Today's News

  • West tennis team honors Caleb Hawkins in final home dual

     The West Brunswick boys’ tennis team completed its regular season by beating South Columbus 7-2 April 28.

    Before the dual began, West honored Caleb Hawkins. He was West’s No. 1 singles player last year. He died in an auto wreck nearly a year ago in the same week of an NCHSSA tennis regional. Hawkins, a three-sport athlete, would have been a senior this year.

    “This was an emotional day as we remembered Caleb Hawkins before the match,” West coach Bob Bell said.

  • West’s Suttlemyre signs with BCC




    West Brunswick senior Sheena Suttlemyre signed a letter of intent April 28 to play basketball at Brunswick Community College.

    Suttlemyre is a three-sport athlete, but basketball has always been her favorite sport.

    “I’ve been playing it since I was 8 or 9,” she said.

    This season, she averaged averaged a team-high 11.2 points a game as a guard/forward and made All-Waccamaw Conference. She scored 258 of the West’s 1,140 points. She hit 22 of West’s 39 3-pointers.

  • BCC sweeps SCC; on verge of first conference title

     Jay Cannon hit two home runs, Ryne Poplin hit his first home run this season—a game-ending three-run home run—and Ben Morris hit a grand slam as the Brunswick Community College baseball team swept Southeastern Community College 11-2 and 13-4 April 38 at West Brunswick High School.

    The victories cut BCC’s magic number to two for winning its first conference title.

    BCC, 19-2 in the conference, has four games left in the regular season. It plays a three-game series this weekend at second-place Lenoir Community College. BCC is 33-11 overall.

  • Terminal groins presentation Monday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A terminal groins presentation is on the monthly meeting agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council next Monday night, May 3.

    A workshop is at 6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall on Sunset Boulevard.

    Rob Young, professor of geosciences with Western Carolina University, and Len Pietrafesa, director of external affairs with North Carolina State University, are scheduled to give a terminal groins presentation.

  • Sunset gaming hearing set for May 6


    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board will consider an application for a special use permit to operate four electronic gaming machines at the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.

    A board of adjustments hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at town hall.

  • Mayor calls meeting to discuss personnel

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby has called a special meeting of the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners for 9 a.m. next Monday, May 3, to go into closed session to discuss personnel, pursuant to state statute 143-318.11 (a) (6).

    The meeting will preceed the board’s monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Monday.

    The board’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 6.

  • Museum plans field trip

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina will collaborate with Brunswick County tourism partners, Brunswick Town and Orton Plantation Gardens, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, as part of the museum’s lecture series and field trip.
    Brunswick Town docent Jim McKee will talk about the role that Brunswick Town played during colonial times. The museum at Brunswick Town has a large collection of artifacts that represent the lifestyle of its inhabitants.

  • Trailblazers: Helen Gabriel

    Helen Gabriel has spent the last eight years helping bring literacy to Brunswick County residents. A lifelong educator, Gabriel said she “just sort of fell into it.”
    Growing up, Gabriel’s parents, both educators, placed a high value on education and instilled a strong work ethic in her and her three sisters.
    Now as an adult, Gabriel has followed the same path as her parents and three sisters. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and began her career in education.

  • Banned and challenged books

    My sister, Ashley, and I have always been polar opposites—she was the outgoing one, while I was the shy one.
    She enjoyed gadgets, electronics and technology, while I preferred to stay as far away from those things as possible.
    She hated shopping while I could shop for 24 hours straight.
    Perhaps the biggest difference between us was in our hobbies; I was a bookworm, and she despised reading—with a passion.

  • No matter how many times I do it, I still get excited about voting

    I recently married a Canadian. He gets pretty excited about news—local, national and international.

    When he was still living in Canada, it wasn’t uncommon for him to have absorbed some interesting fact of the day from U.S. news before I even realized something was going on.

    American politics, especially, have always interested him. The differences between the American political system and processes and Canada always have him asking questions and making comparisons.