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Today's News

  • Golf tournaments

    Senior golf tourneys
    These are dates for the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation 55+ Golf Program. Contact Khrystye Haselden at khaselden@brunsco.net or call 910-253-2670.
    Jan. 16, Thistle Golf, $45, 9 a.m. sign-in, 10 a.m. start. Price includes cart fee, greens fee, cart attendants, refreshments and prizes.  
    Feb. 20, Cape Fear National Golf, $45, 8:30 a.m. sign-in, 9:30 start. Price includes cart fee, greens fee, refreshments and prizes. Cart attendant’s tip is not included in price.

  • Ten years of Golf Gab: Thanks for the memories

    On Sept. 12, 2002, I wrote my first golf column for The Brunswick Beacon. Counting back in time, that’s more than 535 columns.
    It all began when a group from Brick Landing was attempting to buy the golf course. Because I had been a freelance writer for most of my life, the committee asked me to help with public relations (press releases, letters and advertisements).   

  • Sports briefs

    Calabash VFW Dart League
    The Calabash VFW Dart League played its weekly match Dec 4. First: Larry Clark, Ken Anderson and Pat Perryman. Second: Jay Valkenberg, Andy Kocsis and Mike Walton. Third: Don Baker, Larry Hagar and Barbara Clark.
    On Dec. 11, first were Tom McCormack, Rich Murray and Tom Kelleher. Second: Ken Anderson, Mike Walton and Andy Kocsis. Third: Hugo Kosmel, Jennifer Hirsch and Gene Faessler.

  • BCC battles team to final minute

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Beacon Correspondent
    Brunswick Community College’s men’s basketball team took undefeated and nationally sixth-ranked Palm Beach State down to the wire before falling 78-72 in the M&M Mini Storage Holiday Basketball Classic on Dec. 18.
    After getting manhandled in the first half, the Dolphins came out of the locker room with a vengeance—and a full-court press that stymied the Panthers.

  • BFA, community make Christmas merry for many

    A line of cars started forming around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 20 along Smith Avenue in anticipation of the annual holiday distribution of toys and food by Brunswick Family Assistance.

    Shortly before 9 a.m., the rear doors of the old pressroom at The Brunswick Beacon swung open to start admitting clients during the annual event to dispense toys and food in time for the holidays.

    Donations came thanks to the community.

    BFA program director Lora Moree said the distribution encompasses 2,290 people, or 390 families with children who are in the program.

  • Proposed county raises raise questions in tough financial times

    At least one Brunswick County commissioner supports giving county employees a sizeable raise, but we think fellow commissioners were on the mark when they delayed voting on it for now.
    At a Dec.17 commissioners meeting, commissioner Marty Cooke proposed giving all county employees—with a few exceptions—a pay increase of 5 percent.
    It’s a move, he said, that would bring pay back in line with cost-of-living adjustments employees could have gotten if the county had not frozen raises in 2008.

  • Students sharpen art skills at Supply Elementary

    Art students at Supply Elementary School recently created oversize decorative shears that will soon adorn the walls of a Shallotte hair salon.
    Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students collaborated in art classes during the past few weeks to create scissors that won’t cut, but will add to the ambiance at Shear MaDDness.

  • Christmas money buys free meals for hungry customers

    “It’s my Christmas present,” Betty Brown says of the free holiday meals she cooked for two days and gave out last Thursday to customers at the Minuteman convenience store in Sunset Beach.

    For the past seven years, Brown, who manages the store, has taken the money her husband Tom gives her for Christmas and uses it to buy food she cooks to serve customers.

    This year’s big day was Thursday, Dec. 20, at the store at the corner of Beach Drive and N.C. 904.

  • Flu to-do may include vaccine at your local pharmacy

    With the onset of flu season, there’s still plenty of time to get a shot.

    Now might be a good time.

    In recent weeks, North Carolina has become one of eight states to have an early, especially intense flu season.

    Three influenza-related deaths have been reported, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

    While the Brunswick County Health Department offers flu shots, pharmacies are administering them, too.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 12, 14, 17 and 18 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, Dec. 12

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