Today's News

  • Champions Night celebrates Trojan football

    By Sam Hickman
    Beacon Correspondent
    Every year, all but a handful of teams walk off the field, heads hung in despair after losing their final game of the season. And that’s only if the squad was good enough to qualify for the state playoffs. Bad clubs begin to count shoulder pads and helmets upon the conclusion of the regular season, usually in late October or early November.

  • Booze It & Lose It works to get dangerous drivers off the road

    Between Aug. 17 and Sept. 3, Brunswick County law enforcement agencies took part in 135 checkpoints and patrols as part of the state’s Labor Day Booze it & Lose It campaign.

    The checkpoints resulted 92 DWI citations being issued. Another 86 charges were issued for people not wearing appropriate safety restraints in their vehicles.

    Seventy-five people were charged for various drug offenses during the campaign here in Brunswick County and 13 fugitives were apprehended.

  • Getting ready to spell it out at county spelling bee

    Get ready to put on your thinking caps and dust off your dictionaries. It’s time to practice for the annual countywide spelling bee.

    Activities for the 23rd annual adult spelling bee, sponsored by the Brunswick County Literacy Council, get under way at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center, Odell Williamson Auditorium, at Brunswick Community College. Starting at 6 p.m., organizers are launching the first A through Z silent auction, which will benefit the nonprofit literacy council.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 6, 7, 10and 11 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, Sept. 6, DWI court

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

  • Joint board consolidation is ultimately best for county

    It would have been easy for Brunswick County commissioners to keep the status quo with the county’s board of health and board of social services.
    It would have been even easier for some board members to delay making a decision altogether and instead wait until after the November election to let a new county commissioners’ board tackle the problem.

  • West-South tennis
  • VIDEO INCLUDED: South rallies for win over West, stays unbeaten in conference

     There is now one volleyball team in the Waccamaw 3A-2A Conference with an undefeated record in league play.

    Down two sets to one, South Brunswick rallied for a 25-19 victory in the fourth set before holding off a late West Brunswick rally in the decisive fifth game for a 15-13 triumph, which earned the tension-filled victory for the Cougars on Sept. 19 (25-19, 24-26, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13).

  • West wins two conference soccer games

      The West Brunswick High School boys’ soccer team improved to 4-0 in the conference by beating East Bladen 5-0 Sept. 19.

    The Trojans (4-0 in the conference) scored four goals in the first half and played substitutes in the final 20 minutes of the game.

    Junior Connor Johnston was the winning goalkeeper in West’s fourth straight shutout.

    East Bladen played without its best player.

  • Feral cat or house pet? Shallotte woman looks to slow growing feral cat population

    SHALLOTTE—A local resident’s love of animals has led her to reach out to help stop a feral cat colony in her neighborhood from increasing.

    Cindy Milam moved to Shallotte three years ago from Ocean Isle Beach. Already a cat lover, she had several indoor felines of her own. It didn’t take long for the neighborhood’s feral cat population to realize she was their friend.

    “One month after I moved here, one cat showed up. My kids were like ‘Mom, don’t feed it,’” Milam said.

  • BFA now taking applications for Christmas assistance program


    With summer over and school under way, it is time for one area organization to start gearing up for Christmas.

    The annual Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program takes organizers months of planning to deliver.

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency will begin taking applications, by appointment only, on Sept. 24. Applications will continue to be taken through Nov. 8, but don’t wait until the last minute. BFA officials say the closer the holidays get, the busier BFA employees and volunteers are.