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Today's News

  • Leland wins county middle school wrestling championship

     Staff Report

    LELAND — Leland Middle School won the county middle school wrestling championship Saturday, Jan. 24, at North Brunswick High School.

    Leland scored 161 points, Shallotte 130, Cedar Grove 129 and South 119.

    Leland won seven titles, South five, Shallotte four and Cedar Grove two.

    The meet also had for the first time a division for girls. South’s Madelyn Barberia and Cedar Grove’s Mary Jane Weatherly and Cheyenne Espinoza wrestled in it. Barberia finished as champion.

     

    Results

  • Swimmers compete in final home meet of season

     BOLIVIA — The South Brunswick swim teams finished second to Topsail in a meet Friday, Jan. 23, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center pool.

    In the girls’ meet, Topsail scored 121 points, South 96 and West Brunswick 10.

    In the boys’ meet, Topsail scored 105.50 points, South 92.50 and West 40.

    Five South swimmers reached regional standards in their events.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 9

    Larceny by an employee of Douglas Jewelers taking scrap gold valued at $2,000 that didn’t belong to him while working.

    Jan. 13

    Joshua Wayne Sparks, 21, arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired, hit and run and driving while license revoked.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Jan. 10

    Larceny by someone defeating anti-theft device at Walmart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    Traffic crash on US Hwy 17 North and Village Road, two vehicles were involved in a traffic crash resulting in property damage.

    Traffic crash on New Pointe Boulevard, two vehicles were involved in a traffic crash resulting in property damage.

  • West Brunswick wrestlers improve to 20-0

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick wrestling team beat Topsail 58-12 Jan. 21, improving to 20-0.

    “It’s pretty exciting,” West coach Jimmy Caraway said. “20-0, I’m pretty happy with. Be we can be better. We need to wrestle better.”

    West already had beaten the Pirates 54-24 in a conference dual this season, so this match had no consequences on West’s conference record (5-0). Indeed, Topsail forfeited six matches in this dual. Before a sparse crowd on Senior Night, the Trojans won five of the eight wrestled matches.

  • Trojans improve to 17-0 in boys basketball

     

     

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    LELAND — West Brunswick’s opponents will be glad to get rid of the Trojans’ senior moments.

    “Senior moments” usually describe lapses in memory for the elderly.

    But for these teenagers, senior moments are when Gray Cheers and Saadiq Johnson take over a game and deliver performances they will never forget.

    The fourth-year basketball players led West to a 72-51 victory over North Brunswick Jan. 20.

  • North Brunswick beats West Brunswick in girls’ basketball

     NBHS 36

    WBHS 32

    North Brunswick beat West Brunswick 36-32 in a girls’ varsity non-conference basketball game Jan. 20.

    For North (8-6), sophomore Jada Bellamy scored 10 points. Sophomore Unique Hines scored seven points and senior Nikayla Ramsay scored six points. No one else scored more than four points.

    For West (4-9), Lelaini Emile scored nine points, Bre Small six and McKenzie Benton four.

    No one else scored more than four points.

    North led 18-13 at the half and 29-22 after three quarters.

  • Medicare Advantage disenrollment period ends Feb. 14

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Jan. 1 to Feb. 14 marks the annual Medicare Advantage disenrollment period. During this time, a Medicare beneficiary enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan may leave his or her plan and return to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until Feb. 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to ensure you will have drug coverage in 2015. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the drug plan gets your enrollment form.

  • You decide: What are the impacts of tax changes?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    Get ready for some tax debates in 2015. At the national level, pundits think a proposal to lower the federal income tax rate may be one piece of common ground between President Obama and the Congress. Here in North Carolina, Round 2 of tax changes — focusing on lower tax rates and a broader tax base — may be debated in the General Assembly.

  • Residents should dictate how tax dollars are spent

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners is trying to determine how to proceed on upgrades to five of the county’s 13 parks without incurring debt or raising taxes.

    The process thus far has been pay-as-you go, with planned improvements to Town Creek, Waccamaw, Smithville District, Shallotte District and Ocean Isle Beach being ranked on the county’s yearly capital improvement plan (CIP). But not even a month into 2015, commissioners are quibbling over which of those parks should get first dibs on available funds.