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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Gator Games attracts 240 competitors

    The 2009 Brunswick County Gator Senior Games had 240 participants in 80 athletic and artistic events. The top-three finishers in each age category, male and female, qualified to compete in the state finals in the fall.

    The Brunswick County Gator Senior Games began April 8 with opening ceremonies at Town Creek Park and ended May 11 with a celebration social and medals ceremony at the Cooperative Extension Building in the county government center.

  • Ocean City Chevrolet goes to bat for Shallotte Dixie Youth

    Giving something back to Brunswick County, Ocean City Chevrolet announced it is becoming partners with Shallotte Dixie Youth to provide the league’s players and coaches equipment, instructional clinics and a chance to raise $10,000 for the 2009 season. The program demonstrates Chevrolet and its dealerships as America’s brand, bringing together America’s pastime.

    In support of the Shallotte youth baseball program, Ocean City Chevrolet will provide the league kits filled with equipment bags, ball buckets, coaches’ clipboards and T-shirts.

  • Fireworks at the plate lift Trojans to third-round win in state playoffs

    West Brunswick’s baseball team lit sparklers from the start, but in the fourth inning the Trojans set off a string of firecrackers.

    West scored10 runs in that frame and went on to trounce Wilson Fike 16-4 Friday night in the third round of the state playoffs.

    It took the Trojans just 4½ innings to record the win, as the game was called short due to the 10-run rule.

    West led Wilson Fike 6-3 after three innings, but the outcome certainly wasn’t secure.