Today's News

  • Dixie Angels win openers in state tourney

    Staff Report

    The Brunswick County Dixie Angels softball team (ages 9-10) won its first two games in the state tournament in Eden.
    Brunswick beat Reidsville 11-0 on Saturday night. Amanda Phillips was the winning pitcher. She pitched two innings. Savannah Branch and Katelyn Fulford pitched one each. The girls combined on a no-hitter. Katelyn Fulford had two hits. Branch, Catherine Grainger and Savannah Richmond each had hits.

  • Milliken, Yarbrough are in points battle at Myrtle Beach

    By Bill Hennecy
    Special to The Beacon

  • First Tee building for the future

    By Kay Patterson
    Special to The Beacon

  • McCumbee in NASCAR truck race

    By Andy Cagle
    Special to The Beacon
    Chad McCumbee will be behind the wheel of the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/ fleetHQ.com/QMI Chevrolet Silverado when the team returns to the track July 21 at Chicagoland Speedway.
    McCumbee, a native of Supply, replaces David Reutimann, who made four attempts with RBR in 2012 after replacing Clay Rogers in the off-season. After a DNQ in the season opener at Daytona, the team reeled off three straight top-20 finishes at Martinsville, Rockingham and Charlotte.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 5, 9 and 10 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.

    Thursday, July 5, DWI court

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Jamie Turnage and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

    Robert C. Baker, PG DWI level 5.

  • Thanks, Dewey Hill, for all you have done

    For 20 years Rep. Dewey Hill has served this region in Raleigh, but his service to Brunswick and surrounding counties started long before.
    Hill announced he won’t seek re-election to the General Assembly, but that doesn’t mean he has plans to retire. He says he’ll continue to work, but instead of traversing to Raleigh he’ll stay closer to his Columbus County home as he oversees Hills Food Stores and Hillcrest Corp.

  • Brunswick County wins the Junior Dixie Boys Baseball state championship

     SOUTHPORT—Brunswick County beat Columbus County 12-5 in seven innings and won the North Carolina Junior Dixie Boys state championship July 17 at Smithville Park.

    Jaheed Cason hit a leadoff home run in the first inning and Johnathan Carlyle hit a three-run home run in the second inning, which gave Brunswick an 8-3 lead and was the turning point of the game.

    For manager L.C. Pigott, this is his fourth state championship.

     “These kids were so great to coach,” he said.

  • Very Varnam: Produce producer sells only what she grows

    VARNAMTOWN—Esther Varnam’s produce-producing philosophy is pretty simple.

    “If we don’t grow it, we don’t sell it,” says the 80-year-old, standing next to her freshly harvested tomatoes, potatoes and other edible seasonal offerings at her outdoor produce stand on a muggy Friday the 13th last week.

    “We only sell what we grow here,” she said.

    She guesstimates she’s been running her homegrown produce stand in front of her house on Varnamtown Road for the past quarter-century.

  • Thirst thrill: Jumpin' Java's Shallatte celebrates Shallotte

    Residents in search of a native caffeinated brew need look no further than the Shallatte, a frothy blend served at Jumpin’ Java Espresso Co. at 4635 Main St. in Shallotte.

    The concoction celebrating Jumpin’ Java’s hometown is flavored with caramel, vanilla and toasted marshmallow. It’s available hot, poured over ice or blended for a delicious, beat-the-July-heat chill.

    The whipped cream is optional.

  • Looking Back 1988-1990

    Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Twice each month, we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.


    Top headlines from 1988

    •Sentencing for 37 people indicted for cocaine trafficking in Brunswick County continued.

    •In January the county was blanketed with heavy snowfall as the winter proved to be the coldest in years.