Today's News

  • Ashley High School ends West Brunswick’s 19-game winning streak

    The Ashley High School baseball team beat West 3-2 April 28 in Wilmington, ending the Trojans’ 19-game winning streak.

    The Screaming Eagles scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a double, an intentional walk and a single.

    The loss prevented West from clinching a tie for the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference title. West is 9-1 in the conference with two games left. The Trojans are 20-2 overall.

    West pitcher Kevin Powers gave up four hits and one earned run in seven innings. He walked one, hit one and struck out five.

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    Hed: Tennis players qualify for regional

    Staff Report

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — South Brunswick senior Dalton Adams and sophomore John Pratt and won the Mideastern Conference 3A championship tennis tournament April 28 at Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center.

    The South doubles team beat West Brunswick’s Kevin Gore and Tyler Mayo in three sets.

    All four players also qualified for a North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A regional, which is a qualifier for the state tournament.

  • Expert: Vidal stunned at least once before fatally shot

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— One witness took the stand Thursday morning, the eighth day of the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

  • Sheriff's office finds safe man reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has found safe a 32-year-old man who suffers from a cognitive impairment and was reported missing.

    William Tyler Wood was last seen Wednesday afternoon leaving a Pinecrest Drive residence in Southport, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Woods was found safe, the sheriff's office said Thursday evening.

  • Judge adjourns court early Wednesday in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown dismissed court early Wednesday, April 27 in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    The judge, not a jury, will determine 46-year-old Bryon Vassey’s guilt or innocence in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Keith Vidal.

  • Trojans beat Topsail, improve to 20-1

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat Topsail 4-1 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball game April 26 on Mike Alderson Field.

    The victory was West’s 19th straight this season, giving it an overall record of 20-1. The streak ended in a 3-2 loss April 28 at Ashley High School. (See summary below).

    Against Topsail, winning pitcher Johnathan Carlyle gave up four hits in seven innings. His record is 7-0. His ERA is 0.75. He leads the team in innings pitched (55.2).

  • A Nomad's Notes: an epic love story of another kind

    A lot of times when I read columns and someone writes, "The other day I was thinking about …" I usually assume it's something they've been thinking about for a long time and they just use that phrase for convenience's sake. But in this case, for this column, I really mean it.

  • Public Safety Day May 7

    Local law enforcement will be on hand to meet with the public during Public Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the site of the old Piggly Wiggly store at 925 Seaside Road.

    Highlights include fire trucks and hoses, a fire safety house, hands-on CPR, fire extinguisher training, child care seat checks, smoke alarm installations, fire safety materials and more.

    The public is invited to come out and meet local firefighters, participate in interactive displays and ask questions of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and fire department staff.

  • Rider going horseback to help feed children

    On a sunny Monday in April, Doc Mishler was a man on a mission as he rode and led his two horses through Shallotte, then up U.S. 17.

    As the usual heavy traffic breezed by on the hectic highway, Mishler and Charity II, the horse he was riding, along with gelding White Cloud who was tagging along for the ride, ambled steadily northward on the grassy shoulder.

    Pausing briefly after crossing Cumbee Road with his two equines, Mishler, 79, said he has been riding around the country to raise awareness about feeding the hungry.