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  • Soles to chair Senate reform panel; local annexation foes continue to fight

    Annexation reform is a hot topic in North Carolina, one that a number of county residents, especially those in Shallotte Point, have been watching closely.

    In July, the State House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill establishing a nine-month moratorium on involuntary annexations and setting up a study commission to consider revamping the state’s annexation laws.

    Last week, State Sen. R.C. Soles (D-Columbus) was appointed co-chairman of the committee to study reforming municipal annexation, Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight announced.

  • Planning board continues parking ordinance review

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has continued review and tweaking of the town’s parking ordinance.

    At a Sept. 18 workshop, the board scrutinized off-street parking requirements in different categories, including public parks that could be applied to the town’s future boat ramp.

    “I’m not sure we want to go there with a parking space requirement,” town administrator Gary Parker said, adding it might be “better left to each individual property owner that comes forth for a park.”

  • Entertainment lines up for Sunset at Sunset on Oct. 4

    The second annual Sunset at Sunset Community Block Party, slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, in The Village at Sunset Beach, has scheduled both local and national talent.

    The entertainment lineup for the day includes the United States Marine Band at 1 p.m.; Shamalama at 2 p.m.; Brunswick Little Theatre at 3 p.m.; the Use-to-Be’s at 4 p.m.; the Songbirds at 5 p.m. and Brunswick Big Band at 5:30 p.m.

  • 16-year-old charged with theft in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A 16-year-old was charged Monday with the theft of a golf cart.

    Shay Gales, of 7267 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart from Live Oak Drive.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said more charges and arrests are expected.

    He said the arrest is connected to the theft of items reported stolen Sept. 20 from a house being remodeled on Pecan Avenue.

  • SMS beats Burgaw 32-8

    The Shallotte Middle School football team beat the Burgaw Patriots 32-8 Sept. 17 at SMS.

    Markell Jones scored three touchdowns: a 50-yard punt return, a 45-yard run and a 17-yard. He gained 165 yards on 10 carries.

    Phillip Gause scored two touchdowns: a 65-yard run and a 55-yard interception. He gained 125 yards on eight carries.

    “Caleb Morrison is doing a great job at quarterback for us,” coach Mark Jones said.

  • West's defense stars in win over Whiteville

    Playing its best defense of the season, the West Brunswick High School football team beat Whiteville 28-6 Friday at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    Alfy Hill recovered one fumble for a touchdown and blocked a punt to set up another touchdown as West improved to 2-2.

    “Some good things happened early for us,” coach Jimmy Fletcher said. “We made some plays early.”

    West’s defense held the Wolfpack without a first down until 3:54 was left in the first half. For the game, Tyquan Ash intercepted a pass and Kendrick Morgan recovered a fumble.

  • West wins twice, improves to 9-1

    Relying on consistent serving in the first two games from Jordan Winters and Stacy Jackson, the West Brunswick High School Lady Trojans volleyball team routed the New Hanover Wildcats 25-17, 25-12, 25-11 in a conference match Sept. 16.

    The victory improved West’s record to 4-1 in the Mideastern Conference. (West played league leader Hoggard on Tuesday in a match for first place.)

    Winters held serve for six straight points in the first game as the Lady Trojans took a 10-3 lead. Jackson held serve for 10 straight points in the second game as West took a 16-4 lead.

  • Gaines, North Brunswick grind out 27-8 victory

    LELAND—The North Brunswick High School Scorpions beat Lejeune 27-8 Friday in a nonconference football game.

    Before this game started, Anthony “Move The Chains” Gaines was averaging more than 10 yards every time he touched the ball, so it’s no wonder coach Garry Bishop calls on him often. Against Lejeune, Gaines touched the ball 32 times for a total of 192 yards, which included two touchdown runs and a two-point conversion.

    However, it was not only Gaines who shined against Lejeune. D. J. Graham also had two touchdown runs and 87 yards total.

  • Cougars win third straight

    South Brunswick improved to 3-0 by beating Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 28-21 Friday in Raleigh.

    The Cougars scored twice in the first quarter, the first touchdown on a 7-yard run by Zack Alcorn. Gibbons went ahead 7-0 on a 1-yard run and extra point.

    South regained the lead, 12-7, when Quan Ray scored on a 21-yard run.

    Gibbons went ahead 14-12 on a 3-yard run and extra point in the second quarter.

    The Cougars scored their only points in the quarter on a 40-yard run by Ray. The two-point conversion gave South a 20-14 lead.

  • Laney strikes back, beats West

    Call it the five-minute rule.

    “It’s a standard rule in the soccer business,” West Brunswick High School soccer coach Tripp Smith said, “that five minutes after a goal is scored, you should be on your game, because the chances are another one is going to get scored in those five minutes—whether it’s you or whether it’s the other team.”

    West failed to do that, and the result was a 4-2 loss to the Laney Buccaneers in the conference game Sept 18.