Today's News

  • BCC trustees approve agreement with sheriff’s office

    The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees approved a memorandum of understanding Aug. 16 between the college and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to have four deputies assigned to campus for security purposes.

    BCC Police Chief Lindsay Walton is retiring Sept. 1. BCC spokeswoman London Schmidt said the four deputies will begin their duties that day.

  • Two local programs heading in the right direction

     On the surface, the start of the high school football season for two of our local programs doesn’t look like much.

    West Brunswick is now 1-1 with a home win over Socastee (S.C.) and a 14-7 heartbreaking loss at the hands of Whiteville.

    North Brunswick stumbled out of the gate and dropped a 41-7 game against Whiteville in Week 1 before suffering a 39-20 setback against Socastee this past Friday night.

    I’ve got to tell you, though, West and North have impressed me through two weeks of the season.

  • Youthful Trojans extend winning streak to five games

     Editor’s Note: West Brunswick’s varsity soccer team improved to 6-1 with a victory over South Columbus on Monday, Aug. 27, in Tabor City.


    SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick’s varsity boys’ soccer team didn’t win its fifth game of the 2017 season until Sept. 14.

    The Trojans are close to matching last season’s win total in the next week after three consecutive wins last week extended the squad’s winning streak to five games.

  • Kicking-game miscue dooms Trojans in 14-7 loss

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


    SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick and Whiteville spent the majority of last Friday’s non-conference high school football game locked in a 7-7 draw.

  • Scorpions drop to 0-2 after loss at Socastee (S.C.)

     After dropping its season-opening game 41-7 against Whiteville, North Brunswick traveled to Socastee (S.C.) trying to reverse its fortune early in the season.

    The Braves raced out to a 20-0 first-half lead over the Scorpions, but North Brunswick under first-year head coach Bryan Davis rallied to pull within one possession twice in the second half.

    Ultimately, Socastee returned a fumble for a touchdown to seal North Brunswick’s fate in the fourth quarter in a 39-20 Braves’ victory.

  • West Brunswick volleyball squad drops season opener


    West Brunswick’s varsity volleyball team stumbled out of the gate, responded to win the third set but ultimately fell in four sets to drop its 2018 season opener against Whiteville.

    The Wolfpack stormed ahead in the first set and seized a 25-19 victory before securing a hard-fought 25-22 decision in the second set.

    West Brunswick dominated play in the third set and claimed a 25-14 victory before dropping the fourth and final stanza 25-21 to fall to 0-1 on the season.

  • Williams elected state commissioners association second vice president

    Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams was elected second vice president of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners during the association’s annual conference Aug. 22-25 in Catawba County.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports, Aug. 27

    Released at 10:31 a.m. Aug. 28, 2018, by Elizabeth Bynum, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office accreditation manager

  • Return of rice festival chance to create regional event

    In 2014, northern Brunswick County looked to its history to create the North Carolina Rice Festival as a new annual event.

    The festival was the brainchild of Cape Fear Wildlife Expo owner W.C. Lanier, who organized the two-day event with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to recognize the cash crop that helped establish the county. It featured a rice-cooking contest, a beer garden for adults, a children’s entertainment zone, arts and crafts and live entertainment, plus a Youth Art Contest open to students in all Brunswick County schools.

  • Trooper earns assist in my family emergency response

    Right about the time I was trying to convince my brain to let me get some sleep in the wee hours of last Friday morning, instead of analyzing the pre-season 5-0 victory for my beloved Cleveland Browns over the 2018 Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles a few hours earlier, I noticed the text from my kid brother.

    Within the next couple of hours, the situation to which he’d alerted me escalated into an emergency. Could he take me up on my offer to drive up to Wilmington to help him out?

    Sure thing, I told him, and hustled up U.S. 17.