Today's News

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    The Brierwood Men’s Golf Association format for Dec. 26 was one best ball gross on the front nine and two best balls net on the back nine.  The winning team at -1 was Bob Nobes, Ron Arvidson and Dave Harper.  The second-place team at +1 was George Edwards, Jim Pope and Dennis Shea.
    Brunswick Plantation MGA
    Results Dec. 29 (two-man better ball): 1. Joe Longo, Bob Gillespie, -14; 2. Gabby Grant, Mike Fiore (-10, mc); 3. Brian Kantner, Tom Lesniewicz (-10).

  • Annual Best Bob Tournament keeps Bob-bob-bobbing along

    Six years ago, Bob Hack played in a veterans golf tournament and a curious thing happened at lunch. Of the five couples at the table, all the men were named Bob.
    “We were playing in a veterans tournament at Carolina National,” explained Bob Hack. “When we discovered that every darned guy at the table was named Bob, we decided to plan a tournament just for the Bobs at Carolina National. We did, and it’s been an ongoing event ever since.”

  • Sports brief

    Calabash VFW
    Steel Tip Dart League
    On Dec. 6, Dennis Major, Pat Burkart and Pat Perryman placed first at the weekly Calabash VFW Steel Tip Dart League match.
    Second: Pete McGerr, R. J. Branham and Ken Yusko.
    Third: Tom Kelleher, Jerry Morano and Linda Townsend.
    On Dec. 13, Mike Walton, Pat Perryman and Larry Clark finished first.
    Second: R. J. Branham, Tom Kelleher and Tom Townsend.
    Third: Hugo Kosmel, Tom McCormack and Ken Yusko.
    On Dec 20, Jerry Morano, Helen McCormack and Barbara Clark finished first.

  • West varsity sports calendar

    Subject to change
    Jan. 5: West wrestling at Socastee, S.C., 7 p.m.
    Jan. 6: West basketball at South Columbus, 6:30 p.m.
    Jan. 7: West wrestling at North Brunswick tourney, 8 a.m.
    Jan. 10: West basketball at South Brunswick, 6 p.m.
    Jan. 11: West wrestling at South Brunswick, 7 p.m.

  • Sports calendar

    Dixie registrations
    Registration is open for the 2012 Dixie Boys Baseball and the 2012 Dixie Belles and Debs Softball programs. Both programs are for boys and girls 13-15. Registration deadline for Dixie Belles and Debs is Feb. 24 and the deadline for Dixie Boys is March 2.
    Registration fee is $50 for both programs. For more information, call (910) 253-2670. Registration forms may be pick up at in Bolivia at the Government Complex, Building M, or you can get one online at www.brunswickcountync.gov (youth athletics page).

  • Creative and eclectic: Calabash shop offers a little bit of everything

    CALABASH—Lydia’s is a colorful shop offering a little bit of everything.

    That’s the way business partners Lydia McMurray, Alice Rayner and Eileen Pelehaty planned it when they located to the Lowcountry Stores complex here in the Seafood Capital last August.

    They first met at Everything Under the Sun Flea Market in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    “Eileen is still in there,” McMurray said, standing inside her namesake shop last week with Rayner.

  • Area small businesses are key to economic growth

    Local entrepreneur Lloyd Milliken is looking at ways to create some new jobs here in Brunswick County.
    If all goes as planned, 25 new jobs could be created as Milliken makes changes to business operations at his oyster house on Village Point Road. Milliken hopes to successfully rework his oyster house into a new scallops-processing business.
    In an area where new jobs are desperately needed, and after feeling the effects of the dwindling seafood and related markets over the past several years, it’s good to see a new approach getting under way.

  • Brunswick County property taxes due

    BOLIVIA—Have you paid your 2011 property taxes yet? If not, you have until Thursday, Jan. 5, to pay your taxes before interest begins to accrue.

    “The last three days of last week and the four days this week are our busiest times in the tax office,” Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry said this week.

    “We are on target with our 2011-2012 collections, thanks to the citizens and businesses who have paid their taxes, especially during these difficult economic times,” Perry said.

  • Beacon looks back on 50 years

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.


    The new year marks a time of reflection for The Brunswick Beacon. With lots of changes over the years, 2012 marks 50 years of continual news coverage for the newspaper in Brunswick County.

  • Beacon looks back on 50 years

    If it weren’t for Jo Ann Simmons, there might not have ever been a Brunswick Beacon.

    The first edition of this newspaper was published under the name of the Shallotte Press on Thursday, Nov. 1, 1962.

    But the name Shallotte Press didn’t stick for long. A contest was launched challenging subscribers to come up with a new name for the newspaper. A $50 cash prize awaited the winner.