Today's News

  • West’s soccer team wins in Brittany Invitational

    The West Brunswick High School boys’ soccer team won for the first time this season, beating Northern Nash 1-0 in the Brittany Invitational.

    West sophomore Scottie Melvin scored the only goal at 63:20. Sophomore midfielder Jonathan Newhouse had the assist.

    West junior goalkeeper Josh Upchurch had four saves in the shutout.

  • Longwood man arrested for Sunset Beach armed robbery

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a suspect for an armed robbery Tuesday night in Sunset Beach.

    According to sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, a black male suspect entered the Kangaroo on Seaside Road in Sunset Beach. The suspect, later identified as Curtis James Robinson, threatened the store clerk with a knife and ordered the clerk to the floor.

  • North beats East Columbus in five games

     LELAND—North Brunswick rallied numerous times in beating East Columbus in a five-game volleyball match Aug 31.

    North won 14-25, 26-24, 25-15, 22-25, 15-10.

    Coach Ericka Riddle said what most impressed her about the victory was the team’s perseverance.

    “They ended up fighting back after that first loss,” she said, “and kept fighting back no matter what was going on on the court or on the bench.”

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 18, 19, 20, 23 and 24 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Aug. 18

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • It’s all fun and games right until someone gets stung by wasps

    My great-grandmother made it clear. My cousin and I were to stay far away from the old pickup truck she had parked near some trees in a clearing.

    Seems the truck had been there some time, not running, and wasps had decided it was as good a place as any to call home.

    “If you don’t want to get stung, stay away from it,” she said.

    My cousin and cohort in crime smiled with his back turned toward her and nodded in my direction. We headed outside.

  • What exactly is going on at DSS and why is the board keeping it so quiet?

    We’re not exactly clear what’s going on with Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services, but we have some concerns about the actions taken recently by its board.

    On Aug. 6, the board had a meeting where it made a decision to place Jamie Orrock, DSS director, on paid administrative leave. We can find no record of public notice being given for this meeting.

  • Tourism officials say summer was off to slow start, made some progress

    The beaches are still dotted with umbrellas; people are still lining up for ice cream at the local parlors, and traffic is still slower on the bridges, but tourist season is about to officially wrap up in Brunswick County.

    Has this season been busier than last year? Some local business owners are saying yes, although it did get off to a slow start.

    Mitzi York, executive director of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority, said June was about 1.6 percent below last year, although the months of January through May were better than 2009.

  • Coastal Horizons receives funds from Reynolds trust

    Coastal Horizons Center, which recently opened an office in Shallotte, has been awarded $137,500 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The funds are to be used to hire a family nurse practitioner and case manager to help provide primary care services for patients.

    “We’re giving priority to chronic conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which is what we see often with our clients who come in. They have a multitude of illnesses,” Coastal Horizons CEO Margaret Weller-Stargell said recently.

  • Diverse culture, heritage represented at upcoming Intercultural Festival

    The diverse cultures and people that make up Brunswick County will be celebrated this year as part of the annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

    The event, which is set for noon-5 p.m., Sept. 11, will be on the grounds of the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia. The event’s theme is “Bringing the World to Brunswick County.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Kindergarten — Their first day

    ASH—The bell rang at 8 a.m., officially marking the first day of kindergarten.

    At 8:05 a.m., one 5-year-old announced he did not want to listen to the morning story.

    At 8:12 a.m., another decided she wanted chicken nuggets and ketchup, unaware that’s not on the day’s menu.

    At 8:16 a.m., another little girl decided to color the dog on her paper green.

    8:29 a.m.: “Hey, can we go outside and play on the swing set?”

    By 8:30 a.m. two students had already to the bathroom and back.