Today's News

  • West Brunswick soccer team gets improbable victory in playoffs

     GOLDSBORO—Playing without its leading scorer and with a freshman goalkeeper, the West Brunswick High School soccer team upset Eastern Wayne 1-0 May 10 in a first-round game of the NCHSAA Class 3A state playoffs.

    “I can’t think of (a victory) that’s better,” said an elated Laura Hickman, coach of the Trojans, a team with two seniors on its 17-player roster.

  • Honored for going above the call of duty everyday

     SHALLOTTE—Nancy Hewett thought she was having a heart attack as she drove along N.C. 130 toward Shallotte.

    She was trying desperately to get herself to the hospital. As symptoms worsened, Hewett’s vehicle swerved, catching the attention of a passing sheriff’s deputy. He began to follow her vehicle.

    Hewett pulled to the side of the road. She was going to wait for her husband to come and pick her up. Fate had other plans.

    “I was sweating profusely and I was extremely pale,” Hewett said.

  • How many birds are too many?

    SHALLOTTE—How many birds are too many?

    According to local birding couple John (Jack) and Phyllis Sexton, when it comes to purple martins there is no such thing as too many.

    “We didn’t know what a purple martin was until we moved south,” Jack Sexton said.

    The couple moved to the Carolinas in 1989 from New Jersey after retiring and became involved in a bird club.

  • The taco saga

    The anticipation and talk around town about the opening of Taco Bell in Shallotte has caused me to chuckle the past few weeks. I am not saying I am not as enthusiastic about the new fast food option in Shallotte, I just have never heard such a buzz for a taco.

    The restaurant was originally scheduled to open on Monday morning but owners delayed per the request of the police chief.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Maceo Fullwood, 59, of 363 Helm St., Supply, was arrested for failure to appear on possession of cocaine in New Hanover County. Fullwood was stopped for identification while walking from closed businesses on Mulberry Street in Shallotte.

    •Benjamin DeVaughn Wilson, 32, of 15 Paisley Drive, Apt. 105, Shallotte, was arrested for assault on a female.

  • Commissioners reduce bulkhead repair time in order to urge action

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—If town officials deem bulkheads in Ocean Isle Beach in “imminent danger,” homeowners will now have 30 days instead of 90 to repair them.

    Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution at their monthly meeting Tuesday to the Section 42-43 of a town ordinance that outlines bulkhead repairs. The resolution changes the amount of time homeowners will have to fix bulkheads that are “in imminent danger of collapse, failure or which create a danger to adjoining properties or the canal system.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Assault on a female on Isle Plaza; subject hit female in the face.

    •Larceny and property damage on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect took air conditioning compressors without permission.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny from a motor vehicle and property damage to a motor vehicle on Oyster Bay; unknown suspect gained entry into motor vehicle and removed amp.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •Mary Lee Hargrove, 72, of 2573 Oak Shore Drive, Supply, was arrested May 3 for trafficking Hydrocodone. Hargrove has been charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of distributing controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

     •Vandalism on Cherokee Avenue in Supply; suspect damaged victim’s heat pump.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Blackwell Road in Leland; suspect stole 100 aluminum wheels from victim’s business.

    •Vandalism on Copley Lane in Supply; suspect shot victim’s pet rabbit.

  • Gun-toting, malt liquor-swilling ‘gangstas’ probably don’t read newspapers

    Get out your pens. Fire up your computer. Log onto that email account.

    After reading this, many of you will feel the urge to write a letter to the editor. Please do.

    This column will offend some of you, even if it only offends your self-righteous

    political correctness many of us can’t seem to break free from.

    I’ve read (and even written stories) with a heavy heart about South Brunswick High School football star Marcus Hankins’ murder.