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  • Scorpions squeak past East Columbus

    LELAND—The best and the worst of the North Brunswick High School boys’ basketball season was on display Friday night against East Columbus.

    An almost full house saw the Scorpions come out on fire to start the game. They took a 41-21 lead into halftime of the Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference game between two teams trying to avoid last place in the league standings.

    The Scorpions (3-6 conference, 6-12 overall) used a 10-0 run at the start of the second quarter to forge the wide gap, and they needed every point in the 66-64 victory.

  • North splits with Whiteville

    The North Brunswick High School girls’ basketball team recorded its fourth consecutive win while the boys’ squad suffered its fifth straight loss last Tuesday at Whiteville.

    Freshman guard Tyera Fisher scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Lady Scorpions to a 64-53 victory.

    Latesha Harrison added 11 points and Asheley Robbins had 10 as North Brunswick improved to 6-2 in the Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference and 13-4 overall.

    The Lady Scorpions trailed 27-26 at halftime and erupted for 38 points in the second half.

  • West's Lady Trojans get back on track

    WILMINGTONThe West Brunswick High School girls basketball team shook off a five-game losing streak in the best way possibleby winning two conference games on the road.

    After posting a 59-53 victory last Tuesday at White Oak, the Lady Trojans crossed the Cape Fear River again on Friday and came away with a 49-45 overtime win at Ashley.

    West Brunswick improved to 4-5 in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference and 12-8 overall and moved to within one game of clinching a berth in the state 3A playoffs.

  • Contract awarded for Sunset Beach high-rise bridge

    North Carolina Transportation Secretary Lyndo Tippett has approved awarding a $31 million contract to replace the Intracoastal Waterway bridge in Sunset Beach to English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., according to information released Thursday.

    The award comes three months after residents opposing a high-rise bridge filed a federal lawsuit, which stopped the North Carolina Department of Transportation from awarding the $30.9 million contract to build a 65-foot-tall bridge to replace the town's aging pontoon span connecting its mainland and island.

  • Republicans race to the White House

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—With the South Carolina GOP presidential primary just days away, candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination sparred last Thursday night at the First-in-the-South GOP presidential debate.

    No Republican has ever won the presidency without first winning the South Carolina primary, debate panelist Carl Cameron told the candidates, whose demeanors already suggested they understood the importance of capturing the key state.

  • Brunswick Republicans volunteer at S.C. debate

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—While Mount Myrtle, the 1,000-ton, 20-foot sand likeness of the Republican presidential candidates drew most of the attention of passersby, Helen Pannullo and her husband John were busy volunteering for the day’s events leading up to the First-in-the-South Republican presidential primary debate last Thursday.

  • Democratic debate slated for Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The Congressional Black Caucus Institute will host the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate before the Jan. 26 South Carolina Democratic primary.

    The debate kicks off at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The media sponsors are CNN, CNN International and CNN Radio. Wolf Blitzer will moderate the event with CNN correspondents John King and Suzanne Malveaux will serve as panelists.

  • Additional subpoenas issued in sheriff case

    At least seven Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office employees have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury. The subpeonas were issued last Thursday, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

    When contacted at his office Tuesday, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett referred questions about receiving a subpoena to his attorney, W. Douglas Parsons.

    But Hewett said he was, and would continue to be at work.

  • Animal shelter gets conditional approval in follow-up inspection

    The Brunswick County Animal Shelter received conditional approval following a Dec. 20 follow-up state inspection.

    The shelter still needs to address “ventilation and temperature” in its dog kennel area, according to the end-of-year report issued by a state inspector.

    “Issues with temperatures in warm/hot weather still exist,” the report states, adding an air conditioning unit has been contracted for the shelter, with installation expected for completion by Jan. 31.

  • County planning board approves rezonings and subdivisions

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board considered the following map amendments on Monday night.

    •Recommended approving a request to rezone 78.8 acres on N.C. 211 to commercial low density from low-density residential.

    •Recommended approval of a request to rezone 7.8 acres on Blackwell Road and off U.S. 17 to commercial low density from medium-density residential.

    •Recommended the approval of a request to rezone .54 acres on Clemmons Road and N.C. 211 to commercial low density from low-density residential.