Today's News

  • Low and slow is the answer when barbecuing your ribs

    Getting down the technique of indirect heat is the difference between grilling and burning your ribs. When it comes to barbecue sauce, don’t even think about it until the last 15 or 20 minutes of cooking. Then, think about it constantly.

    When finishing ribs with sauce, coat one side of the ribs with sauce, flip them over, coat the other side and then flip them over again. Repeat the basting process at least three or four times during the final minutes of cooking to ensure the ribs are well coated with sauce and evenly caramelized, not burned.

  • Detectives search for missing Southport man

     Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in located a missing Southport man.

    Matthew Hoffman, 21, of Blue Water Street, was last seen at his home this morning around 2am. He was wearing a black shirt, gray pants and black boots. He is 5'6" and weighs about 150lbs.

    Hoffman has cognitive disabilities, Flax said.

    Anyone with any information about Hoffman’s whereabouts is asked to contact Det, Jason Fennell at 910-880-4895.

  • West Brunswick High School principal rescinds resignation

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick High School's principal has decided to stay after all.

    Principal Brock Ahrens resigned abruptly Friday afternoon, June 13, after a dispute with Superintendent Edward Pruden regarding graduation eligibility requirements.

    Ahrens’ resignation came during a faculty meeting in which Pruden told the West Brunswick staff 18 seniors who met all of the academic requirements but failed to comply with attendance requirements will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises Saturday, June 14, at 9 a.m.

  • Varnamtown woman honored for efforts launching BCC

    VARNAMTOWN — It was a tribute to beat all tributes.

    Monday night, June 9, folks in Varnamtown turned out to honor one of their own — longtime resident Barbara “Bobbie” Varnam — for her efforts to start a community college in Brunswick County 36 years ago.

    Varnam, 78, was instrumental in her mission to see a local college in her neck of the woods, Varnamtown native Marlene Varnam noted at the June 9 gathering in the meeting room at Varnamtown Town Hall.

  • Kids' events heat up for summer

    It’s almost summer — do you know what your kids will be doing?

    An array of activities is out there to keep them busy and involved.

    Following is a closer look at what’s available.

    Brunswick County Summer Camp 2014

    Starting June 16, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Communities in Schools, is conducting weeklong summer camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at four local elementary schools.

  • New Sunset Beach channel unveiled on ATMC

    SUNSET BEACH — Live on ATMC — it’s Sunset Beach!

    The town of Sunset Beach has officially launched its own new public informational channel on ATMC TV.

    Channel 99, devoted exclusively to information about the town of Sunset Beach and things going on within the town, debuted May 23.

    Town administrator Susan Parker said citizens in the Sunset Beach area with ATMC cable will be able to access local information on Channel 99.

  • Sunset Beach non-interest sewer assessment deadline June 30

    June 30 is the deadline for Sunset Beach property owners to pay off their sewer assessment interest-free.

    In June 2013, Brunswick County Public Utilities completed construction of the Sunset Beach wastewater collection system.

    Because the project was funded as a special assessment district, property owners who benefited from the project were assessed their proportionate share of the cost of the project.

  • Past Calabash VFW Post commander new state commander

    By Frank Richardson

    Special to the Beacon

    VFW Calabash Post 7288 now boasts having the new North Carolina VFW state commander among its members.

    Jack Goin, who served as Calabash Post commander from 2006 through 2008 and later served several positions in the Department of North Carolina VFW, officially took over the reins as commander of the North Carolina VFW effective June 8.

  • Golf roundup

     Staff Report

    These are summaries sent to the Beacon by area golf leagues.


    Brierwood MGA

    Results of points June 2. In first place with 90 points were Gary McDaniel, Bob Janovic, Dennis Shea and Al Bloom. In second place with 87 points were Larry Boyer, Dave Harper and Chuck Hornfeck.


    Brierwood WGA

  • Learning golf: From intimidating to easy

     Golf is an intimidating game. It’s played outside in all kinds of weather on natural terrain. There are tees and greens and fairways with obstacles like sand traps and ponds, creeks, rivers, trees, shrubs and deep grass. 

    In baseball and tennis, you have a single bat or racquet. In golf you have a bag full of 14 clubs with different names and uses: irons, woods, hybrids, rescue clubs, wedges and a putter.