Today's News

  • Congress, local officials sound off on State of the Union

    During his State of the Union Address on Wednesday, Jan. 27, President Barack Obama addressed the economy, saying, “The worst of the storm has passed.”

    But not everyone agrees with that assessment. Some people say it’s too early to tell, while others argue the worst of the storm is still ahead for the nation.

    Donna Silva, chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party, said, “It’s really difficult to judge,” whether the worst has passed.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Beacon interview with U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre

    Beacon reporter Caroline Curran interviewed U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the economy, jobs in North Carolina and the status of healthcare reform in Congress.

    In his State of the Union address, Obama said, “The worst of the storm has passed,” referring to the economy.

    As for whether the worst of the economic storm has passed, “Not quite,” McIntyre said.

  • Waccamaw School Presents Disney Musical 'The Aristocats' this weekend at Odell Williamson

    Waccamaw School will present the Disney musical “The Aristocats” at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Middle school tourney boosts county wrestling

     The inaugural middle school/junior varsity wrestling tournament took place Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

    The purpose was to give more experience young wrestlers and to help prepare them for high school varsity wrestling careers.

    Teams from Leland, Cedar Grove, South and Shallotte middle schools competed.

    Special awards were given to the lightest wrestler, James Ball (78 pounds), and the heaviest, Marquise Brown.

  • Local tourism conversion rate up to nearly 30 percent

    Nearly 30 percent of people who sought information about vacationing on the Brunswick Islands went through with their plans, according to a recent conversion study by Smith Advertising for the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority.

    The previous conversion study in 2007 found 11.7 percent of inquiries resulted in visits. In the latest study, the number jumped to 29.7 percent, and half the visitors visit within two months of planning their trips, according to the results.

  • Suttlemyre’s scoring leads Trojans over Whiteville

     On Senior Night, senior guard Sheena Suttlemyre scored West Brunswick’s first 10 points and had a hand in all 16 of its first-quarter points as the Trojans beat Whiteville 58-40 Feb. 2 in a Waccamaw Conference basketball game.

    Suttlemyre hit four 3-pointers and finished with 29 points. She had three rebounds,  two assists and three steals.

    Breana Gause scored 12 points, Jasmine Daniels seven, Jasmine Jackson five, Kayla Padgett four and Rebecca Sidelinger one.

  • Flowers to chase away the winter blahs

    Even though Old Man Winter seems insistent on hanging around, our gardens are beginning to awaken.

    The early daffodils are already up and the red maples are letting us know why they’re called “red maple” (the red flowers).

    If that’s not enough to chase away your winter blahs, consider adding Japanese flowering apricot to your garden. It always blooms in January and February in shades of white, pink and red.

  • Tips for understanding common horticultural terms

    I came across an interesting article the other day that triggered an idea in what little frozen brain I have left. Master Gardeners throw out terms concerning America’s favorite pastime as if everyone was familiar with the terms. I will try and explain some of the more common terms as well as some unusual ones.

    •Soil pH: All soils range from 0-14 with 7.0 being neutral.

    •Acid soil is soil with a pH below 7.0. Most vegetables, fruits, trees and grasses grow best in a soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0.

  • Unrolling the scroll of life allows God's spirit to enter

    Religion, if not spirituality, is plagued by a certain passivity. Even the words we use denote a presence that requires response but seems not to evoke participation.

    We attend worship services and Bible studies. We say our prayers. We love our neighbor—though often less than ourselves. There is activity involved, but rarely the radical action that tries human souls and resurrects the spirit.

  • Ex-Trojans show off their skills in Greece, China

    Just as you never know the final score before a game begins, you also never know where sports will take you in life.

    Two former West Brunswick athletes are proof of that, as Amanda Noble is now in Athens, Greece, playing softball and Cedric Simmons is in Dongguan, China, playing basketball.

    Noble said she has been in Greece for two weeks as part of an international softball program. She will be there through July.