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  • Roundabout construction nearly finished

    The roundabout being constructed at the intersection of Causeway Drive and First Street in Ocean Isle Beach is near completion.

    “The roundabout is on schedule,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said Tuesday at the town’s monthly meeting.

    Construction crews were finishing paving Tuesday and Ivey said striping, sign placement and finishing touches should be complete by the end of Friday. A walk-through is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday of next week. The road will be open once the walk through is complete.

  • Newly refurbished Rourk Branch Library opens to the public

    SHALLOTTE—The newly renovated Rourk Branch library has opened on Main Street, complete with a new reading room, new children’s room and more space for browsing books.

    The library opened last Wednesday after being closed since December.Patrons are enjoying the roomier building, according to library workers.

    Before the renovation, patrons had to squeeze past one another to peruse the stacks of books, and the computer stations were nearly always in use with people standing and waiting turns.

  • Draft vision plan to be presented April 2

    Aldermen are expected to meet with the consultant working on the towns vision plan April 2, town officials said.

    The vision plan is a five-to-10 year plan to revitalize the downtown area by encouraging beautification as well as new commercial development.

    The meeting with the board will be followed a couple of weeks later by a public unveiling of the plans rough draft, during which local residents will be able to give their final comments.

  • Planning board OKs plans for family entertainment center

    SHALLOTTE—Planning board members have recommended approval of the site and landscaping plans for a 61,000 square-foot family entertainment center next to Lowe’s on Whiteville Road.

    The board OK’d the plans at Tuesday’s board meeting as well as a conditional use for a private school operating in a church.

    The requests will be forwarded to the board of aldermen for approval.

  • 'Double parking' viewed as excessive in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Changes in parking guidelines that would require more than double the spaces for a renovated facility may be excessive, a town building official has told the town planning board.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said the ordinance was changed a few years ago, dating back to when plans were being submitted for the new Waves Beachwear store.

  • FINALLY! West Brunswick girls get elusive victory

    SHALLOTTE—Just four games into her first year as the West Brunswick girls’ soccer coach, Laura Libero saw a seven-year jinx come to an end Monday as the Lady Trojans finally won a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference game.

    It took a heady play by seniors Mary Dorn and Jordan “Jo Jo” Clear to get the second and winning goal in the 61st minute of the league clash with Ashley at M.H.Rourk Stadium. The final score: West Brunswick 2, Ashley 1.

  • Brunswick County Wrestler of the Year

    Sammy Roundtree wrapped up his high school wrestling career with a fifth place finish in the 130-pound class at the Class 1A/2A state championships last month in Winston-Salem.

    In doing so, he also wrapped up Brunswick County’s Wrestler of the Year honors.

    Roundtree, who finished his senior season with a 46-3 record, is the cornerstone of a very talented All-Brunswick County team.

    In all, 10 of the 12 wrestlers from Brunswick County who qualified for the state tournaments are members of the elite squad.

  • Lady Trojans defeat South Brunswick in 13 innings

    Last year, South Brunswick and West Brunswick’s softball teams played a 12-inning marathon.

    Last Tuesday they went one better, with the Lady Trojans escaping Boiling Spring Lakes with a 4-1 victory in 13 innings.

    The Lady Cougars sent the game into extra innings in the seventh inning on a run-scoring single by Shatiqua Smith. Smith’s hit followed base hits by Ashley Edge and Katlin Clemmons.

  • West track team shows promise in opener

    West Brunswick’s track and field team showed some promise in last Thursday’s season-opening quadrangular meet at Laney High School in Wilmington.

    “It was a good first meet for us,” said coach Yogi Hickman. “So many of our kids were on the track for the first time that we really didn’t know what to expect. I thought they competed well.”

    White Oak took first place in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions.

  • Trojans top South Cougars in nine innings

    Pat Kamfolt’s two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted West Brunswick to a 4-3 win against county rival South Brunswick in a high school baseball game last Tuesday at Boiling Spring Lakes.

    West Brunswick got a strong performance from senior pitchers Ethan Cox and Aaron Evans, who combined on a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts.

    The left-handed Cox got the start and allowed two hits and one earned run, struck out nine and walked three in 5 2/3 innings. The right-handed Evans pitched 3 1/3 no-hit innings in relief for the win. He struck out seven.