Today's News

  • Holden Beach Police reports

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 26

    Vandalism to a showerhead and motion sensor light causing $50 damage at an Ocean Boulevard East residence.

    Jan. 29

    Involuntary commitment orders for a Brunswick Avenue West resident.

    Jan. 30

    Communicating threats to an Ocean Boulevard West resident.

  • West Brunswick vs. Topsail boys basketball photos

    Photos from West Brunswick’s 74-58 victory Feb. 9 against Topsail.

  • Super Bowl golf: Something to try

    We tend to think golf competitions are terribly serious affairs. We either look forward to or dread club championships, member-guest days and interclub matches. We take a deep breath, tee it up and try our best to shoot the lowest round of our career, thereby ensuring a good time.

    What if we could have a great time, even if we didn’t come close to our average score?

    It can be done, and with every participant having a ripsnorting good time.

  • Super Bowl stank like a stained fish bowl


  • Knowledge is power, even with fishing
  • West Brunswick beats Topsail in girls basketball

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat Topsail 52-46 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference girls’ basketball game Feb. 9.

    Logan Locklear scored 15 points, Natyra Gore 12 and Jaida Allen nine for the Trojans, who improved to 3-8 in the conference, 9-12 overall. Dyna Jeffries scored six points, Gwenna Gentle and Breanna Mercer each scored four points and Bria Bond two points.

    Topsail also is 3-8 in the conference. The victory kept West alive for the No. 1 3A team from the conference for the state playoffs. Topsail had beaten West 46-35 Jan. 15. 

  • Medicare Advantage enrollment periods

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    The annual Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan may leave their plan and return to Original Medicare.

    If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until Feb. 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to ensure you will have drug coverage in 2016. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the drug plan gets your enrollment form.

  • Public participation allows for face-to-face feedback

    Public speaking isn’t my forte. I can do it adequately enough, but most of the time, I speak somewhat softly, I get a little nervous addressing strangers and I’m introverted person all around.

    Oh, I’m plenty friendly (I think), but it seems to take a Herculean effort for me not to be socially awkward in general — unless I’m talking about something I’m passionate about, like the work we do here at the Beacon. I’m almost always happy to talk with anyone, anywhere about that.

  • District court docket

        The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 27 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Wednesday, Jan. 27

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor C. Ashley Gore and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

    Jose Francisco Abalo, PG speeding 64/55.

  • Grand jury

     Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases Feb. 1 during a grand jury session:

    Pamela Lynn Ackermann, possess/distribute meth precursor.

    Jamar Levon Bellamy, sell schedule I controlled substance in public park, sell/deliver heroin, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver heroin, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.