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Today's News

  • Scores, highlights from area golf leagues

    The Brierwood Men’s Golf Association game for Feb. 21 was one best ball on par 3s and par 5s and two best balls on par 4s. The winning team at -23 was Mike Prokop, Chuck Hornfeck, Bernie Gruzlewski and Les Craft. In second at -19 was the team of Harvey Hundley, Dave Harper, Jim Pope and Tom Kronyak.

    The game Feb. 24, was one best ball on the par 5s, two best balls on the par 4s and three best balls on par 3s. The winners at -15 were Harvey Hundley, Chuck Hornfeck and George Edwards. In second at -10 was the team of Paul Salerno, Marty Brkal and Dave Harper.

  • Marlene Floyd: Famous, friendly, fun

    One of the things I like best about writing this column for the Brunswick Beacon is the people I meet along the way: golf professionals, superintendents, golf course architects, managers and owners. Many of the people I write about are ordinary people with extraordinary stories, like disabled golfers who keep going in the face of adversity, cancer survivors, club champions, junior golfers and, of course, The First Tee of Brunswick County. 

  • Community briefs

    Safe boating courses set

    The USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 10-05 will conduct one-day boating safety courses from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays at the Progress Energy Visitors Center, 8520 River Road SE (N.C. 87) in Southport.

    Classes are scheduled for March 19; April 9, 23; May 14, 28; June 18; July 16; and Aug. 6. Those who successfully complete the USCG Auxiliary ABS course and exam will be awarded U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certificates and cards.

  • Trey Brown nearly throws no-hitter in West loss

      The West Brunswick High School baseball team lost 3-2 in eight innings to Ashley in the season opener March 1.

    West senior pitcher Trey Brown had a no-hitter through six and one-third innings before the Screaming Eagles’ Shepard homered on an 0-2 pitch. Ashley scored twice in the top of the eighth in taking a 3-1 lead. West cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning and had two runners on base with no outs, but Ashley’s Trevor Kelly ended the game with three straight strikeouts.

  • Earthquake? Sonic boom? Seneca guns? Nope, just Smith Avenue

    My office is violently shaking while I write this. 

    If I weren’t so accustomed to it, I may worry it were an earthquake. 

    If I weren’t so used to it, I may wonder if some jet just left a sonic boom in its wake.

    If I weren’t so familiar with my monitor shaking while I read and write, I might be more interested in trying to find out exactly what the Seneca guns are and why they fire so frequently in Brunswick County.

  • Valuable community programs help those with cancer

    In a few months, more than a thousand people are expected to show up at West Brunswick High School to honor and remember cancer survivors and victims as part of Brunswick County Relay for Life 2011.

    Across the community, volunteers are working hard to raise funds for the event. From fun and games to meals, community members are raising money that will ultimately go to the American Cancer Society. That money will be used to fund research and support programs for those with cancer.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on Feb. 21:

    Paul E. Allen III, 34, of 1553 Lanvale Drive, Leland; felony fail to register as sex offender.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 16, 17, 18, 21 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 16

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Don’t let tax season be a burden

    Tax season can be overwhelming.

    This year it doesn’t have to be. The AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax preparation to elderly and low-income clients throughout the county.

    Brunswick County locations are set up in Shallotte, Calabash, Leland, Oak Island, Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes. In Shallotte, taxes are being prepared at Rourk Library 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays.

    The program is volunteer-run and offers free tax assistance. Volunteers began filing taxes on Feb. 1 and will continue until April 18.

  • Black History Month program honors Abraham Galloway

    SOUTHPORT—On Feb. 13, 1837, Abraham H. Galloway was born into slavery in Smithville (known today as Southport).

    Galloway’s mother was a 17-year-old slave. His father was a white son of a wealthy Brunswick County planter. Galloway was trained as a brick mason and allowed to work independently as long as he paid his owner $15 a month.

    In June 1857 Galloway escaped North Carolina on a ship headed for Canada where he became a spokesman for abolition. As the Civil War began, Galloway became an intelligence agent for Union officers.