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Today's News

  • Wrestlers set for regionals

    Before a high school wrestler can think about winning a state championship, he must first secure an invitation to the state tournament.

    That’s what this weekend’s regional tournaments are all about. The top performers in the dozen regionals scheduled Friday and Saturday throughout North Carolina will move on. The rest will go home.

    West Brunswick wrestlers will compete in the East 3A Regional at South Central High School near Greenville, while grapplers from South Brunswick and North Brunswick travel to Croatan High School for the East 1A/2A Regional.

  • Battle lines redrawn

    SHALLOTTE—One of the most important victories of the year for West Brunswick High School athletics didn’t happen on a court or field. It happened in a meeting room.

    The school was notified last week it will no longer be a member of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference when the next realignment takes effect at the start of the 2009-10 school year.

    “I’m excited. I think it’s going to be great for our program. It’s good for our kids,” said West Brunswick athletics director Marcia Heady.

  • West grad headed to Naval Academy

    After one year at a prep school, West Brunswick High School graduate Warren Fischer plans to continue his football career at the U.S. Naval Academy.

    Fischer graduated from West Brunswick in 2007 and is a postgraduate student at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pa.

    He announced last week he will continue his academic and athletic career at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman is expected to play offensive tackle for the Midshipmen.

  • Brunswick Wildlife: Winter's songbirds

    During winter many species of migratory songbirds stay in our area while close and distant relatives head to the Caribbean and South America. This article is about three of the best “little guys” you may find this winter in your backyard or in nearby woods.

    Mostly they breed in northern boreal forest and eat insects plus insect larvae and eggs. How do they survive in Brunswick County in winter? Well, we still have insects during winter. Also, these songbirds shift to berries, sap, and seed when insects are not active.

  • Two big winning lottery tickets sold in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County is the lucky county this week with two tickets—one “Carolina Cash 5” and one Powerball—sold totaling more than $400,000, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.

    The “Carolina Cash 5” ticket that matched all five balls on the Feb. 6 drawing is worth $212,287. It was purchased at The Pop Shoppe on Village Road in Leland. There was one Powerball ticket matching all five white balls on last night’s drawing, which is worth $200,000. The ticket was sold at the Minuteman Food Mart on Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle.

  • A lesson from artists: Draw from life

    I glanced over my husband’s shoulder to see what had him so engrossed. He was rereading one of his perennial favorites, The Artist’s Magazine.

    I keep telling him he must put down the magazines and pick up the brushes to be effective, but that’s another column. Sensing a spark of interest, he quickly showed me some amazing works of art. But I noted the title of one article and began my own artistic meanderings.

  • Inaugural season starts Saturday

    It’s finally time for the Dolphins to play ball.

    A years-long process to bring a baseball program to Brunswick Community College will come to fruition Saturday afternoon when the Dolphins take the field for their first real game.

    The inaugural season begins with a three-game series at USC-Sumter. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

  • Champion hoping for healthy senior season at Pembroke

    It’s been almost two years since Stuart Champion’s left knee and baseball career took a dramatic twist.

    While practicing one day with his Louisburg College teammates, Champion came up out of his catcher’s stance to throw the ball to second base. It’s a throw he’d made hundreds of times during a lifetime in baseball.

    Only this time, when he stepped on a slippery home plate, his left knee gave way. He hyper-extended it and partially tore the meniscus, a piece of cartilage in the joint.

  • New season opens with ARCA race

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Are you ready for some racing?

    Speedweek, the weeklong racing celebration leading up to the Feb. 17 Daytona 500, kicks off Saturday.

    As it has since 1964, the ARCA RE/MAX Series will open its season at Daytona International Speedway with the 45th running of the ARCA 200.

    The event, live on Speed Channel at 4 p.m., serves as a show-opener for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all-star race, the Budweiser Shootout.

  • BCC hoops still rolling

    Watch out for the Brunswick Community College buzz saw.

    The men’s basketball team continued to chew up the competition last Saturday, posting a 100-92 victory at Clinton (S.C.) Junior College.

    It was the ninth consecutive win for the Dolphins, who are cruising toward what could be their best season ever at 11-1 in the Carolinas Junior College Conference and 21-2 overall.

    BCC coach Walter Shaw said Saturday’s game went back and forth before the Dolphins pulled away at the end.