Today's News

  • West wins, South loses opener

    The West Brunswick volleyball team improved to 2-0 by beating New Hanover 22-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-12 in a nonconference match Aug. 18 in Wilmington.

    For West, Carly White had 21 kills, three blocks, eight points and four aces. Kenzie McDuffie had 32 assists and scored 13 points. Keri Nolan had 10 kills and scored five points. Sheena Suttlemyre scored 11 points and had one ace. Mattie Tippett scored seven points and had six digs. Miriah Milliken scored seven points, had five aces and had five kills. Breana Gause had five blocks.

  • West loses tennis opener in nonconference dual

    The West Brunswick girls’ tennis team opened its 2009 season with an 8-1 loss to Ashley in a nonconference dual Aug. 18 at West.

    West’s only winner was senior Aimee Rourk, who beat Rianne Whittington 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2 singles.

    Sophomore Jordan Sanchez had the most exciting match, splitting sets at No. 3 singles before losing 10-8 in the tiebreaker.

    “I am very excited about everyone’s performance in the match,” West coach Scott Mehalick said. “In singles, we had a great win at No. 2 with Amiee Rourk’s match.

  • With new coach, South opens with victory

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—A total team effort on both offense and defense helped the South Brunswick Cougars easily defeat the Midway Raiders 23-6 in a nonconference football game Friday night.

    It marks a great opening game for new head coach Roman Kelley and his staff. The victory over Midway was against a team that was 12-4 and made it to the fourth round of the playoffs last year.

    The Cougars gained 248 total yards for the game.

    “Twenty-three points, that’s a pretty good point total for the first game,” Kelley said.

  • Longevity issues plague superintendent position

    In the past 25 years, eight superintendents have tried their hands at leading Brunswick County Schools.

    Current Superintendent Katie McGee has served as superintendent for the past five years. She is the second longest-serving superintendent since 1984. She has served one year less than Marion Wise, the district’s longest serving superintendent in the past quarter century.

    “You can find a school superintendent, but you don’t find many that have longevity,” McGee said.

  • Board transfers employee who filed grievance

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to transfer the employee who filed a grievance against Superintendent Katie McGee.

    Sherry Dove, who has been employed with Brunswick County Schools since 1984, was transferred from her position as executive assistant to the superintendent and liaison to the board of education to a secretary at Leland Middle School Tuesday, following a 3-2 vote.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson and board member Charlie Miller dissented.

  • Board passes budget with no employee cuts

    BOLIVIA—Despite a $7.4 million reduction in state and local budget reductions, Brunswick County Schools approved a budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year that included no employee layoffs or cutbacks.

    This year’s total budget is $114,870,664, which includes $56 million from state funds, $34 million from local funds and $16.5 million in federal funds.

  • Frances Williams

    Frances Evelyn Williams, 64, of Ocean Isle Beach, died Aug. 21 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.

    She was born in Wilmington on Jan. 25, 1945, a daughter of the late John and Frances Brooks Furlong. She and her husband Milton owned and operated several local businesses.


    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week.

    •Police charged Christopher Allen Bennett, 19, of 358 Ivy Wood Lane, Surfside Beach, S.C., with driving while impaired and attempting to elude arrest. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $500 secured bond.

    •Obtaining property by false pretenses; suspect took victim’s DVD player, returned it to Walmart and received cash for it.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Jennifer Lee Yarbrough, 33, of 4932 Montserrat Drive, Southport; charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Joseph Antonio Smith, 21, of 4519 Smith Trail, Leland; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.