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Today's News

  • Trojans persevere, beat Cougars 2-1 in OT

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 2-1 in overtime in a conference soccer game Tuesday, Sept. 30, at West.

    With West down a player because of a red-card penalty, freshman Lincoln Smith scored the winning goal with 2 minutes, 59 seconds left in overtime. The goal was the first of his career. Junior David Cardenas had the assist.

    The victory was the first of the season for the Trojans (1-8-2).

  • Where is your happy place?

    By Miranda Michelle Parkstone

    Guest Columnist

    There are many places I could regard as my “happy place,” but there is only one certain place where I am most content. This place would be at the beach — Sunset Beach, specifically — right at the beginning of summer. Because vacationers generally do not begin their retreats to the beach until early August, crowds are typically rather thin at this time of the season.

  • Ads, news are two different branches of the same newspaper tree

    It happens once about every two or three weeks: I get a message on my voicemail here at the office from someone who wants to “put an ad” in the Beacon. Trouble is, I’m not in the ad department; I lead the Beacon’s news department. And ads and news items are two very different things.

  • Preparation is key to weathering hurricanes

    History has taught us not to let our guard down during hurricane season, which is in full swing with fall’s arrival. This year marks the anniversaries of four of the most devastating storms to strike our community in the past century.
    Many can still remember exactly what they were doing just before Hurricane Hazel made landfall 60 years ago Oct. 15 as a Category 4 storm at the Carolinas’ state line. Hazel killed 95 people in the United States and 100 more in Canada.

  • Sunset at Sunset celebrates season Saturday in Sunset Beach

    If you go

    What: Sunset at Sunset

    When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

    Where: Village at Sunset Beach

    Cost: Free admission

    Go to: www.sunsetatsunset.com

    Vendors and music will once again collide when the eighth annual Sunset at Sunset celebrates the fall season in Sunset Beach next to Ingram Planetarium.

    Highlights include vendors, crafters, food, nonprofit groups, a kids’ korner and stage entertainment.

    Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

  • GLFD's sixth annual haunted trail gets ghoulish

    The season of spookiness has descended.

    You can tell, because ghosts and ghouls and indescribably ghastly things are converging starting this weekend at Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s six annual haunted trail wending its way next to the fire station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904).

    Yes, it’s eerie, but each year more brave souls turn out to walk the trail.

  • Yee-haw: Saturday is Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms

    IF YOU GO

    What: Farm Heritage Day

    When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

    Where: Indigo Farms

    Cost: Free; charges for some activities

    Saturday, Oct. 4, is Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms, with a farmyard full of planned activities.

    Events kick off at 10 a.m.

    Highlights include horse-drawn demonstrations, indigo-dyeing exhibits, weaving, old tools, 19th-century artifacts and blacksmithing.

  • Calabash BIG Sweep cleans up Saturday

    BIG Sweep is sweeping and cleaning up Calabash on Saturday, Oct. 4.

    Volunteers interested in donating time to help clean up the community for two hours will gather at Calabash Community Park, 868 Persimmon Road, starting with registration and a welcome from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

    Litter pickup from 10 a.m. to noon will once again include roadside and river cleanup, if anyone with a boat is interested. After helping out, BIG Sweep participants will be treated to lunch and prizes in the park from noon to 12:30 p.m.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Sept. 24

    Financial transaction card fraud, Seabourne Way.

    Death investigation, Magnolia Drive.

  • Sunset Beach councilman pleads guilty to DWI

    Sunset Beach Town Councilman Mike Williams has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.

    Williams was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs after pleading guilty to a level-5 DWI charge at a district court hearing Friday, Sept. 26, at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Williams must also complete 24 hours of community service and cannot operate a vehicle until he is relicensed. A second charge of driving left of center was dismissed, according to Brunswick County Clerk of Court records.