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Today's News

  • Three-point shooting sparks West to victory

    West Brunswick scored the first 17 points and went on to beat West Bladen 72-37 in a nonconference high school girls basketball game Dec. 18.

    The 72 points were the most of the season for the Trojans (6-4).

    Four straight 3-pointers in the second quarter by Jasmine Daniels and Sheena Suttlemyre ended a West Bladen rally and clinched the victory for the Trojans.

    For the game, Daniels hit four 3-pointers in scoring 14 points and Suttlemyre hit three in scoring 13 points. Breana Gause was top scorer (21 points).

  • Trojans lose close games

    West Bladen hit four free throws in the final nine seconds to beat West Brunswick 53-47 in a nonconference high school boys basketball game Dec. 18.

    The Trojans (2-8) trailed 45-36 with 2:25 left but, a 3-pointer by Pat Kamfolt and a free throw by Alfy Hill, who was fouled on the play, cut the Knights’ lead to 45-40 with 2:02 left.

    A score by Hill and a his two free throws on the next possession left West Brunswick down 47-44 with 66 seconds left.

  • Scorpions dominate 4th quarter for win

    LELAND—North Brunswick expanded a three-point lead in the third quarter to 20 points in the fourth quarter and beat Trask 68-50 in a high school boys basketball game Dec. 18.

    “Our goal is to win every quarter, and we accomplished that,” North coach Travis Lemanski said.

    At the start, the Scorpions let Trask determine the pace of the game—and that was a mistake. The Scorpions excelled at the run and gun.

  • Shallotte sets hearing on new sidewalk regulations

    SHALLOTTE—Under proposed new sidewalk regulations, the town of Shallotte would no longer require sidewalks to be built on all improved property. Instead, sidewalks would only be allowed in a newly created “sidewalk district” in the central areas of town.

    Tuesday night, the board of aldermen scheduled a public hearing for the proposed amendment to the portion of the town’s unified development ordinance (UDO) for the board’s February meeting.

  • District Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 10, 11, 12, 15 and 16 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec. 10

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Gordon Everett Albro, improper equipment, costs.

    Tiffany Michelle Aldana, driving while license revoked, fictitious/canceled/revoked registration card/tag, both voluntarily dismissed.

    Chauncey Lee Anderson, possession marijuana up to one-half ounce, voluntarily dismissed.

  • This year’s gift?

    To the editor:

    This year’s gift to give to you,

    Has no ribbon, wrap or bows.

    There’s no box or tissue to discard.

    There’s no “dust collector” to show.

    This year’s gift I give to you,

    Can be kept and given away.

    It’s something that you can’t leave,

    But take wherever you go or stay.

    This year’s gift I give to you,

    It’s a wonderful eternal treasure.

    I received it quite a few years ago,

    I happily regift it, with pleasure.

  • Look for a silver lining in disappointments

    Some view disappointments as a prelude to failure; others view disappointments as stepping stones to success.

    Most major achievements are born out of failure and disappointments. The space program failed many times before it succeeded. Experimental space rockets crashed and fell back to earth before a reliable space carrier was developed.

    Most medical cures are products of multiple test tube failures.

    The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers failed before they succeeded. Michael Jordan spent six years in the NBA before he won his first championship.

  • Tell board members to support planetarium

    To the editor: If you’ve been reading the Beacon recently, you must know that the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation and Ingram Planetarium are in the midst of a capital campaign that we are pleased to report has received broad based community support.

    Dozens of individuals, organizations, businesses, the county, our school system and other municipalities have endorsed us, and in many cases, provided funding. I mention this because at some recent Sunset Beach town meetings, comments were made that implied the community was not supporting our efforts.

  • Supports Shallotte Middle

    To the editor: With all the negative publicity Shallotte Middle School has received, I was considering sending my child to a private school. Not wanting to separate her from friends, I decided to give it a try, while keeping the private schools on the back burner.

    Although we are only four months into the school year, I am pleased with my child’s repertoire of teachers.

  • Upset about detention center

    To the editor: My name is James Saunders. I’m writing to you in regard to the many inmates being held here in the Brunswick County Jail for weeks, even months at a time, after being sentenced to the N.C. Department of Corrections.

    [At the time of writing this letter], I will have been here for 17 days waiting to be shipped.