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Today's News

  • Colorful fall foliage is peaking in Brunswick County

    If you haven’t seen the colorful fall foliage, then walk outside and take a look. Your eyes are in for a wonderful treat.

    Our botanical garden in Bolivia is peaking with many bright hues of yellow, red, orange and purple. I often hear we do not have any color change in southeastern North Carolina, but I beg to differ. There are a number of plants showing off right now, but hurry, it will not last.

    If you like what you see and want to add more color in your landscape, then jot down the names of the plants you like and plant them this fall.

  • This is not your mother’s library, and she’s not your mother’s librarian

    For me, the word library conjures up images of cold, stone buildings. I can still smell the musty odor that lingered in the air, exciting the imagination and exacerbating an air of literary mystery.

    Order was paramount in that place. Books dared not venture from their Dewey Decimal System placement and readers dared not return them to a spot that differed from their original place.

  • Festa Italia uncorks Saturday at Silver Coast Winery

    GRISSETTOWN—All things Italian will be celebrated this Saturday at Silver Coast Winery, which is staging its annual Festa Italia 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The event kicks off with master of ceremonies Dave “The Bopper” Overby warming up the crowd with Italian songs.

    At noon, Larry Tanelli and the Paisans will perform until 3 p.m., bringing their renowned tribute to Louis Prima.

    Also at noon, the Carolinas Italian American Organization (CIAO) will be on hand to organize Festa Italia’s annual bocce tournament, which is open to everyone.

  • Local businesswomen win awards at competition

    Business growth program, Make Mine A Million $ Business, has selected Carrie D. Partello of East Coast Moving LLC and Elizabeth Casazza of AquaVida USA LLC as two of the 10 awardees from the Charlotte event on Oct. 7 at the Blake Hotel.

    Partello was featured in a previous edition of The Beacon.

  • Business briefs

    Ron and Adrienne Watts, owners of Sunset Properties, have announced Steve Sharman has joined the company as general manager of its Ocean Isle Beach rental operations.

    Sharman, with over 25 years experience in both commercial and vacation rental property management, recently served as property manager at Ocean Isle Beach Realty and was a property manager at Prudential Resort Realty at the Outer Banks for five years prior to that. He is a graduate of Georgia State University.

  • Trip had unexpected, happy result

    My first trip to Pikeville, on a weekday afternoon, was not one for leisure. I made the two-and-one-half hour drive to cover the West Brunswick High School soccer team play in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A playoffs.

    I thought it was a wasted, but necessary, trip. I arrived there tired, hungry and irritable.

  • West completes amazing turnaround

    LELAND—About the only thing the West Brunswick football team did wrong Friday night in its 40-16 victory over North Brunswick was at the end—a too hasty attempt to douse coach Jimmy Fletcher with a celebratory ice bath. (Instead, the players splashed assistant Mike Alderson.)

    But the missed attempt was understandable. Last season, the Trojans had nothing to celebrate in a winless schedule. This year, the victory over the Scorpions gave the Trojans a regular-season record of 6-5.

  • White Oak again thwarts the Trojans

    JACKSONVILLE—West Brunswick’s soccer season ended in a 4-1 defeat to White Oak in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 3-A playoffs Nov. 4.

    Coach Tripp Smith’s Trojans, who have advanced to the third round three straight seasons, end the year 11-13.

    The game was the third one of the season between the two conference foes. White Oak won the first two games 5-0 and 3-0. But this game was more of a struggle than the first two games, Viking coach Buddy Carroll said.

  • From 0-11 last year to 6-5 this year and a spot in the playoffs, it has been a remarkable season for the Trojan football team.

    “When you come off something like last year and you have a winning season,” West Brunswick High School football coach Jimmy Fletcher said, “it’s a great feeling for your players and your coaches. It just makes you feel excited.”

    How did Fletcher turn around the West Brunswick High School football team?

    He credits the players.

  • South Brunswick’s Cougars fall to Pender Patriots

    BURGAW—Running behind a big offensive line, Travis Carter scored four touchdowns as Pender defeated South Brunswick 38-7 in a hard-hitting high school football game Friday mangled by a number of late hits.

    The Patriots were the most physical and largest football team the Cougars have faced all year. The Cougar offensive line could not move the defensive linemen of Pender, who on average were 5 inches taller and 60 pounds heavier than the South Brunswick linemen. This defensive unit also was the offensive line for Pender.