Today's News

  • Brunswick Schools assessment points way to accreditation

    A recent assessment finding “interference” by the Brunswick County Board of Education with administrative responsibilities was not specifically addressed at a subsequent board retreat Aug. 15.

    Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki noted Tuesday in a response to the Beacon the session attended by AdvancED consultant Joe Delaney addressed the final report of a review by a quality assurance review team April 1-4.

    Swencki added the retreat was a first opportunity the board and schools cabinet had as a group to discuss findings.

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  • White Oak beats West Brunswick 5-1

     White Oak beat West Brunswick 5-1 in a nonconference soccer game Sept. 4 at West.

    West fell behind 3-0 in the first half. White Oak scored on a breakaway with 24:19 left. West goalkeeper Connor Johnston later made a two-handed stop of a corner kick.

    The Trojans penetrated often into the White Oak territory, but the White Oak goalkeeper made three stops of low shots by Scottie Melvin.

  • Labor Day weekend brings out impaired drivers on moonlit night

    CALABASH—Under a full moon, as muggy August melted into sultry September, law enforcement was out en masse last Friday night, on the lookout for impaired drivers.

    Annual Labor-Day-weekend Hands Across the Border checkpoints involved law enforcement officers throughout the region. With assorted officers posted at three key entry/exit routes, it was difficult for drivers crossing the Carolinas border in Brunswick County to skirt their scrutiny during checkpoints that launched at 10 p.m. Friday and continued until the wee hours Saturday.

  • North Myrtle Beach beats Trojans 21-7

      LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—North Myrtle Beach beat West Brunswick 21-7 in a nonconference football game Friday.

    The Chiefs scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter en route to the victory. The Chiefs, who entered the season having lost 22 straight games, are now 2-1. The Trojans drop to 0-3.

    West committed 12 penalties for 95 yards, and two 15-yard penalties in the fourth quarter aided the Chiefs in their touchdown drives.

  • Lady Trojans open conference with victory


    WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School volleyball team opened its conference season Aug. 30 by beating Whiteville 25-13, 25-15, 25-21.

    West is 2-4 overall, having played a tough nonconference schedule.

  • Special operations team report

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Aug. 20-26, special operations deputies issued five total traffic citations and charges.

    Deputies set up checkpoints at the state line, on Blue Banks Loop, Cedar Hill Road, McLamb Road, Shell Point Road and Grey Bridge Road.

  • Man charged with disability insurance fraud

    Matthew Scott Cameron, 42, of 1739 Point Windward Place, Shallotte, has been charged with four counts of insurance fraud, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

    Criminal investigators allege Cameron filed fraudulent short-term disability claims with AFLAC Insurance Company between January and May 2011 for which he received $6,320 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:


    Aug. 24

    •Resisting a public officer on Thorpe Landing Road in Ocean Isle Beach.


    Aug. 25

    •Forgery on River Road in Southport.

    •Burglary with forcible entry and criminal damage to property (vandalism) of a padlock and lock latch on C Street SW in Supply.

    •Counterfeiting with a counterfeit $20 bill on Southport-Supply Road in Supply.

  • County’s unemployment rate has slight increase from June to July

    For July, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate reached 11 percent. That’s a slight increase from June, which was at 10.9 percent.

    Unemployment has slightly increased throughout the summer, which is generally one of the county’s busiest times of the year because of tourism.

    Back in May the county’s unemployment rate was at 10.3 percent, and in April it was 9.7 percent.

    The 11 percent rate for this July is the same as it was for July 2011.