Local News

  • Women's conference set for Saturday

    Raised in a family poisoned by addiction, Paula Gray-Slough of Shallotte saw things by age 10 that some 20-year-olds hadn’t seen.

    At 10 years old, her grandparents took her in. They raised her to go to church, but in her mind the damage was done, Gray-Slough said recently, and she veered off into a life with no direction.

    “I felt like I didn’t have a purpose,” she said. “I felt insignificant.”

    Her first marriage ended in a painful divorce, resulting in depression and suicidal thoughts.

  • Sunset at Sunset party set for Oct. 4 in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Plans are firming up for the second annual Sunset at Sunset block party Oct. 4, which this year includes a photography contest of sunsets.

    The deadline for submissions for the event’s inaugural photo contest is 12:30-4 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 19. Amateur photographers are asked to submit black-and-white or color photographs of sunsets during that time at Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St. in The Village at Sunset Beach.

  • County commissioners make room for boat ramp in tight budget

    Water access trumped a tight budget Monday night as county commissioners earmarked $500,000 over the next two years for a new boat ramp in Sunset Beach.

    In a fiscal year where the county budget included no new jobs and expenditures were severely limited, Sunset Beach town officials will receive $250,000 from this year’s budget.

    County manager Marty Lawing said the $250,000 commissioners agreed to give the town from this fiscal year’s budget was not included in the budget, but water access “has been a major goal of commissioners this year and last.”

  • South prevails over Trojans

    Celebrating on the sidelines after South Brunswick’s 25-15 victory over West Brunswick, coach Gordon Walters hugged senior Greg Gilbert, lifted him off the ground and shouted, “I love you.”

    Walters’ feelings were shared by all Cougar fans, as Gilbert intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to clinch the Cougars’ thrilling victory Friday night.

  • North's Nelson wins cross-country meet; South wins team title

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—North Brunswick’s Rashaad Nelson won the 3.1-mile conference cross-country race Sept. 9 at South Brunswick.

    South Brunswick’s boys won the team competition, finishing with 31 points. North finished with 39 points. Trask and Pender forfeited.

    Nelson finished in 19 minutes, 27 seconds.

    Pender’s Hector Sanchez was second (19:41), North’s Tony Wright third (20:24) and South Brunswick’s Charlie Martin fourth (20:30).

  • Cougars beat Scorpions in three games

    LELAND—Volleyball is a game of many shifts in momentum, and South Brunswick handled that better than North Brunswick in a three-game conference victory Sept. 10. The Cougars beat the Scorpions 25-21, 25-19, 25-13.

    The second game was the pivotal one, as North rallied from a 16-11 deficit to take a 17-16 lead. But the Cougars held North to two points the rest of game in the 25-19 victory and then cruised to victory in the third game after taking a 10-2 lead.

  • South tennis team stays perfect

    The South Brunswick girls tennis team remained unbeaten, defeating South Columbus 5-4 on Sept. 8 and Cape Fear Academy 8-1 on Sept. 9.

    The Cougars are 6-0 overall, 2-0 in the conference.

    In the conference match against South Columbus, the Cougars won five of the six singles matches. Lauren Scheetz at No. 5 and Sarah Brock at No. 6 clinched the victory by winning their matches in tiebreakers.

  • Hoggard shuts out West Brunswick Trojans

    Hoggard scored two goals in the final four minutes of the first half and went on to beat West Brunswick 3-0 in a conference match Sept. 9 at West.

    The loss was the first of the season for the Trojans (6-1). The Vikings improved to 3-0-1.

    “This was a tough game against the Trojans,” Hoggard coach John Teller said, “and they actually moved the ball better than we did.”

    Teller said his team was lucky to have been playing a poor schedule until it met West, and that has given time for his starters and his reserves to play as a unit.

  • Shallotte wins opener in rout

    The Shallotte Middle School football team opened its season Sept. 9 by routing Chadbourn 54-12 at West Columbus High School.

    SMS scored three times in the first quarter.

    Greg Bell scored Shallotte’s first points on a 10-yard run.

    Jamar Bethea scored on a 15-yard punt return and Markel Jones scored on the two-point conversion.

    Bell scored on 25-yard run and Scottie Melvin kicked the extra point, putting SMS ahead 21-0.

    In the second quarter, Jones scored on a 55-yard run. Melvin’s extra point put SMS ahead 28-0 at halftime.

  • Services set for CIS board member

    Stephanie Bessmer is described as a beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, but those who knew her will remember her for more.

    Bessmer, 48, died Tuesday as a result of a weather-related automobile wreck in Johnston County. She was on I-40 when her car hydroplaned during a rainstorm.