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Today's News

  • Heat is on for thermostat control and coolness

    On one side of the region is my octogenarian mother’s house in the mountains of Tennessee, where Ma seems to be enjoying summer and isn’t enduring nearly as many seasonal hot flashes as the rest of the family who converged there for her birthday party earlier this month.

    This July, in addition to a present, I brought my own portable electric fan to donate to the cause and told her to please keep it forever.

  • 72-year-old 'American Ninja Warrior' works out to win

    He’s a health nut. And a fitness buff. And a great-grandpa to 10.

    Lately, 72-year-old Chuck Mammay of Oak Island has also been mastering the ropes as a competitor on NBC TV’s “American Ninja Warrior” as well as the ones at Shallotte River Swamp Park.

    Life is apparently one big workout session for Mammay, whose days begin around 5 a.m.

    “I do 30 minutes of calisthentics,” he said.

    If it’s Monday, that means 400 push-ups and 800 crunches.

  • Meet the BackBeat: Fab Beatles-tribute four get retro July 29 in Sunset Beach

    Based in Chapel Hill, The BackBeat pleases crowds of all ages with hits from The Beatles, along with timeless classics of the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, et al.

    They’ll be bringing their Beatles-n-more sound to Sunset Beach’s summer concert stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street.

  • Silver Alert canceled for Boiling Spring Lakes woman

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing Boiling Spring Lakes woman who was found safe in Lexington, S.C.
    Barbra Lee Davis, 78, of Palmer Drive, who was believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, had last been seen at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, the alert said.
    The alert was issued about 11 p.m. Monday but canceled about 4 a.m. Tuesday at the request of the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, confirming she was found safe in South Carolina.

  • It’s flounder time
  • Jayla Rogers wins Magnolia Greens club title at age 13

    I’ve been writing this column for 13 years and each year brings wonderful surprises in the world of Brunswick County golf: new courses, renovations of older tracks; awesome green superintendents and golf pros and even a golf course designer (Tim Cate). We have hundreds of golfers and dozens of golf course communities. We have club champions and average players who have done wonderful things in their past lives, plus volunteers who make this a great community. I never run out of topics.

  • Deputies find man wanted on domestic violence charge

    An Ash man sought by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies for the last week was arrested Tuesday, July 21, in Washington state.

    Deputies had been searching for 26-year-old Ryan Scott Ellis, of Lewis Street, for a week before he was detained in Skagit County, Wash., on Tuesday, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Ellis was wanted in Brunswick County on charges of habitual misdemeanor assault and violation of a domestic violence protective order

  • Sheriff’s office searching for pesticide thief

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating those involved in a larceny from a farm in Leland on Thursday, July 16.

    At 3:45 a.m., someone went onto Ag-Mart Farms property on Blue Banks Loop Road and stole $25,000 in herbicides and pesticides, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Friday, July 17.

    Detectives think the thieves were driving full-size, white GMC truck with chrome rims with a dual-axle trailer.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Bright at 616-6240.

  • County Attorney Huey Marshall to retire after drug citations

     Longtime Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall announced his retirement, effective Aug. 1, after he was cited on drug charges during a traffic checkpoint Wednesday, July 15, in Supply.

    Deputies were holding a license checking station at Stone Chimney and Turnpike roads at 7:30 p.m. when they smelled a “strong odor of marijuana” from Marshall’s vehicle, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • County softball teams set to start state tourneys

    Six county teams have begun competition in the Dixie Softball state tournaments in Burgaw.

    Brunswick West and Brunswick North are competing in the Debs tourney. West Brunswick is competing in the Belles tourney. West Brunswick and Leland are competing in the Ponytails tourney.

    The Debs tourney consists of two other teams besides West and North: West Stanly and Cherryville. The winner advances to the Dixie World Series Aug. 1-5 in Monroe, La.