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Today's News

  • Trojans dominate third quarter

    By Sam Hickman
    Beacon Correspondent
    West Brunswick third-year basketball coach Eric Davis saw his team struggle defensively during the first half of season opener against West Columbus Nov. 20 and knew exactly what he had to do.
    After full-court pressure failed to slow down the visiting Vikings for the first 16 minutes, Davis reverted back to the Trojans’ bread and butter, an aggressive, half-court man-to-man defense that has been a staple of West Brunswick’s varsity boys’ basketball team since Davis’ arrival.

  • Watkins honored by state parks association

    Staff Report

    Morry Watkins has been a devoted citizen advocate for Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, serving more than three decades on the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Committee. That service was honored Nov. 12 when he received the Special Citation Award at the recent North Carolina Recreation and Park Association state conference.
    “He has given of his time, energy, knowledge and heart to Brunswick County Parks and Recreation,” said Melinda Johnson, marketing director of the parks department.

  • Get to know your neighbors at town events

    Brunswick County is a vibrant community. From the north end of the county to the southern border and all points in between, there is usually an event or community activity going on year-round.
    This is especially true during the holiday season, when towns are busy planning events. Most of the county’s incorporated towns plan events this time of year.

  • Cost-savings measures good step forward

    Brunswick County officials have made a sound financial decision regarding accessibility of employee payroll and related information.
    Instead of firing up the photocopier and turning on printers while burning through boxes of paper, officials have moved employee payroll information to the Internet.
    Through a secure and password-protected site, county employees can now sign online—at any time at their convenience—to review pay stubs, tax forms, pay dates, vacation and sick leave amounts and more.

  • County unemployment rate drops slightly to 9.5 in October

    Unemployment rates have decreased in 76 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including Brunswick County.

    According to the latest data released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from 9.8 percent this past September to 9.5 percent in October.

    The county’s latest monthly unemployment rate is 1.6 percent lower than it was a year ago, when it was 11.1 percent in October 2011.

  • Swing Sisters perform Friday at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    The Swing Sisters are performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The performance is described as a 1940s USO holiday show.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for students and seniors ages 65 and older, and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.

    For more information, log onto www.bccowa.com or call the box office at 755-7416.

  • Marine Band holiday concert Saturday, Dec. 1, at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    The Second Marine Division Band will present a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    For more information, call the box office at 755-7416 or pick up tickets at the box office. There is a limit of six tickets per person.

  • All aboard for annual Christmas Day Train Show Dec. 7-9

    Grissettown-Longwood Fire & Rescue is getting stoked about its seventh annual Christmas Train Show.

    The holiday event is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. next Friday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, at the fire station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904).

    Admission is free.

    The show is a fundraiser for the combination department consisting of volunteer and paid firefighters.

  • Charles Dickens Christmas Festival Friday and Saturday in Southport

    In observance of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, historic Southport will be transformed into an authentic Victorian-style English village this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

    The town, in conjunction with the Brunswick Arts Council, is sponsoring a bicentennial Charles Dickens Christmas Festival from 1-9 p.m. both days, rain or shine.

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 7-12. Children ages 6 and younger are admitted free. Prices include the two-day event for all venues and entertainment.

  • Man charged with strangulation, kidnapping woman

    A Brunswick County man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and trying to strangle a woman.

    Turner Chadwick Gray III, 30, 1701 Hideaway Road SW, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged Sunday with strangulation, second-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communication and communicating threats.

    Gray injured the woman when he squeezed her neck and cut off her air supply, according to information on an arrest warrant. He also unlawfully confined and took her to another place without her consent.