Today's News

  • A Christmas wish for you

    Writing this column every week is both a job and privilege. I have been The Brunswick Beacon golf columnist since Sept. 12, 2002. That’s 483 columns.
    It’s hard to believe, because time flies when you’re having fun and I love being your golf columnist. I’ve assembled an idea file about 2-inches deep in the drawer next to my desk, thanks to you. People email me ideas, they buttonhole me in Walmart and they call me on the phone. I could write columns for the next six months without straining to find a topic.

  • Fishing gets better as weather gets colder

    First of all, Merry Christmas to all the anglers and seafood cooks of Brunswick County. I think I have spoken or otherwise communicated with more of you this year than any other year before and I admire the fact that despite the economic hardships we are all facing it seems as if more of you are out hunting and fishing than ever before. You are also doing a great job of passing the ultimate interactive sports on to our children.

  • White named to All-State volleyball team

    Mount Olive College middle blocker Carly White, who ranked among the top 10 in the nation in hitting percentage, was named to the 2011 NCCSIA All-State Women’s Volleyball Team, as voted on by members of the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association. White was also the Conference Carolinas leader in three stats categories.

  • Time’s up, Mr. Warren

    Time’s up, commissioner Charles Warren.
    You’ve had ample time to prove you can handle your role on the county’s Department of Social Services board—a role you’ve so desperately clung to you’ve even violated the county’s code of ethics in doing so.
    You so badly wanted to prove you could helm the board as chairman you were even censured by your fellow commissioners. In fact, you couldn’t even be bothered to show up for your own censure hearing.

  • Many people help BFA

    To the editor:
    An amazing collection of individuals gave up their personal time to make Christmas happen for 2,501 children and senior adults in 685 households. Volunteers worked long hours every day for three weeks to set up distribution sites. If you have never experienced the process, it takes a lot of work.

  • New Year's Eve bonfire planned in Calabash

    CALABASH—Plans are in the works for the town to host a public New Year’s Eve bonfire and celebration in the Seafood Capital.

    Announcement came at the town board of commissioners meeting Dec. 13.

    Festivities are scheduled to launch at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot next to the Calabash River.

    “It will be a very festive occasion where people can come together,” newly sworn-in Calabash Mayor Mary Knight said at the meeting. “We’re going to have fellowship and food.”

  • Future bakery owner, 13, stirs up holiday recipes

    SHALLOTTE—Cinnamon pecans are tucked in the oven, while visions of chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies and English toffee dance in Catherine Cheatham’s head.

    At 13, the Shallotte Middle School seventh-grader already knows what she wants to be when she grows up. She wants to own her bakery—Butterbean’s Bakery, to be precise—since she already has a name for it.

    For now, she’s getting in lots of preparation and practice as she bakes for her family and teachers for the holidays.

  • 'Pearl gates' not so heavenly for adjacent property owners

    CALABASH—Sandy and John Melahn don’t mind golfers—just the ones who keep driving past their house.

    For the past few years, ever since global positioning systems came into vogue, the Calabash couple has felt victimized by lost golfers constantly going down their dead-end road, Carlyle Street, then turning around on their property.

    The problem, they say, is GPS systems and some online mapping services are erroneously directing golfers down the street as a thruway to the adjacent Pearl Golf Links.

  • Hats off to a legend: Popular eatery gets ready to close Thursday

    CALABASH—It’s cold and dark at 6 a.m., and traffic along Thomasboro Road is just starting to stir.

    Inside Granny Allyn’s Country Kitchen, its lighted signs beckoning like a beacon in the December dark, laughter rings out.

    Longtime restaurant owner Brenda Dixon, coffee in hand and sporting a hat decorated with snowmen, is already in joking mode as she and an employee wait for breakfast customers.

    It will be the last Friday they have to rise in time for the country-style restaurant’s 5 a.m. opening.

  • Beacon investigates: A look at DSS open meetings, public records violations

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday scheduled a hearing on Jan. 17 to determine whether there is just cause to remove commissioner Charles Warren from his role on the county’s social services board.

    Warren claims the hearing was scheduled because commissioners are “racists.” Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue said it was because of Warren’s actions while serving as DSS chairman.