Today's News

  • South’s girls, North’s boys win county track meet

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick’s girls and North Brunswick’s boys are the county track champions for 2010.

    In a meet scheduled a week before the April 20 event, South Brunswick’s girls won 12 track events and finished with 93 points. West was second (51) and North third (22).

    South’s Carmen Hilliard swept the 800 (2 minutes, 34 seconds), the 1,600 (5:49, regional qualifying) and the 3,200 (14:05). She also ran on a winning relay and was the track MVP.

  • Lane, Trojans beat North in key conference game

     Senior pitcher Gavin Lane has been pleased with the run support he has received in his last few starts. Tuesday night was no different, as the Trojans exploded for five runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to an 8-3 win over North Brunswick. The win keeps West in sole possession of first place in the Waccamaw Conference, two games ahead of North. Lane gave up a run in the top of the first but gained confidence watching his team string together timely hits in the Trojans’ first at-bat.

  • Women, religion and relationships focus of Butterfly Sisterhood event

    On Friday, April 23, the Ladies’ Ministry group at First Baptist Church of Shallotte will present the Butterfly Sisterhood event. The theme for this year’s event is “Faith Not Fear for God is Faithful.”
    The Ladies’ Ministry group at First Baptist says this year’s event will be much different from last year’s event. One of the changes for this year includes a new Ladies’ Ministry Director, Cathie McLean.

  • Beacon website has been improved, updated

    If you’ve visited www.brunswickbeacon.com recently, you’ll notice there have been some changes.

    Over the last several months, the Beacon staff has been working with a corporate team to redesign our website.

    The good news is you’ll still find all the quality news coverage you’ve come to expect from the Beacon. The better news is, you’ll now find more of it, and new ways to interact with the Beacon and the community.

  • This isn't the way we hoped the board would move forward

    The Brunswick County Board of Education had a great opportunity to start anew with the hiring of a new superintendent last week, and yet somehow the announcement got flubbed up.

    When the community should have been celebrating and welcoming the district’s new leadership with Dr. Edward Pruden, there was dissent among the board.

    In a prepared statement, board member Scott Milligan said he was voting against the hiring of Pruden, not because of Pruden’s candidacy, but because of what he believed were some shady actions of some board members.

  • Signs of the times: Where to find those missing campaign signs

    SHALLOTTE—Tucked behind a garage at North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Shallotte maintenance office is a graveyard of sorts for campaign signs. Hundreds of campaign signs removed by NCDOT officials from state-owned rights-of-way and roadways have been stored behind the garage until candidates claim them.

    Candidates or their representatives have 30 days to pick up their signs before they are thrown out, Iris McCombs, NCDOT maintenance engineer, said.

  • Cremins speaks at BCC Foundation breakfast

    Mike Capaccio, the director of development at Brunswick Community College, considered politicians, celebrities and sports figures to speak at the annual Community Breakfast put on by the BCC Foundation. Two years ago, the name Bobby Cremins kept coming up in conversation. Capaccio finally reached Cremins, a successful college basketball coach, after two years of communication and persistence. Cremins agreed to be the special guest speaker April 13 at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

  • Shattered Justice: A look at those released on parole back to Brunswick County

     Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the life and death of Amy Caroline Frink, who, at 18 years old, was brutally murdered in 1994, and her mother Birdie’s fight to bring justice for her youngest daughter almost 16 years later. 

    In 1994, the state’s Fair Sentencing Act was replaced by the Structured Sentencing Act, but Birdie Frink wants the Fair Sentencing Act repealed altogether.

  • Elected officials, candidates among those who owe delinquent taxes

     Several elected officials from the county and various municipalities in Brunswick County have delinquent tax bills with the county’s tax department.

    Most officials who owe delinquent taxes have payment plans set up with Brunswick County, including Marty Cooke and his wife Catherine Cooke, who serves on the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    As a Brunswick County commissioner, Marty Cooke is one of five people who set the ad valorem tax rate for the county. As a father of four and business owner, he said he understands the burden on taxpayers.

  • The First Tee offering Ace level programming

    Al Arrigoni, or Coach Al as the golfers know him, recently completed the necessary requirements to attain the status and recognition of The First Tee Coach. This was a prerequisite for the chapter to offer participants Ace level programming. Only 96 out of 204 chapters in The First Tee organization have achieved this final level. The four other programming levels are PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle.