Today's News

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing teen.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, detectives are searching for Aylissa Garcia, 17, of Leland.

    Garcia was last seen at her Leland home around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18. She left her home on foot and hasn’t returned as of Thursday afternoon, Stanley said.

    She is possibly with Rasheed Merrick, a black male, in the Navassa area.

  • Designer says farewell as she moves on to other opportunities

    Writing for a newspaper was all I had dreamed about doing since I was a little girl. I imagined myself sitting at a desk in my own little cubicle, with my fingers racing across a keyboard, just as I am doing now. Since February of 2007, I have lived my childhood dream here at the Beacon.

    My career in the newspaper business started when I was 19 years old. I attended UNC-Charlotte and livedwith my parents in Statesville. Like many other college kids, I worked waiting tables.


    A Georgia man has been arrested in connection with larceny of a boat trailer at Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Andrew Skipper Pate, 27, of Kinnesaw, Ga., was charged with larceny of a boat trailer on Monday, Aug. 16. He was arrested with the help of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department, according to the incident report.

    Pate was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and held on a $10,000 secured bond. The boat and trailer have been recovered.

  • Career technical education programs aims to reduce dropouts

    School officials are excited to integrate vocational arts into the daily curriculum at Brunswick County Academy. They believe it will help reduce the dropout rate and provide students additional opportunities to be successful.

    With the help of a $1.9 million federal School Improvement Grant, a new career technical education (CTE) program will be implemented at Brunswick County Academy (BCA) this fall, which will introduce students to three areas of vocational arts.

  • Redfish action is the best thing going inshore

    Local inshore fishing remains locked into our long summertime pattern, as the hot weather continues to make early morning and night fishing more productive than anything else. Redfish action is the best thing going inshore, while black drum are there to be caught after dark.

    The redfish are still schooling inside and can be taken around the creeks as well as along the bridges, docks and points inshore. Redfish are moving and feeding only when the tide is really flowing, so the action is best on strong currents, when the water really kicks up a fuss.

  • Fill the Pantry Tournament raises more than $10,000

    The Fill the Pantry Golf Tournament, to benefit the Loaves and Fishes food Pantry, was played July 31 at Crow Creek Golf Club. The tournament raised more $10,000 that will be used to supply the needy of Brunswick County with hams and turkeys during the holiday season.

    The overall tournament winners in the captain’s choice event were Larry McCarthy, Glen Maynard, Joe Melton and Ed Jacobs with a score of 57.

  • Dog days of summer march on

    As I boarded my boat and headed out for another day of fishing, I glanced down at my water temperature gauge. It read 89 degrees; is that possible? I dipped my hand into the bait well and the water was hot. I thought to myself, “If I were a fish, would I want to live here?” And thus it’s not hard to find reason for the slow fishing our area is experiencing.

  • Milliken brings out the broom at Myrtle Beach Speedway



    Justin Milliken had a two-win sweep Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Lucas Willliams won his first race Limited Late Model race of the 2010 season.

    Anxious and feisty were the only words to describe the Limited-Late Model drivers. With many drivers taking advantage to the new payout agreement, the field was the largest field of the season. 

  • The Summer Leadership Academy at St. James concludes

    Youth participants from eight of 13 The First Tee chapters throughout the Carolinas gathered recently for the fifth annual Summer Leadership Academy at St. James. Each year the academy sees more growth in attendance, volunteers and activities.

    The academy took place Aug. 2-5 and included leadership workshops, golf clinics, golf tournaments, guest speakers and lots of fun for the youth. 

  • Tips for organizing a successful charity golf tournament

    Most golfers have played in a charity golf event; many of us have run one or served on a committee. Whether the tournament is a fundraiser for a local family with extreme medical bills or a posh Rally for the Cure at a private club, it takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and organizational skills to pull it off. 

    A charity tournament is not like a regular golf tournament. There are sponsors to recruit, raffle prizes to solicit. There might be a silent auction, a breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner, snacks and refreshments on the course.