Today's News

  • Beacon and ATMC-TV team up to produce candidates’ forum

    Want to know what local county commissioners’ candidates think about important community issues?

    The Brunswick Beacon and ATMC-TV have produced a candidates’ forum for contested county commissioner candidates where they share ideas about Brunswick County’s future.

    The forum will air from 9-10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Election Day, Tuesday, May 8. Early voting for the May 8 primary begins Thursday, April 19.

    The forum will also be available for ATMC-TV subscribers anytime on ATMC-TV’s On Demand feature.

  • Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational begins

     West Brunswick’s varsity and junior varsity baseball and softball teams played first-round games Monday in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational. Summaries are below. The tourney ends on April 11, with the softball title game at 7 p.m. and the baseball title game at 7 p.m.



    Richmond 1

    West varsity 0

    Hunter Parks’ leadoff home run in the fifth inning was the only as Richmond beat West Brunswick 1-0 in a first-round game April 9.

  • McCumbee to qualify truck for Reutimann at Rockingham

     Coming off of a top-20 finish at Martinsville two weeks ago, the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ.com/QMI team and driver David Reutimann are ready to tackle the high banks of the Rockingham Speedway for the inaugural Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 presented by Cheerwine at the venerable one-mile track.

  • Leland man arrested for raping woman at assisted living facility

    A 68-year-old Leland man has been arrested for raping a woman at an assisted living facility.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said detectives arrested Merlin Alford, 68, of 1935 Lincoln Road, Leland, on Sunday, April 8.

    Alford has been charged with second-degree rape.

    He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • Leland man killed in motorcycle wreck

    SOUTHPORT—A Leland man was killed Easter Sunday when his motorcycle was struck by a van on N.C. 87.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Troy Pope said 37-year-old James Osborne of Leland was killed around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8. James Osborne was traveling northbound on N.C. 87 about seven tenths of a mile north of Southport while Alice Fay Osborne, 62, was traveling southbound on N.C. 87 in a van.

    Alice Osborne, who is not related to James Osborne, crossed the center line, and when she did, her van struck James Osborne.

  • Unemployment in Brunswick County dips slightly in February

    RALEIGH—Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in February, but it remains in double digits.

    According to unemployment numbers released last week by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in February, down .8 percent from 13 percent in January to 12.2 percent in February.

    Brunswick County’s 12.2-percent unemployment rate remains higher than both the state’s 9.9-percent unemployment rate and the nation’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate.

  • BCC splits weekend doubleheader with SCC

       Bryson Benton’s two-out double with the bases loaded in the eighth inning gave BCC a 10-9 victory over Southeastern Community College in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.

    Jordan Hunt’s home run in the eighth inning had given SCC a 9-8 lead. But with one out in the bottom of the inning, Matt Archer walked, Damon Hoggard doubled and Ryan Hill walked, loading the bases. BCC then won the game on Benton’s double.

  • Dunks at ACC Barnstorming Tour at BCC
  • Spring beauties in Shallotte

    Brunswick County enjoyed a profusion of spring color and fragrance this week. Spring rains even knocked down the pollen count so more residents could venture outside to admire it. These azaleas, dogwoods and cherry trees started early this year, and they will put on their show for just a little while longer.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on March 21, 22, 23 and 26 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, March 21

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham: