Today's News

  • Carolina Shores mayor says he won't seek re-election in 2011

    CAROLINA SHORES—A year before the November 2011 election, first-term Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby is already saying he won’t be seeking re-election.

    Selby, speaking to a reporter at a first-anniversary gathering of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, said last Friday he has no plans to serve another term.

    “I didn’t come here to become a career politician,” said Selby, who was elected mayor as a write-in candidate in November 2007.

    Instead, Selby said he plans to devote more time to his ministry.

  • Brick sales to be part of fundraising for Calabash park

    CALABASH—Tentative plans for selling engraved bricks to raise money for the town’s new park were the focal point of a long-range committee discussion at town hall last week.

    Town commissioner Forrest King, meeting with fellow commissioner Mary Knight and interim town administrator Kelley Southward, said the standard 4-by-8-inch bricks have a base cost of about $20 or slightly more apiece.

  • Fall Brawl top catch is record-setting 56.80 pounds

     Jay Bucklen’s Cape Contender finished first with a record-setting 56.80-pound king mackerel in the Yellowfin/Yamaha Fall Brawl King Classic, based at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.

    Bucklen, of Wake Forest, and his crew won $15,053. It also finished first in the 23-foot-and-smaller boat category.

  • Federal, state disaster assistance available at county complex in Bolivia

    BOLIVIA—The disaster recovery center is up and running at the county complex in Bolivia.

    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the disaster recovery center is in Building G, 20 Referendum Drive, at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • West volleyball season ends in playoff thriller

    FOUR OAKS—The West Brunswick High School volleyball season ended Saturday in a 17-25, 25-19, 24-26, 30-28, 12-15 loss at South Johnston in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A playoffs.

    South Johnston failed on four match points to win the fourth set, which enabled West to tie the match 2-2. West then took an 11-4 lead in the tiebreaker before losing 12-15.

    West ends its season 14-7. South Johnston improves to 22-5.

    For South Johnston coach Matthew Adams, the fourth-set loss was crushing.

  • Alfy Hill leaves ECU

     Alfy Hill’s football career path is once again at a crossroads.

    Hill has left East Carolina University, where he was a student, and is back in Shallotte, considering what to do next.

    “It just was not working at ECU,” said Jimmy Fletcher, Hill’s football coach at West Brunswick High School. “East Carolina was very gracious in all the things that they did for him. But for whatever reason, it just did not work.”

  • Six NBHS students arrested for vandalism at SBHS

    Six North Brunswick High School students have been arrested in connection with vandalism that occurred at South Brunswick High School.

    According to information provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, South Brunswick school officials contacted Cpl. Larry Auman, school resource officer, at 9 a.m. Friday in regards to vandalism at the school's football stadium.

  • Sunset Beach park site negotiations 'unsuccessful'

    SUNSET BEACH—Recent negotiations by town council regarding possible purchase of a multi-million-dollar waterway site for a future park have been unsuccessful, according to town administrator Gary Parker.

    Parker wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon on Thursday that the town and Tidal Ventures, owner of the 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site bearing a previous price tag of $3.75 million, “have been unable to reach an agreement on the purchase of the property.

    “I believe the owners are moving ahead with plans of their own,” Parker wrote.

  • West Brunswick scores four goals in second half in soccer victory over West Bladen

     After giving up an early goal, the West Brunswick High School boys’ soccer team went on to beat West Bladen 6-1 Oct. 21 at West.

    Sophomore forward Scottie Melvin and senior defender/forward Aaron Frye each scored two goals. Frye also had two assists as West improved to 6-3-1 in the conference, 7-9-2 overall.

    West Bladen scored four minutes into the game on a shot that went into the back left corner of the net.

  • Gus Mast Aces 14th at Brierwood

    On June 8, Gus Mast, a resident of Brick Landing, scored a hole-in-on on the 14th hole at Brierwood. He was playing the gold tees at 150 yards and used a 7- wood.  

    “The pin was behind the bunker and I usually play to the left to avoid it, but this time I decided to go for it,” he said. “It sailed over the trap and into the cup. The best part was, our group had a closest-to-the-pin contest on that hole, so I was able to put the marker in the hole.”