Today's News

  • Hometown girl joins Beacon staff as summer intern

    Hello. My name is Michele Johnson, and I will be your intern for this summer.

    I’m from Sunset Beach—been there most of my life. I graduated from West Brunswick High School knowing I wanted to be a reporter. That is why I am here today, introducing myself to you.

    I am a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a major in journalism.

    While at Pembroke, I studied and worked with all types of media, but newspapers are still my favorite.

  • UDO hearing draws non-controversy in Calabash

    CALABASH—A roomful of residents turned out for a non-controversial town commissioners meeting Tuesday to hear and speak out about proposed rezonings in the town’s draft Unified Development Ordinance.

    As preparation of the UDO winds down, residents were given an opportunity to speak at the public hearing.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons said it was a meeting for the board to hear comments only about the UDO and accompanying zoning map. He said the board wouldn’t take any action at the evening meeting.

  • The First Tee and school partnership

    For the five fourth-grade classes at Virginia Williamson Elementary School, every other Tuesday is The First Tee day. Students are bused to Cinghiale Creek, where they participate in a program that combines the fundamentals of golf with character education through the Nine Core Values of The First Tee Organization. This partnership of schools and The First Tee of Brunswick County is patterned after a chapter in California and is the first of its kind on the east coast.

  • Golf action


    The Beachcombers played at Crow Creek. Low gross: Hal Riebesehl 83, Charlie Shore 84, Stu Cleveland 87, Fred Ortiz 89. Low nets: Riebesehl 60, Ortiz 61, Bob Smith 69.

    Team (one low net on par 5s, two on par 4s and three on par 3s): Cleveland, Riebesehl, Dan O’Connell and Ed Hennessey won at 24-under par.

    Golfer of the week was 85-year-old Hal Riebesehl, who shot an 83.


  • PGA profiles: John Brown at the helm of St. James

     John Brown is one of the supermen of PGA golf professionals.

    He is one of 300 master pros listed by the PGA out of its 28,000 members and the general manager of St. James Plantation. 

  • Trout, flounder, redfish active in the morning

     Summer fishing has really kicked into high gear as what was a lackluster season has suddenly come alive with the hotter temperatures. Speckled trout, flounder and redfish have all been extremely active on the moving tides, especially in the morning.

  • Do Work does it all in the Jolly Mon King Classic

  • Sam Hickman wins BCTA spring playoffs

     Sam Hickman completed a sweep of the regular season and the playoffs in the Brunswick County Tennis Association spring session at St. James.

    The top eight players in order of finish on the ladder were Sam Hickman, Richard Pearce, Phil Edwards, Ron Watts, Ed McKinnon, Dana Leavitt, Cal Evans and Americus Crawford.

    Lamarr Hardy, Rick Sanders, Dave Gongora and Jack Randolph had other commitments and could not play, allowing Evans and Crawford to enter the playoffs.

  • Golfer wows local crowd

    On June 16, Dennis Walters came to the Reserve Club at St. James Plantation and delighted a large crowd of kids, parents and retirees. There were gasps of amazement, chuckles of amusement and even a tear or two as the paraplegic golfer worked his magic with precision golf shots, humor and a personal story of hope. His famous dog Bucky was an integral part of the performance.   

    The Dennis Walters Show was sponsored by The First Tee of Brunswick County. 

  • Local team brings home more than $21,000 from tournament

    By 0.60 pounds, the crew aboard Do Work, of Ocean Isle Beach, won the Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic Sunday. Combined with other winnings, the crew won $21,787.

    The crew of Jon Hayes, Tim Clemmons, Jeff Beck and Rickey Beck caught the largest king mackerel, 33.65 pounds, out of the 306 boats that fished in the tourney. The tourney was based out of Ocean Isle Fishing Center.