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Today's News

  • Roman Kelley introduced as South Brunswick High School football coach

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Calling it a “very significant day,” South Brunswick High School athletics director Chris Roehner introduced Roman Kelley as the new head coach of the Cougars’ football team on May 20.

    Roehner gave a history lesson to explain why the hiring is so significant.

    Roehner has been at South 12 years, and in his first five years, South had five different coaches. The last seven years, South has had two different coaches.

  • South’s Ervin Hall to play for Brunswick Community College

    Ervin Hall wants to develop his basketball game, and that is one reason Hall, a South Brunswick senior, signed a letter of intent May 20 to attend Brunswick Community College and play for coach Walter Shaw’s Dolphins.

    Shaw’s program is attractive to recruits for at least two reasons: It is a winning program (three region titles in five years) and it is a successful program (eight sophomores this year will play at four-year colleges next year, and six of those are Division I teams).

  • North’s Jesse Riley second in 200 at state meet

    GREENSBORO—North Brunswick’s Jesse Riley finished second in the 200-meter sprint and third in the 100 Friday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A state track meet.

    For Riley, the 200 was a race he thought he had a good chance to win. He finished in 22.20 seconds. Romar Morris of Salisbury was first in 21.85. South Brunswick’s Quan Ray was sixth in 22.69.

    Riley and Morris—later named the boys’ MVP—raced next to each other.

  • BCC satellite facility still in the works

    A new campus center for southwestern Brunswick County is still in the works after being delayed by zoning that has since been resolved, a spokeswoman with Brunswick Community College said last week.

    Construction was tentatively slated to begin this year for the planned 7,000-8,000-square-foot facility on undeveloped property off Thomasboro Road, about a half-mile east of U.S. 17.

    BCC spokeswoman Liz McLean said rezoning has been completed of the site, as well as a schematic design for the facility.

  • Tribute paid at Memorial Day ceremonies to those who gave all

    World War II veterans Bud Sweetman and Tom Koester and Vietnam veteran Ray Ryan had front-row seats as they took part in the annual Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Calabash.

    All three wore garb from their respective branches of military service—longtime blood donor Sweetman from the U.S. Army’s Second Division and Ryan in his 101st Airborne Division uniform.

    Koester, who turns 85 on July 13, was attired in his 1940s Navy uniform that still fits him fine.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners have first budget workshop

    Holden Beach Commissioners must decide whether to keep or return about a million dollars the town has borrowed, they said at their first budget workshop Tuesday afternoon in town hall.

    “The question now is to put the money back where it came from so it will paint a true picture of what things cost and we’ll have cash reserves on hand,” Mayor Alan Holden said. “You’ve got to have cash money in reserve.”

  • Delayed financial statements sparks letter from government commission

    The Town of Holden Beach received a letter of reprimand Friday from the Local Government Commission finance division of the Department of the State Treasurer.

    The letter resulted from LGC analysis of the town’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008.

    The letter, dated May 18, was addressed to the mayor. Holden Beach Commissioners saw it after it arrived this week.

  • Community newspapers thrive by telling life stories from beginning to end

    In her opinion column this week on page 5A, Beacon staff writer Caroline Curran reflects on her past three years with this newspaper and shares some of the things she’s learned along her journey.

    One of the points she makes is that every person has a story. What a joy it is for editors when their writers embrace that notion! In community newspapers like The Brunswick Beacon, we focus on telling the life stories of people who live, work and grow up in this community.

  • North beats Clinton, First Flight in playoffs

    North Brunswick advanced to the fourth round of the Class 2-A baseball playoffs by beating First Flight 5-0 Friday. North played at Fairmont on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the Eastern Regional.

    North Brunswick (22-4) scored twice in the second inning and another in the third. The Scorpions added runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

    Trey Watson was the winning pitcher. Randall Rabon and Frank Walsh were 2-for-3.

    North Brunswick beat Clinton 8-5 May 19 in the second round in Leland.

  • Horne wins two N-SSA titles

    Norman Horne won two titles in the North-South Skirmish Association spring nationals, which concluded May 17 in Winchester, Va.

    Horne finished first in the 50-yard carbine and first in carbine aggregate. He also was seventh in the 100-yard carbine.

    Horne and other competitors with the 23rd North Carolina State Troops had two second-place finishes.

    The cannon team of Joe Newman, Buck Buchan, Mike Roberts, Patti McLaughlin, Graham King and Horne finished second in its class. Newman, Buchan, Roberts and Horne are from Brunswick County.