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Today's News

  • Fisheries ask general public to report cold stunned trout

     The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries issued a news release encouraging the public to report any cold-stunned trout they may see in North Carolina coastal waters.

    During the winter, spotted seatrout move to deeper, warmer waters in coastal creeks, bays and the ocean. Cold stuns occur when there is a sudden drop in water temperature or prolonged periods of cold weather that makes the fish so sluggish, humans can harvest them with their hands, according to a N.C. Department of Environmental Quality news release issued Dec. 28.

  • Coast Guard hosting women’s only safe boating course

     The USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 10-5 will teach a women’s only safe boating class on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Center at 3003 E. Oak Island Drive.

    Mark Picciano, a flotilla staff officer for public affairs with the USCG Auxiliary, wrote in a Dec. 27 news release that “safe boating classes are a great way to prepare for boating season.”

  • PHOTOS: Brunswick Community College men's basketball vs. Bryant & Stratton

     Scroll through the slideshow to see photos from Brunswick Community College's junior college basketball game against Bryant & Stratton. 

  • Local First Tee organization offers PLAYER Card

    The First Tee of Brunswick County is now selling a 2018 PLAYER Card. The card unlocks value by providing major discounts on green fees at nearly 30 premier courses throughout Brunswick County and, for the first time, a 20-percent discount on the purchase of top brand golf balls through usedgolfballrecovery.com.

    The PLAYER card provides access to more golf opportunities while “protecting your pocketbook,” according to a First Tee news release issued last week.

  • PHOTOS: West Brunswick captures Holiday Classic championship

     Jim Moore took photos at Brunswick Community College for the 2nd Annual Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Holiday Classic. 

  • Full moon wahoo worth writing home about

    It’s always tough to put a finger on what an offshore fisherman wants for Christmas. Some prefer a brand-new, shiny reel, while others simply ask for happiness, good health and the opportunity to get another bite in 2018. No matter which end of the spectrum you reside, we all love drag singing from a reel with a potential personal record hooked on the other end – and throughout this holiday season, luckily quite a few folks got to experience this scenario.

  • North Brunswick girls’ squad finishes second in tournament

     The Scorpions’ varsity girls’ basketball team claimed a second-place finish in the East Bladen Holiday Tournament last week in Elizabethtown.

    Head coach Travis Fortune’s squad defeated West Bladen, 50-44, in the tournament semifinals before dropping the championship game against host East Bladen, 42-27.

    North Brunswick fell to 5-5 (0-2 in conference play) with the title game loss.

  • A successful trip with Capt. Buster

     Linda Gillis of Shallotte, Tony Stanley of Crawfordsville, Ind., and Kerry Moyer of Harrod, Ohio, show off the keeper trout they reeled in after a cold and windy fishing trip. They were fishing the canals of Ocean Isle Beach with Capt. Buster Gillis of Buster’s Outdoors Guide Service. They used artificial bait and reeled in a total of 16 trout during the trip. 

  • Trojan girls place third in Dixon Christmas Tournament

     The Dixon High School Christmas Tournament was a war of attrition of sorts for West Brunswick’s varsity girls’ basketball team.

    The Trojans weren’t at full strength in any of the team’s three tournament games.

    Despite the injuries and missing a player due to a pre-planned family vacation, West Brunswick collected a pair of wins and a third-place finish in the three-day event.

  • Mooney chronicles West Brunswick’s first basketball season

     David Mooney is a man I’d call the unofficial historian of West Brunswick High School basketball.

    He actually used to cover the Trojans for the Beacon. He called me one day last week after reading one of my game recap stories in the Beacon about West Brunswick holding the ball for nearly the entire third quarter against Cape Fear Academy in a high school basketball contest.

    He told me that was not unprecedented for a local high school game. North Brunswick had tried the same strategy about 45 years ago against the Trojans (to no avail, it turns out).