Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson


    Q.: How do you get down from an elephant?

    A.: You don’t get down from an elephant. You get down from a goose.


    People still like vests and comforters filled with down, although feather-filled pillows don’t seem to be as common as they used to be. Seems like pillows are most often filled these days with something artificial. Something soft and hypoallergenic, that kind of thing. Whatever works for that long winter’s nap.

  • Darren deMaille new golf columnist for the Beacon

    Exciting news for the readers of Golf Gab: You will have a new golf columnist starting in January. Darren deMaille will be taking over and I’m thrilled. 

    I met deMaille last week for lunch and we had a great visit. He is one terrific guy, a PGA pro and a teacher of the game of golf who owns the Double D Golf Academy in Little River, S.C.

    In addition to his golf credentials, he has written about golf for newspapers in Connecticut, New York and Florida. He recently published an article in Golf Digest about starting a teaching academy. 

  • Brunswick County reports untreated wastewater spill

    Brunswick County Public Utilities had a discharge of untreated wastewater from a 2-inch low pressure blow-off at 3798 Worthington Place in St. James on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

    The amount of the spill was about 10,000 gallons. The discharge was caused by a concrete truck driving in the utility right-of-way onto a 2-inch blow-off.

  • Shallotte police seek Wal-Mart thief

    Shallotte police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a man they say stole three items from Wal-Mart on Sunday, Dec. 18.

    The man, described as black with a large build and last seen wearing a yellow shirt and yellow jacket, came into the store several times that day and left through one of the main entrances, Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    The store said the man stole a George Foreman Grill, a CrockPot and a comforter set worth an a little more than $100, Holman said.

  • Leland man pleads no contest in malnourished pit bull’s death

    A Leland man accused of contributing to the death of a malnourished pit bull pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge he faced.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old James Jarett Roof, of Ocean Highway East, on a misdemeanor cruelty to animals charge Jan. 20.

    Roof was accused of “intentionally depriving (a pit bull dog) of necessary sustenance,” a warrant shows.

  • Three arrested on robbery charges

    Three Brunswick County men are accused of robbing two people last week.

    No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Matthew Ryan Eubanks, 17, of Creekwood Court in Supply on Dec. 10; Samuel Chad Hodges, 22, of Pigott Road in Shallotte on Dec. 13; and Kevin Durand Eubanks Jr., 20, of Creekwood Court in Supply on Dec. 14.

    Hodges was charged with a felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and the Eubankses, who are brothers, were each charged with a felony count of aiding and abetting an armed robbery.

  • Oak Island teen, Bolivia woman located safely

    Two people recently reported missing in separate cases have both been safely located.

    Trevor Joe Freeman, 15, of Oak Island was reported missing Nov. 23. Oak Island Police Capt. Tony Burke said Freeman was located safely soon after he was reported missing.

    A Bolivia woman who was last seen Dec. 8 at her Clemmons Road home was safely located in Conway, S.C., on Dec. 14, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Kimberly Kelly Seawell, 35, was originally reported missing Dec. 13.


  • BSL man faces second impersonation charge

    A Boiling Spring Lakes man faces a second charge after being accused of impersonating law enforcement in October.

    Anthony Mark Collins, 28, of East Boiling Spring Road is now charged with two misdemeanor counts of impersonating law enforcement, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.

  • Market aims to make world better

    SUPPLY — This Christmas, 11-year-old Mason Marshall of Supply is thinking about thousands of dollars worth of Christmas gifts — not for himself, but for more than 50 families in the community who will receive Christmas gifts from him via his gourmet popcorn business, Mason’s Market.

    The business was officially established in July 2015 after Mason’s mother Melissa gave him $50 and told him to “do something great” with it.

  • Scorpions lose twice in tourney at BCC

    BOLIVIA — The North Brunswick boys’ basketball team lost its two games in the inaugural Brunswick County Sherriff’s Office Christmas Tournament.

    East Columbus beat the Scorpions 53-51 Dec. 19 and Whiteville beat the Scorpions 84-73 Dec. 20 in games at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center gym.

    North is 2-7 this season.

    In a first-round game, East Columbus took a 53-51 lead with 71 seconds left on a pull-up jump shot.