Today's News

  • Budget cuts force CIS to cut programs, services

    Due to budget cuts and lack of funding, Communities in Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County Inc. will close its Family Literacy Center in Leland and end the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) After School programs at Belville, Lincoln and Supply elementary schools at the end of the school year.

    “Our budget is down 32 percent from last year and 44 percent cumulatively over the last two,” Bob Benedict, CIS finance officer, said in a press release.

  • School employee’s lawsuit voluntarily dismissed, reserves right to refile

    The Brunswick County Schools’ employee who filed a lawsuit against the board of education claiming an “unlawful retaliatory transfer and reassignment” has filed to dismiss the suit due to health reasons.

    According to court documents, the attorney representing Sherry Dove filed notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice was filed May 18 in Brunswick County Superior Court. The notice said the dismissal is due to health reasons and Dove “has not rested her case.”

  • Thistle Club to host annual benefit tourney for The First Tee

     The annual benefit tournament for The First Tee of Brunswick County will take place Sept. 21 at Thistle Golf Course in Calabash. 

    “This is the third year for this event, and we are delighted that Thistle Golf Club is hosting it once more,” said Walt Stachura, tournament chairman. “Last year we made over $50,000 for The First Tee, despite the downward economy. This year we hope to make it even bigger and better.” 

  • Sandpiper Bay golf course to remain open during greens conversion

     Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club began its final stage of green renovations June 1. The Dan Maples designed 27-hole public golf course in Sunset Beach hired Modern Turf, from Rembert, S.C., to convert all putting greens to MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermuda Grass from Sandpiper’s 1987 original Penn Cross Bent Grass greens.

  • Carolina National to offer junior golf clinics this summer

     Carolina National Golf Club will have a summer-long junior golf promotion aimed at introducing the game at no cost to junior golfers.

    Beginning June 7 and continuing through Sept. 6, a weekly complimentary golf clinic will be offered for junior golfers each Monday. The clinic will be from 11 a.m. to noon under the direction of Carolina National PGA certified instructor Cheryl Brankel. Advance registration is required and the number of participants will be limited. The clinic will cover fundamentals, etiquette, and rules. 

  • 2010 Tournament of Champions set for St. James in November

    The 2010 Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions will be played Nov. 13-14 at the Members Club at St. James Plantation. This will be the seventh Tournament of Champions and the second hosted by St. James.  

    Scott Harrell, publisher of The Brunswick Beacon, is delighted with the growth of the event over the past six years.  

  • Golf action

     The Beachcombers played at Brierwood. Low gross: Stu Cleveland 79, Gary Gutheil 84, Bob Byrne 86 and Jim Beairsto 88. Low nets: Cleveland 62, Byrne and Beairsto 66, Gutheil and Dick Cecil 69.

    Team (one low net on each hole): Byrne and Beairsto, 14-under; Reggie Auten and Ed Hennessey, 13 under; Cleveland and Hal Riebesehl, 11 under. 

    Golfer of the week was Cleveland.


  • The Great Golf Experiment: Hitting 50 balls a day for 90 days

     I’m sick of bad golf. I hate shanks, skulls, chili-dips, three-puts and leavies in the bunker. I hate losing brand new golf balls in water hazards and hitting banana ball slices that sail out-of-bounds into flowerbeds in other people’s yards.

    Worst of all, I hear myself constantly complaining about my poor golf. Last week, one of my dear friends asked me whether I wanted “a little cheese with my whine?”

    So now, by gosh and by golly, I’m doing something about it.  

  • Baitfish should keep fishing active through June

     Fishing is heating up right now and should be strong throughout June until we hit the usual summertime doldrums, when the water temperature rises off the charts. 

    Currently, however, there is good fishing to be had on the piers and inshore as baitfish and shrimp fill the local waters and most fish species are active and aggressive.

  • Mahi, kings, cobia providing offshore action

     Last week’s offshore low pressure storm did not offer much opportunity for fishermen to get offshore, but by the weekend, the winds had subsided and the fish and fishermen were ready. 

    Nearshore, Yaupon Reef off of Yaupon Beach was a hot spot for king mackerel fishing action. The area typically seas good action from kings in the early summer, and the abundance of baitfish in the area has helped to make this year no exception.