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Today's News

  • Brunswick County youth to participate in Biofuel blast

    On Oct. 7, youth in Brunswick County will join hundreds of thousands of young people around the nation to simultaneously create biofuel. As part of 4-H National Youth Science Day, youth will participate in Biofuel Blast, the 2009 National Science Experiment.

    This year’s experiment will teach youth how cellulose and sugars in plants—such as corn, switchgrass, sorghum and algae—can be converted into fuel and how alternative energies can be used in their own communities.

  • October good time for spot fishing, frying

    October has arrived and the spot have made their appearance on local fishing piers. There have been decent runs of the tasty panfish for the last week, and though size and duration vary, if you’re lucky or persistent, you could catch a cooler full of spot just right for the frying pan.

  • Great community support makes Walmart Invitational a success

    I am sooooo glad I live in Brunswick County. This is an awesome place. The wide beaches face south. There are quiet rivers and rushing inlets and dolphins in the Intracoastal Waterway. Because the climate is temperate, we play golf on more than 100 Grand Strand courses 12 months a year.

    The people of the Carolina Coast are friendly. They politely wave you through an intersection instead of stepping on the gas and playing chicken with you. Since moving here, I have not had anyone give me a dignitary salute when I make a clueless move with my car.

  • Golf action

    Brunswick Plantation played its third annual club championship Sept. 21-24. Dennis Radtke took first place in the men’s championship flight. George Tuccinardi finished second and Lee Marsh finished third after a playoff.

    Alcina Davis was first in the ladies’ championship flight. Mae Drezekin was second and Grace Byrne third.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage in Stevenson Mobile Home Park in Supply; suspect broke glass out of victim’s front window.

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle on Heirloom Drive in Leland; suspect stole victim’s CD player from vehicle.

    •Fraud on Pike Circle in Bolivia; suspect used victim’s name and Social Security card.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    K-9 deputies answered 15 calls, wrote 12 uniform citations and made 19 drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged. All information is taken directly from arrest reports and citations.

    •Joe Maurice David, 24, of 313 Mears St., Wilmington; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Fun at Sunset at Sunset

    SUNSET BEACH—It’s a community block party, a chance for residents and visitors alike to converge for an autumn hoorah as the sun dips in the west.

    But the third annual Sunset at Sunset celebration starts much earlier than that—at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 3, when vendors and exhibitors start setting up near Ingram Planetarium.

    At 11 a.m., the music begins with performances by West Brunswick High School’s Musically Inclined and Show Choir.

  • Beacon wins spelling bee

    The Brunswick Beacon team spelled “Chihuahua” and “cirrhosis” to win the Brunswick County Literacy Council’s 20th Annual Adult Spelling Bee for the second year in a row on Thursday night.

    The two-person team consisting of Beacon reporters Laura Lewis and Kathryn Jacewicz was among 13 competing teams in the bee held at Brunswick Community College.

    Rotary of Shallotte team members Court Terhune and George Jacob took second place after vying in the event’s last round that had both teams misspelling words before the final outcome.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Paul Swartz humbled by induction to hall of fame

    Paul Swartz helped make the then-new Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va., a winning athletics program in the mid-1950s. More than 50 years later, Inwood is still a small town (population 3,060) and it still remembers its sports stars.

    On Sept. 12, Swartz, who was one of those Applemen stars, was inducted into Mussleman’s third hall of fame class.