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  • Hard-hitting Lady Trojans set for season

    SHALLOTTE—For years, students and parents have parked their vehicles beyond the left-field fence at West Brunswick High School’s softball field with little fear of property damage.

    But anyone who parks there this year is asking for trouble. These Lady Trojans can flat out swing the sticks.

    West Brunswick coach Joe Noble said his players hit 21 balls over the fence during three days of batting practice last week. And it’s not just one or two girls who are going deep.

  • West soccer loaded with experience

    SHALLOTTE—If the West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team struggles this season, it won’t be because of a lack of experience.

    Coaches Laura Libero and Steve Nagy have 17 players returning from last year’s squad, led by all-state candidate and senior midfielder Mary Dorn.

    “I’m really excited about this year because we have so many returning players, and the new players have added to the chemistry,” said Libero, the team’s head coach.

  • Talented, deep Trojans expecting another special season in 2008

    SHALLOTTE—After winning 19 games and reaching the third round of the state playoffs a year ago, West Brunswick High School’s baseball team is aiming even higher in 2008.

    Coach Mike Alderson said this year’s talented, deep and experienced club could be the one that finally gives West Brunswick its first Mideastern 3A/4A Conference championship in a varsity sport.

    “I think we have the opportunity to win the conference outright and that’s our first goal,” Alderson said.

  • Sunset bridge fight brings back memories

    To the editor:

    It’s been almost 23 years since we fought against the west end of Holden Beach being made private.

    A lot of things have happened since we decided to give up our fight, after the Supreme Court overturned the ruling it should remain private, and ordered a new trial. Lack of funds was the main reason.

    My father passed away in 1997. He was the main reason behind the fight. Linda, my wife, passed away in 2005 of cancer, and I give her credit for the research she did.

  • We should look beyond labels

    To the editor:

    According to the U.S. Census of 2000, there were 281.4 million people in the United States, a 13.2 percent increase from the 248.7 million in the 1990 census.

    As our country grows, there is an increase in the idea of multiculturalism. Historically, our country was founded on the theory of multiculturalism, and now it seems like America is shunning the way our country was formed.

    America is known to be the “melting pot,” embracing all cultures that are represented in the country. Doesn’t this theory give a false impression?

  • Weekend fires erupt throughout county

    Area firefighters stayed busy extinguishing blazes that erupted Friday and continued through the weekend at various sites in Brunswick County.

    Phillip Inman, county ranger for the North Carolina Forest Service, estimated about 30 fires broke out over a four-day period.

    One of the largest ones burned along Alligator Road in the Ash area, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    More fires flared up in Supply.

    “It’s across the board,” Inman said Monday. “We’ve had a number of woods arson fires.”

  • Former officer arrested for having gun at school

    SHALLOTTE—A parent of a Shallotte Middle School student has been arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer and carrying a gun on school property.

    Perritt Elbert Alford, 43, of 210 Union Lane in Shallotte, has been charged with two counts of having a gun on educational property, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

  • Questionable situations followed officer during his career

    The parent of a Shallotte Middle School student who is accused impersonating a law enforcement officer and carrying a concealed weapon on school property has previously served as a law enforcement officer.

    But 43-year-old Perritt Elbert Alford is not currently employed with any local or municipal police departments, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett said.

    In fact, Alford has not been a certified law enforcement officer with any agency since the N.C. Department of Justice Training and Standards Division suspended his certificate in 1991.

  • Candidate filings open for 2008 election

    Candidate filings have opened for the November 2008 election. Candidate filing opened at noon Monday, Feb. 11, and will close at noon Friday, Feb. 29.

    At press time Tuesday, the following candidates filed for office:

    N.C. State Senate

    •R.C. Soles Jr. (incumbent), Democrat, Tabor City

    •Bettie Fennell, Republican, Rocky Point

    N.C. House of Representatives

    (District 20)

    •Dewey L. Hill (incumbent), Democrat, Lake Waccamaw

    County Commissioner (District 3)

    •May Moore (incumbent), Democrat, Oak Island

  • Northwest says not to landfill

    NORTHWEST—The town board voted 3-2 Monday night not to annex or rezone a 300-acre tract in northern Brunswick County that a company wanted to use for a construction and demolition landfill.

    The proposed construction and demolition landfill would have been used for demolished homes and construction debris including wood, glass or shingles, according to the project management team.