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Today's News

  • Time for me to be a cowboy

    If you know who Shawn Proctor is, or if you know who Chad Ferley is, then I know who you are: a rodeo fan.

    Like many sports fans, each year I have my list of championship events I want to watch. In early December, that list includes the 10-round National Finals Rodeo.

  • West wins four titles in Battle at the Beach

    South Brunswick beat West Brunswick by five points to win the Battle at the Beach wrestling tournament Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

    In the seven-team high school tournament, South finished with 64.5 points and West with 59.5. North finished seventh.

    West had four champions in the round-robin tournament, a tournament in which the emphasis was on getting wrestlers as many matches as possible.

    Dylan Bernier, a junior, won the 112-pound title.

  • Lady Trojans defeat South

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Brunswick built a 14-point halftime lead and then withstood poor shooting in the third quarter to beat South Brunswick 43-34 Friday.

    The victory completed a season sweep.

    “We came out and played hard early, which is what we want to try to do to get a good lead and momentum,” coach James Walker said. “Probably the best first quarter we’ve had all season.”

  • Sunset Beach pontoon bridge operators to be laid off

    SUNSET BEACH—Operators of the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge are feeling the effects of a tightening economy—they received notice last week they’re being laid off after they've trained their replacements.

    In a Dec. 8 letter included in the employees’ paychecks last week, NCDOT Division 3 director Allen Pope noted the department is “facing a very difficult financial time, with its annual budget reduced by 35 percent from the budget it had planned since July 1.

  • South holds off Trojans for victory

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick held West Brunswick to two points in the final two minutes and beat the Trojans 50-45 Friday.

    The victory gave the Cougars a sweep of the season series.

  • BCC Dolphins open conference with victory

    After losing two games in the Panhandle Shootout to nationally ranked teams, the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team opened its Region X season by winning 74-70 Saturday at USC-Salkehatchie.

    “A conference game on the road, that’s the way it goes sometimes,” BCC coach Walter Shaw said about the close game.

    BCC led 38-33 at the half but USCS took a six-point lead in the second half. The Dolphins regained the lead with about nine minutes left and hit free throws to win the game.

  • Shallotte to seek state grants for waterfront development, access

    Shallotte is continuing its efforts to put the town’s 10-year vision plan into place by applying for grants from the state, hoping to tap into the Division of Coastal Management’s (DCM) Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program.

    At its December meeting, the town board voted unanimously to allow staff to begin the application process.

  • Oak Island man pleads guilty to murder; sentenced to 12-16 years

    An Oak Island man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Robert James Frazier, formerly of 139 NE 38th St., Oak Island, pleaded guilty Dec. 8 to the February 2007 murder of 33-year-old Katherine Gail Harlow.

    Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Frazier to 151-191 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, with credit for time served, assistant district attorney Chris Gentry said.

  • Driving while impaired victims remembered, officers honored

    WILMINGTON—Terry Randolph will never have another family dinner again. Her 10 grandchildren will never know the love of their grandfather Benny since he was struck and killed by a drunk driver two years ago.

    “I don’t even like to say he died. He didn’t die—he was killed brutally,” Randolph, the keynote speaker at last week’s candlelight vigil remembering victims of drunk driving, told a packed crowd as her children and grandchildren looked on somberly from the front row.

  • Former police officer in court for assault this week

    BOLIVIA—Opening arguments in the trial of a former police officer charged with assault began just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the trial expected to continue Wednesday.

    Former Holden Beach police officer Brannon Gray, 25, of 944 Little Macedonia Road, Supply, was charged with and indicted for assault inflicting serious bodily injury for a November 2007 incident.