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Today's News

  • Diamonds and dirt are a girl's best friend

    Walk softly and swing a big stick.

    That could be the motto of Stacy Jackson, because she does both.

    The West Brunswick second baseman is the smallest player on the varsity softball team.

    Just how tall is she?

    “Five feet on a good day,” she said, laughing.

    That might work if she wore thick socks, double soles and Gellin’ inserts.

    She confessed she actually measures up to 4-feet-11.

    But don’t underestimate the skills nor Jackson's ferocity. She’s West Brunswick’s biggest hitter.

  • BREAKING NEWS Sheriff resigns

    Ronald Hewett resigned as sheriff today.

    According to district attorney Rex Gore, Hewett’s attorney Roy Trest turned in Hewett’s letter of resignation to county officials Tuesday morning.

    Hewett’s letter was addressed to county commissioners, Gore and county attorney Huey Marshall.

    The letter states, “I hereby resign my position as sheriff of Brunswick County effective immediately.”

  • A special day to honor a special man

    Longtime Shallotte residents and town officials want to honor one of their own.

    The mayor and board of alderman have proclaimed May 2 “Jerry Jones Day” in Shallotte in honor of former alderman and mayor Jerry Jones, who also served as a Brunswick County commissioner for six years.

    In fact, Jones was the board chairman when I arrived at the Beacon.

    More recently, he came back to his “roots” by serving as alderman again until, due to health concerns, he decided not to seek re-election last year.His service will not soon be forgotten.

  • Crescent rolls eliminated from tasty French onion and beef entree

    Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to cut down on excessive fats and carbohydrates in my diet. I have been rather successful at it, losing almost 30 pounds in the last three months.

    Now this doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making and eating anything that contains excessive fat or carbs. I’ve just learned recipes can be adjusted to be healthier and still taste just as good, and in some cases, even better.

  • Community college plans continuing education classes

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Karen Ladley, public information officer at the school.

    Many 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.

  • Brunswick County ROCAME jamboree winners announced

    ROCAME had its annual Brunswick County jamboree on March 29 at South Brunswick High School, the second consecutive year South Brunswick served as host.

    Four middle schools and three high schools (more than 150 students, teachers and parents) participated in the math and science events.

    The winners of middle school events were:

    Write It Do It: first place, Hailey Winstead and Maranda Hansley (SB Middle School); second place, Cynthia Bolanos and Ebony Daniels (Waccamaw Elementary School); third place, Kdijah Hewett and Angelica Baltazar (Shallotte Middle School)

  • Praise Band and beyond

    Ocean Isle Beach may have its own George Clooney in the making, although this up-and-coming movie actor is not interested in being a major player on the Hollywood scene.

    He says he has a higher calling.

    People who attend the musical dramas at Ocean View Baptist Church are familiar with 25-year-old Adam Melton. He’s played the role of the risen Jesus in the Easter performances for several years and various parts in the Christmas musicals directed by his father, Larry Melton, the church’s music director.

  • Brunswick County's newest centenarian feted with parties

    A crowd of more than 400 turned out to honor Walter Harvest “Harvey” Robinson at his 100th birthday party and dinner Saturday, April 5, at Bolivia Elementary School.

    The Supply centenarian, also known through the years as Granddaddy, Uncle Harvey and Pops, was accompanied by his wife of 17 years, Eva, who’s 85.

    The event also paid tribute to Robinson’s late, first wife, Rosie Mae Hankins-Robinson, to whom he was married 54 years, his three children and eight step-children and their spouses.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild Exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday–Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. Artwork available for sale. Exhibit is renewed every 60 days. For more information call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

  • Choose annuals for high impact color

    Now we should be out of the woods as far as frosts and freezes go. It’s time to think about adding some high impact annual color in the landscape.

    Before we get too deep into what to plant, you need to do some prep work. Most annuals need good soils. What’s a good soil? That means high organic matter, high fertility and good drainage.