Today's News

  • The secret to good, grilled barbecue chicken: low and slow

    Chicken is probably one of the most popular foods to grill, yet I’ve found out that for most of us, it seems to be the most troublesome to cook.

    The biggest problem is with bone-in chicken and flare-ups caused by the skin melting and then dropping on the flame, which in turn causes the chicken to burn faster on the outside. But because it contains bones, it takes longer to cook than your standard burgers and steaks. And, no one wants to eat chicken that is anything less than well done. Most of us end up with chicken burnt on the outside and raw close to the bone.

  • Baseball and the stars above

    By Mark Jankowski

    Ingram Planetarium senior engineer

    Autumn has sprung. Wait a minute. Can autumn spring? Well, maybe I should say autumn has fallen. The temperatures do not reflect the change of seasons but daylight is growing shorter, school buses are on the road again, and stores have winter coats on display. That is just the change here on the ground.

  • Weather watch: Towns keeping eye on storm

    Area towns are participating in Brunswick County conference calls and will continue to do so.

    Calabash Town Hall is still operating on regular hours. At this time staff does not anticipate closing early Wednesday or starting late Thursday, interim town administrator Kelley Southward says. The town services department is monitoring streets and the flow of stormwater. Staff is prepared to continue monitoring the rest of Wednesday and through the night. Staff and the town's emergency management committee will be put on standby.

  • Weather watch: Road issues


    8:31 p.m. Gilbert Road at the bridge near Blockhouse Road is closed. 

    7:55 p.m. N.C. 211 at Lockwood Folly bridge is closed. Will be routing traffic down Midway Road off N.C. 211 and down Stone Chimney Road.

    5:39 p.m. West side of town at Caswell, Bay and 9th flooded in Southport. Roads are closed.

    2:20 p.m. Empire Road (about half a mile from Mount Pisgah Road) is washed out and caving in. High water reported at Medcalf Drive and Sunset Lakes Boulevard. The dam at lake Medcalf is overflowing.

  • Weather watch: Flash flood warning in effect

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a flash flood warning for eastern Brunswick County through 8 a.m. Thursday. A flood warning is in effect through 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

    Flash flooding is happening in parts of Brunswick County as moderate to heavy rain moves onshore.

    Do not drive through flooded areas.

    A high risk of rip currents will be in effect through 6 p.m. Thursday.

  • Weather watch: BCC campus to close at 3 p.m.

    Brunswick Community College will close down its campus at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) due to weather.

    Check www.brunswickbeacon.com for updates when they become available, or call the campus at 755-7300.

  • Weather watch: Closings, delays

    Brunswick County Schools will be closed Friday, Oct. 1.

    Brunswick Community College will operate on a normal schedule Friday, but BCC’s Early Childcare Center and Brunswick Interagency program will be closed Friday.

    Brunswick County Schools and government offices will be closed Thursday.

    Battleship N.C. Ghost Ship cast meeting for Thursday has been canceled.

    Leland Rotary's Sept. 30 meeting has been canceled.

  • Weather Watch: Brunswick County Schools to release at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday

    Brunswick County Schools will let out at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) due to inclement weather, according to a countywide message released by the district.

    The message said further updates regarding school on Thursday will be released as more information from the National Weather Service is available.

    Check back for further updates.

  • Weather watch: Pets allowed at West Brunswick shelter

    Brunswick County remains under a state of emergency following Monday's heavy rains and expected continued rainfall Wednesday and Thursday.

    At 4 p.m. Wednesday, emergency shelters opened at North and West Brunswick high schools.

  • DSS board must abide by open meetings law, even if members don’t ‘agree’

    The Brunswick County Board of Social Services either doesn’t know the law or is consciously choosing to ignore it—both of which are unacceptable. 

    We expect any community member who serves on a public board to know the North Carolina Open Meetings Law. 

    We certainly expect the board’s attorney, Gary Shipman, who is billing the county $275 an hour, to know the open meetings law as well as advise board members of it if they do not know it.