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  • Lady Trojans win fourth straight

    Using excellent serving, the West Brunswick volleyball team thrashed North Myrtle Beach 25-8, 25-13, 25-12 Monday.

    The nonconference victory was the Lady Trojans’ fourth in seven days and improved their record to 6-1.

    Just how good are the Trojans?

    “I want to get through the conference one time to see where we stand,” coach Leslie Reeves said. “But they’re getting better and better each game. They’re starting to work together, starting to mesh a little bit better. The more they do that, the more successful we’ll be.”

  • Trojans fall to Myrtle Beach

    Two stunning first-down touchdown passes propelled the Myrtle Beach Seahawks to a 34-5 victory over the West Brunswick Trojans in a non-conference high school football game Sept. 4 at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    The Trojans led 5-0 with seven minutes left in the half but Seahawk quarterback Everette Golson threw touchdown passes of 48 yards and 13 yards to give Myrtle Beach a 14-5 halftime lead.

    The Seahawks then controlled the second half, scoring three touchdowns on three straight possessions.

  • 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.”