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Today's News

  • Last call for bulbs; effects of cold weather are here

    We are already seeing the effects of early cold temperatures. Daffodils are blooming at the Brunswick Botanical Gardens and in my yard as well.

    Plants become confused when temperatures fluctuate between warm and cold, especially at this time of year. It is nice to see the color but did you really want the bulbs to bloom this early? If you want to delay the flower set for bulbs, you may have to plant them in cooler spots in the landscape or perhaps plant them a little deeper next time.

  • A New Year’s question to resolve: Is ignorance really bliss?

    Ignorance is bliss. I have heard that aphorism ever since I was a child. It provided a safe haven, an excuse, a reason to avoid risk-taking and profound thinking. Other maxims followed in its wake.

    “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” “Don’t ask...don’t tell.” “If you keep silent, no one will know that you don’t know. If you speak, all doubt will be removed.”

  • ‘Stand Up For Charity’ fundraiser set for Saturday at BCC

    Comedian Jon Reep will be the featured headliner in the first “Stand Up For Charity,” a fundraiser sponsored by the Shallotte Junior Women’s Club set for this Saturday, Jan. 3, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Reep, originally from Hickory, is the 2007 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is also known as “the Hemi guy” in the Dodge commercials.

    The show will also feature two opening acts—Brad Reeder and Brooklin Green.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant bike drive provides bikes to local kids

    For the 12th year, Brunswick Nuclear Plant employees have come together to give back to the community for the holidays through bicycle donations.

    Since its inception, the program has provided more than 1,200 children with bicycles and helmets. The annual bike drive gives employees at the nuclear plant the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child through donating money and time, and this year’s participation rate has been record-breaking.

  • Sweepstakes places back in business

    CALABASH—Monday morning, several patrons were already seated at Internet Café and Sweepstakes to log onto computers and play assorted games.

    Manager A.J. Freeman said business is brisk at the establishment in the Vision Square center, especially in the afternoons.

    She said the business re-opened after shutting down for 10 days.

    Such sweepstakes establishments, where people buy computer time to play games and receive credits, temporarily shut down after a new state law banning them went into effect Dec. 1.

  • While lowering scores, golfers raise money

    Nationally and locally, 2008 was a memorable year in sports.

    In reviewing The Beacon sports sections in the short time I have been here, I found myself doing some math and came across what I consider the best local sports story of the year: the generosity of the many, many golfers in this county.

    Readers of this newspaper know golf gets nearly a full section to itself to each week. (I know that firsthand: I edit in the results.) Golf leagues routinely report their scores and we dutifully print the results.

  • 12 Cougars named to all-conference

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick Cougar football team, who missed playing for a state title by two victories, had 12 players named to the Waccamaw All-Conference team. Six were on the first team and six on the second team.

    Coach Gordon Walters, who in three years built a program that saw the Cougars this season reach the third round of state playoffs, was still riding high with what his players had accomplished. It was the first time in 22 years the team was in the playoffs.

  • Wrestlers win tourney

    Bolstered by its second-place finish in the Battle at the Beach, the West Brunswick High School wrestling team won a dual and a tournament during the holiday break.

    West routed Myrtle Beach 49-26 Dec. 16. These were West’s eight winners and weight class: 103, Dalton Walker, pin; 112, Dylan Bernier, pin; 119, Troy Ruane, pin; 130, Jake Boudreau, pin; 152, Deven Ruane, pin; 160, Antaun Miller, pin; 171, Joey Moreno, pin; 285, Dee Kent pin.

  • North players make all-conference team

    Five players from the North Brunswick High School football team have been selected to the Waccamaw All-Conference football team. Five more were selected to the Waccamaw All-Conference second team.

    Below are season summaries for the players and coach Garry Bishop’s comments.

    ALL-CONFERENCE

    FIRST TEAM

    Anthony Gaines

  • Census takers sought in Brunswick County

    Wanted: Thousands of census takers.

    “Pay is good, hours are flexible, and work is close to home.”

    So says information posted on a U.S. Census Bureau Web site seeking people to do field work for the 2010 Census.

    That includes positions needed in Brunswick County, which is part of a regional search seeking qualified applicants for 15,000 jobs in both Carolinas as well as Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.