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Today's News

  • McMullan remembers friend who died in boating accident

    Standing next to a wreath on an overcast Sunday evening, Brant McMullan began the awards ceremony for the Jolly Mon King Classic by talking about Scott Hewett.

    The eulogy was not the way McMullan thought he’d have to begin the ceremony at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center for the two-day tournament, of which McMullan was the director.

    But Hewett, the captain and owner of the Spring Run, died in a boating accident Saturday when he was caught in a fierce, fast-moving storm. He was 62.

  • 'The wind picked up—and it hit us'

    Jamie Blue of Carthage and Joel Foster of High Point had an unforgettable fishing experience in the Jolly Mon King Classic Saturday.

    They are fortunate to still be alive to talk about it.

    They were among the competitors in the two-day tournament that attracted 294 boats. But a fierce, fast-moving storm Saturday morning capsized one boat and left one person dead. Two others from that boat were rescued.

    That more people did not die is remarkable, considering how powerful the storm was.

  • Dream of a lifetime comes true for R.J. McCord and Tina Tiepel

    When golf is your passion, your dreams revolve around golf.

    Maybe you dream about winning the club championship someday, or shooting an even par score. Maybe you hope to break 100 or 90 or 80.

    A beginner might want to get his handicap down to 30; a seasoned player might dream of getting down to single digits. A junior golfer may watch the U.S. Open and dream of being in the ranks of the PGA Tour someday; a seasoned golfer may dream of living long enough and playing well enough to shoot his age.

  • Golf action

    CLUB 25 CROW CREEK

    Mona Dye from Brierwood shot a 75 to lead Club 25 Ladies Golf League at Crow Creek on June 16. Sandy Hulberg (Lakes) was second and Mei Lu Pierce (Myrtle Beach National) was third. Kitty Fox (Lakes) and Suzanne Moro (Wacchesaw Plantation) tied for fourth, while Dale Calhoon (Brick Landing), Shari Hodson (Lakes) and Pat Shutzman (Carolina National) tied for sixth.

  • Former state champs coaching summer team

    Two of the coaches this summer for the Southwest Trojans baseball team bring a unique perspective. Stuart Champion and Brett Hickman played on the West Brunswick High School baseball team that won the Class 3A state championship in 2004.

    The memory of that season is still fresh in their thoughts, and Champion and Hickman say that season has valuable lessons for these Trojans, a junior American Legion team of West Brunswick ballplayers, many of whom will be on the high school varsity next year.

  • Young shows skills in State Games

    GREENSBORO—Monica Young and her East All-Star soccer team failed to win the gold medal Sunday in the State Games, losing 2-0 to the South, but she left the competition with a sense of accomplishment.

  • Southwest Trojans win three games

    The Southwest Trojans swept Southwest Onslow in a doubleheader Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Trojans beat Whiteville 6-4. The Trojans are 11-2 as they enter the final games of the regular season, set to end July 2. Game summaries are below.

    Trojans 12, 7

    S.W. Onslow 1, 4

    The Southwest Trojans swept Southwest Onslow 12-2 and 7-4 in two Junior American Legion baseball games Saturday.

  • Post 68 goes 2-1 in recent legion baseball games

    LELAND—Another powerful hitting attack enabled Brunswick County Post 68 to beat Jacksonville Post 265 15-5 in eight innings June 18.

    Ryan Waldrep (2-0) was the winning pitcher.

  • Ocean Isle Beach kidnapping, rape case to begin this week

    First reported at 10:15 a.m. Monday, June 23

    Jury selection will begin Tuesday morning for the trial of a Supply man accused of kidnapping and raping two teenage girls from Ocean Isle Beach in 2001.

    Forty-nine-year-old Larry Raynor is accused of kidnapping two girls, then 15-and-16-years-old, from the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, where they were vacationing in June 2001.

    The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault.

  • One dies in local fishing tournament

    One person fishing in the Jolly Mon fishing tournament has died.

    Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard have confirmed two people were recovered from the water Saturday. One person was later pronounced dead. Coast Guard officials would not release the name of the victim or the survivor, saying they had to wait until the next of kin had been notified.

    Brant McMullan, organizer of the Jolly Mon Fishing Tournament said this is the first fatality of the Ocean Isle Beach-based tournament since it began in 1992.