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  • Scorpions scorch the Vikings

    CERRO GORDO—The North Brunswick High School football team did it again Thursday night, beating the West Columbus Vikings 22-13.

    The game was moved to Thursday night because of the scare of Tropical Storm Hanna. The game did not start out well for the undefeated Scorpions (2-0).

  • South Brunswick opens season with victory

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick Cougars brought out a Civil War cannon to shoot after every touchdown Sept. 4, and they were able to do just that, beating the Class 4-A Ashley Screaming Eagles 13-7.

    The game was the first of the season for the Cougars. The cannon was fired once to wake up the crowd, and the South Brunswick chorus and show choir sang the national anthem.

  • Trojans blank Dixon, improve to 6-0

    The West Brunswick boys soccer team improved to 6-0 by beating Dixon 1-0 Sept. 2.

    The Trojans’ only goal was scored by Gilberto Gonzalez in the 57th minute. It came off a rebound off a shot by John Mendoza.

    The Trojans fired 25 shots on goal.

    “We couldn’t bury our shots,” coach Tripp Smith said.

    Part of that was attributable to not following the strategy Smith developed for the game.

    “We had a game plan,” he said. “We got away from it early and never got back to it. That upset me. We were fortunate to win.”

  • Smith Avenue extension work to begin next year

    SHALLOTTE—The building on Main Street that housed Western Auto and the former Jones Family Center for many years has been torn down in anticipation of the state’s expansion of Smith Avenue to Holden Beach Road around the building.

    Property owners are planning to put a Walgreens Pharmacy on the Jones store site, but plans have been held up since the extension project was delayed from its original construction date of 2007, Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long said recently.

    Now, it appears the new road is on schedule to be built next year.

  • 'Black Widow' sentenced to two years in federal prison

    The woman dubbed the “Black Widow” by the media will spend the next two years in federal prison.

    Sandra Camille Powers, 64, was sentenced Sept. 3 to 24 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, followed by one year of supervised release. Powers must also pay a $250,000 fine.

    But the woman who became notorious for, but never formally charged with, a trail of dead husbands, will serve time in prison for identity theft, not murder.

  • Fuel spill on U.S. 17

    The Shallotte Fire Department, N.C. Highway Patrol and N.C. Department of Transportation responded to a 20-gallon fuel spill on U.S. 17 at St. Brendan Catholic Church Wednesday afternoon. Crews were on the scene for three hours. A chemical tanker from Georgia suffered a ruptured saddle tank resulting from striking a ladder on the highway. A remediation company from Wilmington cleared the roadway and shoulder of any contaminants.

  • Man arrested for Burns' rape, murder

    First published at 4:25 p.m. Thursday.

    Updated at 11:45 a.m. Friday

    Less than 400 yards from where the body of Valerie Burns was found in her burning car lived the man detectives have charged with her murder.

    Sheriff’s detectives arrested Carl Henry Alston, 35, on Thursday, and charged him with murder. While in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond Friday, detectives charged Alston with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

  • Commissioners discuss but table availability fees and mandatory connection ordinance

    Residents who wish to voice concerns about the county’s mandatory connection ordinance or availability fees have until the commissioners Sept. 15 meeting to do so.

    After discussing the county’s mandatory connection ordinance, commissioners voted to table the issue until their next meeting.

    “If one is connected to the water system, it does not affect those people,” county attorney Huey Marshall explained. “These are for the people who have not connected to the system, but there is a water line addressing that property.”

  • BOOZE IT AND LOSE IT: North, South Carolina team up for Labor Day checkpoints

    The driver was lying on the side of the road. A blood test later revealed his blood alcohol level was .17, more than twice the legal limit to operate a vehicle.

    But officers couldn’t find the driver’s car. Before he died, the driver told officers he ran off the road into the woods.

    After 15 minutes of searching, officers finally found his sports car—wedged between two pine trees about 30 feet in the air.

  • One dead after motorcycle wreck on U.S. 17

    Less than a month after two people were killed in a wreck in front of Brunswick Community Hospital, another person has died there.

    Just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, emergency personnel were alerted to a motorcycle wreck at the intersection of Ocean Highway West and Medical Center Drive.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Strangman, a van driven by Kim Wilkins, 45, of Leland, was headed south on U.S. 17. Wilkins reportedly crossed over the intersection to turn into the hospital’s drive when she failed to yield to an oncoming motorcycle.