Today's News

  • Former West athlete honored as top assistant track coach by USTFCCA

    Former athletes at West Brunswick High School remain current newsmakers. Brandon Rankin, Chad McCumbee and Cedric Simmons are the most notable, but another former Trojan, Timothy Vaught, recently received national recognition.

  • West Brunswick falls to 2-3 in conference soccer games

    After a 2-0 start to the season, West Brunswick’s girls’ soccer team lost three conference games last week: 11-0 at Class 4-A Hoggard, 8-0 to state soccer power White Oak and 7-0 to Class 4-A New Hanover.

    “We knew this week was going to be a tough one,” West coach Laura Hickman said, “because all three teams have great talent and consistently have a competitive team.

    “We have had three starters out due to injury, which made it difficult to keep fresh legs on the field.

  • Golf action

    The governing club of this year’s season of the Brunswick Ladybirds is Brunswick Plantation. The officers are Sue Sadlon, president; Carrie Wilson, vice president/treasurer and Laura Lagenaur, secretary.

    The first tournament, which officially kicked off the season, was played March 11 at Oak Island. Following are the results:

  • Whiting an important fish for sportsmen--and a great fish for cooking

    The piers are opening in the Carolinas, and bottom fishermen are ready to fill their coolers. The fishing season usually takes a little while to start, especially ocean-side. One fish that often shows up early is the whiting. A dependable pier and surf catch, and a tasty dish, whiting are the bread and butter of our local piers until the spot decide to make an appearance.

  • One avid golfer's look back at the less-than-perfect days on the course

    If you’ve played golf as long as I have, you can look back at all the crazy things that happened on the course and laugh.

    A dog darts out of the woods, grabs a ball off the green and disappears into the trees. A fabulously long drive rolls toward the pond and nestles against a sleeping gator.

  • Two suspects wanted for drug trafficking

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit are seeking two suspects wanted for drug trafficking.

    Garbiel Dominique Hankins, 23, and Rodrick Recirda Bryant, 26, both of 1235 Clay Branch Road, Supply, are wanted for multiple drug charges, including trafficking in cocaine.

    According to Sgt. Steve Lanier, Hankins is on pre-trial release for pending drug, driving while impaired and flee/elude arrest charges. Drug agents searched the Clay Branch Road home last Friday after a weeks-long investigation of Hankins and Bryant.

  • Laser shows light up night at Ingram Planetarium

    Get ready to be entranced by laser shows this weekend in Ingram Planetarium’s Sky Theater this Friday and Saturday night in Sunset Beach.

    The shows are among the planetarium’s lineup of heavenly astronomy and science programs for all ages in its 85-seat theater. All shows are one hour or less. Laser shows are staged the third Friday and Saturday of the month.

    The planetarium’s laser projection system, unveiled last November, consists of full-color animation lights choreographed to music and a new 5.1 surround-sound system.

  • Crime reports are public

    The Brunswick Beacon requested crime statistics from the Shallotte Police Department for 2007 and 2008.

    Officials provided the statistics, broken down by category, on the same day they were requested.

    According to administrative assistant Linda Moses, the public is welcome to request incident reports and other public documents and can view them in the office.

    According to N.C. General Statute 132-1-4, the following information is public record:

  • Shallotte Police: 2008


    Rape: 1

    Robbery: 6

    Aggravated assault: 6

    Aggravated assault with sexual motives: 2

    Burglary-forcible entry: 90

    Burglary-non-forced entry: 28

    Larceny-purse snatching: 1

    Larceny-shoplifting: 13

    Larceny from a motor vehicle: 64

    Larceny-auto parts and accessories: 4

    Larceny-from buildings: 67

    Larceny-from coin-operated devices: 6

    Larceny-all others: 57

    Motor vehicle theft-automobile: 10

    Motor vehicle theft-truck: 2

  • Shallotte Police: 2007

    Incident/investigations 2007

    Rape: 4

    Robbery: 7

    Aggravated assault: 3

    Burglary-forcible entry: 71

    Burglary-non-forced entry: 10

    Larceny-shoplifting: 12

    Larceny from a motor vehicle: 31

    Larceny-auto parts and accessories: 5

    Larceny-from buildings: 75

    Larceny-from coin-operated devices: 1

    Larceny-all others: 58

    Motor vehicle theft-automobile: 16

    Motor vehicle theft-truck: 1

    Motor vehicle theft-all other motor vehicles: 1

    Simple physical assault: 9