Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Sister Maria Theresa Orbegozo

    SHALLOTTE—In the vestibule of St. Brendan Catholic Church, a statue of St. Brendan the Navigator beckons those into the comforting arms of the church.

    “All are welcome in this place,” the sign behind the statute reads. And across the hall, another sign, “Todos son bienvenidos aqui.”

    Like most churches, all are welcome at St. Brendan.

    Much like the saint for which the church was named, Sister Maria Theresa Orbegozo is navigating the way for the St. Brendan’s Hispanic population.

  • Don't let winter's cold temperatures deter inshore fishing

    Inshore fishing right now is limited to those species that stick around during the cold months, but fishing for them has been good lately

    As usual in the winter, action is taking place in three distinct phases during the day: early morning and late afternoon for speckled trout and redfish, and nighttime for black drum. In addition, the hours just before and after low tide are often effective times.

  • The First Tee makes its mark in 2009; must meet new challenges in 2010

    Although The First Tee of Brunswick County is fewer than five years old, it has received high marks from its national office in St. Augustine, Fla.

    Chapters of The First Tee are ranked according to their scope and performance, and I’m proud to say that our local chapter has received the “Ace” level designation, the highest rank possible. That is awesome, and a true testimony to the level of commitment by our kids, volunteers, paid staff, donors and community at large.

  • A leader, a champion for the community, Thompson served Brunswick County well

    I vividly remember the day I first met Randy Thompson. It was my first week at the Beacon. Fresh off the sports desk with no hard news experience, I hit the ground running from day one.

    The first week was a whirlwind—the county budget unveiled on day one, witnessing my first news story bleeding with the red ink of corrections on day two and a horrific fatal wreck on day three—that’s how it all began.

  • ‘Uniquely Brunswick County’ photo contest nets 173 entries

    To some, nothing says “Brunswick County” better than a view of the scenic Shallotte River.

    To another, the endless road and the intertwined trees found at Orton Plantation best describes the place we call home.

    After a call for everything “Uniquely Brunswick County,” The Brunswick Beacon received 173 entries in this year’s “Think Outside the Beach” photo contest.

    This was the second year for the photo contest, and the number of entries more than tripled last year’s submissions.

  • Craft, antique store to open in renovated furniture store

    People driving along Main Street in Shallotte have no doubt seen the changes to the former furniture store beside Burger King.

    The previously yellow building has been completely renovated with barn-red siding, new roof and a larger parking area.

    The recently sold High Point Furniture Outlet is now on its way to becoming a new business in town, Nona’s Place, which will feature the work of local artisans and craftspeople as well as “shabby chic” antiques.

  • Health department used CDC-recalled vaccines before they lost potency

    The Brunswick County Health Department recently received word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 13 lots of H1N1 nasal spray manufactured by MedImmune have been recalled for potency reasons.

    According to health department officials, Brunswick County received 500 doses of one of the lot numbers Oct. 4, and the vaccine was given Oct. 20. The health department does not have any doses of the recalled lot number left, and all the doses were administered before losing their potency, according to a department news release.

  • ATMC donates computers, accessories to volunteer center

    ATMC recently donated personal computers and accessories to the Brunswick County Volunteer Center.

    The cooperative donated a laptop, 27 desktop computers, 10 monitors and numerous keyboards, mouses and cords.

    The computers will be used for the Computers for Kids project, an all-volunteer project that provides refurbished computers to students whose families cannot afford them. The computers are presented to middle school and high school students at all Brunswick County schools.

  • It can get pretty boring sticking to 'native-only' plants

    I was considering an article about gardener’s New Year’s resolutions, so I entered that into a search engine. Not much popped up, but a group of Master Gardeners from Maryland had numerous posts about planting native trees and shrubs.

    This “native-only” stance has stirred something akin to religious fervor in some plant circles. I don’t have anything against native trees and shrubs, but I still think using well-adapted plants no matter where they come from is a better idea.

  • New Year's resolutions for gardening in 2010

    To start out the New Year right, sign up for gardening class at Brunswick Community College and/or take a seminar offered by the extension center. There is always new information coming out that will help you with your gardening skills and it’s a great way to meet more gardeners.