Today's News

  • Soccer team in transition midway through conference

    Halfway through the conference season, the West Brunswick High School soccer team is in a transition that will affect this season and next.

    The Trojans lost two conference games last week, 9-0 to Jacksonville (ranked No. 13 in Class 3-A) and 2-1 to Ashley.

    The losses dropped West’s conference record to 0-5, 7-5 overall.

  • Cougars stomp Warriors 55-14 in Fayetteville; hope to make 5-0 Friday

    FAYETTEVILLE—Call them the Cougar 48, because they play hard for the full 48 minutes.

    The South Brunswick High School football team will try to improve to 5-0 when it plays a homecoming game 7:30 p.m. Friday against Heide Trask. The Cougars remained unbeaten after routing the Fayetteville Christian Warriors 55-14 Friday in a nonconference game.

  • Board's attorney moves to dismiss federal lawsuit

    An attorney for the Brunswick County Board of Education has filed a motion in U.S. District Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Brunswick County schools employee in August.

    Kathleen Tanner, the board of education’s attorney, filed the motion to dismiss the lawsuit Sept. 25.

    “We have asked the court to dismiss the entire lawsuit, because Ms. Williams has failed to state a claim of discrimination or retaliation,” Tanner wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon. “We will look for a ruling from the court in the next six months or so.”

  • Break-in suspect sought

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect they believe broke into several Hickman’s Crossroads area homes last week.

    Lt. Sam Davis said the suspect is a tall, slender-to-medium build, white male. He is described as being in his late-20s or early-30s.

    The suspect has a tattoo of a sword or dagger on his inner left arm. He is driving a burgundy Mazda.

    Davis reminds residents to lock their doors, activate alarm systems and be aware of their property and their neighbors’ property.

  • Statement released about charge made against principal

    Patricia Rourk, principal at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, will appear in district court at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, on a communicating threats charge filed against her by Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students. Danka claims Rourk threatened to kill her after the Brunswick County Board of Education meeting on Sept. 16.

    Rourk has denied to comment, but released a statement Thursday through her attorney Edwin West.

  • Complainant arrested, charged with assault

    The woman who has accused Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary Principal Patricia Rourk of threatening her life has been arrested and charged with simple assault.

    Tracey Danka, 39, was charged with simple assault against Meriam Reid Monday, six days after she filed the charge against Rourk.

    According to the arrest warrant, Reid claims Danka motioned her hands toward her several times in a manner in which Reid believed Danka would strike her.

    Danka was served at about 11 a.m. Monday, but was out on a $500 unsecured bond by noon. She was released on her own recognizance.

  • Brunswick County Concerned Pastors and Preachers Association, NAACP back principal

    The Brunswick County Concerned Pastors and Preachers Association and members of the Brunswick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) organized a press conference Monday in support of Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary Principal Patricia Rourk.

    Led by spokesperson the Rev. Lorenza Jackson, the group expressed its dissatisfaction with the board of education in its handling of the incident and charges filed against Rourk.

  • New parks director already at home in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Jim Pryor has found his calling.

    Pryor, who was named the county’s parks and recreation director one month ago this week, said he originally planned to use his master’s degree in sports management to work with professional or college athletics.

    After a brief stint working with both, Pryor tried his hand in the world of parks and recreation, first working as a recreation program manager with the town of Salisbury.

  • Brunswick County Animal Services director resigns

    Brunswick County Animal Services Director Richard Cooper resigned last week, giving little notice as he departed the department Sept. 15.

    Animal services assistant director Dennis Huckster is acting as temporary director over the department consisting of 11 employees. It is headquartered at the county animal shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    Huckster said Friday the department is proceeding as usual except for the fact Cooper is no longer there.

    Cooper, contacted at his home in Brunswick County, said he had no comment.

  • Former POW talks freedom, service and teamwork

    Col. Quincy Collins knows something about freedom.

    Like most Americans, he knows what it’s like to live with it. But unlike most Americans, he knows what it’s like to live without it.

    After being shot down over North Vietnam, the Air Force pilot spent the next seven and a half years of his life in prison cells in and around Hanoi.

    Devoid of any freedoms, tortured and deprived, Collins said his time in Vietnamese prisons molded his future.