Today's News

  • Not on our island: Letters bombard Sunset Beach on parking issue

    SUNSET BEACH—Since October, Sunset Beach Town Hall has been deluged with e-mails, including one from an attorney, expressing concerns about a committee’s initial ideas for future parking on the island.

    Last week, upon request from the Beacon, Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin forwarded copies of more than 100 e-mails town hall has received from property owners and others as a town-appointed parking committee fleshes out recommended rules to forward to town council.

  • Parking committee tightens suggestions in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town parking committee is narrowing down its recommendations for public parking on the island and hopes to have them ready in time for Sunset Beach Town Council’s next meeting Feb. 7.

    Committee members hope to come up with final recommendations at their next meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. next Thursday, Jan. 27, at town hall.

  • Thefts investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a larceny reported Monday, Jan. 17, at the Food Lion in Sunset Beach.

    A woman told police she had left her purse in the checkout aisle and left the store. According to a police report, an “unknown” person behind her in the line picked up the purse, set it in a buggy and walked out with it.

    A break-in and larceny were reported Jan. 11 at a residence on Cypress Court. Entry was made with a key, according to a police report.

  • Calabash closed session not improper, town attorney says

    CALABASH—Town commissioners did nothing improper when they voted to hire the county to conduct building inspections following a closed session last month, according to town attorney Mark Lewis.

    The issue arose at the start of the board’s Jan. 11 meeting, when town commissioner Forrest King stated he wanted to correct recorded minutes from the Dec. 14 closed session.

  • Jenkins looks to give Brunswick Democrats a boost after November losses

    Leonard Jenkins likes a challenge.

    Elected as chairman of the Brunswick County Democrats in December, Jenkins said his newest challenge will be restoring the Brunswick County Democratic party.

    After being shut out in the November elections by Republicans who won every race on the ballot at the county level, Jenkins is up for the challenge.

  • Blame game does no good when dealing with senseless tragedy

    Sarah Palin did not kill six people. Rush Limbaugh did not shoot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Sean Hannity did not attack fellow Americans outside a supermarket.

    Jared Lee Loughner did.

    To imply or claim anything else is irresponsible, reckless and libelous.

    To blame—either implied or outright—anyone else for Loughner’s brutal and horrific actions should be criminal.

  • BCC men rout Spartanburg Methodist

     The BCC Dolphin men’s basketball team had an easy time for most of the game in its 86-69 Region 10 victory over Saturday against Spartanburg Methodist.

    BCC led 50-28 at halftime. The impressive victory on Walter Shaw Court at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center had coach Shaw in a great mood.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED South Brunswick swimmers win five-team meet

     Even though not at full strength and not entered in all events, the South Brunswick High School swim teams won a five-team meet Saturday at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    South’s girls won six of eight events and finished first with 57 points. Swansboro scored 34 points, Topsail 27, White Oak 25 and Lumberton 23.

    South’s boys won seven of eight events and finished with 56 points. Lumberton scored 34 points, Topsail 31, Swansboro 20 and White Oak 10.

  • Trojan wrestlers defeat South Brunswick, win conference

     The West Brunswick High School wrestling team won its first conference championship since 1999 by beating South Brunswick 39-31 Friday at West.

    The loss was the second of the season for the Cougars (15-2). West improved to 15-5 and clinched a spot in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A state dual tournament, which takes place in February.

    “That was a great match,” West coach Jimmy Caraway said. “There is not a better team than South Brunswick. We pulled an upset tonight, but that’s a good wrestling team we beat.

  • Teacher assistant of the year’s passion for students remains strong after years of service

    LELAND—An employee of Brunswick County Schools since 1987, Connie Kennedy says the reason she keeps coming to work is simply because she loves children.

    So much so that the 57-year-old exceptional children (EC) teaching assistant at Leland Middle School is working towards her bachelor’s degree in language arts so she can manage a classroom of her own.

    “I want to help these children learn how to read,” she said.