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Today's News

  • The Kindred Spirit mailbox

    I admit it. I have caught the fever—spring fever that is. I sit at my desk rolling around story ideas that will take my feet to the sand. Anything I can do to make the workday happen on the shoreline is exactly what the doctor has ordered. Last week, I had the opportunity to walk out to the Kindred Spirit mailbox on Bird Island to write a story for an upcoming “Island Living” special section of the Beacon.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Dedriana Bryant, 16, of 7638 Victory Drive, Longwood, was arrested for shoplifting from Walmart after pushing a shopping cart with $258.52 worth of items from the business.

  • Misguided ‘Teen Mom’s’ latest antics bring tabloid attention to Brunswick County

    I was on one of my many trips to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office when it came up—the subject I had so hoped to avoid—Jenelle, otherwise known as Brunswick County’s resident “Teen Mom.”

    A “star” on MTV’s “reality” show “Teen Mom 2,” Jenelle Evans is a 19-year-old Oak Island resident whose run-ins with the law have been well documented on the show, in the tabloids and in the court docket in Brunswick County District Court.

  • Target, Chick-fil-A, TJ Maxx eye Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—McDonald's and Food Lion have plans to build in Supply, but they aren't the only ones with their eye on Brunswick County.

    Target, TJ Maxx and Chick-fil-A have all expressed an interest in coming to town.

  • Spiking interest: New youth volleyball program popular

     Volleyball’s version of March Madness took place Saturday in the gym at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

    Several youth volleyball teams played in the all-day tourney. Hundreds of parents and fans watched the matches. The Brunswick Juniors Volleyball Club was the host.

    Brunswick Community College volleyball coach Melissa Everitt established the BJVC in the fall for youth volleyball players in Brunswick County.

  • West beats Whiteville in softball

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School softball team remained unbeaten in the conference by beating Whiteville 3-1 Friday.

    Kim Cook (5-0) was the winning pitcher for the Trojans (3-0, 6-1). She gave up one unearned run and seven hits. She walked three and struck out eight.

    West had no hits in the first three innings, but in the fourth Alyssa Chappell hit a home run. Another run scored when Sam Smith singled and came home on a hit by Dez Avallone.

    In the fifth, Paige Ward singled and later scored on a hit by Hannah Stocks.

  • Whiteville beats Trojans in baseball

     WHITEVILLE—Conference leader Whiteville beat West Brunswick 4-0 in a high school baseball game Friday night.

    Nathan Hood held West to four hits in pitching all seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight.

    West’s Trey Brown gave up five hits in six innings. He walked two, hit one and struck out five.

    Whiteville scored in the first on a two-run home run to right field by Hood.

  • Chairman directs county manager to construct a less-than-revenue-neutral-budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue has raised the bar.

    For months, speculation has been rampant about the upcoming fiscal year’s tax rate. The popular assumption, even among all five county commissioners, has been county commissioners would elect to impose a revenue-neutral tax rate to offset the $9.5 billion plummet in value from this year’s countywide revaluation.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre's 'Doubt' opens this weekend

    Brunswick Little Theatre's production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Doubt” opens this weekend at Playhouse 211.

    Shanley adapted his stage version for the big screen in 2008, when he wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of “Doubt.” The stage version differs from the movie, and has only four characters.

  • West Brunswick teams win tri-meets

    The West Brunswick girls’ and boys’ track-and-field teams swept tri-meets with Whiteville and East Bladen on March 24 at West.

    West’s Kayla Padgett won the discus in a personal-best 132 feet, 7 inches. The winning mark last year at the Class 3A state meet was a record 137-0.

    Padgett also won the shot put in a personal-best 37-2. The winning mark last year at the state meet was 39-6.

    Jasmine Jackson won three events: the 200 (27.49), the long jump (15-7) and high jump (4-0).