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Today's News

  • Roger Bacon Academy cheer squad wins national title

    BY BRAD BARTH
    SPECIAL TO THE BEACON
    ORLANDO, Fla.—Precise movements, school spirit, contagious enthusiasm, vocal articulation, spiraling jumps, unbelievable stunts, team pyramids, individual safety and crowd appeal are all part of what are intensely scrutinized by five national Pop Warner cheerleading judges. The cheerleading teams only get one shot to show their stuff.

  • Chamber of Commerce wins Corporate Challenge

    The Corporate Challenge Bowling League, organized by Planet Fun and the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, concluded its 2011 season with a bowl off Dec. 6 at Planet Fun among the first-and second-place finishers from each session this season. The three finalists were The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Shallotte Rotary and Home & Garden Pest Solutions.

  • Brunswick bowlers win gold in Special Olympics

    STAFF REPORT
    Brunswick County bowlers won three gold medals and a silver medal in the Special Olympics North Carolina Bowling Tournament Dec. 4.
    The event for the eastern part of the state took place in Durham, the central part of the state in Greensboro and the western part of the state in Newton.
    In Durham, nearly 300 Special Olympics North Carolina athletes competed and many coaches and volunteers supported the event, according to Keith L. Fishburne, Special Olympics North Carolina president/CEO.

  • Dorn named to NSCAA All-Southeast soccer team

    STAFF REPORT
    Mary Dorn is one of three Lees-McRae Bobcats on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II women’s soccer All-Southeast Region team.
    Joining Dorn on the all-region teams are second-team selection MaryBeth Sullivan and third-team honoree Brooke Santerre.

  • Sports calendar

    West Varsity sports calendar
    Dec. 16: West Bladen basketball at West. 6:30 p.m.
    Dec 17: West wrestling at St. James tournament
    Dec. 19: West basketball at North Myrtle Beach.
    Dec. 28-30: West boys basketball at Cox Mill tournament

  • Judith Coufal

    Judith Ann Wanser Coufal, 72, of Calabash, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Emeritus of Westminster.
    Born on Dec. 10, 1939, in O’Neill, Neb., she was a daughter of the late Max and Ceceila Carr Wanser.
    She was the wife of Robert F. Coufal, her husband of 51 years.
    She was a homemaker and later was an information specialist with General Electric. She was of Catholic faith and enjoyed playing bridge, bowling, attending football games, spending time with friends and cooking for the family.

  • Plan penalizes good workers, rewards those with problems

    Brunswick County Schools officials have a problem getting some of its bus drivers to show up for work.
    And it’s costing taxpayers extra money.
    Worse yet, it’s likely going to cost you more.
    Each time a bus driver calls in sick, the district pays that employee sick time and then must pay a substitute to fill that route.
    To make it worse, officials are often left scrambling to find a replacement driver in the wee hours of the morning—ensuring someone shows up to get a bus on the road and your children safely to school.

  • West wrestlers defeat North

     

    The West Brunswick High School wrestling team got six falls in beating North Brunswick 52-18 Dec. 13.

    West won the first five competitive matches by fall and led 36-0 before the Scorpions scored two pins in winning three straight matches. But with the lead 36-15, West won four of the final five matches.

    The match began at the 220-pound weight class, and junior Bobby McRainey beat senior Charles Williams by fall in 3:46. At heavyweight, sophomore Marquis Brown beat junior Shane Polletta by fall in with 1.5 seconds left in the first period.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: DSS board breaks law; illegally enters into closed session

    Members of the Brunswick County Social Services board broke the law on Tuesday when they improperly entered into closed session under the attorney-client privilege provision of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law.

    The problem? The DSS board does not have an attorney, either retained or employed by the board, as outlined in North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(a)3.

  • Busy month for OIB businesses

     

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Three new businesses are in the works for Ocean Isle Beach and the future looks bright for more.

    A surf shop, a scuba shop and a coffee/surf shop are all on the horizon for the town, reported Justin Whiteside, planning director.

    In the last month the planning and inspections department has issued permits for the three new businesses. Additionally, Second Street Bar & Grill is under new ownership, and a permit has been issued for the restaurant to be renamed Pelican’s Perch.