Today's News

  • Dreams live on with MLK Jr. Day tributes

    Nearly 50 years after his famous “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered during the March on Washington, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. lives on.

    Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day events kick off with a Memorial March at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The march will begin at International Longshoremen’s Association Union Hall at the corner of 10th and Lord streets in Southport.

  • Games over: Law shuts down sweepstakes businesses

    Sweepstakes businesses in Brunswick County have officially shut down.

    Official closures ensued last week as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office started serving notice on the businesses throughout the county.

    The closures have come in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for local law enforcement to enforce a ban on sweepstakes games.

    Enforcement was delayed for a few days as the sheriff’s office awaited direction from the Brunswick County District Attorney’s office.

  • Calabash: Mayor, commissioner debate motion to remove powers

    CALABASH—Mayor Mary Knight has taken town commissioner Jody Nance to task for his motion in December to remove Knight’s powers.

    Knight, speaking at the town board’s Jan. 8 meeting, said Nance himself stated at the Dec. 11 meeting she had done nothing wrong.

    That was when the town board of commissioners voted 3-2 to “remove the powers” of Knight after she spent $1,152 for new office flooring at town hall.

    Knight cited prior employees who had problems with mold and odor in the room now used as her office at town hall.

  • Calabash: Future of unfinished development still in limbo

    CALABASH—Eight pastel-hued townhouses stand along Kingfish Boulevard, still pretty but empty in the unfinished Kingfish Bay development.

    Six years ago when times were good, Kingfish Bay was touted by Wakefield Development Co. as a deluxe community of townhomes and villas, with amenities extending all the way from the entrance fronting Beach Drive down to the Calabash River.

    Then the economy tanked, and so did construction.

  • West wins conference in wrestling

     The West Brunswick High School wrestling team won the Waccamaw Conference championship by beating South Brunswick 57-17 Friday at West.

    On coach Jimmy Caraway’s birthday, the Trojans won six non-forfeited matches and four forfeited matches.

    “The boys gave me a good present,” Caraway said, “but I’m still not happy with the way some of them wrestled. We have some things to work on.”

  • Another football honor for Napolitano




    Nick Napolitano is among three Wingate University football student-athletes named to the 2012 Don Hansen All-Super Region 2 teams. Napolitano, a redshirt sophomore defensive lineman, is a third-team selection.

    In his first season as a starter, Napolitano, a West Brunswick graduate, led Wingate with 11.5 tackles for loss (41 yards) and 7.5 quarterback sacks (32 yards). He led the SAC in quarterback sacks. Napolitano was seventh on the Bulldog list with 49 tackles (25 solo, 24 assists).

  • BCC sweeps Cape Fear in two thrillers


    By Shannon Leslie

    Beacon Correspondent

    The Brunswick Community College Dolphins’ men’s basketball team beat rival Cape Fear Community College 90-76 in overtime on Saturday.

  • Fire destroys Brierwood Estates home Monday

    SHALLOTTE—A Monday afternoon blaze destroyed a home at 29 Country Club Drive in Brierwood Estates.

    Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said the department received a call of visible smoke and flames on Fairway Drive at around 12:26 p.m.

    “Before we arrived we were diverted to Country Club Drive,” Dunwell said, adding the fire was at a residence behind 34 Fairway Drive.

    According to a fire report, flames could be seen on the back porch of the house, endangering adjacent property.

  • Leland couple’s stories are good for the soul

    The “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book publishers have decided a Leland couple are the kind of storytellers who can fix what ails you.

    Malinda and David Fullingim have both had stories accepted for print in the book series in the past year.

    Both Malinda and David are ordained ministers, writers and educators, who moved to Leland in August 2011, when David began working for Cape Fear Community College

  • Two in custody for drug trafficking

    Two suspects are in custody for trafficking in opium or heroin.

    The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested Chris Todd Ussery and Christina Ann Mintz in the Southport area on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

    Ussery, 45, 4987 Glenn Cove Drive, Southport has been charged with conspiring to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance and trafficking in opium or heroin. He is in the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $200,000 secured bond.