Today's News

  • South Brunswick's boys hold off Trask for a win

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The Cougars’ varsity boys’ basketball team was feeling pretty good Friday night after a 61-56 victory over Trask at the South gymnasium.

  • Wanted: Sheriff's detectives still searching for statutory rape suspect

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a Hispanic male suspected of raping an underage female victim.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said deputies are searching for Noel Velasquez, 17.

    Velasquez is wanted for one count of statutory rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. Velasquez has been wanted since November.

    According to Davis, Velasquez was charged with statutory rape of a victim more than four years, but less than six years younger than he is.

  • West Brunswick girls rout North Myrtle Beach

    Trojan guards Jasmine Daniels and Sheena Suttlemyre dominated North Myrtle Beach from the opening tip Dec. 8 en route to a 59-31 nonconference victory. The victory completed a season sweep of the series.

    Suttlemyre paced the Trojans while scoring 18 points, collecting five rebounds and recording seven steals. The diminutive Jasmine Daniels scored 14 points and had five steals.

  • Two Republicans announce candidacy for 2010 primary elections

    Editor’s note: With candidate filing more than two months away, the Beacon will follow candidates as they publicly announce candidacy and open campaign finance reports with the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

    Candidate filing for the 2010 elections doesn’t begin until Feb. 8, 2010, but candidates have begun to publicly announce intentions to run in primary elections.

  • Boys and Girls Homes benefit from Coastal Living Idea House tours

    SUNSET HARBOR—During three weeks of home tours, thousands of people toured the 6,000-plus-square-foot Coastal Living Idea House in Seawatch at Sunset Harbor.

    Last week, Seawatch at Sunset Harbor LLC donated more than $25,000 in proceeds from the home’s tours to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc.

  • Carolina Shores closed meetings

    Following are excerpts from the town board of commissioners’ closed meetings starting with this past Oct. 8 and dating back to March 2, 1999, after the town incorporated on its own after previously being united with Calabash. Copies of closed-session minutes are available at town hall.

    Oct. 8, 2009

    •The board discussed correspondence from CNA Surety, bond company for Portrait Homes (developer of Calabash Lakes). The board discussed legal strategies and how to proceed with Holt Moore, town attorney.

  • Closed minutes released in Carolina Shores show illegal sessions

    CAROLINA SHORES—Previous town boards have had a pattern of taking part in closed meetings that, based on state statute, were not legally justified.

    On Dec. 1, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners voted to release closed-meeting minutes dating back more than 10 years.

    A review of the minutes by The Brunswick Beacon shows the board discussed items behind closed doors that should have been discussed in open session.

  • Proposed stormwater rules tabled in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A new stormwater ordinance has been tabled by the board of commissioners.

    Town commissioner Joyce Dunn said a proposed repeal and replacement ordinance are not well worded.

    “We shouldn’t pass it without giving consideration to what we’re trying to say,” Dunn said of the measures previously approved and forwarded to commissioners by the town planning and zoning board.

  • Church warming passersby with free soup Tuesdays in Shallotte park

    SHALLOTTE—On a cold midday in December, the Rev. Mark Hooten stirred up a large kettleful of homemade soup to warm hearts and stomachs.

    For the past few weeks, from noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays, the pastor and other members of Holden Beach Church of God have been offering free hot soup in Shallotte Riverside (Farmers Market) Park behind the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Congressional Budget Office scores tort reform

    A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report shows addressing tort reform in pending healthcare reform legislation before Congress could reduce the federal budget deficit by about $54 billion over the next 10 years.

    But, according to David Ward, press secretary for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., tort reform takes up only three paragraphs worth of ink in the 2,074-page Senate bill.

    “Certainly Senator Burr feels we cannot have any sort of meaningful healthcare reform without addressing medical malpractice reform,” Ward said.