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Today's News

  • Offshore fishing has been difficult

    Folks, there is no way to sugarcoat it—this week has been a difficult week for offshore fishermen. The good news is the constant southwest wind at 10-20 knots gives us some relief from the oppressive heat while on the water; the bad news is this wind stirs up the ocean and makes catching fish tough and the conditions for fishermen even tougher. Nothing stays the same forever, and it appears this week the weather will change with a so-called cool front coming, which will change the wind flow, hopefully, at some point this week.

  • Best fishing action now are red drum, flounder

    Inshore fishing continues in a typical summertime pattern with the best action coming early and late or on the heaviest moving tides. We got a little break from the most intense heat this week but folks on the water still need to be mindful of the hot weather and the daily potential for afternoon thunderstorms.

  • West wins again in CCSSL

    Staff Report

    The West Brunswick baseball team improved to 9-0 in the Central Carolina Summer Scholastic League by beating Hoke County 12-2 in six innings July 3 at West.
    Hoke, in a difference conference from West Brunswick, dropped to 0-9 in the CCSSL.

  • Yarbrough gets spot in Myrtle Beach 400

    By Bill Hennecy
    Special to The Beacon
    Myrtle Beach, S.C.—The second of the five race invitations and guaranteed starting positions for the Nov. 18 Myrtle Beach 400 has been won by Sam Yarbrough.
    The Shallotte driver and former Myrtle Beach track champion in Late Models fought off current points leader Justin Milliken, Jamey Lee, Matt Cox, Jeremy McDowell and Jake Engle. Twenty-two cars took the green in the 100-lap event run July 3 as a prelude to the Fourth of July.

  • Sports calendar

    BCC cheerleading camp
    BCC will be the site for a cheerleading camp 9 a.m.-noon July 23-26 for girls and boys ages 4-14. Early registration is $45 and will end July 15. You may register for the camp on the day of the camp for $60. Each fee covers a camp T-shirt.

  • Dixie tourneys begin this weekend

    Staff Report

    Two Dixie Baseball state tournaments will take place July 14-19 at Smithville Park in Southport.
    Ten teams are competing in the Dixie Boys state tournament. Host Brunswick County plays its first game at 7 p.m. Saturday on Field 2 against Burgaw.
    If Brunswick wins, it plays 7 p.m. Sunday on Field 2 against either Hope Mills or Columbus County.
    If Brunswick loses its first game, it plays a loser-out game at 4:30 p.m. Monday on Field 2.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 27, 28, 29 and July 3 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, June 27

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutors Daniel Thurston and Gina Essay and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Melissa Ann Abeyta, PG improper equipment.

  • Local grants good news for area agencies


    Two area agencies have recently received grants that are sure to benefit Brunswick County and all its residents.
    The first grant—which affects everyone who lives in or visits Brunswick County—is a $2.1 million grant from the N.C. 911 Board for the county’s emergency services department to consolidate two different 911 call centers.
    Currently, depending on from where you call 911, your call may be answered in either Bolivia or Oak Island. The grant will fund the consolidation of the two call centers into one 911 center in Bolivia.

  • Stalking Bruce: one Holden Beach couple’s vacation this year is rocking out to Bruce

    HOLDEN BEACH— “You can’t start a fire without a spark.”

    The famous Bruce Springsteen lyrics resonate well with one Holden Beach couple. Ken and Peggi Papaj decided to go on tour with “The Boss” this year for his “Wrecking Ball” tour. The album, Springsteen’s 17th studio album, was released March 5, and the tour began on March 18 in Atlanta. The Papajs were there.

  • Practical nursing students carry on a 100 percent testing record for fifth year in a row

    The 2012 graduating practical nursing class at Brunswick Community College has a lot to celebrate.

    The class was the 30th class to graduate this past May from the program at BCC, and for the fifth year in a row all graduates passed their state board exam on the first try.

    “We had a 100 percent pass the board of nursing,” said Tanya Mace, nursing director. “All 20 graduates passed the boards on their first time. We have a 100 percent test-taker pass rate.”