Trojans the last three seasons and continued to build on that tradition. West Brunswick recently completed their second consecutive trip to the fourth round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A state playoffs.

  • Washington reflects on remarkable track career

     LELAND -- High school athletes across the country would do just about anything for one state championship ring.

    North Brunswick senior Jayhlen Washington has made winning state championships about as normal as waking up in the morning and taking a shower.

    The senior track and field runner and jumper has won nine individual state championships and three more outdoor track and field state titles as a member of the Scorpion dynasty.

  • On Campus with BCC: Celebrating the college’s best day of the year

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Commencement ceremonies are community celebrations characterized by applause, whistles, hugs and flowers. Family, friends, teachers, and peers recognize milestone achievements of loved ones and honor outstanding accomplishments of select students, teachers and educational leaders.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we spent almost every waking hour on the 2017-19 state budget, we handled about 100 amendments to the budget and approved the House budget in the early hours Friday morning, June 2.

  • Parking problems matters of safety, courtesy

    As our streets become more crowded with vehicles during the summer tourist season, which is well under way, it seems parking problems throughout Brunswick County are either coming to light or being exacerbated.

    In the northern part of the county, Leland continues to grapple with parking three years after plans began in earnest to address it.

  • Tractor carrying liquid nitrogen overturns on U.S. 17

    A sprayer tractor with liquid nitrogen for crops overturned on U.S. 17 outside Leland after a crash May 31.

    the crash occurred May 31 when

    A woman driving a red four-door Buick north on the highway crashed into the back of the tractor, causing it to overturn and leak the liquid nitrogen, just before 10:45 a.m. near Zion Church Road, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper T. Inman said.

    The woman, who was not identified, was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington to be treated for minor injuries and released later.

  • Holden Beach police remind beachgoers of parking rules

    HOLDEN BEACH — It’s May 28, the day before Memorial Day. A man and his daughter have come from out of town to visit his mother in Supply and hang out at the beach. About 12:30 p.m. that day, the man parks his white truck on a side road that is technically still Ocean Boulevard East, adjacent to Avenue A and Avenue B. About 3:30 p.m., he and his daughter return to his truck only to learn he and about 11 other vehicles have received $75 tickets.

  • Calabash woman accused of assaulting deputy

    A Calabash woman accused of resisting a public officer in April was arrested a month later on similar charges.

    Gloria Thomas, 76, was arrested May 29 and charged with misdemeanor assault on a government official/employee and resisting public officer.

    The recent incident happened at 2:09 p.m. May 29 at Thomas’ home in the 400 block of Wampee Street.

    A deputy responding to a domestic disturbance was using pepper spray on someone at the residence when Thomas pushed him off that person, warrants show.