Today's News

  • West Brunswick wrestling coach one-of-a-kind in high school athletics

     I feel like I’ve learned quite a bit about wrestling this winter.

    Before I accepted the job as sports editor of the Beacon, I had only seen a handful of wrestling matches in my entire life. I have covered several matches already this season, my first winter as sports editor.

    I picked a good time to cover wrestling here in Brunswick County.

    West Brunswick, as usual, has a strong team, while North Brunswick is also one of the best teams in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference.

  • Trojans capture Holiday Classic title with 77-41 win

     BOLIVIA – Christmas dinner will taste awfully sweet for members of West Brunswick’s varsity boys’ basketball team.

    The Trojans thumped East Columbus 77-41 in the 2nd Annual Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Holiday Classic championship game Dec. 20 inside the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • Caraway one victory shy of career win No. 300

     SHALLOTTE – Jimmy Caraway has been the chief of West Brunswick’s wrestling program for the last 12 seasons.

    During that time, he’s produced a two-time individual state champion in Harrison Campbell and several regional and state qualifiers.

    He’s also racked up plenty of team wins.

    After a victory over Topsail in a key conference match Dec. 19 in Shallotte, Caraway now stands one win shy of 300 career triumphs as a head coach.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 8:28 a.m. Dec. 27, 2017, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement

  • District court docket for Dec. 12, 13, 14 and 15


    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 12, 13, 14 and 15 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.


    Tuesday, Dec. 12

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Some of the most interesting field trips a botanist can take are right there in your own backyard: this has been proven over and over again. Right now I’m at work, sitting in my office at the university, and although it’s not exactly my backyard, our campus here in Columbia, S.C., is also very interesting botanically. I want to take you on a little “mental” tour of one part of it.

  • What do you need to let go in the coming year?

    By Linda Arnold

    Here we are at the end of another year. A good time to take stock of our lives.

    While you may be focused on what you want to bring into your life, it’s also helpful to examine what you may need to release.

    After all, it’s a two-way street. And there’s only so much capacity. There may even be competing interests with what you say you want to bring in and what already exists on your platter.

  • Leland Police Department reports

    Leland 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.

    Dec. 11

    Two counterfeit $50 bills passed at the Pop Shoppe CITGO gas station on Village Road.

    Dec. 12

    David Saez II, 36, of Lock Wood Drive, Wilmington, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

    Larceny of copper wire and tubing worth $1,000 from a Village Road residential construction.

  • Shallotte Police Department reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made an arrest in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 15

    Counterfeit $100 bill received at the Scotchman convenience store and Shell gas station on Main Street.

    Dec. 18

    Counterfeit $10 bill received at the Scotchman convenience store and Shell gas station on Main Street.

    Dec. 19

    Larceny of $237.04 after breaking into a cash register at Wal-Mart on Main Street.

  • A slow cooker just makes life easier

    One of the most essential pieces of equipment in the kitchen is the slow cooker, or CrockPot can add the worst quality (toughest) meat to a slow cooker, and once finished cooking, it will be the tenderest meat you have ever tasted!

    If your slow cooker isn’t already your favorite thing ever for cooking, it’s time for it to become that! Liquids can be decreased in slow cooking. And if your dish contains rice or pasta, one cup of liquid is usually enough. To enhance the taste, try substituting wine for some of the water in your recipes.