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Today's News

  • West golfer Hensley wins conference tourney

    By Connie Hensley
    Special to The Beacon
    LELAND—Playing in rain in the first six holes and in sunshine in the final 12, West Brunswick senior Greg Hensley shot a 73 and won by one stroke the second Waccamaw Conference golf match of the season March 19 at Magnolia Greens.
    Hensley shot 1-over par on the 6,023-yard course.

  • West girls, North boys win track meets

    Staff Report

    The West Brunswick girls and the North Brunswick boys won track-and-field meets March 22 at West.
    In the four-team girls’ meet, West scored 109 points and North 88. In the boys’ meet, North scored 133.3 points and West 95. South Columbus and East Bladen also competed.
    The Lady Trojans won nine events.
    West senior Jasmine Jackson won four events: the 200 (28 seconds), the high jump (4-feet-8), the long jump (15-4.5) and the triple jump (29-9).
    Shelly Chavis won the 800 (2:56) and 2-mile (15:58).

  • Trojan golfers win at Land-O-Lakes

    By Alan Hensley
    Special to The Beacon
    Week two of the Waccamaw conference golf season heated up between the top two ranked teams, West Bladen and West Brunswick. On March 20, the Knights beat the Trojans 316-318 at Magnolia Greens Golf Course to remain in first.
    On March 22, the Trojans won a scorecard tiebreaker after each team finished even with 317 strokes at Land-O-Lakes Golf Club.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 14, 15, 16, 19 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 14

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Catherine Abbatiello, PG improper equipment.

  • Time running out to speak up about school start times

    At the next Brunswick County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 3, officials will make a final determination about what time classes will start for the 2012-2013 school year.
    This year, the district adopted a staggered-start schedule, beginning and ending classes at various times depending on whether students are in elementary, middle or high school.
    Superintendent Edward Pruden says the change has taken a number of school buses off the road and has essentially saved the district about $500,000 of an ever-decreasing, tighter budget.

  • Important dates approach for May primaries

    You’ve seen the advertisements.
    You’ve heard the debates.
    And now it’s getting closer to time for you to make a decision.
    This year’s May primaries are just around the corner, and before you show up for voting on May 8, there are a few important dates to keep in mind.

  • State approves waiver; calendar set for upcoming school year

    Officials with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction have approved a waiver for Brunswick County Schools to operate on a 180-instruction day calendar for the upcoming school year.

    The 2012-2013 school year will begin Aug. 27, 2012, and will end on June 7, 2013.

    The department of instruction previously granted Brunswick County Schools a similar wavier for the current school year, schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • Brunswick County Schools website gets new look

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools has a new look—at least it does online.

    Last Thursday, March 22, officials with the school system unveiled the school system’s new website. The schools website is still at the same web address, www.bcswan.net, but is much different, schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    “After months of anticipation, the new Brunswick County Schools website will go live tonight,” Swencki announced last Thursday.

  • Fate of staggered starts to be determined at April 3 meeting

    Staggered starts will once again be on the Brunswick County Board of Education agenda.

    Board members will take up the issue and possibly the fate of staggered starts at their next meeting, which is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Brunswick County commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said it would cost the school district more than $1 million to revert back to a traditional school bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man killed in tractor accident

    A well-known Ocean Isle Beach resident known as “The Fisherman” was killed in a tractor accident last Wednesday night.

    Brunswick County Coroner Greg White said 52-year-old Bruce Henry died when his Oliver farm tractor overturned around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.

    White said Henry was on his property on Old Shallotte Road pulling roots with the tractor. Henry had a rope tied around the roots and the tractor flipped over, killing him.

    White, a Supply resident, said he had known Henry since their Little League days together.