Today's News

  • Fighting the curse of the soft rock single

    Some are born cursed; others have curses thrust upon them.

    I won’t go so far as to say I’m cursed (that would be bad luck), but I do have a lifelong attachment to a song that doesn’t have the greatest track record for the artists who wrote and recorded it.

  • Coastal Stadium goes digital; 4K technology becoming standard

    The movie-going experience in Shallotte has changed quite a bit since the days of traveling tent shows and the drive-in theater, but the technology of projecting film onto the screen hadn’t changed much over the years—until now.

    Last week, Coastal Stadium in Shallotte officially made the switch from 35 mm film to all-digital projection. Engineers installed Sony 4K Digital Cinema Systems technology into the 10-screen theater, providing high-definition viewing for regular and 3-D movies.

  • Black History speaker featured Sunday in Whiteville

    In Celebration of Black History Month, H.K. Edgerton will be North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 794’s featured speaker at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Peace Baptist Church at 653 Love Mill Road in Whiteville.

    The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.

    H. K. Edgerton is a black Southern heritage activist and former president of the NAACP’s Asheville branch. He may best be recognized as the man who marched from North Carolina to Texas to build awareness of Southern culture and history.

  • Cooper sues sheriff's office, sheriff Ingram and former sheriff Hewett

    George Cooper, the Leland man who was shot by two sheriff’s deputies in May 2007, has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff John Ingram and former sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    The lawsuit, filed Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court, claims sheriff’s deputies violated Cooper’s fourth amendment rights, “to be free from an unreasonable seizure of his person, and excessive use of force.”

  • Bowman, Hill stay true to their word

     West Brunswick football players Dylan Bowman and Alfy Hill had no second-guesses about their college choices.

    They made that official Feb. 3, when Bowman signed a letter of intent to attend Liberty University and Hill signed with the University of Alabama.

  • Flood watch in effect through 9 p.m. Friday

     It's going to be a wet, windy Friday.

    Rain is expected to begin on Friday and throughout the day, as much as 2 inches of rain may fall. That means there is potential for coastal flooding.

    The National Weather Service has indicated flood potential exists in low-lying areas that are adjacent to the ocean and areas around marshes and sounds. Some flooding could occur as the Intracoastal Waterway and inland rivers are influenced by the tide Friday.

    Many rivers in the area could be at flood stage following the rain.

  • West, South wrestlers decide county championships

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—Eight South Brunswick wrestlers and six West Brunswick wrestlers won championships Saturday morning in the county championships at South.

    The tournament was the last for both teams in the regular season. South will compete this week in the Class 3A duals. Both teams will compete the following week in the Class 3A East Regional, a qualifier for the state tournament.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Beacon interview with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr

    Beacon reporter Caroline Curran interviewed U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the economy, jobs in North Carolina and the status of healthcare reform in Congress.

    In his State of the Union address, Obama said, “The worst of the storm has passed,” referring to the economy.

    Burr said the worst of the economic storm was not over for North Carolinians or Americans.

  • Turning dresses into dreams

    Between the dress, shoes, jewelry and accessories, hair, make-up and other essentials, prom costs can total hundreds of dollars—a financial burden some families cannot afford.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet is offering girls in Brunswick County a chance to receive a dress, shoes and accessories for the prom free of charge.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet is a project established by We Have a Mission (WHAM) of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Animal issues need to focus on 'things we can do better'



    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey told more than 20 residents they need to focus on “things we can do better” regarding animal services.

    “We’ll take your recommendations; the final decision is up the [county] board of health,” Yousey said at a revived animal services advisory committee meeting Monday night.