Today's News

  • Another top-10 finish for McCumbee

    By Courtney McGarry
    Special to The Beacon
    The ARCA Racing Series was down to its last two races last Friday with the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at the Kansas Speedway. For Chad McCumbee and the ModSpace race team, it was a chance to wrap up one team’s best seasons with a bang.
    McCumbee and Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) have developed into one of the elite teams in the ARCA Racing Series with a top-five ranking and winning the prestigious Bill France Four Crown award. While others are looking forward to time off during the off-season, ABR is still having fun.

  • Partisan politics hurt our county

    Throughout Brunswick County people of all ages, from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds, are dealing with the effects of a struggling economy.
    Unemployment numbers remain high, and with seasonal job opportunities winding down, it won’t be surprising to see those numbers increase this year.
    Without an end of this economic downturn in sight, the loss of more than 1,000 jobs to neighboring South Carolina continues to be hard to stomach.
    But even more disappointing is the finger-pointing and blame-games that followed this economic blunder.

  • Shallotte teen's body found

     The search for a 19-year-old Shallotte teen came to an end on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause, John Gavin Lane’s body was found about 200 yards from his family’s Brierwood home.

  • Phillips, South finish unbeaten in tennis conference

     The South Brunswick High School girls’ tennis team beat South Columbus 9-0 Oct. 6 at South and finished the conference season as unbeaten champions.

    This is the fifth straight year coach Debbie Adams’ team has finished as unbeaten champions. South finished 10-0 in the conference and is 12-4 overall.

  • Gause, West’s defense prevail over Whiteville

     WHITEVILLE—Phillip Gause intercepted a pass that set up one touchdown in the fourth quarter and he returned a fumble an estimated 90 yards for another score in the quarter as the West Brunswick High School football team beat Whiteville 27-6 in a conference football game Friday night.

    Gary Darling also intercepted a pass and Nolan Scoggins recovered a fumble on Whiteville’s final pass as the Trojans improved to 2-2 in the conference, 3-5 overall and kept alive their state playoff hopes.

  • Trojans sweep East Bladen in volleyball

     The West Brunswick High School volleyball team routed East Bladen 25-13, 25-14, 25-15 in a conference home match Oct. 6.

  • ‘Project Soccer’ booted to South Carolina

    LELAND—North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco was in Brunswick County Thursday, Oct. 6, to thank local officials for their work on “Project Soccer.”

    Crisco was also on hand to announce Continental Tire, the German-based tire manufacturer and protagonist of the “Project Soccer” storyline, has chosen to set up shop, and its estimated 1,300 jobs, in Sumter County, S.C., instead of Brunswick County.

    Saying it was “disappointing,” Crisco added, “It’s hard to lose a big one.”

  • Movie-making at the planetarium

    Did you drive by Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach on Sept. 28 and wonder what was going on? The parking lot was filled with dozens of vans and trucks, people with headphones on were running around yelling “Action!” and “Cut!” and brightly colored cables snaked in and out of the building and across the planetarium lobby.

  • Museum of Coastal Carolina October schedule

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. Family programs begin at 11 a.m. These programs are described below and are appropriate for all ages.
    On Fridays at 11 a.m., watch museum docents feed the live animals in the Touch Tank. Children and adults will learn a lot about these fascinating animals; what they eat and how they feed, and everyone will have an opportunity to help with the feeding.

  • Tour visits N.C. wineries Nov. 3, 4

    The Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society will sponsor its first-ever wine tour of North Carolina wineries Nov. 3-4 and will be limited to 40 participants. The wine tour will visit wineries in the Yadkin Valley and Piedmont Appellations, said Stanley Barwikowski, chapter chair.
    “This will be an excellent opportunity for area wine lovers to experience fine North Carolina wines firsthand,” Barwikowski said. “Participants on the tour will visit 10 state wineries and in several cases be given a winery tour and tasting by a local winemaker.