Today's News

  • Bolivia man arrested for multiple drug charges

    BOLIVIA—A Bolivia man has been arrested for multiple drug charges, including manufacturing and trafficking cocaine.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Norman Laquinn Hewett Jr., 28, of 2566 Autumn Lane in Bolivia, after a two-month investigation, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

    Following the investigation, drug agents executed a search warrant Dec. 11 at Hewett’s Autumn Lane home, where they seized more than $20,000 worth of cocaine, marijuana and pills.

  • Championship celebration becomes donation drive

    A celebration of an autumn softball championship evolved into a Christmastime donation drive for Hope Harbor Home.

    When the Pipettes softball team won the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation softball tournament in October, the team sponsor offered to fund a victory party, said Pipettes’ player Jessica Winfree.

  • Trojans begin conference basketball play this week

    The West Brunswick High School basketball teams begin Waccamaw Conference play this week. West played host to South Brunswick Dec. 15 and will play on Friday at North Brunswick.

    West’s girls enter the conference 5-2. In its last three nonconference games, it beat North Myrtle Beach 59-31 and Socastee, S.C., 48-30 but lost Monday to Ashley 51-31.

    West’s boys lost 63-49 to North Myrtle Beach, 62-57 to Socastee and 52-43 Monday to Ashley.

    Summaries of the games are below and on page 4B.


    WEST 48, SOCASTEE 30

  • Lady Cougars learn from two-point loss

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick’s girls lost 36-34 Friday night to Trask in a nonconference basketball game.

    The young Cougars showed what they are capable of doing during the third quarter, when they erupted for 15 straight points against Trask’s starting five seniors.

    “I’m proud of our girls,” South coach Chris Roehner said. “They learned more from tonight’s loss than from Monday’s victory. They are improving every game.”

  • South Brunswick's boys hold off Trask for a win

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The Cougars’ varsity boys’ basketball team was feeling pretty good Friday night after a 61-56 victory over Trask at the South gymnasium.

  • Wanted: Sheriff's detectives still searching for statutory rape suspect

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a Hispanic male suspected of raping an underage female victim.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said deputies are searching for Noel Velasquez, 17.

    Velasquez is wanted for one count of statutory rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. Velasquez has been wanted since November.

    According to Davis, Velasquez was charged with statutory rape of a victim more than four years, but less than six years younger than he is.

  • West Brunswick girls rout North Myrtle Beach

    Trojan guards Jasmine Daniels and Sheena Suttlemyre dominated North Myrtle Beach from the opening tip Dec. 8 en route to a 59-31 nonconference victory. The victory completed a season sweep of the series.

    Suttlemyre paced the Trojans while scoring 18 points, collecting five rebounds and recording seven steals. The diminutive Jasmine Daniels scored 14 points and had five steals.

  • Two Republicans announce candidacy for 2010 primary elections

    Editor’s note: With candidate filing more than two months away, the Beacon will follow candidates as they publicly announce candidacy and open campaign finance reports with the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

    Candidate filing for the 2010 elections doesn’t begin until Feb. 8, 2010, but candidates have begun to publicly announce intentions to run in primary elections.

  • Boys and Girls Homes benefit from Coastal Living Idea House tours

    SUNSET HARBOR—During three weeks of home tours, thousands of people toured the 6,000-plus-square-foot Coastal Living Idea House in Seawatch at Sunset Harbor.

    Last week, Seawatch at Sunset Harbor LLC donated more than $25,000 in proceeds from the home’s tours to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc.

  • Carolina Shores closed meetings

    Following are excerpts from the town board of commissioners’ closed meetings starting with this past Oct. 8 and dating back to March 2, 1999, after the town incorporated on its own after previously being united with Calabash. Copies of closed-session minutes are available at town hall.

    Oct. 8, 2009

    •The board discussed correspondence from CNA Surety, bond company for Portrait Homes (developer of Calabash Lakes). The board discussed legal strategies and how to proceed with Holt Moore, town attorney.