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Today's News

  • Asheboro man dies during dive off coast

     An Asheboro man died off the coast of Brunswick County on Sunday, Aug. 17, during an afternoon dive, county coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Other divers noticed 54-year-old Michael Gilliam Frye floating on top of the water near Southport shortly after noon. The Coast Guard was called for assistance just before 12:30 p.m. and Frye died at 3:15 p.m., Crocker said.

    The divers said they last saw Frye about 11:30 a.m. and he was doing well. He and more than 30 other divers were inspecting an old shipwreck site during their trip, Crocker said.

  • Agents arrest five on drug charges

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested five people last week after investigations based on tips from the community, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    On Thursday, Aug. 14, agents arrested Antonio Green of Leland and Joseph Wayne Everhart, both of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • County education board discusses superintendent search

     BOLIVIA — A month after Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden announced his plans to resign following the coming school year, the Brunswick County Board of Education is discussing how it plans hire his replacement.

    Allison Shafer, director of policy and legal council for the North Carolina School Board Association, spoke to the board at its monthly meeting Aug. 5 to discuss the search.

    It’s common for school boards in North Carolina to use her organization while seeking new superintendents.

  • Three Leland police officers suspended pending investigations

     Three Leland police officers are on unpaid administrative leave after the department launched an internals affairs investigation last week.

    Detectives Sgt. Richard Christopher, Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor have been suspended, town manager David Hollis said during a Monday, Aug. 18, telephone interview with the Beacon.

    Chief Mike James did not return phone calls seeking comment about the suspensions.

  • Open lines of communication key during emergencies

     BOLIVIA — Communication is critical. But there’s even more of a heavy emphasis on communication during trying times. Just ask Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner.

  • Trooper resigns after arrest, DWI charge in Brunswick County

     A N.C. Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after being arrested on a driving while impaired charge last week near Ocean Isle Beach.

    William B. Thompson, 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, near Ocean Isle Beach Road and U.S. 17, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thompson was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same night.

  • West football game to resume at 5 p.m. Saturday

     SHALLOTTE — The season-opening football game between Socastee (S.C.) and West Brunswick high schools will resume at 5 p.m. Saturday with Socastee leading 10-7 and 11 minutes, 10 seconds left in the second quarter.

    No admission will be charged.

    Lightning caused the game to be suspended Friday night.

    The game had plenty of action in the first quarter.

    Socastee returned an interception for a touchdown in taking a 7-0 lead with 6:46 left in the first quarter.

  • Trojans lose home opener in volleyball

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick volleyball team lost 3-0 to Pender in the Trojans’ home-opening match of the season Aug. 21.

    Pender beat West 25-21, 25-20, 25-19 in the non-conference match.

    West led 19-18 in first game, Pender led 19-18 in the second game and was score was tied 17-17 in the third game before West lost all three games.

     

  • Milliken wins pole, races to victory July 19

     By Steve Zacharias

    Special to the Beacon

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —  Justin Milliken won one of the two 50-lap Late Model races July 19 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. 

    Eighteen Late Models were on hand, competing for $2,500, in the two 50-lap races in the NASCAR Whelen Late Models series.

    In qualifying, a familiar trend for 2014 took place when Milliken set the

  • West cheerleaders at showcase