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Today's News

  • BCTA has first junior tennis open

    David Stackhouse from Southport won the boys’ 16s singles tournament at the first Brunswick County Junior Tennis Open last weekend at the Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center.
    The event was the first USTA-sanctioned junior tourney in the county and drew more than 55 players. Brunswick County Tennis Association, Sunset Properties, D&D Tennis and Papa Johns sponsored the tourney. Joan Cox was tournament referee and Ron Watts was tournament director.

  • Sports briefs

    Weekly Scores for Planet Fun
    HumpDay Fun: Amy Harrelson 257-246-207-710, Jeff Kelly 236-222-650, Jeff Harrelson 237-204-617, Scott Broadway 224-203-610, Randy Brown 226, Ed Lunski 213, Ed Ambrose 210, Susan McCall 211-513, Brian Formyduval 207, Lonnie Perryman 206, Randy Lingerfelt 204, Glen Gray 204, Mike Kuapushinsky 203, Bill Raphael 201, Zach Bailey 201, Gene Marshburn Jr 200, Sam Harris 200.

  • Hensley, Trojan golfers second in tournament

    By Connie Hensley
    Special to The Beacon
    St. James Plantation Founders Club hosted the Waccamaw Conference boys’ golf tournament March 26. In beautiful weather, the West Brunswick High School men’s team finished second with 324 strokes. The Trojans were beat out for first by West Bladen with 310 strokes. Blake Baysden, who carded a 71 and finished first, led the Knights.
    South Brunswick was third at 362 and North Brunswick fourth at 396 in the seven-team tourney.

  • Debris will mount, but where will it go?

    It’s been a long, drawn out and ultimately expensive process.
    For months, the Brunswick County Planning Board has heard testimony and reviewed information supporting and opposing the county’s proposal to expand its current construction and demolition landfill.
    After expending more than $200,000 in attempt to get a permit, which would allow future build-out of some 259.25 acres near the current landfill off U.S. 17 near Galloway Road, planning board members said no.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education votes to return to single bell schedule next year

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday voted three votes to two to return to a single-bell schedule for the 2012-2013 school year.

    Board members Bud Thorsen, Catherine Cooke and Charlie Miller voted to revert back to the single bell schedule, while board chairwoman Shirley Babson and John Thompson voted to keep the staggered bell schedule in place.

    School officials anticipate an 8 a.m. start time for elementary, middle and high school students for the upcoming school year.

  • Sunset at Sunset group confronts mayor

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset at Sunset committee has a problem with Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato.

    Members delivered a message at Monday night’s town council meeting they are “appalled” Cerrato has continued to call their integrity into question.

    Steering committee member Jean Hutchinson, surrounded by five other committee members, read a prepared statement during public comment.

  • Owners upset over infrastructure, building halt in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—Several owners spoke out Monday night about unfinished infrastructure, a halt in construction and plummeting values of land they bought in Jaguar’s Lair.

    Cas Kacala of Shallotte said he and his wife bought a lot in Jaguar’s Lair on the first day of sale, on May 26, 2006.

    He asked council to take action to call in infrastructure bonds for Jaguar’s Lair.

    Property owners Tom Claridy of Sea Trail and Ernst Wittenschlaeger of Wilmington also expressed concerns.

  • Church wants to develop cemetery near Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is mulling a proposed zoning text amendment to allow cemeteries in its agricultural district.

    The proposed change, which requires a public hearing called at this week’s town board meeting for 3 p.m. Thursday, is the result of a request by a local church to develop a cemetery in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

    At a town board of commissioners’ workshop Monday, Timothy Randall, trustee for Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, outlined hopes to have a cemetery on donated property.

  • Men charged with possession of stolen goods

    SUNSET BEACH—Two out-of-town men have been charged with possession of stolen goods following a routine traffic stop.

    Jeremy Lee Williams, 25, of 5636 West Market St., Apt. G, Greensboro, was charged with possession of a stolen license plate.

    Derek Lee Underwood, 25, of 228 Kent St., Apt. A, Burlington, was charged with possession of steaks stolen from Food Lion in Sunset Beach.

    The charges were made March 31. The two were staying in the area just outside of Sunset Beach, according to Sunset Beach Police Det. Joe Smith.

  • One-cup coffeemaker a hot commodity—for manufacturer

    When I heard about a new kind of coffeemaker that brews java one cup at a time, I thought it was a step backward in the wrong direction.

    I mean, it took American pioneers (and me) centuries just to advance to a Mr. Coffee 12-cup drip-maker.

    But as most morning caffeinated drinkers probably know by now, one-cup brewers are hot stuff these days. Just select your favorite flavor, conveniently packaged in miniature “K Cup” pods that are also trendy—and pricey, ranking right up there with a stop at Starbucks.