Today's News

  • West Brunswick Booster Club raffle should attract large crowd

     Early last month, I received a text message from West Brunswick High School Athletic Director Jimmy Fletcher.

    “It’s that time of year again,” Fletcher wrote in the text.

    Yes, indeed.

    Fletcher and other West Brunswick High School officials have scheduled the annual Booster Club raffle drawing and dinner for Saturday, March 10, inside the school’s cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m.

    I encourage all of our Beacon readers to carve out a free night next Saturday to purchase a $100 ticket.

  • West Brunswick High School spring sports schedules

     Listed are the schedules for each of the eight West Brunswick High School spring varsity sports.



    March 1 at Carolina Forest (Carolina Border Battle), 5 p.m.

    March 2 at High Point Christian Academy (part of Carolina Border Battle at Carolina Forest), 5 p.m.

    March 3 at Indian Land High School (part of Carolina Border Battle at Carolina Forest), 9:30 a.m.

    March 7 vs. Norfolk Christian Academy, 5 p.m.

    March 10 at North Myrtle Beach (S.C.), 1:30 p.m.

  • Lady Trojans fall in first round of state playoffs

     West Brunswick’s varsity girls’ basketball team completed its most successful season since the 2005-06 campaign when it dropped its first-round state playoff game to Harnett Central last week.

    Harnett Central overcame a halftime deficit and stymied West Brunswick’s offense down the stretch to earn a 54-47 win to advance to the second round of the NCHSAA 3A state basketball playoffs.

    Trojan senior Natyra Gore led all West Brunswick scorers with 19 points, while junior center Breanna “B.B.” Mercer netted 18.

  • Superstar Hyman guides Lady Dolphins to third straight triumph

     Katisha Hyman has given her opponents fits in women’s basketball on the junior college basketball level this season.

    The sophomore guard continued to do so during Brunswick Community College’s women’s basketball team’s recent three-game winning streak.

    Following a two-game losing streak, the Lady Dolphins reeled off a trio of consecutive wins by double figures behind their remarkable second-year guard.

  • Dolphins win finale of four-game weekend

    After a three-game sweep of East Carolina’s club team on opening weekend, the Brunswick Community College (BCC) baseball team dropped five of its next six games before last weekend’s victory in the finale of a four-game stretch over three days.

    BCC competed in a three-day, four-game event that featured the Dolphins, Walters State Community College, Cecil Community College and Florence Darling Technical College in Florence, S.C.

  • County approves courthouse addition and renovation contract, names Holden Beach park

    Brunswick County commissioners approved a $975,800 architectural services contract with Sawyer Sherwood & Associate Architecture to upgrade the county courthouse.

    It’s the firm that handled a space needs assessment of the courthouse that was presented last April.

  • GenX levels reported at lowest point since testing began

    Brunswick County test results for the GenX chemical in the water supply have trended down through January and February, according to results reported Feb. 22 by county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found in the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

    The latest sample reports, taken Feb. 8, showed GenX levels at their lowest amount since sampling began last July.

  • Navassa residents, neighbors envision potential for Superfund cleanup site

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    NAVASSA — Navassa residents, their neighbors and stakeholders in the area laid out their vision for developing the Kerr-McGee Superfund site, once the property is cleaned up, at a community vision workshop Feb. 23-24.

    Representatives of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups leading the cleanup process, hosted the meetings at Navassa Community Center.

  • Belville commissioner O’Bryant resigns

    BELVILLE — Belville commissioner Pat O’Bryant announced his resignation from the board at the Feb. 26 meeting.

    “It is with much regret that I am going to resign from my position as a member of this board,” he said. “A number of conflicting commitments necessitates that I withdraw from the board.”

  • County commissioner, sheriff races set on final day of election filing

    Four candidates put their name in to run for office before the Feb. 28 deadline to file to run in the May 8 primary or Nov. 6 general election.

    Tom Adams filed Feb. 28 to run against county commissioner Randy Thompson, the District 1 incumbent who filed for re-election Feb. 12, in the Republican primary.

    County commissioner Marty Cooke, the District 2 incumbent, filed for re-election Feb. 12 and will run unopposed.