Today's News

  • Illegal alien pleads guilty to first-degree rape of a child

    BOLIVIA—An illegal alien has pleaded guilty to raping and impregnating an 11-year old girl.

    According to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, Luis Perez-Valencia, 34, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Brunswick County Superior Court to first-degree rape.

    The victim was an 11 year-old girl from Leland. The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault. At the time of the rape, which was in 2011, Perez-Valencia was in the United States illegally, Everhart said.

  • Two Brunswick County men sentenced to federal prison for drug charges

    RALEIGH—Two Brunswick County men were recently sentenced to federal prison for narcotics charges.

    U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker recently announced U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan sentenced the two Brunswick defendants for their illegal activities in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force operation known as BuggSnatcher.

    Jay Avery Jenrette, 25, of Brunswick County, was sentenced to 92 months, or seven and a half years, in federal prison, for conspiring to distribute and possess more than 28 grams of crack cocaine.

  • McCumbee 20th in his first NASCAR truck race of season

     Making their return to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition for the first time since Charlotte over two months ago, the “new look” RBR Enterprises team, armed with new crew chief Kevin “Cowboy” Starland and driver Chad McCumbee, battled their way to a hard-fought 20th-place finish in Saturday night’s American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.

  • Cougars’ Gary Williams plays in East-West football game

     GREENSBORO—South Brunswick’s Gary Williams played for the East All-Stars in their 34-9 victory over the West July 18 at Grimsley Stadium.

    Williams, 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, was a starting cornerback. He made one tackle and assisted on two others. West was a passing team, but Williams and the rest of the East defense held West to 24 completions on 46 attempts.

    At South, Williams was all-conference as a senior and a junior.

  • Interception highlights Taylor Buffkin’s final football game

     GREENSBORO—Taylor Buffkin ended his high school football career with a fourth-quarter interception in the East-West All-Star football game July 18.

    Buffkin, a quarterback, defensive back and kicker last season for West Brunswick High School, played safety for East, a team coached by his high school coach, Jimmy Fletcher.

    Buffkin—6-foot-2, 180 pounds—had already broken up three pass plays as the game neared an end with East about to win 34-9. He said he wanted to leave the game with an interception.

  • VIDEO: Jimmy Fletcher coaches the East to victory in all-star football game

     GREENSBORO—A tumultuous eight months for Jimmy Fletcher ended trimphantly July 18 when he coached the East to a 34-9 victory in the East-West All-Star football game.

    “It is probably one of the sweetest wins I’ve ever had,” Fletcher said, mindful of how he was dismissed in late November as head football coach at West Brunswick High School but later won a grievance to get back his job.

    East defensive back Taylor Buffkin, who played for Fletcher at West Brunswick, agreed with Fletcher’s sentiment.

  • Dispute over Sunset Beach surveys; councilwoman doesn't care what mayor says

    SUNSET BEACH—A heated exchange ensued over a town park survey at a town council workshop Tuesday.

    At the start of the monthly session, Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato and town councilwoman Carol Scott questioned the surveys that town staff has prepared to mail out to residents.

    Scott said the way it’s worded, the survey could spur people to check off items for the town park when they may actually prefer to have the site left in its natural state.

  • DHHS grant funds new mobile operations center for Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA—With its flat-screen TVs and refrigerated coolers to store cold drinks, it would seem that the 34-foot Winnebago parked outside Brunswick County Emergency Services Department is a toy. But it’s not.

    The state-of-the-art bus with its V-10, 362-horsepower engine is a mobile operations unit, allowing for first responders and other emergency officials to be completely self-sustainable in the most severe of disasters.

  • Two Brunswick County women arrested for employee embezzlement at dental office

    Two Brunswick County women were recently arrested for their alleged roles in an employee embezzlement scheme.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh, the two women are charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from their employer, Tidewater Dental Office in Calabash.

    “It was discovered that over a period of several years, two of the employees, Jada Willoughby Atkinson and April Ferris Winch, had embezzled $115,000,” Routh said.

  • Education briefs

    Southport Christian School announces honor roll
    Southport Christian School has announced its fourth quarter and school year honor rolls:
    Second grade
    Fourth quarter A/B honor roll: Elizabeth Anderson, Logan FitzHugh, Noah Harrell, Cora Jones.
    Fourth quarter straight A’s: David Berne, Ben Kettelkamp, Hannah Overton.
    School year A/B honor roll: Elizabeth Anderson, Logan FitzHugh, Christian Haggblom, Noah Harrell, Cora Jones.