Today's News

  • Debate to bring state issues to Southeast coast

    While the bid for Democratic and Republican spots for the next president of the United States has dominated national media, local voters also have some important races to decide this May much closer to home.

    In addition to determining who’ll be on the November ballot for county commissioner, school board and other races, Brunswick County voters will have the chance to select nominees for North Carolina’s next governor.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on April 2, 3, 7 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, April 2.

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutors Erin Holden and Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Rigoberdo S. Alarcon, no operator’s license, allow unlicensed to drive, both voluntarily dismissed.

    Ignacio A. Albarran, no operator’s license, paid; fail to wear seat belt/driver, paid.

  • Grand jury meets, returns indictments on March 31

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on March 31:

    Teresa Bowen, 28, of 21020 N.C.210 E., Ivanhoe; felony financial card theft, misdemeanor financial card fraud, felony obtain property false pretense.

  • Johnson gets first win of '08; Earnhardt overcame obstacles

    AVONDALE, ARIZ.—A fuel gamble in Saturday night’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 allowed Jimmie Johnson to get his first Sprint Cup win of 2008. The defending Cup champion nursed his No. 48 Chevrolet across the finish line a little more than seven seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer.

    Danny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin, points leader Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch rounded out the top-10 finishers.

  • NASCAR drivers are right: There's no place like first

    The racing season, even with the successful implementation of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, still relies heavily on consistency. Strong finishes in the first 26 races can pretty much guarantee a driver will be in the championship battle during the final 10 weeks.

    So I must admit to some eye-rolling at times when, at the end of a given race, the second-place finisher was interviewed and came across as being slightly peevish over the fact that he didn't end up just one spot better.

  • Diamonds and dirt are a girl's best friend

    Walk softly and swing a big stick.

    That could be the motto of Stacy Jackson, because she does both.

    The West Brunswick second baseman is the smallest player on the varsity softball team.

    Just how tall is she?

    “Five feet on a good day,” she said, laughing.

    That might work if she wore thick socks, double soles and Gellin’ inserts.

    She confessed she actually measures up to 4-feet-11.

    But don’t underestimate the skills nor Jackson's ferocity. She’s West Brunswick’s biggest hitter.

  • BREAKING NEWS Sheriff resigns

    Ronald Hewett resigned as sheriff today.

    According to district attorney Rex Gore, Hewett’s attorney Roy Trest turned in Hewett’s letter of resignation to county officials Tuesday morning.

    Hewett’s letter was addressed to county commissioners, Gore and county attorney Huey Marshall.

    The letter states, “I hereby resign my position as sheriff of Brunswick County effective immediately.”

  • A special day to honor a special man

    Longtime Shallotte residents and town officials want to honor one of their own.

    The mayor and board of alderman have proclaimed May 2 “Jerry Jones Day” in Shallotte in honor of former alderman and mayor Jerry Jones, who also served as a Brunswick County commissioner for six years.

    In fact, Jones was the board chairman when I arrived at the Beacon.

    More recently, he came back to his “roots” by serving as alderman again until, due to health concerns, he decided not to seek re-election last year.His service will not soon be forgotten.

  • Crescent rolls eliminated from tasty French onion and beef entree

    Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to cut down on excessive fats and carbohydrates in my diet. I have been rather successful at it, losing almost 30 pounds in the last three months.

    Now this doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making and eating anything that contains excessive fat or carbs. I’ve just learned recipes can be adjusted to be healthier and still taste just as good, and in some cases, even better.

  • Community college plans continuing education classes

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Karen Ladley, public information officer at the school.

    Many business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.