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Today's News

  • 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.

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  • SOUPer Bowl Saturday dishes up Jan. 31

    IF YOU GO

    What: Sixth annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday

    When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31

    Where: Shallotte Presbyterian Church

    Cost: $15

    Soup only tickets: $8

    Additional soup helpings: $3

    It’s an annual tradition every Super Bowl season.

    Members of the General Federation of Women’s Club-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club get into formation for their annual SOUPer Bowl Saturday fundraiser to benefit several local charitable food efforts to feed the hungry.

  • Rotary Las Vegas Night lights up Jan. 24

    Get ready to roll in Vegas, N.C.

    The Shallotte Rotary Club’s 10th annual Las Vegas Night is set for around round of fun Saturday night, Jan. 24, with food and Vegas-style games.

    The annual fundraiser is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Realtors Building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    The catered event will feature a cash bar, dinner, assorted hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and cake.