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Today's News

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate up in August

    RALEIGH—Unemployment in Brunswick County in August is up from last month and from last year.

    Statewide unemployment in August was 10.4 percent, while figures recently released by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina show that Brunswick County’s August unemployment increased to 10.7 percent.

    Brunswick County’s August rate is an increase compared to the July rate of 10.3 percent. Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for August is also half a percent higher than the August 2010 rate of 10.2 percent.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Fleetwood Drive in Southport; suspect stole victim’s fishing rods and reels from his house.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle on Andrew Jackson Highway in Leland; suspect stole victim’s vehicle.

    •Larceny on Galloway Road NE in Bolivia; suspect entered victim’s property and stole a dog box.

  • Board of education meetings to air on ATMC-TV

    SHALLOTTE—ATMC-TV and the Brunswick County Board of Education have teamed up to bring monthly board meetings to viewers on ATMC-TV Channel 3.

    The first meeting aired on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and board meetings will continue to be aired 8-9 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday night.

    A new meeting will be available for viewing the second Tuesday of each month.

  • Sloup shoots a 39 to win conference event

     In the high school girls’ golf match Sept. 19 at Brierwood, South Brunswick’s Ashley Sloup was the only one to break 40, as she shot a 39 in winning the competition.

    This was Sloup’s second straight victory of the season.

    The Cougars also won the team competition, finishing at 140, as Christine Guseman shot a 49, Katie Narron a 52 and Tina Tolley a 53. The three-lowest scores comprise the total.

  • Trojans beat South Columbus, improve to 5-0 in conference

     The West Brunswick High School boys’ soccer swept South Columbus and East Bladen, setting up a game for first place Sept. 28 at South Brunswick.

    The Trojans, 5-0 in the conference, beat South Columbus 4-0 on Monday at West. West played most of the game on the Stallions’ defensive end and scored 15 minutes into the game on a shot by sophomore midfielder Luis Espinoza. Passes by Jacob Ferguson and Scottie Melvin set up the goal.

  • Board of education seeks dismissal in charter school funding lawsuit

    BOLIVIA—Attorneys for the Brunswick County Board of Education have filed a response to a lawsuit in which the school system is accused of not properly funding the county’s charter school.

    In the response, filed Sept. 1 in Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court, attorneys are seeking a dismissal to the lawsuit, filed in June by Charter Day School Inc., a nonprofit charter school in northern Brunswick County, for claims the school board withheld state-required student funding.

  • Cougars rout West Bladen on homecoming night

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick defense kept the West Bladen Knights at bay all night, giving the Cougar offense great field position as the Cougars easily defeated West Bladen 48-21 Friday night in a conference football game.

    Greg Burton-White led the offensive assault for the Cougars with 138 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns, but the offense sputtered in the beginning. The Knights intercepted a halfback option on the second play of the game and that led to a touchdown a few plays later.

  • Trojans defeat Scorpions 41-28

      Photos from West Brunswick’s 41-28 victory over North Brunswick.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man dies in car wreck

     SHALLOTTE—An Ocean Isle Beach man was killed Wednesday, September 21.

    Gerald (Jerry) Oakley, 83, was fatally wounded during a two car wreck on N.C.179 in Shallotte.

    According to the Shallotte Police Department investigation report, the wreck occurred around 9:12 p.m. Oakley attempted to turn left onto N.C. 179 from Brierwood Drive when his vehicle struck an oncoming car.

    “Vehicle one failed to yield right of way for vehicle two, causing collision,” reads the report.

  • 2016 Brunswick Beacon Photo Contest ‘Brunswick Life’

    Show off your photographic talents and share your corner of the county with others in the Brunswick Beacon’s 2016 “Brunswick Life” photo contest. Winners will receive cash prizes and inclusion in future Brunswick Beacon publications.

    There are three divisions to include all ages. The kids’ division is for 12 and younger. The teen division is for 13- to 18-year-olds, and the adult division is for photographers 19 and older. 

    Pick up your camera and show us what makes life in Brunswick County unique.