Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports, Oct. 31

    Released at 9:47 a.m. Nov. 1, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Coalition launches ‘Give Healthy’ campaign

    The Brunswick Wellness Coalition (BWC) is launching the Give Healthy campaign to increase access to healthy, nutritious food for those that are food insecure. Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Children and adults suffering from food insecurity report poor physical and mental health, and have a much higher rate of developing diet-related health issues like obesity, diabetes, depression and cancer.

  • Going Beyond the Pink staffers dish on breast cancer and its impacts

     SUNSET BEACH – Not even the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Michael could stop more than one hundred people from gathering at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club last week.

    Pink-clad golfers and other supporters met Oct. 10 at the Sunset Beach club for a nine-hole golf fundraiser to support Going Beyond the Pink, an organization based in southeastern North Carolina to aid individuals who are battling or who have battled breast cancer.

  • Trojans, Scorpions compete in MEC cross country championships

     Long-distance runners from North Brunswick and West Brunswick high schools ran in the 2018 Mideastern Conference Cross Country Championships on Oct. 18 at Hugh McRae Park in Wilmington.

    North Brunswick earned a pair of seventh-place finishes as a team while West Brunswick finished the girls’ and boys’ runs in eighth place.

    Laney’s Natalie Tyner captured the individual title in the girls’ race while Paxton Chitty of Ashley finished in second place and Sloane Fleming-Hickey of Hoggard in third.

  • Trojan volleyball squad earns pair of wins in season’s final week

     SHALLOTTE – After starting the season with an 0-10 record, it would’ve been understandable if West Brunswick’s varsity volleyball team mailed it in during the final week-and-a-half of the 2018 regular season.

    The Trojans did the exact opposite and produced their best volleyball of the season during the season’s final two weeks as West Brunswick notched three wins in its final six games, including a pair of wins in the final week of the regular season.

  • Magbie’s mad dash secures Trojans’ first league win

     Editor’s Note: West Brunswick head football coach Brett Hickman is Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman’s older brother. West assistant coach Yogi Hickman is Sam Hickman’s father.


    WILMINGTON – It took almost two months, but West Brunswick’s varsity football team is a winner again.

    The Trojans overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and another six-point deficit in the third quarter to snare a 20-13 win Oct. 16 over Ashley.

  • Mason and Hewett win Fall Brawl King Classic

     This year’s Fall Brawl King Classic endured hardship at the hands of Mother Nature. The event was postponed from its original dates due to Hurricane Michael, and when the new dates of Oct. 26-28 came around, an offshore low pressure storm brought strong west winds. But, the show must go on, and despite abnormally slow catching, King Mackerel were caught and a winner was crowned.

  • Sports editor Sam Hickman stars in “A Thursday at West Brunswick”

     The fake movie title I used in the headline probably wouldn’t draw many folks to the box office.

    It seems innocuous enough, right?

    After all, I’ve spent many, many Thursdays roaming the athletic fields at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte throughout my lifetime.

    From 2002-05, I spent most of those days playing varsity soccer or tennis for hours and hours after school whether it was practice or game competition.

  • West and North notch top-20 finishes at East Regional meet

     The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams at North Brunswick and West Brunswick high schools earned top-20 finishes at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A East Regional meet Saturday, Oct. 27, in Rocky Mount.

    West Brunswick had four runners on its boys’ team place in the top 100 of the region to secure a 17th-place finish in the team competition.

    Ethan Reed posted the Trojans’ best time with a 19:05.78 mark that earned him a 64th-place standing.

  • Trojans cap 2018 league schedule with 4-1 win over rival South

     SHALLOTTE – It was only fitting that a senior enjoyed perhaps his best game of the 2018 season in his final game in front of the home fans.

    Alex Younts, a four-year player on West Brunswick’s varsity soccer game, scored a goal and facilitated two more in the final Mideastern Conference contest of his career in the Trojans’ 4-1 win over county rival South Brunswick on Thursday, Oct. 25, inside M.H. Rourk Stadium.