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Today's News

  • Business briefs

    Ron and Adrienne Watts, owners of Sunset Properties, have announced Steve Sharman has joined the company as general manager of its Ocean Isle Beach rental operations.

    Sharman, with over 25 years experience in both commercial and vacation rental property management, recently served as property manager at Ocean Isle Beach Realty and was a property manager at Prudential Resort Realty at the Outer Banks for five years prior to that. He is a graduate of Georgia State University.

  • Trip had unexpected, happy result

    My first trip to Pikeville, on a weekday afternoon, was not one for leisure. I made the two-and-one-half hour drive to cover the West Brunswick High School soccer team play in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3-A playoffs.

    I thought it was a wasted, but necessary, trip. I arrived there tired, hungry and irritable.

  • West completes amazing turnaround

    LELAND—About the only thing the West Brunswick football team did wrong Friday night in its 40-16 victory over North Brunswick was at the end—a too hasty attempt to douse coach Jimmy Fletcher with a celebratory ice bath. (Instead, the players splashed assistant Mike Alderson.)

    But the missed attempt was understandable. Last season, the Trojans had nothing to celebrate in a winless schedule. This year, the victory over the Scorpions gave the Trojans a regular-season record of 6-5.

  • White Oak again thwarts the Trojans

    JACKSONVILLE—West Brunswick’s soccer season ended in a 4-1 defeat to White Oak in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 3-A playoffs Nov. 4.

    Coach Tripp Smith’s Trojans, who have advanced to the third round three straight seasons, end the year 11-13.

    The game was the third one of the season between the two conference foes. White Oak won the first two games 5-0 and 3-0. But this game was more of a struggle than the first two games, Viking coach Buddy Carroll said.

  • From 0-11 last year to 6-5 this year and a spot in the playoffs, it has been a remarkable season for the Trojan football team.

    “When you come off something like last year and you have a winning season,” West Brunswick High School football coach Jimmy Fletcher said, “it’s a great feeling for your players and your coaches. It just makes you feel excited.”

    How did Fletcher turn around the West Brunswick High School football team?

    He credits the players.

  • South Brunswick’s Cougars fall to Pender Patriots

    BURGAW—Running behind a big offensive line, Travis Carter scored four touchdowns as Pender defeated South Brunswick 38-7 in a hard-hitting high school football game Friday mangled by a number of late hits.

    The Patriots were the most physical and largest football team the Cougars have faced all year. The Cougar offensive line could not move the defensive linemen of Pender, who on average were 5 inches taller and 60 pounds heavier than the South Brunswick linemen. This defensive unit also was the offensive line for Pender.

  • Theus leads BCC past Surry, scoring 28 points

    The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team improved to 5-0 by beating Surry Community College 77-65 Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School.

    BCC fell behind 6-0 in the first 3 minutes, 16 seconds. But BCC outscored SCC 13-4 in the next 2:15 to take a 13-10 lead with 13:44 left.

    Guard Lamonte Theus scored six of game-high 28 points in the run, and a 3-pointer by Cornell Holmes was the final basket.

  • McCumbee seeks top-10 finish

    Chad McCumbee started 22nd but finished 12th in the Lucas Oil 150 Friday one the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway.

    McCumbee was hoping for a better result than his previous two races.

  • Extreme clothing fashions invite civil unrest

    “Fashion is a form of ugliness so

    intolerable that we have to alter it

    every six months.” —Oscar Wilde

    With her nose wrinkled and her upper lip curled into a slight sneer, she asked, “Is THAT what you are wearing out tonight?”

    It was an all too familiar scene. I have been married to my dear woman 45 years and know what I select to wear at important social events is subject to change—or else.

    Besides, it did not “go” with what she was wearing.

  • A dream fulfilled

    To the editor:

    Hearts fluttered with excitement, souls stirred with emotion as president-elect Barack Obama, born the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, swept the presidency in a landslide victory.

    After decades of oppression and struggle—the nation watched as the mountain of injustice crumbled and the “dream” was finally realized. The dawn of a new day has come for all Americans every race, color and nationality.

    I feel proud America voted for Barack Obama.