Today's News

  • Moonshine takes off like greased white lightning

    It wasn’t that long ago Brunswick County at times operated like the wild — and sometimes even wilder — West.

    I can’t count the times I’ve skimmed through yellowing pages of the Beacon dating back to the 1960s and ‘70s and, on my way to looking up something else, have come across stories about moonshine still busts in Brunswick County.

    Yep, sheriff this and sheriff that — who sometimes wound up in trouble themselves later on — and his posse had just busted up another’n.

  • Cold puts Brunswick County in big chill

    Temperatures in the teens literally plunged Brunswick County into the deep freeze last week.

    As temperatures dipped into the teens overnight and into the early hours of Jan. 8, residents began to feel the effects.

    Power outages were reported in Brunswick and New Hanover counties by Duke Progress Energy, attributed to a transformer failure at a substation at Eagle Island off Battleship Road.

    The outages started about 3:30 a.m. last Thursday, Jan. 8, and continued until about 7:15 a.m.

  • Flu death reported in Brunswick County

    An 83-year-old Brunswick County woman has died from complications of the flu.

    Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said the woman died Jan. 7 at a local hospital. She is one of 54 people who have died in North Carolina during the 2014-15 flu season, Michael said.

    The woman had not had a flu shot, Michael said.

  • Schools on two-hour delay

     Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students Wednesday, Jan. 14.

    According to a press release issued Tuesday by Brunswick County Schools, staff is to report on regular schedule unless personal circumstances indicate it is unsafe to travel. Supervisors will work with these staff members to make up the time if leave is not available.

  • Former Calabash Mayor Keith Hardee dies

    Longtime Calabash resident, businessman and former Mayor Keith Hardee has died.

    Hardee, who served on the Calabash governing board for 20 years, including nine as mayor, died Monday, Jan. 12, following an illness.

    “Mayor Hardee was not only a successful Calabash business owner but also a public servant to the Calabash community before Calabash ever became incorporated as a town in 1973,” reads a press release and tribute to Hardee issued by the town.

  • Eric Morgan new golf pro at Lockwood Folly

     On Jan. 1, Eric Morgan became the new head golf professional at Lockwood Folly.  

    Lockwood Folly is a Willard Byrd design built in 1988 on the site of an old hunting preserve. The course sits on the Lockwood Folly River and runs through old live oaks and tall pines with ponds and a lot of wildlife. It is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

  • Protect your boat from bone-chilling temperatures

     It is safe to say 2015 has started off abnormally cold. Temperatures last week plummeted to below freezing and dipped into the single digits in some places. These temperatures caused Brunswick County residents to stay hunkered down in the warmth of their homes most of the weekend. In addition to most folks opting to stay inside, it seemed the fish made the executive decision to do the same.

  • Fishing in stained waters
  • Alfy Hill plays in Medal of Honor Bowl
  • Trojan wrestlers win Scorpion Invitational

    LELAND — West Brunswick won six weight classes on the way to winning the team title in the Scorpion Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 10, at North Brunswick.

    At 113, Shane Smith beat his Grays Creek foe by second-period fall.

    At 120, Bautista beat his West Carteret opponent 10-0.

    At 126, Lincoln Smith beat his Trask competitor 16-1.

    At 138, Alspaugh beat North’s Alex Locklear by fall in the third period.

    At 182, Fullerton beat his West Carteret foe 4-1 and remained unbeaten this season.