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Today's News

  • West's hope for an MEC title falls one run short

    WILMINGTON—West’s hope for a Mideastern Conference softball championship ended Friday in a 1-0 loss at Hoggard.

    The Lady Trojans had to beat Hoggard and then beat New Hanover in a Saturday morning game to win the title. West ends the MEC season 8-3.

    The game had no effect on West’s No. 1 seeding from the conference for the Class 3-A state playoffs, which began Tuesday (too late for this edition). If West won, it plays a second-round game Friday at home.

  • Powell's hit wins playoff game for the Trojans

    In an opening game of the Class 3-A state baseball playoffs Saturday, the West Brunswick Trojans scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the Wilson Hunt Warriors 2-1.

    The victory advanced West to a second round game Tuesday against D.H. Conley (See more on the front page.) If West won Tuesday, it plays a third-round game Friday at home.

  • North boys finish first, South's girls take third in track regional

    North’s boys finished first and South’s girls third in the Class 2-A East Track Regional Saturday in Wilmington.

    North, which won five events, finished with 111 points in the state-qualifying meet. The top-four finishers in each event advance to the state meet Friday in Greensboro. Jacksonville Northside was second with 74 points. Eighteen teams scored points.

    North’s Jesse Riley won the 100- and 200-meter sprints.

    Riley won the 100 in 10.85 seconds. Teammate Jerry Davis was third in 11.37 and South’s Quan Ray fourth in 11.40.

  • BCC baseball season ends in region tournament loss in Burlington

    The Brunswick Community College baseball season ended Friday in a 5-2 loss to Patrick Henry in the Region 10 tournament in Burlington.

    The Dolphins, a second-year program, finished 1-2 in the tournament, which sent its winner to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series in Enid, Okla.

    BCC, seeded fifth, opened the tournament May 13 and lost to rival Southeastern Community College 4-2 despite getting 11 hits.

  • Community colleges nursing program passing rate exceeds nation and state

    The 2008 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) results show the passing rate of nurses graduating from a North Carolina community college surpassed both the state and national average, according to a summary report presented to the State Board of Community Colleges.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    Beachcombers results from May 8. Low gross: 90, Ed Kinney; 91, Hal Riebesehl. Low nets: 66, Ed Kinney; 67, Bob Smith. Team modified Stableford: +12, Kinney, Riebesehl and Smith. Golfer of the week: Ed Kinney.

    Beachcombers results from May 15 at Carolina Shores. Low gross: 88, Hal Riebesehl; 89, Bob Smith. Low net: 64, Bob Smith; 71, Riebesehl. Team two-best ball: Smith and Jim Beairsto won 1-up over Riebesehl and Stu Cleveland. In the four-man, two best nets, Cleveland, Smith, Riebesehl and Beairsto were 26-under par. Bob Smith was golfer of the week.

  • Weekend's fishing excellent, promising outlook

    Can you believe this weather? Just as we get the fishing heading in the right direction. The good news is this weather held off until Sunday afternoon, and before its arrival, fishing was red-hot both near shore and offshore. The other good news is this cold snap hit early in the week, and as it looks now, by Friday, the winds are supposed to subside and temperatures are forecast to be back in the 80s. It looks like a great holiday weekend ahead.

  • Fugitive arrested on break-in, theft charges

    SUNSET BEACH—A man wanted on two felony warrants in Wilmington was arrested Monday night by local police.

    Justin Kyle Loeser was arrested by Sunset Beach police after they were called to a residence on Dogwood Drive on a domestic violence call.

    A subsequent background check revealed Wilmington police had issued an all points bulletin for Loeser. One warrant was for breaking and entering and larceny and a second warrant was for obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor larceny.

  • Work by Arts Council president at Sunset River Marketplace

    Work by artist Gary Halberstadt, president of the Brunswick Arts Council, is being featured at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash through May 30.

    The exhibit features landscapes of local waterway scenes as well as paintings inspired by Halberstadt’s travels through Europe.

    The Brooklyn, N.Y., native taught himself to paint while in the Army and painted intermittently before moving to Brunswick County. A minor accident in 2005 curtailed most of his activities but laid the groundwork for his artistic resurgence.

  • Lots of new businesses opening right here in Brunswick County

    Good news, Brunswick County! We’re still growing by leaps and bounds.

    While the economy has put many in a pinch—including slowing or completely halting some construction—growth is still happening right here in our community.

    Last week, a larger, brighter, better Food Lion store opened to much fanfare in Shallotte. In June, a new Lowes Food will open its doors in Ocean Isle Beach. The Economic Development Commission indicates another Lowes Food is set to get under construction soon at N.C. 211 and Midway Road.