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Today's News

  • Suggestions for our TV listings

    Here at the Beacon, we’re constantly evaluating what we’re doing and how well we’re doing it.

    In the past year, we’ve made a number of content and design changes to better serve our customers. As we continue to grow and develop, we’re always looking for feedback from our readers.

    This week, I ask you to take a look at the two pages of television listings that appear on 5C and 6C. The pages feature a sampling of televisions channels offered by local cable companies, as well as broadcast channels.

  • Taser training a good learning experience for law enforcement officials

    Law enforcement officials are forced to make split-second life or death decisions every day.

    In the moments they have to make decisions to protect themselves and innocent bystanders, they must also figure out ways to effectively and safely subdue perpetrators. While experience gives officers valuable tools to deal with these uncertain situations, frequent, comprehensive training is a vital component in making sure good, safe decisions are made.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 23, 24, 25 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, July 23

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Christopher S. Babson, injury to real property, Brunswick County Jail 15 days, to run concurrent with any other sentence.

  • Brunswick finishes 1-2 in World Series

    BLUFFTON, S.C.— Brunswick County won its first game but lost its next two and was eliminated Monday night from the Junior Dixie Boys Baseball World Series.

    Representing North Carolina in the national tournament for 13-year-olds, Brunswick County opened the World Series by routing Arkansas 16-4 in 90-degree heat Saturday afternoon at Oscar J. Frazier Park.

    Starter Tyler Lewis gave up two hits and one run in three innings. He struck out two and walked no one. A.J. Jones gave up three hits and three runs in the final two innings. He struck out one and walked no one.

  • McCumbee finishes strongly in NASCAR Sprint Cup race

    POCONO, Pa.—Chad McCumbee and the No. 45 Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge team finished 17th Sunday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway.

    The finish is the highest of McCumbee’s Sprint Cup career.

    For the second year in a row, rain disrupted a race at Pocono. The 2007 spring race was shortened because of inclement weather.

  • Myrtle Beach Speedway

    Points as of July 26

    Name, points, victories

    * denotes Brunswick County driver

    Street

    1. * Tommy Poole, 590, (9)

    2. * Dean Cumbee, 564, (2)

    3. * Kent Bellamy, 540, (1)

    4. * Clay Gossett, 484

    5. David Hatchell, 414

    Mini-Stock

    1. * Dub Fulford, 580, (4)

    2. * Mark Evans, 520

    3. * Willie Fulford, 480

    4. * Adam Fulford, 474, (3)

    5. Terry Evans, 466, (3)

    Limited Late Model

    1. Randall Roberts, 578, (6)

    2. Dal Wright, 552

    3. Kevin Barnhill, 514, (2)

    4. Sam Scarpelli, 460

  • Poole wins 10th race in Street Stocks

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Thomas Poole continued his domination in Street Stocks by winning for the 10th time Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

    Poole, a Brunswick County driver who is the defending points champion, finished ahead of Kent Bellamy, Clay Gossett, Dean Cumbee and David Hatchell.

    Poole leads Cumbee by 32 points for the season championship.

    In Mini-Stock, Brunswick County driver Adam Fulford won the third time, beating Mark Evans, Dub Fulford, Harry Floyd and Willie Fulford. Dub Fulford leads Mark Evans by 58 points.

  • Legion season in review

    Some highlights from the American Legion baseball season:

    Grand efforts: Alex Memory and Logan Tripp each hit grand slams, the first of their careers, during the Junior American Legion season. Memory’s slam in a 17-5 victory June 13 over Hampstead bounced off the black tarp behind the center-field fence at West Brunswick High School. Tripp’s slam scored the game-winning runs in the Trojans’ 10-0 victory July 11 over Leland Post 68.

  • West Brunswick Debs finish 0-2 in series

    West Brunswick, representing North Carolina, finished 0-2 in the Dixie Debs World Series.

    West Brunswick lost its first game, 7-2, to host Alexandria, La., on Sunday morning at the Johnny Downs Sports Complex. Alexandria had opened the World Series on Saturday morning and beat Florida 7-6.

  • Spanish mackerel easier to catch than king mackerel, and better tasting

    Well, I’ve never been to Spain, but I do like catching Spanish mackerel.

    Spanish mackerel are the smaller cousins of the prized king mackerel, a big game fish for which our state is widely known. Although they don’t get as large as kings, Spanish are easier to catch, more colorful and better tasting. Like kings, they are a fish of the ocean, not going deep into inshore waters, but roaming close enough to the beach so they are often in range of pier and surf fishermen as well as those with small boats.