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Today's News

  • West, South wrestlers decide county championships

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—Eight South Brunswick wrestlers and six West Brunswick wrestlers won championships Saturday morning in the county championships at South.

    The tournament was the last for both teams in the regular season. South will compete this week in the Class 3A duals. Both teams will compete the following week in the Class 3A East Regional, a qualifier for the state tournament.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Beacon interview with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr

    Beacon reporter Caroline Curran interviewed U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the economy, jobs in North Carolina and the status of healthcare reform in Congress.

    In his State of the Union address, Obama said, “The worst of the storm has passed,” referring to the economy.

    Burr said the worst of the economic storm was not over for North Carolinians or Americans.

  • Turning dresses into dreams

    Between the dress, shoes, jewelry and accessories, hair, make-up and other essentials, prom costs can total hundreds of dollars—a financial burden some families cannot afford.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet is offering girls in Brunswick County a chance to receive a dress, shoes and accessories for the prom free of charge.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet is a project established by We Have a Mission (WHAM) of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Animal issues need to focus on 'things we can do better'

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey told more than 20 residents they need to focus on “things we can do better” regarding animal services.

    “We’ll take your recommendations; the final decision is up the [county] board of health,” Yousey said at a revived animal services advisory committee meeting Monday night.

  • Congress, local officials sound off on State of the Union

    During his State of the Union Address on Wednesday, Jan. 27, President Barack Obama addressed the economy, saying, “The worst of the storm has passed.”

    But not everyone agrees with that assessment. Some people say it’s too early to tell, while others argue the worst of the storm is still ahead for the nation.

    Donna Silva, chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party, said, “It’s really difficult to judge,” whether the worst has passed.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Beacon interview with U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre

    Beacon reporter Caroline Curran interviewed U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the economy, jobs in North Carolina and the status of healthcare reform in Congress.

    In his State of the Union address, Obama said, “The worst of the storm has passed,” referring to the economy.

    As for whether the worst of the economic storm has passed, “Not quite,” McIntyre said.

  • Waccamaw School Presents Disney Musical 'The Aristocats' this weekend at Odell Williamson

    Waccamaw School will present the Disney musical “The Aristocats” at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Middle school tourney boosts county wrestling

     The inaugural middle school/junior varsity wrestling tournament took place Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

    The purpose was to give more experience young wrestlers and to help prepare them for high school varsity wrestling careers.

    Teams from Leland, Cedar Grove, South and Shallotte middle schools competed.

    Special awards were given to the lightest wrestler, James Ball (78 pounds), and the heaviest, Marquise Brown.

  • Local tourism conversion rate up to nearly 30 percent

    Nearly 30 percent of people who sought information about vacationing on the Brunswick Islands went through with their plans, according to a recent conversion study by Smith Advertising for the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority.

    The previous conversion study in 2007 found 11.7 percent of inquiries resulted in visits. In the latest study, the number jumped to 29.7 percent, and half the visitors visit within two months of planning their trips, according to the results.

  • Suttlemyre’s scoring leads Trojans over Whiteville

     On Senior Night, senior guard Sheena Suttlemyre scored West Brunswick’s first 10 points and had a hand in all 16 of its first-quarter points as the Trojans beat Whiteville 58-40 Feb. 2 in a Waccamaw Conference basketball game.

    Suttlemyre hit four 3-pointers and finished with 29 points. She had three rebounds,  two assists and three steals.

    Breana Gause scored 12 points, Jasmine Daniels seven, Jasmine Jackson five, Kayla Padgett four and Rebecca Sidelinger one.