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Today's News

  • Brunswick golfers beware of heat stroke

    By Elsa Bonstein

     

    The past few weeks have been excessively hot and humid in Brunswick County. Temperatures have been in the 90s almost every day and the heat index has been soaring above 100. I’ve seen ambulances at two golf courses recently and I’m worried about our golfers.

    We think we’re tough and we can take anything. We will play our weekly game, our match, our qualifying round and we don’t care how hot it is. 

  • How to fish in rough weather
  • McCumbee gets first victory in sports car series

     

    Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer won the Continental Tire 150 Saturday, June 27, at Watkins Glen International.

    McCumbee passed TOTAL Pole Award winner Justin Piscitell for the lead on the sixth circuit and joined McAleer in dominating the remainder of the IMSA race in winning the Street Tuner class. They drove the No. 5 C.J. Wilson Racing ModSpace Mazda MX-5.

  • County in the final stages of selling old hospital property

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Commissioners have approved a resolution at an emergency meeting Friday afternoon that has placed the county in the final stages of the closing process for the sale of the old community hospital property.

    During the meeting Friday, June 26, commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution to confirm the sale of the property that formerly was home to Brunswick Community Hospital to Centre Development Company, formerly Excel Medical Development Group.

  • Brunswick beats Whiteville in American Legion Baseball

    Staff Report

    Brunswick County beat Whiteville Post 137 11-1 in seven innings in an American Legion baseball game June 23 on Mike Alderson Field.

    Brunswick runners advanced 12 times either by steal, catcher indifference, passed ball or wild pitch. Brunswick’s final two runs scored on a double steals in the seventh inning.

  • You decide: Can we remake ourselves?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Some say the next several decades will be the “age of remakes.”

    I don’t mean old films that have new versions produced, nor do I mean personal style remakes –– like new clothes and a new hair fashion –– although most would agree I certainly need the latter. Instead, I mean an “occupational remake,” where a person literally restructures what he or she does to earn a living.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 14 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, the House passed a gun rights bill after much debate; we passed a bill improving the Voter ID system for 2016; we passed a bill benefitting our local government’s health plans; and the Senate passed its version of the state budget.

    The weather in Raleigh last week continued to be very hot outside with record temperatures and humidity. The debate on such issues as the gun rights bill and the budget kept temperatures inside at a high level, also.

  • What I know about the Charleston shooting

    Last Wednesday night, I was checking in with some of my friends on Facebook when I saw posts indicating something bad had happened near Charleston, S.C. Many of my friends are former colleagues who still live and work in South Carolina, where I’d spent most of my career.

  • Be careful in the heat

    Summer weather arrived before summer itself did this year in Brunswick County with temperatures soaring and heat indexes in the triple digits. The heat itself has not been unusual, but it seems to have been more oppressive and stifling than usual despite the frequent breezes from our coastline.

    In recent years, summer safety efforts have focused on rip currents. In recent weeks, it has targeted shark encounters. The risk of heat exhaustion and stroke at this time of year, however, exists regardless of whether anyone sets foot in the ocean or even on the beach.