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Today's News

  • Beacon wins spelling bee

    The Brunswick Beacon team spelled “Chihuahua” and “cirrhosis” to win the Brunswick County Literacy Council’s 20th Annual Adult Spelling Bee for the second year in a row on Thursday night.

    The two-person team consisting of Beacon reporters Laura Lewis and Kathryn Jacewicz was among 13 competing teams in the bee held at Brunswick Community College.

    Rotary of Shallotte team members Court Terhune and George Jacob took second place after vying in the event’s last round that had both teams misspelling words before the final outcome.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Paul Swartz humbled by induction to hall of fame

    Paul Swartz helped make the then-new Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va., a winning athletics program in the mid-1950s. More than 50 years later, Inwood is still a small town (population 3,060) and it still remembers its sports stars.

    On Sept. 12, Swartz, who was one of those Applemen stars, was inducted into Mussleman’s third hall of fame class.

  • Let's get back to our roots and turn up the bluegrass

    With the popularity of the 2001 movie “O Brother Where art Thou?” came a resurgence of bluegrass and other “roots” music: songs made for singing with your family and friends on the porch at night, long before anyone knew about a recording industry or $40-a-head concerts.

    It’s similar to what happened in the 1960s when the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs wrote songs for the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” and the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies,” except this time, it was more about the music than the artist.

  • Day 2: Passengers describe horror of parasail accident

    Three passengers aboard the parasail boat when an accident killed two women on Ocean Isle Beach last month described seeing victims unconscious during the rescue attempt. They talked about what happened Aug. 28 at Thursday’s hearing before a U.S. Coast Guard investigator.

    Robert Shropshire of Eden and Robert Whitman of New Jersey spoke by phone. The friend of the two women killed, who elected not to go up in the parasail, described the scene in person.

  • Jones scores four goals in Cougar victory over North

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Robert Jones scored four goals and Tyler Evans two as South Brunswick beat North Brunswick 6-3 in a Waccamaw Conference soccer game Sept. 23 at Jack Campbell Stadium.

    Jones scored the first goal six minutes into the game off a corner kick from Tyler Fisher. Eight minutes later, another goal by Jones put South ahead 2-0.

    North cut the lead to 2-1 when Eric Spafford scored on a penalty kick. But South took a 3-1 lead when Jones scored off a deflection.

  • North loses; West-South game reset for 7 p.m. Monday.

    North Brunswick lost 30-20 to Whiteville in a season-opening Waccamaw Conference football game Friday night.

    North (2-4) plays host to West Brunswick Oct 2.

    West’s game with South Brunswick was postponed until 7 p.m. Monday.

  • West rallies to beat Ashley; North routs Lejeune; South blanks Red Springs

    The West Brunswick High School football team showed in its first three games it has skill and talent and enthusiasm.

    Friday night, in a comeback victory over the Ashley Screaming Eagles, the Trojans showed the other aspects needed to be a championship team.

    “They showed me,” West coach Jimmy Fletcher said, “that this team has a lot of character and a lot of toughness and a lot of willpower.”

  • Planning beach renourishment key in being prepared for hurricane, tropical storm damage

    Towns that already have their permits in place and sand sources lined up fare much better after a hurricane than towns that don’t, two coastal engineers told Holden Beach commissioners at a special meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    Towns with permits and plans fare better both in cost and time in restoring their beaches, engineers said.

  • What’s the story? Looking for folk tales from Brunswick County

    When writer Renee Sloan got back from covering a ghost walk in Southport for our last Island Living of the year, she knew I’d be interested.

    She shared some of the stories of the county’s coast and gave a play-by-play of what happens on the nighttime history and paranormal discussion presented by the Old South Tour and Carriage Company around downtown Southport.

  • Testimony continues in public hearing on parasailing incident

    Testimony is under way today in the public hearing about the parasailing incident at Ocean Isle Beach that killed two vacationers on Aug. 28.

    Lt. Chester Warren, investigating officer from the U.S. Coast Guard, heard testimony at the New Hanover County Courthouse Wednesday morning from John K. Feuerbach, warrant officer and marine safety inspector; and Barrett McMullan, president of Ocean Isle Beach Watersports.

    Wednesday afternoon, McMullan said the day of the incident there was "a freak, unforeseen weather event that caught the crew by surprise."