Today's News

  • North Brunswick beats West in game highlighted by pitchers

     LELAND—North Brunswick beat West Brunswick 8-2 Friday in a conference baseball game that featured the two best pitchers in the county.

    A scout timing the pitchers of North’s Kyle Hufham and West’s Jay Gause said each pitcher reached reached 90 mph on their throws. Hufham entered the game having given up one hit this season. Gause had struck out 19 in nine innings in two victories.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Dancing With the West Brunswick Stars

    Last week at West Brunswick High School, teachers were the ones taking notes from their students.

    West Brunswick High School Dance Team members choreographed and taught routines to teachers and administrators for Dancing With the West Brunswick Stars, a fundraiser to benefit the dance team.

    Spanish teacher Millie Venegas and student Sarah Naylor won the judges’ choice award with their performance to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.”

  • Unaffiliated voters will have to select a political party for May primary

    The fastest-growing group of voters in Brunswick is not Democrat, Republican or Libertarian.

    It’s unaffiliated.

    According to Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, the number of unaffiliated voters in Brunswick County has been climbing for several years. Brunswick County has 75,580 total voters, with 19,628 of those being unaffiliated. Statewide there are 1,398,585 unaffiliated voters. But according to Bellamy, these numbers are always changing.

  • School board members approve first phase of capital outlay project

    At a finance committee meeting Tuesday night, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Phase I of the district’s capital outlay projects for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The projects total $1,108,600.

    Because of uncertainties in funding sources, the project list was divided into two parts, Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer, said. School officials ask money for Phase I be appropriated during the 2009-2010 school year so work can begin when school is not in session.

  • Spring into fitness during spring break

    BOLIVIA—Students not leaving town on spring break can spend the week swimming, playing sports and games and making arts and crafts at Spring Into Fitness at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center on the Brunswick Community College campus.

    Targeted for children ages 5-12, the camp will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5-8. Rhonda Schilawski, center director, said it would resemble the Fitness for Fun summer camp and give students a chance to try a variety of activities.

  • Hawkins Court latest tribute to teammate

    The start of the West Brunswick tennis season March 4 took place before a dozen or so spectators, mainly family members, which is typical for high school tennis. But the announcement of the West vs. Socastee lineups, by West coach Bob Bell, was not typical. When Bell called out the players for the No. 1 singles match, he did not say, “They will play on Court 1.” Instead, he said, “They will play on (Caleb) Hawkins Court.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Thirty-seven voters booted from county's voter registration rolls

    BOLIVIA—Thirty-seven registered voters on Bald Head Island won’t be casting their ballots this May, or anytime soon in Brunswick County, after the Brunswick County Board of Elections voted to remove them from the county’s voter registration rolls.

    The eligibility of two more voters will be heard at the board’s next meeting, at 3 p.m. April 20 at the county board of elections.

  • Voter registration: What you need to know

    Voting is a way to express your rights as an American, and the first step toward choosing your leaders in the voting booth is registering to vote.

    To register in Brunswick County, a person must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident “domiciled in Brunswick County and North Carolina” for 30 days by the date of the next general election day, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

  • What you would have missed

    It’s been a busy year for Beacon reporters.

    From a small-town commissioner saying the town got “snookered” over the town administrator’s fictitious resume, to the board of education getting schooled on e-mail as a public record, there has been no shortage of compelling stories brought to our readers by the N.C. Public Records Law, and the First Amendment.

    This week, March 14-20, is Sunshine Week. Organized by the National Society of Newspaper Editors, Sunshine Week focuses freedom of information, open government and access to public records.

  • Trojans beat South in eight innings


    West Brunswick coach Mike Alderson said he planned on starting senior southpaw Gavin Lane on Tuesday against South Brunswick. Lane missed practice on Monday because of an illness and was replaced in the starting lineup by Trey Brown. Brown pitched the first three innings before being relieved by Lane, who pitched five dominant innings to lead the Trojans (5-2) to a 6-5 win over county rival South Brunswick (0-3).