Today's News

  • Breaking down the Beacon Pigskin Challenge through four weeks

     If you turn to page 6B in this week’s sports section, you’ll see the Week 5 predictions. You’ll look down to the know-it-all sports editor’s picks and wonder how in the world he picked a Dallas Cowboys team that couldn’t beat the Rams at home to beat Green Bay next week.

    Your skepticism is most likely warranted as I have stumbled out of the gates this season to a 24-15 record through four weeks of the Beacon Pigskin Challenge.

    Not a terrible record, but not a great one, either.

  • Trojans use first-half explosion to knock off Scorpions

     LELAND – After a 7-0 victory Sept. 22 over Ashley High School, West Brunswick head football coach Kelly Williamson said he was still waiting for his offense to click as the Trojans get into the meat of their conference schedule.

    Williamson and his staff can wait no more.

    West Brunswick amassed 294 total yards on 34 plays in the first half alone of a 28-7 victory over county rival North Brunswick inside Garry Bishop Stadium in Leland on Friday, Sept. 29.

  • West Brunswick girls’ tennis team improving in conference play

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH – West Brunswick head women’s tennis coach Scott Mehalick has coached tennis for more than 30 years.

    He coached a pair of individual regional champions as the head coach of the men’s team at West and has led several squads to the state playoffs.

    Taking into account all of the teams he has coached in a highly successful career, Mehalick says this year’s team “is as good of a group as I’ve ever had.”

  • Southport plays host to national fishing tourney this weekend
  • Oct. 15 Amuzu Theatre show to benefit hurricane victims

    The Historic Amuzu Theatre at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport will present “I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” a special musical benefit show to raise money for hurricane victims, Oct. 15. The cast and band will come together for a blend of favorite music from previous shows with all proceeds going to United Methodist Committee on Relief through Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.

    All funds raised will go directly to hurricane victims. This date is the 63rd anniversary of the devastation in Brunswick County caused by Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

  • N.C. Forest Service offers wildfire prevention tips

    As fall wildfire season approaches, the N.C. Forest Service encourages North Carolinians to heed the call of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, and take steps to ensure careful burning of leaves and yard debris.

    Fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December, the time of year when people do a lot of yard work that may include burning leaves and yard debris. These fires sometimes escape and start wildfires. In fact, debris burning is the top cause of wildfires in North Carolina.

  • Shallotte man dies after being hit by vehicle in Little River, S.C.

    A Shallotte man died after being hit by a vehicle Sunday on U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Demontray Hill died of multiple traumatic injuries at the scene, the Horry County (S.C.) Coroner’s Office said.

    Hill was walking north in the southbound lane when a 2007 Ford four-door car driven by 20-year-old Kierra Price struck him at 3:33 a.m.,

    South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matthew Southern said.

    Price was wearing a seat belt and neither she nor the infant in her car were injured, Southern said.

  • Hobby makes Cooke an early weather warning system

    Some people prefer to receive bad news from a friend.

    This hurricane season, when forecasts have warned of the potential for storms to visit Brunswick County, some residents rely on a friendly update from Marty Cooke.

    Before he became a county commissioner Cooke, began researching hurricane forecasts and sharing the information among friends.

    “I have always been fascinated with weather. I tracked hurricanes with a map as a kid,” he said.

  • Beacon Pigskin Challenge

     District Court Judge Jason Disbrow leads the Beacon Pigskin Challenge through three weeks with a 20-9 record. State Farm's Kristin Dowdy and Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman are tied for second place with 18-11 ledgers. 

  • Winnabow’s Ramsey heads to barbecue’s state championship

    Scott Ramsey of Winnabow used to take his talent at the barbecue grill to his friends’ back yards, private parties and church events.

    But in the past three years, he has gone whole hog into competitive barbecue and will travel to Raleigh this weekend for the state’s barbecue championship.

    Ramsey will compete in the 32nd annual Whole Hog Barbecue Championship held Sept. 29-30 during the 2017 Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in downtown Raleigh.