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Today's News

  • Prepare for spring fishing with homemade rigs; it’s an effective way to catch fish

    It won’t be long until spring arrives and with it the annual rebirth of the fishing season. Although you can still catch some fish now, most anglers are counting the days until warm temperatures roll in and our usual inshore species start to stir.

    In the downtime, there are several things anglers can do to prepare for spring fishing. Fishing is a sport in which you pretty much get what you give, so if you give a lot of extra time to the craft, you’re sure to get a good return in the form of tugs on the line when the action starts.

  • Drug agents seize marijuana from Leland home

    LELAND—Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have arrested a Leland man and seized 64 marijuana plants from his home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Steve Lanier said drug agents arrested Anthony Scott Taylor, 22, on Thursday, Jan. 28, after a brief investigation spurred by community complaints.

    Drug agents received anonymous information from people in the community that Taylor was using his residence at 2951 Lone Tree Court in Leland to grow, use, sell and store marijuana, Lanier said.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 20, 21, 22, 25 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, Jan. 20

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Linda Yaneth Agustin, expired registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Local angels are making girls' dreams come true

    There are countless milestones young people encounter as they transition through high school. However, none of them may leave more lasting memories than prom.

    For many Brunswick County girls, the costs associated with getting a prom dress and all its related accessories can be so high, it can completely eliminate the dream of a teenager’s rite of passage.

  • South clinches state dual bid in thriller over West

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick got a fall from Jeromy Roundtree in the final match to beat West Brunswick 38-34 in a Waccamaw Conference dual Jan. 27.

    The victory between the two 3A teams clinched a spot in the NCHSAA playoffs.

    South entered the dual 23-5 for the season. It had swept eight straight duals in its last two tournaments. West entered 8-8, but it was coming off a tournament in which it had two champions and four wrestlers as consolation finalists.

  • Information meeting for home school FFA membership Tuesday

    Home school students interested in becoming involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) can attend an informative meeting from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Bladen County Extension Center, Powell-Melvin Building, located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown.

    Kelly Hill, a home school parent and volunteer, said although membership is available to home school students, there is no local chapter.

    “It’s hard to have officers,” Hill said. “It’s hard to come together as a unit as a public school would.”

  • Modern moviegoers are 'rom-commed' and 'bromanced' within an inch of our lives

    It is it just me or is every movie preview for the same two movies—with different actors and a slightly different script?

    The first type I can’t get away from is a cloying romantic comedy in which a serious, big city career woman has to leave her modern, uppity ways behind and settle down in a small town with an honest, blue collar, regular Joe to be happy and realize what life’s really all about.

  • Winter weather update: Roads are icy; travel dangerous

    As temperatures continue to fall across Brunswick County, Saturday's precipitation is turning into ice. Roadways are slick, as are bridges and overpasses.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is urging drivers to use caution and, if possible, to stay off area roadways.

    For a short time Saturday, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, which handles some traffic flowing out of Brunswick into New Hanover County, was closed because of icy conditions and numerous wrecks. By about 8 p.m. Saturday, the bridge had reopened.

  • South’s boys build big lead, beat South Columbus

     BY BOB BREEN

    BEACON CORRESPONDENT

  • North’s boys 8-0 in conference after beating West

     North Brunswick, held to six points in the first quarter, went on to outscore West 60-41 in a 66-55 Waccamaw Conference victory Jan. 26 at West.