Today's News

  • Fishing is 'just plain cruel'

    Before all you PETA fans get too excited about the title of this report, you may want to read further. After more than 15 years of fishing for a living, this past Sunday it finally hit me: Fishing is just plain cruel. Let me give you an example.

    I was guiding a nice group of guys from the Charlotte area for a day of fishing. The weather was such it limited us to staying within a mile or so of the beach, but no matter, because the Spanish mackerel and kings had been biting good along the beach front.

  • Golf action

    Greg Powell, of Whiteville, finished tied for fifth Sunday in the 16th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association.

    On the par-71 Pinewood Country Club course in Asheboro, Powell shot 67-74-70—211 (-2).

    Paul Tucker, 30, of Waxhaw, shot a final round 4-under par 67 to win the event at 7 under. Sherrill Britt, of West End, and Paul Simson, of Raleigh, were two strokes behind.

    The top 30 scores and ties are exempt into the 2010 North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship.


  • Behind-the-scenes antics are toxic for open government

    Gere Dale, does the town of Carolina Shores have something to hide?

    Why is it you’re expending so much energy to keep public business behind closed, locked doors?

    On multiple occasions, when approached by a Beacon reporter about issues we believe are of public record, you have spent more time questioning the reporter’s sources than answering questions.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Sept. 9

    Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Sarah Elizabeth Allen, probation violation, admits, Brunswick County Jail 45 days active with seven days credit for time served; probation violation, admits, Brunswick County Jail 10 days active, sentences to run concurrent.

    Cullen E. Arendale, indecent exposure, voluntarily dismissed.

  • West Brunswick student builds playground shelter as Eagle Scout service project

    Seventeen-year-old Daniel Hagan has completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout and gave back to his childhood school in the process.

    For his service project, Hagan decided to build a shelter area at Waccamaw School's playground. A former Waccamaw student, Hagan said the school is his "favorite place on Earth," and wanted to do give back to the place he received so much.

    "It has been a pleasure and an honor planning and constructing this shelter for the past year," he said during a dedication ceremony Wednesday evening.

  • Suspect fires shot at sheriff’s deputies; deputy fires back

    SHALLOTTE—An undercover drug buy went awry when a man from whom drug agents were attempting to purchase drugs shot at a van carrying three sheriff’s deputies.

    Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, drug agents arrived at the intersection of Tryon Road and McMilly Road in Shallotte, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. When an undercover drug agent attempted to make a controlled narcotics buy, sheriff’s office officials say Demontray Hill allegedly pulled out a shotgun and fired one shot at the sheriff’s office van.

  • Coast Guard sets hearing on Ocean Isle parasail accident

    The U.S. Coast Guard has scheduled a formal hearing for Sept. 23-25 to receive testimonies about the fatal parasailing accident Aug. 28 on Ocean Isle Beach, which resulted in the deaths of two vacationing women.

    The hearing is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at the New Hanover County Courthouse, courtroom 402.

  • Long Bay Garden Club clock donation one of many community projects

    The Long Bay Garden Club has donated an outdoor tower clock to the town of Shallotte, dedicating it officially in a ceremony last week in Rourk Gardens.

    The clock, from the Verdin clock company, is one of a number of projects the club has done to promote beautification and inspire civic pride in the South Brunswick Islands community since its inception in 1977.

    “We wanted to do something the whole community could enjoy,” club secretary Birdie Frink said recently about the clock donation.

  • Teams get ready to S-P-E-L-L in literacy council bee Thursday

    Spelling teams will once again compete Thursday night in Brunswick County Literacy Council’s 20th annual spelling bee, set for 7 p.m. at Brunswick Community College.

    As of press deadline Tuesday, 13 teams had signed on for this year’s spelling contest. For the first time it will be in the Virginia Williamson Event Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium. More teams may be added this week for the annual “contest against the dictionary,” spelling bee chairman Matt Ernst said.

  • Feast on food, fun at two-day Shrimp-A-Roo Fall Fest in Varnamtown

    Shrimp lovers should love this weekend’s Shrimp-A-Roo Fall Fest set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26, at Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown.

    The two-day event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with food, crafts, music, a huge yard sale, auction, bake sale and more.

    Edible delights will include shrimp-boil plates as well as fried fish and shrimp plates. Plate prices, which includes beverage and dessert, are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger.