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Today's News

  • West blanks South for first victory

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 16-0 Friday for its first victory of the 2009 football season.

    West’s passing game was the key to the victory. Quarterback Quan Bates threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Reaves in the second quarter for the Trojans’ first score. Halfback Maverick Pate threw a 30-yard pass to Bradley Bell to set up a 21-yard field goal by Corey Bell with 69 seconds left in the third quarter. Pate, who gained 122 yards on 16 carries, scored West’s final touchdown on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter.

  • South tennis team improves to 2-0

    The South Brunswick girls’ tennis team began its 2009 conference season by beating Whiteville 6-3 Sept. 1 and West 8-1 Sept. 3.

    South won five of the six singles matches.

    At No. 1, Summer Phillips beat Brooke Palmer 6-1, 6-2. At No. 2, Tori Hall beat Sarah Royal 6-2, 7-6 (4). At No. 4, Sarah Brock beat Olivia Butler 6-2, 6-0. At No. 5, Hillary Walker beat Allison Royal 6-3, 6-2. At No. 6, Tiffany Capps beat Jacqueline Rapeley 6-1, 6-0.

    Whiteville’s Ginni Lane won at No. 3 singles, beating LeighAnn Scheetz in the closest singles match, 5-7, 6-4, 10-6.

  • Trojans JV football team fights off South comeback, holds on for 26-22 win

    The West Brunswick Trojans’ JV football team used another stellar rushing performance to outlast South Brunswick Thursday night in Shallotte, winning 26-22. In a game that featured several long runs from each squad, the Cougars’ final drive fell short at the West 31-yard line, preserving the Trojan win.

  • Willie Fulford finishes ahead of dad at MB speedway

    Willie Fulford and dad Dub battled for the lead in the closing laps of the Mini-Stock race Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, and it was Willie who won 20-lap race. This was his third victory of the season.

    The Limited Late Model race also proved to be an exciting one, as Kevin Barnhill and Randal Roberts battled for second straight for the win. The result was the same, however, as Barnhill used the outside to his advantage to pass the defending champion and points leader on lap 17 in taking his second consecutive victory and his third overall of the season.

  • Calabash authorizes telephone sweepstakes permits; tables UDO review

    CALABASH—The town will begin issuing permits for businesses to have telephone promotional sweepstakes machines.

    Town commissioners approved the measure Tuesday night, voting to authorize interim town administrator Kelley Southward to issue permits for telephone-card sweepstakes machines to any business in town holding a current business license.

    Currently in North Carolina, retailers can have up to four of the standalone machines in their businesses.

  • Sunset Beach council debates land purchase for future park, boat ramp

    SUNSET BEACH—A debate ensued last week about whether the town should pursue buying a 5-acre lot overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway for a future park.

    Town councilman Len Steiner reiterated at the specially called Sept. 2 meeting it’s a one-time opportunity to buy the idyllic mainland plot, while a majority of fellow council members expressed opposition.

  • Electronic gaming rules approved by Sunset Beach Planning Board

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Planning Board has approved electronic gaming as a special use in the mainland business (MB1) zoning district.

    According to the amendment approved by the board at its Sept. 3 meeting, if approved as a special use, an electronic gaming operation would apply to the town board of adjustment for approval.

    Four conditions must be met, including one parking space for each gaming machine and one space per employee on the “largest shift.”

  • Woman upset after Brunswick County animal control officer shoots and kills dog

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Lee Gushman knew something was wrong after Stoley, her 15-year-old dog, wandered off her property Monday and couldn’t be found.

    She just didn’t think it would be the worst thing imaginable.

    A Brunswick County animal control officer, believing the dog was rabid, shot and killed Stoley minutes before she called 911 to report him missing Labor Day morning.

  • Holden Beach commissioners discuss policy for canal property owners

    Holden Beach officials might require canal property owners to have bulkheads on their property, and the new, educating-the-public policy about an ordinance requiring canopies be removed from the beach by night does not appear to be working.

    Holden Beach commissioners had extensive discussion about those and other items but took no action at their regular meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

  • Having an event in October or November? Let us know about it

    Fall is a time of milder temperatures, brightly colored leaves and crisp, cool nights. It’s also a time when many churches, school and civic groups plan area festivals and events.

    In celebration of these family-friendly events, this year The Brunswick Beacon is launching its first fall festival special section “Fall Into Festivals.”