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Today's News

  • To make golf enjoyable, follow these tips for fast play

    We are getting into the warmer weather. Hot sun, humidity, mosquitoes, and late-afternoon thundershowers mean total aggravation on the course when it takes five hours or more to play 18 holes.
    There is no reason for golf to take more than four hours per foursome. In fact, my friend Sherry and I once played 18 holes with a caddie in 2 hours and 25 minutes. Neither of us was a touring pro (we both shot scores in the 90s), but we moved it.

  • Few changes in high school basketball rules

    Participation and fan interest in high school basketball remain strong throughout the nation, and the National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rules Committee voted to retain one aspect of the sport that makes it unique from other levels of play.
    At its recent meeting in Indianapolis, the committee considered a proposal to add a shot clock to the high school rules but agreed that the sport played by about one million boys and girls in about 18,000 high schools is functioning well without it.

  • SMS boys win record five titles

    The boy’s athletic program at Shallotte Middle made school history this year by clinching five county championships. Teams dominated the competition in football, basketball, baseball, track and golf.
    Eighth-grade students who were members of the winning teams admit their involvement in athletics helped them keep their priorities straight.
    They know that to be an athlete at Shallotte Middle, they have to have good grades. To help keep everything in check, students said the school offered tutoring and their teachers always went the extra mile.

  • Middle school track has final meet

    Staff report

    The Brunswick County middle schools had their fourth and final track-and-field meet May 10 at West Brunswick High School. South won the girls’ meet and Shallotte won the boys’ meet.
    Here are the first-place finishers, as reported by the coaches.
    Girls’ winners
    Katelyn Hatch of South won the long jump (14-6).
    Clarissa Somers of South won the shot put (28-4).
    Rexi Lee Harris of South won the high jump.
    Heaven-Leigh Banks of South won the discus (71-4).

  • Points battle begins May 31 at Myrtle Beach

    By Bill Hennecy
    Special to The Beacon
    Myrtle Beach Speedway saw fuel thrown onto the points battle for Whelen All-American Championship honors. At stake are the points for track, state and national honors. Anthony Andres, of Easley, S.C., has taken full advantage in pursuing all of the titles. His team brought the No. 36 Late Model car to the track on May 5 and took advantage of the special event to vault himself into the lead in all three categories.  

  • Tournament celebrities to be at TFTBC event

    By Mike Gildea
    TFTBC board of directors/coach
    The First Tee of Brunswick County’s (TFTBC) Future Generation’s Tournament, scheduled for June 2 on the courses of St. James Plantation, will host a group of VIPs from throughout the Carolinas.
    This year, like 2011, the honored guests will be more than a dozen Wounded Warriors from Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune. These officers and non-coms are Army and Marine veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

  • Sports calendar

    Fitness classes
    Water fitness Class is Monday through Thursday at The Winds Beach Resort, Ocean Isle Beach. Class will run through Sept 27. Fee varies depending on the number of classes you attend.  Call Ruthie McHugh at 253-2583 for more information.
    Zumba fitness class is Tuesday and Thursday at Body Dimension in Shallotte.
    Class is 8-9 a.m. through Sept 27. Fee is $35 per month or $10 per drop-in. Call Ruthie McHugh at 253-2583 for more information.

  • North’s Scorpions rout North Pitt in state playoffs

    Staff Report

    The North Brunswick High School baseball team beat North Pitt 14-3 in five innings Friday in a third-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A state baseball playoffs.

  • District court docket

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

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutors Karen Richards, Gina Essey and Jamie Turnage and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Idea for sheriff’s office to take over animal control is a good one

    A proposal is before Brunswick County commissioners that recommends the sheriff’s office take over operations at Brunswick County Animal Services.
    We encourage commissioners to approve this venture when they meet to discuss it on June 4.
    After the Brunswick County Board of Health approved the recommendation, sheriff’s officials quickly moved into action. Already, non-violent inmates have been taken out of the local detention center and put to work scrubbing and cleaning every nook and cranny of the animal services building.