Today's News

  • Christmas wishes for Congress: Read the Constitution (and the bills you pass)

    Ah, Christmastime. What a wonderful time of year. In our nation’s capital, a record snowfall has blanketed the city, creating a beautiful backdrop for a legislative disaster of epic proportions that is unfolding within the hallowed walls of the U.S. Capitol.

    In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d write a light-hearted tribute to the season, but then, around 1 a.m. Monday, the Senate secured its 60 votes needed to move forward with healthcare reform, derailing any hopes for jovial Christmas prose or sugarplum fairies to dance in my head.

  • 'Christmas Story' also delightful sports movie

    The best sports movie?

    I am sure several will come to mind, about baseball stars and football stars, about golfers and boxers, about bull riders or auto racers or Olympians.

    My favorite: “A Christmas Story.”

    The movie is often summarized as being about a boy, named Ralphie, trying to persuade his parents to get him an air rifle (i.e., a BB gun) for Christmas. But I think the popular movie also is about a young hunter in a suburban setting, and it is full of sports anecdotes.

  • Lady Trojans coast to win over rival Lady Cougars

    West Brunswick coach James Walker was aware of South Brunswick’s young team and knew it was important for the Trojans to jump out on the visiting Cougars early in the Dec. 15 contest.

    West did just that, opening up an 18-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and easily holding on for a 57-21 victory in the first game of the Waccamaw Conference season.

    West used a balanced scoring attack in the opening period with points coming from seven players.

  • West Brunswick leads Waccamaw Wachovia Cup standings

    With championships in volleyball, men’s soccer, and men’s cross country, West Brunswick leads the Waccamaw Conference standings after the fall season for the Wachovia Confererence Cup.

    The Wachovia Conference Cup award, sponsored by Wachovia and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools achieving the best overall interscholastic athletic performance within their conference.

    Wachovia has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.

  • West Bladen boys beat South's Cougars

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Bladen, with a record of 8-1 and ranked high in the state, sank South Brunswick 49-33 Friday night in a Waccamaw Conference boys’ basketball game in the Cougars’ gym.

    The Cougars entered the game coming off a 48-45 loss Dec. 16 to Horry County powerhouse North Myrtle Beach.

    South coach Dan McGougan likes his teams to face a tough schedule before they get deep into conference play, and these last two games should get them going in the right direction.

  • Foul trouble costs South's Lady Cougars

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Foul trouble and the inability of the Cougars to make their free throws cost them a victory Friday night in a Waccamaw Conference girls’ basketball game.

    They faced off against a West Bladen team that knows how to run the floor, pass, rebound and make free throws. Yet, the inexperienced girls of South, with nine players suited up, still made a game of it on sheer determination before losing 47-37.

  • Senate health reform bill moves forward; Christmas Eve vote expected

    After a series or party-line votes on healthcare reform this week, senators are expected to cast what could be their final vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act early Christmas Eve.

    The week of votes on the reform bill began with a cloture vote at 1 a.m. Monday, when a 60-40 party-line vote gave senate Democrats the three-fifths majority needed to move for with the bill.

  • New feature will highlight those who are changing people’s lives and the community

    Each year, The Brunswick Beacon highlights some of the community’s most interesting people in its annual 10 Most Interesting feature. Once a year, a single issue of the paper is devoted to telling the stories and featuring photos of those readers suggest are among the most interesting in Brunswick.

    This year, when we made a call for suggestions, we received more than we anticipated. With so many good suggestions, we wondered how we could do more than just feature 10 people this year.

  • Wallet loss, theft, damages reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a lost wallet reported Dec. 11 in the Great Egret Circle area of Sunset Beach.

    A Canadian Border serviceman reported he had lost all his military identification, a Canadian Border badge and badge holder and other items, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

    Police also investigated a report a 41-year-old son stole items from his elderly mother at an address on Indigo Circle.

  • West Brunswick students recognized for effort

    Louis Slover, assistant principal at West Brunswick High School, said when he was in high school, he was the “everyday kid.”

    He came to school, followed the rules and always tried to do his best. He may not have been at the top of his class, but he put forth effort.

    The teachers and administration at West Brunswick High School want the “everyday kids” to know they appreciate their efforts. Sixty-eight students were honored Friday morning with Effort Awards during a ceremony and breakfast celebration.