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Today's News

  • Holden Beach Commissioners have first budget workshop

    Holden Beach Commissioners must decide whether to keep or return about a million dollars the town has borrowed, they said at their first budget workshop Tuesday afternoon in town hall.

    “The question now is to put the money back where it came from so it will paint a true picture of what things cost and we’ll have cash reserves on hand,” Mayor Alan Holden said. “You’ve got to have cash money in reserve.”

  • Delayed financial statements sparks letter from government commission

    The Town of Holden Beach received a letter of reprimand Friday from the Local Government Commission finance division of the Department of the State Treasurer.

    The letter resulted from LGC analysis of the town’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008.

    The letter, dated May 18, was addressed to the mayor. Holden Beach Commissioners saw it after it arrived this week.

  • Community newspapers thrive by telling life stories from beginning to end

    In her opinion column this week on page 5A, Beacon staff writer Caroline Curran reflects on her past three years with this newspaper and shares some of the things she’s learned along her journey.

    One of the points she makes is that every person has a story. What a joy it is for editors when their writers embrace that notion! In community newspapers like The Brunswick Beacon, we focus on telling the life stories of people who live, work and grow up in this community.

  • North beats Clinton, First Flight in playoffs

    North Brunswick advanced to the fourth round of the Class 2-A baseball playoffs by beating First Flight 5-0 Friday. North played at Fairmont on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the Eastern Regional.

    North Brunswick (22-4) scored twice in the second inning and another in the third. The Scorpions added runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

    Trey Watson was the winning pitcher. Randall Rabon and Frank Walsh were 2-for-3.

    North Brunswick beat Clinton 8-5 May 19 in the second round in Leland.

  • Horne wins two N-SSA titles

    Norman Horne won two titles in the North-South Skirmish Association spring nationals, which concluded May 17 in Winchester, Va.

    Horne finished first in the 50-yard carbine and first in carbine aggregate. He also was seventh in the 100-yard carbine.

    Horne and other competitors with the 23rd North Carolina State Troops had two second-place finishes.

    The cannon team of Joe Newman, Buck Buchan, Mike Roberts, Patti McLaughlin, Graham King and Horne finished second in its class. Newman, Buchan, Roberts and Horne are from Brunswick County.

  • Gator Games attracts 240 competitors

    The 2009 Brunswick County Gator Senior Games had 240 participants in 80 athletic and artistic events. The top-three finishers in each age category, male and female, qualified to compete in the state finals in the fall.

    The Brunswick County Gator Senior Games began April 8 with opening ceremonies at Town Creek Park and ended May 11 with a celebration social and medals ceremony at the Cooperative Extension Building in the county government center.

  • Ocean City Chevrolet goes to bat for Shallotte Dixie Youth

    Giving something back to Brunswick County, Ocean City Chevrolet announced it is becoming partners with Shallotte Dixie Youth to provide the league’s players and coaches equipment, instructional clinics and a chance to raise $10,000 for the 2009 season. The program demonstrates Chevrolet and its dealerships as America’s brand, bringing together America’s pastime.

    In support of the Shallotte youth baseball program, Ocean City Chevrolet will provide the league kits filled with equipment bags, ball buckets, coaches’ clipboards and T-shirts.

  • Fireworks at the plate lift Trojans to third-round win in state playoffs

    West Brunswick’s baseball team lit sparklers from the start, but in the fourth inning the Trojans set off a string of firecrackers.

    West scored10 runs in that frame and went on to trounce Wilson Fike 16-4 Friday night in the third round of the state playoffs.

    It took the Trojans just 4½ innings to record the win, as the game was called short due to the 10-run rule.

    West led Wilson Fike 6-3 after three innings, but the outcome certainly wasn’t secure.

  • West holds off Conley in second round

    West Brunswick beat D.H. Conley 7-6 May 19 night in the second round of the Class 3-A state baseball playoffs.

    West (19-5) led 6-0 after two innings but Conley (15-10) rallied and in the seventh inning and had the tying run at second base with two outs before Brock Holmes ended the game with a strikeout.

  • West's season ends in controversy

    This second-round playoff game Friday night between the D.H. Conley and West Brunswick softball teams had no score and few hits in the first five innings as both pitchers dominated the hitters.

    Then the dreaded sixth inning hit the Lady Trojans in an eventual 5-0 loss.

    “We played defense right there with them (Conley) all game,” West coach Joe Noble said, “and that fifth and sixth inning has been the inning that about 90 percent of the runs have been scored against us. We knew we had to get through the fifth and sixth. That is key for us. ”