Today's News

  • Hawkins was a popular leader among teammates

    Coaches describe Caleb Hawkins as a popular athlete, a leader who inspired his younger teammates because he competed to his fullest ability.

    Hawkins was one of three West Brunswick athletes in a single-car wreck May 7. He was the most severely injured of the three athletes and May 12 he was taken off life support at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was an organ donor.

  • Second WBHS student dies following fatal car wreck

    A second West Brunswick High School student involved in a fatal car wreck last week has died.

    Caleb Hawkins, 17, died this week at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, according to hospital spokesperson Erin Balzotti. He had been listed in critical condition since the wreck.

    Hawkins, a junior, was a member of the school's wrestling and track teams and played tennis. Wrestling coach Jimmy Caraway said Hawkins was successful both on the mat and in the classroom.

  • West Brunswick athletes injured in fatal auto accident

    Four of the five passengers in the fatal car wreck May 7 are part of the West Brunswick High School wrestling team. Three of them are wrestlers—Caleb Hawkins, Joey Moreno and Dylan Bernier. The other—Jessica Solomon—is the team statistician.

    Hawkins and Moreno remained hospitalized Friday night. Hawkins was reported to be in a coma. Bernier had returned home.

  • Body of 44-year-old Ohio man found on Holden Beach

    First posted at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday.

    The body of a 44-year-old man from Ohio was found face down in the sand on Holden Beach early Tuesday morning, according to Holden Beach Police.

    The body was discovered about 20 yards to the right of the Holden Beach Pier. The man had blood under his nose, around his mouth and on his forehead.

    Holden Beach Police identified the white male but would not release his identity until next-of-kin had been notified.

  • Horticulturalists enjoy the sweet smell of gardenia success in the South

    There are several horticultural requirements when you move to the South. Obviously, you must grow evergreen azaleas and camellias. You have to leave the lilacs behind—at least the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). And, if you truly want to be a part of the southerner’s garden club, you need to grow gardenias.

    Since gardenias aren’t the easiest shrubs to grow, here is some information so you can enjoy the sweet smell of success with gardenias.

  • As demand increases, homeowners can try to harness energy from the landscape

    Never before has the demand for energy been as high—and never before have homeowners become so aware of the energy savings possible with landscaping, especially with the high cost of energy which has escalated over the last few years.

    Although it is not possible to control the weather, certain landscape practices can help modify the climate in and around your home.

  • Shallotte River property owners satisfied with changes

    Owners of property that backs up to the Shallotte River on the north side say they are pleased with the town’s decision not to plan a riverwalk on their property.

    Greg Rupp, who lives and owns a dental practice on Main Street, said this week he is encouraged by the town’s decision to change the direction of the boardwalk, the first phase of which would be built if the town receives a $300,000 grant from the state Division of Coastal Management (DCM).

  • North outlasts South in 10 innings

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—It took 10 innings and a 20-minute delay-of-game for North Brunswick to get hot in the top of the 10th inning and beat South 7-4 in a Waccamaw Conference softball game May 5 at Cougar field.

    North trailed 3-0 entering the top of the seventh but scored four runs with two outs. South scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.

    The game was delayed for 20 minutes in the 10th as the lights were turned off at the softball field instead of the baseball field, where the North and South baseball teams has just played.

  • Lady Trojans lose MEC games

    The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team lost two Mideastern Conference games last week, 1-0 in overtime to Class 4-A Ashley on May 4 and 7-1 to Class 4-A Hoggard on May 6.

    The losses dropped West’s conference record to 0-11. West is 8-12 overall.

    The game May 6 was the last of the regular season at home for eight Lady Trojan seniors: Gabby McClanahan, Monica Young, Kaitlyn Johnson, Elise Winner, Mariah Evans, Jordie Shaw, Amanda Silva and Kaitlyn Humbert.



  • South Brunswick golfers fifth in regional

    The South Brunswick High School boys’ golf team finished fifth out of 10 teams in the Class 2-A East Region golf tournament last week at Bear Trail Country Club in Jacksonville.

    South shot a 339, missing by five strokes a top-three finish that would have qualified the Cougars for their eighth straight state tournament.

    South Lenoir was first at 308, Clinton second at 328 and Pasquotank third at 334. West Bladen was fourth at 338 and South next at 339.