Today's News

  • Calabash tree lighting set for 6 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30

    CALABASH—The Seafood Capital’s 17th annual tree lighting has been moved up a week.

    Because of a scheduling conflict, the event that traditionally takes place the first Friday in December is set this year for 6 p.m. this coming Friday, Nov. 30, at Callahan’s of Calabash on the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

    Festivities launch with the annual Spirit of Calabash Parade showcasing creatively decorated and lighted golf carts and costumed participants.

  • Ceremony marks opening of new Calabash Community Park

    CALABASH—Calabash’s new 1-acre community park is officially open.

    Opening ceremonies and festivities took place Nov. 17 at the new park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    About 100 people braved cold temperatures to attend.

    Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance said the park was built using funds from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant Program, matching funds from the town, and private donations.

  • Friday last day for poster contest entries

    The Brunswick Beacon is sponsoring a poster contest to help spread the message of wearing seat belts.

    The contest is open to people of all ages, but children are most strongly encouraged to participate.

    “In October, we lost seven people on Brunswick County roads in vehicle crashes,” managing editor Stacey Manning said. “We know how very dangerous our roads can be, and we want to do our part to try to save lives. Our campaign to promote seat belt usage is one small way we can do that.”

    The rules for the contest are simple:

  • BCC men lose in overtime

    South Carolina Sports Academy beat Brunswick Community College 92-87 in overtime in a non-region men’s basketball game Monday at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics & Fitness Center gym. SCSA is post-graduate prep academy that opened in 1998 in Garden City, S.C.,


    For BCC (5-3), freshman Demarkus Forbes scored 10 points, sophomore Khari Faison 14 points, sophomore Lattrell Royster 18 points and sophomore Quinton Morrow 19.

  • Hospital Authority turns over $455,000 to Brunswick County

    The Brunswick County Hospital Authority knew its time was up.

    The board, whose role was managing the now-closed Brunswick Community Hospital, had already begun planning to dissolve at its July 11 meeting.

    Sitting in the conference room of the hospital’s replacement—Brunswick Novant Medical Center—last Wednesday night, members just had to make it official. 

    The only issue remaining for the hospital authority was whether to turn over to Brunswick County money collected from Novant’s buyout of the old hospital.

  • Interim chief James hired as Leland’s new police chief

    LELAND—Leland took the interim tag off Police Chief Mike James’ badge.

    Town manager David Hollis announced at the Nov. 15 Leland town council meeting James was his choice for the permanent position after a two-month search.

    James was hired as interim police chief Feb. 20, 2012. He has worked in law enforcement 29 years, starting in Rockingham County.

  • Waterford residents tell town they don’t want planned apartments

    LELAND—Leland’s planning staff was talking text changes to the town’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at last Thursday night’s town meeting, but residents of the Waterford subdivision were only hearing that unwanted apartments were coming to their development.

    The concern grew out of changes proposed to add multi-family zoning to the UDO and to conditional zoning permits.

  • Newborn quintuplets a picture perfect opportunity for photographer

    WILMINGTON — For Katie Mathews, a photographer in Wilmingtom who specializes in newborn images, Carmen and Mike Matthews’ quintuplets were a challenge too big to miss.

    “I heard about them when she first got pregnant,” Mathews said.

    “People told me about them. They liked my work and thought I could do something good,” Mathews said. “So I thought, ‘I’ve got to get a hold of that family.’”

  • Leland family adjusts to life with quintuplets

    LELAND­—Carmen and Mike Matthews recently had a family photo taken—the parents holding their five 2-month-olds.

    In the photo, they almost appear to be juggling all those children, an appropriate metaphor for the daunting task of raising quintuplets.

    But the picture doesn’t tell the whole story.

    Outside the frame there are plenty of spotters to help with the babies, but the parents haven’t lost their grip.

  • Lady Trojans hold West Columbus to 10 points

     In what might have been its largest margin of victory ever, the West Brunswick girls’ basketball team trounced West Columbus 59-10 Nov. 20.

    This season opener had a little bit of everything, from a 30-3 halftime lead to a technical foul to a spectacular block to a Viking player scoring on a layup in the wrong basket.

    “I was really pleased with how we played—hard from the beginning to the end,” said second-year Trojan coach Mark Jones. “We got a lot of production from a lot of girls.