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Today's News

  • The power of the question: Is God's grace a resented banquet?

    If I took a survey of Brunswick County residents and asked, “Is God’s grace a resented banquet?” I would guess the response would either be a shocked stare, a quizzical look, an angry glare or an astonished negative.

    How could we possibly resent God’s grace? How could we turn our backs on a generous God who presents us with a banquet feast of life that is overflowing with goodness?

  • Things starting to go bump in spooky season of politics

    It’s that scary time of year again—pre-election dues.

    A cauldron of political stew is stirring like a wicked brew, especially in Brunswick County towns where there’s a challenger or few.

    Beware the ghosts of elections past, political barbs as sharp as witches’ nails, phantom statements being made to the news.

    Watch for creatures drifting in and out of town, digging up graveyard dirt and making the rounds.

    Will it get ugly? It already has. That’s the way the season of politics sometimes comes to pass.

  • Scorpions sting Stallions on homecoming

    LELAND—You could see and feel the happiness and relief on coach Garry Bishop’s face. He was shaking hands with everyone. He hugged his assistant coaches.

    “The kids never gave up,” he said after his North Brunswick football team upset perennial power South Columbus 27-21 in overtime Friday night.

    “This is one of our better wins for the program. We played with confidence. They are one of the elite programs in our conference, and it does a lot for our program.”

  • Bland's rushing leads Trojans over Whiteville

    Sophomore running back Justin Bland scored on a 47-yard touchdown run a minute into West Brunswick’s junior varsity football game Oct. 15 against Whiteville. This was a sign of things to come from Bland and the Trojans, who held off a late rally to preserve the 27-14 victory.

  • Lancaster, S.C., teen wins Oyster Festival 10K race

    Sixteen-year-old Wylie Penegar, a runner-up last year in the Oyster Festival 6.2-mile race, finished first Saturday by five seconds in the 157-runner race at Ocean Isle Beach.

    In cool, overcast weather, Penegar, of Lancaster, S.C., finished in 35 minutes, 56 seconds. He beat fellow Lancaster runner Drew Burns, 17, by five seconds.

    The top woman runner was Andrea Rene, of Wilmington. Rene, 30, finished in 41:30 and was seventh overall.

    The top county runner was Dale Waters, of Leland. Waters, 44, finished in 41:25 and was sixth overall.

  • 'Some pig' comes to life this weekend at OWA

    Theatergoers of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in the classic story of “some pig” promoted by a web-writing spider for the next two weekends in Brunswick County.

    Wilbur, Charlotte, Fern and all the lovable characters in E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” will come to life as Stagestruck Players perform a stage version of the award-winning children’s book debuting this weekend.

  • Behind the scenes: You lied, your time is up and who bit you?

    Last week, The Brunswick Beacon, together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV, launched three of this political season’s Meet the Candidates Forums in Brunswick County.

    The event started out last Monday, Oct. 12, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association’s clubhouse. The next Thursday, Oct. 15, we headed over to the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at Sea Trial for the Sunset Beach forum, and on Friday, Oct. 16, we were at the Calabash Fire Department for Calabash.

  • Media not trying to cause H1N1 panic but increase awareness, prevention

    In case you haven’t heard, my colleagues and I are responsible for the national panic regarding the H1N1 virus.

    At least that’s what a fellow reporter and I were told.

    When another reporter asked a county leader why the media had not been notified of confirmed H1N1 cases in Brunswick County, the answer was because the media blows it out of proportion and gets people worried for no reason.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED South Brunswick wins opener in volleyball playoffs

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick volleyball team won a first-round match in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A playoffs Saturday against North Lenoir.

    The Cougars won 25-23, 24-26, 24-17, 25-22. South (13-6) was scheduled to play a second-round match Oct. 27 (foe not yet determined).

  • Video: Shallotte candidates discuss traffic concerns, future development

    Encouraging future development in keeping with Shallotte’s small-town atmosphere, moving forward with the long-term vision plan and trying to mitigate traffic problems on Main Street were the main topics of conversation at last week’s Meet the Candidates Forum.

    Last Wednesday’s event, at the ATMC meeting room, was the last of four such forums sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, ATMC TV, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and Sunset Properties.