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Today's News

  • West competes in first swim meet

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Beacon correspondent
    Junior Meg Fletcher swam the first lap.
    Fletcher, senior Kelsey Ross, senior Abbey Long and senior Kennedy Hughes swam the first relay.
    Freshman Dustin Ruppart swam the first individual event for the boys’ team. And sophomore Christian Chaney won the first-ever heat.
    Those student-athletes and other Trojans entered the record books as the West Brunswick swim team swam in its inaugural meet Dec. 8 in the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 28, 30 and Dec. 3, 4 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, Nov. 28

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Stay alert: Scammers up to no good

    Since 1993, dedicated volunteers have been working hard to help develop family and education support services for young children in our community.
    Each year, Smart Start of Brunswick County, implements programs to help young people excel in the classroom and out.
    Whether its providing childcare services, supporting pre-K partnerships or helping parents better understand what’s going on in their schools, Smart Start has proven to be a valuable tool for this community.

  • An open letter to readers

    To the editor:
    I’d like to share something with all of you
    I won’t take too much of your time.
    About a celebration I went to
    And I left there feelin’ so fine.
    I had no engraved invitation,
    Just an invite from a friend.
    I wasn’t charged any admission,
    Just hugged, and asked, “Come on in.”
    Turns out it’s a birthday party
    Filled with good cheer and emotion.
    So we clapped and sang “Happy Birthday”
    Then vowed to the host our devotion.

  • Country music legend Willie Nelson breaks records at OWA

    BOLIVIA—The crowd roared when Willie Nelson hit the stage at Odell Williamson Auditorium last Friday night to perform his first-ever Brunswick County gig.

    Fans rushed toward the front of the auditorium to shoot photos on cameras and cell phones as Nelson strolled onstage for the Dec. 7 performance and immediately broke into “Whiskey River,” his first song of the night.

  • Building moratorium to be pondered on Sunset Beach canal

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has set a public hearing for its Jan. 7 meeting to consider a construction moratorium along a mostly undeveloped canal.

    The canal is along North Shore Extension on the northeast side of the island that feeds into Tubbs Inlet.

    Adjacent property owners are also supposed to be notified.

  • Sunset Beach ponders merchants association

    SUNSET BEACH—The town is ripe—if not overdue—for formation of a merchants association, town and business officials agree.

    It was the main topic at a Dec. 5 business community reception orchestrated by the town at Sea Trail.

  • Fifth robbery suspect turns herself in

    A fifth suspect sought in connection with a Nov. 29 robbery in Carolina Shores has turned herself in.

    Ronchekala Shawntae Veness, also known as “Koot,” 32, of 3243 Foxwood Drive in Loris, S.C., turned herself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, BCSO Lt. Donna Simpson said Friday.

    A warrant charges Veness with conspiracy to commit robbery in the early-morning incident at Winner’s World Sweepstakes, 10200 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

  • Sheriff pledges support in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will continue to be in the area providing support, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram says.

    Ingram, accompanied by Capt. Mose Highsmith, spoke at the monthly town board of commissioners meeting Dec. 6 to address concerns about traffic and law enforcement protection. Highsmith also serves as attorney for the sheriff’s office.

    Ingram responded to residents’ concerns about speeding. As long as it’s a public highway, “we can enforce those speed limits,” he said.

  • Brunswick Catch hopes to snag statewide group

    Brunswick Catch is working to establish a statewide organization.

    Last week, Brunswick Catch hosted the fall meeting of North Carolina Catch, a newly organized eastern N.C. group, at Holden Beach Town Hall.

    Brunswick Catch works to educate consumers about the advantages of local seafood and to assure sources for local catch. Brunswick Catch is joining with its sister organizations, Carteret Catch, Outer Banks Catch, and Ocracoke Fresh to form an umbrella group, North Carolina Catch.