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Today's News

  • Man arrested for assault with a machete

    ASH—An Ash man was arrested for assaulting a man with a machete last week.

    Jose Simeon Barron, 51, of 32 Rubin Way, Ash, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for cutting a man with a machete on Ace Ford Drive in Ash, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

    The man was not seriously injured, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said.

    Barron was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $500 secured bond.

  • Should songs that make little sense be remade for the next generation?

    Recently, I noticed a new hip-hop version of the old Mungo Jerry song “In the Summertime” was popping up on Disney Channel, “sung” and accompanied by various Disney Channel stars.

    Thankfully, the new version doesn’t include the references to having a drink and a drive or doing “what you feel” with girls who come from the wrong side of the tracks—lines that would charitably be called “questionable” in this day and age.

  • California man drowns off Holden Beach coast

    A California man drowned off the coast of Holden Beach last Friday, June 25.

    According to Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne, Raymond Joseph Dracker, 55, of San Rafael, Calif., drowned Friday morning when his kayak was overtaken by waves in the Lockwood Folly Inlet off the east end of Holden Beach.

    “His family member lost contact with him and subsequently located an empty kayak,” Layne said.

    Layne said Dracker’s family then called 911.

  • Local woman's purse recovered in suspect's car in Virginia

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman’s stolen purse was recovered in Virginia, after the suspect was involved with a shootout with sheriff’s deputies there.

    According to Detective Ken Bellamy of the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Ocean Isle Beach resident Ginny Pridgen’s stolen purse was recovered after Virginia authorities apprehended John Benton Hodges, 32, of Pulaski, Va., on June 20.

  • West Brunswick beats Post 68

     West Brunswick kept itself in the running for a division title by beating Leland Post 68 10-0 Thursday in a Junior American Legion Baseball game.

    West scored two unearned runs in the first inning and scored eight in the fifth to end the game. The victory avenged a 5-1 loss June 4 at North.

    Landon Tilley was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits. He walked two and struck out one.

  • Hometown girl joins Beacon staff as summer intern

    Hello. My name is Michele Johnson, and I will be your intern for this summer.

    I’m from Sunset Beach—been there most of my life. I graduated from West Brunswick High School knowing I wanted to be a reporter. That is why I am here today, introducing myself to you.

    I am a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a major in journalism.

    While at Pembroke, I studied and worked with all types of media, but newspapers are still my favorite.

  • UDO hearing draws non-controversy in Calabash

    CALABASH—A roomful of residents turned out for a non-controversial town commissioners meeting Tuesday to hear and speak out about proposed rezonings in the town’s draft Unified Development Ordinance.

    As preparation of the UDO winds down, residents were given an opportunity to speak at the public hearing.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons said it was a meeting for the board to hear comments only about the UDO and accompanying zoning map. He said the board wouldn’t take any action at the evening meeting.

  • The First Tee and school partnership

    For the five fourth-grade classes at Virginia Williamson Elementary School, every other Tuesday is The First Tee day. Students are bused to Cinghiale Creek, where they participate in a program that combines the fundamentals of golf with character education through the Nine Core Values of The First Tee Organization. This partnership of schools and The First Tee of Brunswick County is patterned after a chapter in California and is the first of its kind on the east coast.

  • Golf action

     Beachcombers

    The Beachcombers played at Crow Creek. Low gross: Hal Riebesehl 83, Charlie Shore 84, Stu Cleveland 87, Fred Ortiz 89. Low nets: Riebesehl 60, Ortiz 61, Bob Smith 69.

    Team (one low net on par 5s, two on par 4s and three on par 3s): Cleveland, Riebesehl, Dan O’Connell and Ed Hennessey won at 24-under par.

    Golfer of the week was 85-year-old Hal Riebesehl, who shot an 83.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • PGA profiles: John Brown at the helm of St. James

     John Brown is one of the supermen of PGA golf professionals.

    He is one of 300 master pros listed by the PGA out of its 28,000 members and the general manager of St. James Plantation.