Today's News

  • Beloved dog teaches owner value of forgiveness, forgetting, friendship

    Dogs can teach humans more things than we can ever teach them. Teaching your dog how to sit, lie down, roll over and shake does not even compare to the lessons they unknowingly teach us.

    One of the most important lessons dogs teach their owners—and quite possibly the most overlooked—is forgiveness. While everyone should practice forgiveness, it’s an act that does not always come easily.

  • Brunswick Town hosts Colonial Heritage Days

    Brunswick County Schools fourth graders took part in Brunswick Town’s annual Colonial Heritage Days last week.

    Costumed volunteers and employees portrayed people from Colonial times and showed students how they lived and worked.

    Brunswick Town has offered a Colonial Heritage Day for about 25 years, and has always been a free field trip for schools.

    “It’s a good exposure to what life was like in this county where they live 200 years ago,” Jim McKee, a costumed character who has worked Colonial Heritage Days for about 13 years, said.

  • West overcomes White Oak

    Jimmy Fletcher is glad his West Brunswick High School football team worked extra hard Friday night.

    The Trojans beat White Oak 13-7 in overtime.

    “We had talked before the game about playing for 48 minutes, 48 minutes, 48 minutes,” Fletcher said. “And tonight they played, what, 52 minutes.

    “I told them I’d rather just play 48.”

  • Former sheriff sentenced to 16 months

    First published at 3:23 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

    Updated at 1:37 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6.

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for his obstruction of justice charge.

    "I take full responsibility," Hewett said in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon.

    "I can't tell you how sorry I am—the remorse I feel. I want to thank the folks from Brunswick County standing behind me," Hewett said.

  • Missing person found

    Shallotte police helped locate a missing person from New Hanover County Thursday afternoon on White Street near Coastal Cinemas.

    Police found Robert Jutres, 39, and EMS transported him to a medical facility, according to a Shallotte Police Department spokesperson. Several police cars were parked along White Street around 3 p.m.

    No further information was available at press time.

    Check back with brunswickbeacon.com. for more details as they become available.

  • The queen is dead—let's hope

    Ever since the 1950s, when popular entertainment became big business, middle-class Americans, especially women, have had a particular affection for what’s now referred to as “the queen,” a gay man who denies his orientation, makes fun of himself and dresses in gaudy, outlandish outfits.

    It started with Liberace, the man all middle-class housewives loved to watch on television. He showed what every man could accomplish in post-war America, rising “above” his Midwestern roots to practically own Las Vegas.

  • History of Ocean Isle Beach: The Beginning Years (1946 to 1963)

    In 1947 and 1948, Odell Williamson began purchasing tracks of land that eventually comprised Ocean Isle Beach. These tracks of land were owned by various families, including the Brooks family, the Stanley family, the Gore family and the D. Stowe Crouse family.

    Williamson was originally in partnership with Mannon Gore, but Gore and Williamson soon parted ways, dissolving the partnership. Gore’s son, Ed Gore, soon focused on developing Sunset Beach while Williamson focused on Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Whitefish is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein

    “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime,” asserts an old Chinese proverb.

    Well, not quite. There’s one more step. You also have to teach the man how to cook the fish.

    The general rule of thumb for cooking fish is: Lean, white flesh fish is best suited to poaching, sauting, pan frying and deep frying; fatty fish is best with dry cooking methods such as grilling and broiling, and moderately fatty fish is amenable to most cooking methods with the possible exception of deep frying.

  • Continuing education programs available through BCC

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Calabash native pens Sara Evans tune for Billy Graham biopic

    Shane Stevens is feeling anything but “Low” these days.

    That’s the title of a song the Calabash native co-wrote that was recently recorded by country music star Sara Evans for “Billy: The Early Years,” a Billy Graham biopic slated to open in theaters nationwide Oct. 10.

    The release of “Low” also marks the first recorded single written by Stevens, which had him on a high as he spoke during a phone interview recently from his 28th-floor apartment in Midtown Manhattan.