Today's News

  • Commissioners’ spending: Travel for training seminars and conferences

    As part of the Beacon’s public records request and ongoing series about the true cost to be governed in Brunswick County, here is a look at how much the county paid for commissioners to attend training seminars and other conferences from July 1, 2009, until Sept. 9, 2010.

    Marty Cooke: $684

    •$150 check to attend North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ (NCACC) Annual Conference in August 2010. 

  • Commissioners’ spending: Credit card receipts

    As part of the Beacon’s public records request and ongoing series about the true cost to be governed in Brunswick County, here is a look at how much the county paid for commissioners’ credit-card receipts from July 1, 2009, until Sept. 9, 2010. County credit cards, available to all county commissioners, were used by commissioners Marty Cooke, Bill Sue and Scott Phillips. Commissioners Phil Norris and Charles Warren did not make any county credit-card transactions during the 14-month period, according to documents provided to the Beacon.

  • Commissioners adopt new compensation policy, ditch $50 meeting fee

    BOLIVIA—The people have spoken, and it appears commissioners have listened.

    At their meeting Monday night, before an eager, standing-room-only crowd, Brunswick County commissioners did away with a decades-old policy in which commissioners more than doubled—in some cases even tripled—their salaries through a $50 per-meeting fee and local mileage reimbursements.

  • West Brunswick upsets unbeaten East Balden in soccer

     The West Brunswick boys’ soccer team became the first team to beat East Bladen this season, winning 2-1 a conference game Monday night at M.H. Rourk Stadium. The victory also was the first in the conference this season for West (1-2, 2-8-1 overall) and ended a five-game losing streak. East Bladen dropped to 6-1-3 overall.

    “I knew we could compete in conference,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “I just was waiting for us to show up and do it.”

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for mini mart robbery suspect

    LELAND—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a woman they believe robbed a Leland mini mart last Friday morning.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said around 1:46 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, a female suspect forced her way into Tommy’s Mini Mart at 3280 Mount Misery Road in Leland.

  • McCumbee has another top-10 finish

     For the third straight ARCA race, Chad McCumbee finished eighth.

    McCumbee finished eighth Saturday in the Kentuckians Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway in Indiana. McCumbee started sixth out of 30 drivers. He completed 199 of the 200 laps.

    For the season, McCumbee has five top-10 finishes in 15 starts.

  • West ends nonconference season with loss

     WILMINGTON—The West Brunswick High School football team ended its nonconference season with a 21-14 loss Friday night at Ashley.

  • Website to return to subscription-based service

    Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 29, The Brunswick Beacon’s website, www.brunswickbeacon.com, will return to a subscription-based news and information site.

    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • BCC offer continuing education courses

    The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement, and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant.

  • Watch the heat when grilling vegetables to avoid lumps of carbon

    I’ve collected a number of grilled recipes over the years, dividing them into entrees, side dishes and dessert categories. Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers or hot dogs. Try grilling combinations of different vegetables or even fruits.

    Many vegetables do really well on a grill, but try to avoid those with a high water content, like cucumbers, celery or greens. Some of the best grilling vegetables are asparagus, eggplant, onions, a variety of peppers and even cabbage.