Today's News

  • Nivea Bryant wins gold medal in cheerleading

    Staff Report

    Nivea Bryant won a gold medal for cheerleading individual performance at the 2012 Special Olympics North Carolina Western Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament.
    The Brunswick Shakers won a bronze medal. The cheerleaders are Joann Ballato, Tia Bowden, Jade Gary, Stephanie L. Neely, Amanda Prochazka, Marchetta Small, Rachael Teeples, Reba Webb and Kelly Young.
    The tournament was Saturday and provided a full day of competition for nearly 1,000 athletes, according to Keith L. Fishburne, SONC president/CEO.

  • Injuries hinder Lady Trojans in soccer losses

    Staff Report

    The West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team lost 7-1 to Ashley in a non-conference game March 7 and 3-0 to Whiteville in a conference-opening game Monday. Game summaries are below.

  • Trojan tennis improves to 4-1

    Staff Report

    Last week the West Brunswick boys’ tennis team beat West Bladen in a conference match and beat North Myrtle Beach, S.C., in a non-conference match. The Trojans are 4-1 this season.
    “We played against two teams that are rebuilding and are well coached,” West Brunswick coach Bob Bell said. “So we better get in our licks in now, and fortunately we did.

  • Trojan golfers set to defend conference title

    By Connie Hensley
    Special to The Beacon

  • Help keep officials on their toes

    It’s Sunshine Week and for the fifth year in a row, The Brunswick Beacon is taking a close look at government transparency in Brunswick County.
    This week, we join other news outlets across the nation in shining the light on open government.
    What we’ve found in the five years of looking at, challenging, chastising and praising agencies in our community is although some groups know North Carolina’s public records and open meetings laws well, there are still far too many agencies who flub the law altogether.

  • Still no arrests in death of 3-year-old boy

    SHALLOTTE —What happened to 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister?

    The little boy from Shallotte was pronounced dead at Brunswick Novant Medical Center around 9 a.m. March 1, shortly after being dropped off by a man who was reportedly babysitting him.

    That man, Montey Andrea Murray, ultimately fled from the hospital, sparking a multi-agency, high-speed police chase from a Shallotte neighborhood north on U.S. 17.

    Today, Murray, 26, and Jessie Lamont Holt, 34, are in jail but neither have been charged with Jaronn’s death.

  • Trojans score eight in sixth to beat North Brunswick 8-4

     LELAND—Jesse Simmons’ three-run home run completed an eight-run rally in the sixth inning as West Brunswick beat North Brunswick 8-4 in a conference baseball game March 13.

    North pitcher Tyler Barnes had a one-hitter through five-plus inning and left the game after walking two batters in the top of the sixth. West then scored eight runs, taking advantage of a walk that loaded the bases, an error on an attempted force at home and a hit batter to score the first two runs.

  • Sex offender wanted for stealing dog

    A registered sex offender is wanted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte Police Department. On Tuesday investigators with Shallotte obtained a warrant for the arrest of Johnny Ray Longworth, 48, address unknown, Shallotte.

    He is a suspect in a breaking and entering and larceny on Shallotte Avenue on March 9. During the incident a 46-inch LCD television and a Jack Russell terrier were stolen from the residence.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK Judicial sunshine: Access to courts and court documents in North Carolina

    For docket and calendar information for district and superior courts in North Carolina, visit www.nccourts.org. Select Brunswick County on the drop-down menu. District court dockets as well as criminal and civil superior court calendars are available online.

    For information, cases, calendars or opinions for the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, visit www.ncappellatecourts.org.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK FOIA: Shining the light on (part of) the federal government

    The Freedom of Information Act: It sounds so powerful, as if muttering the term will grant you immediate access.

    Unfortunately, that is not always the case with Freedom of Information Act, more commonly referred to as FOIA.

    FOIA is to the federal government what the state’s public records law is to North Carolina, with several exceptions, that is.

    The president, most notably, is exempt from FOIA. So are his cabinet and immediate staff.

    So is Congress, both House and Senate. Even the Supreme Court is exempt from FOIA.