Today's News

  • Beacon's Health Expo planned for March 1

    Free health screenings, informational lectures and a blood drive—are all part of The Brunswick Beacon’s second annual Health Expo. The event is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at West Brunswick High School.

    Exhibitors will be set up in the West Brunswick gymnasium.

    Participants will have access to various free screenings including oxygen saturation, lung health, blood pressure, cholesterol, surface electromyography, blood sugar, vision, hearing and more. Chair massages are also available.

  • Theater group takes a chance with unique comedy 'Sylvia'

    A year after his successful directorial debut with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Brunswick Little Theatre actor/director Ron Lee has reunited several of that show’s cast members to produce “Sylvia,” a romantic comedy with a decidedly weird twist.

    The two-act play by A.R. Gurney, set for March 7 and 8 at Odell Williamson Auditorium, is the story of Greg and Kate, who move to New York City from the suburbs after their children move out. It results in depression for Greg and a newfound freedom for Kate.

  • Shallotte police report

    Shallotte Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week.

    All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.


    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Michael Terrelle Bordeaux, 25, was arrested for driving while license revoked on Old Fayetteville Road.

    •Larceny on Wind Lake Way and Layne Court; suspect stole a metal door from a backhoe.

    •Pursuant to a domestic violence investigation on Hunterstone Drive, Titus Emmanuel, 23, of 1006 Hunterstone Drive Apt. 105, was arrested for assault on a female and resist, obstruct and delay.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •David Wayne Parker, 31, of 486 Shepard Court in Taylorsville; charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

    •Michael Anthony Gore, 43, of 161 Marlowtown Road in Calabash; charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Police arrest one for driving while impaired, speeding

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Police officers arrested an Ocean Isle Beach man Saturday night for speeding while he was driving impaired.

    Larry Gene Freeman, 62, was charged with driving while impaired and speeding, according to the incident report.

  • Holden Beach Police investigate breaking and entering

    Holden Beach Police officers are investigating a breaking and entering reported Feb. 16.

    The victim reported a laser level, a Dell wireless module and $10 worth of change were stolen for the Halstead Street home.

  • Baking, business create hands-on life lessons

    Occupational course of study students at Brunswick County Academy are on their way to sweet success.

    For the nine students on the occupational course of study track, diploma requirements extend far beyond the classroom. About 900 hours of work experience must be completed in addition to regular coursework.

    A student-based business is a requirement for the students, where they learn skills and strategies that will prepare them for “the real world,” Karen Babson, BCA school base chairperson, said.

    “The goal of the business

  • Schools work to keep dropout rates moving downward

    Although dropout percentages in Brunswick County are decreasing, it is still an issue administrators are working on improving.

    Zelphia Grissett, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment, said to combat the dropout rate, the focus needs to be on the middle school transition.

    Grissett said most students are ready after finishing the fifth grade, but some “hit a slump” in middle school.

  • Brunswick dropout rates drop

    Dropout percentages for Brunswick County Schools are on the decline.

    According to enrollment statistics, the dropout rate for ninth through 12th grade students in 2006-2007 was 5.66 percent, or 213 students. This number is down eight students and .04 percent from 2005-2006.

    In the 2006-2007 school year, the district had higher enrollment numbers than the previous year. While the number of students who dropped out is higher in 2006-2007 compared to 2005-2006, the percentage of dropouts is lower because of the higher enrollment.