Today's News

  • County escapes colossal catastrophe

    Few might have believed Brunswick County, with its 40 miles of beaches, would fare so much better than neighboring inland counties after Hurricane Matthew.

    Much of that can be attributed to the storm’s path, but the remainder is a credit to our people and our preparation in bracing for the worst when Matthew struck Saturday.

  • Sloup helps Winthrop win golf tourney

    By Jack Frost

    Winthrop University

    Ashley Sloup finished third out of 61 golfers in leading  Winthrop to a first-place finish Oct. 11 in the Terrier Intercollegiate championship at Rock Hill, S.C.

    Winthrop rallied from a 13-stroke deficit in the second round and won the title by a stroke against Western Carolina.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 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.




    Monday, Sept. 26


  • You decide: Why are so many men not working?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Do we have a “man problem” in today’s economy? Some analysts think we do, and they cite one simple statistic for proving it. After World War II in the late 1940s, 6 percent of prime working-age men (those between 25 and 54) were not employed and were not looking for work. Today that rate is 14 percent. Translated to numbers, 1 million prime working-age men in the late 1940s were out of the labor force; today, the number is 7 million.

  • On Campus with BCC: 2017-18 changes in applying for federal student aid

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Without a doubt, the cost of a postsecondary education is increasing. Whether attending a two-year institution such as Brunswick Community College or a four-year university, more and more students are seeking financial assistance to support their educational goals and college completion.

  • UPDATE: Brunswick Electric works to restore power to remaining outages

    Power is back on for a majority of Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) members affected Hurricane Matthew.

    The co-op is working diligently to finish restoring electricity to approximately 8,000 service locations.

    BEMC is rerouting power, or backfeeding, to provide power to those affected while repairing damaged distribution and transmission lines, circuits, substations as well as other infrastructure.

  • What is this mystery plant?


    By John Nelson



    Be careful: these flowers look as though they might want to take a bite out of our leg if you get too close to the perennial border. All those bright pink jaws, gaping open, or maybe they are more interested in singing than in biting!

  • Horsiness is a good word

    By Stephanie Sellers

    Special to the Beacon

    Sometimes we find what we werenít looking for only to realize it is exactly what we needed.

    This summer in Bolivia, where I had spent the summer working as a traveling artist, I got just that.

  • What are you willing to give up for a happier life?

    By Linda Arnold

        We all get taken in by the headlines: “Seven Steps to Happiness,” “Ten Tips For Your Dream Life,” “Five Minutes to Bliss.” You name it.

         With all the focus on things we can bring into our lives to be happier, I started wondering about things we could eliminate to achieve the same result.

  • Decluttering cleanses as it makes room

    With a smile or two to deepen my pleasure, I remember enjoying the adventures of “The A Team” evolving with the ultimate and triumphal pronouncement: “I love it when a plan comes together.” Although it really wasn’t a plan that came together recently, I sensed providential planning plaguing my steps. It evoked a series of serendipitous events, emails, and experiences. The events were catalysts for the experiences and made the emails profoundly meaningful.