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Today's News

  • West Brunswick overcrowded, determined to succeed

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School may be the largest and most crowded high school in the county, but Principal George Kelley isn’t afraid of a challenge.

    “I just don’t think we have any excuses not to be successful here,” he said. “We’re headed in the right direction, our scores are indicating that.”

  • Tandoori is a style of food named for the Tandoor in which it's cooked

    Tandoori chicken is an Indian dish marinated in yogurt, lemon juice and a mixture of some or all of the following spices: ginger, garlic, cumin, chili powder, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika and garam masala (if you can find it).

    The marinated chicken is baked at a high heat using either wood or charcoal in an Indian Tandoor oven, a cylindrical oven made of clay. These ovens are typically used in India for baking many types of bread and also for roasting meat.

  • Joy of Coke, Pepsi, plastic quickly fizzling and melting

    It wasn’t that long ago sipping soda from a bottle—Coke, Pepsi or Cheerwine—was about as American and North Carolinian as you could get.

    As a kid, I lived for the times when my mother would let us go fetch a little bottle of Coke tucked in a secret place in the kitchen or down in the basement.

    Fond are my memories of perching at the counter at Woolworth’s or discovering the wonder of the new McDonald’s with an icy soft drink as a tooth-busting complement.

  • Fishing is 'just plain cruel'

    Before all you PETA fans get too excited about the title of this report, you may want to read further. After more than 15 years of fishing for a living, this past Sunday it finally hit me: Fishing is just plain cruel. Let me give you an example.

    I was guiding a nice group of guys from the Charlotte area for a day of fishing. The weather was such it limited us to staying within a mile or so of the beach, but no matter, because the Spanish mackerel and kings had been biting good along the beach front.

  • Golf action

    Greg Powell, of Whiteville, finished tied for fifth Sunday in the 16th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association.

    On the par-71 Pinewood Country Club course in Asheboro, Powell shot 67-74-70—211 (-2).

    Paul Tucker, 30, of Waxhaw, shot a final round 4-under par 67 to win the event at 7 under. Sherrill Britt, of West End, and Paul Simson, of Raleigh, were two strokes behind.

    The top 30 scores and ties are exempt into the 2010 North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship.

    BEACHCOMBERS

  • Behind-the-scenes antics are toxic for open government

    Gere Dale, does the town of Carolina Shores have something to hide?

    Why is it you’re expending so much energy to keep public business behind closed, locked doors?

    On multiple occasions, when approached by a Beacon reporter about issues we believe are of public record, you have spent more time questioning the reporter’s sources than answering questions.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Sept. 9

    Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Sarah Elizabeth Allen, probation violation, admits, Brunswick County Jail 45 days active with seven days credit for time served; probation violation, admits, Brunswick County Jail 10 days active, sentences to run concurrent.

    Cullen E. Arendale, indecent exposure, voluntarily dismissed.

  • West Brunswick student builds playground shelter as Eagle Scout service project

    Seventeen-year-old Daniel Hagan has completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout and gave back to his childhood school in the process.

    For his service project, Hagan decided to build a shelter area at Waccamaw School's playground. A former Waccamaw student, Hagan said the school is his "favorite place on Earth," and wanted to do give back to the place he received so much.

    "It has been a pleasure and an honor planning and constructing this shelter for the past year," he said during a dedication ceremony Wednesday evening.

  • Suspect fires shot at sheriff’s deputies; deputy fires back

    SHALLOTTE—An undercover drug buy went awry when a man from whom drug agents were attempting to purchase drugs shot at a van carrying three sheriff’s deputies.

    Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, drug agents arrived at the intersection of Tryon Road and McMilly Road in Shallotte, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. When an undercover drug agent attempted to make a controlled narcotics buy, sheriff’s office officials say Demontray Hill allegedly pulled out a shotgun and fired one shot at the sheriff’s office van.

  • Coast Guard sets hearing on Ocean Isle parasail accident

    The U.S. Coast Guard has scheduled a formal hearing for Sept. 23-25 to receive testimonies about the fatal parasailing accident Aug. 28 on Ocean Isle Beach, which resulted in the deaths of two vacationing women.

    The hearing is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at the New Hanover County Courthouse, courtroom 402.