Today's News

  • Far Out Shoot Out this weekend; anglers get ready to fish for tuna, dolphin and wahoo

    Before I get into fishing reports and tales from near and far, let me remind you that the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out—Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo Rodeo Tournament starts this weekend.  
    The captains’ meeting and dinner is Friday at Ocean Isle Fishing Center, and the eligible fishing days are this Saturday through the following Saturday, May 1. Choose one out of those eligible eight days to compete. The Far Out Shoot Out has been held annually for more than 15 years, and as in years past, great catches of tuna, dolphin and wahoo are expected.

  • Now is time for anglers to target ‘keeper’ flounder

    The first keeper flounder of the season have shown up in our Brunswick County waters, and that means it is time to target the tasty flatfish for some fun action and fantastic meals. Flounder are a beloved food fish around here, and flounder fishing is an art unto itself.

  • West tennis team honors 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.

  • Weinacht, Gore lead South to Waccamaw golf title

    South Brunswick’s Richard Weinacht shot an even-par 72 and teammate Dalton Gore a 74 in finishing 1-2 April 26 in the final Waccamaw Conference golf tournament of the season.
    South won the tournament, with four player shooting a 326 on the 6,391-yard Oak Island Golf Course. South also finished as the conference champion.
    South’s other top-four scorers were Jason Stancil, who shot an 89, and Adam Franklin, who shot a 91.

  • South’s girls, North’s boys win conference championships

    LELAND—South Brunswick’s girls won 10 events in winning the team title of the Waccamaw Conference championship meet April 27.
    Carmen Hilliard won all three distance events: the 800 (in 2:34, a regional time), the 1,600 (6:11) and the 3,200 (13:22).
    Jalyssa Lacy won the 100 hurdles (17.4) and the 300 hurdles (54.54).
    Arleena Ray won the 100 (12.91, a regional time) and the 200 (27.56).
    Breanna Gawron won the high jump (5-2, a regional mark). Gralton and Katlyn Ray each finished 6-6 in the pole vault, and Gralton was declared the winner.

  • Lady Trojans split two conference games

    The West Brunswick varsity softball team had beaten Whiteville three times this season, once in the regular season and twice in the Easter Tournament. The Lady Trojans outscored the Wolfpack by more than 20 runs in those three contests. Unfortunately for West, only one of those games had an impact on the conference standings. The Lady Wolfpack thumped West 14-4 in a conference game April 27 in Shallotte that moved them into first place in the Waccamaw Conference, dropping West to second place.

  • White to continue volleyball, softball next season at Mount Olive College

    West Brunswick senior Carly White signed a letter of intent April 29 to play softball and volleyball at Division II Mount Olive College.
    “The one thing Carly was interested in was being able to go to college and play both sports, as she loves both sports equally,” said White’s mom, Shelly Etheridge, “and going to a Division II school is giving her that opportunity.”
    Leslie Reeves coached White during her four-year volleyball career at West.

  • West track teams win 10 titles in conference meet

    The West Brunswick track and field teams won 10 championships in the season-ending Waccamaw Conference meet April 27 in Leland.
    Breana Gause is the conference champion in the long jump (16 feet, 6.5 inches) and the triple jump (35-6.5). Her triple jump would have placed fifth last year at the NCHSAA Class 3A state meet.
    Gause also ran on the championship 400 relay. She, J’Meisha Fullwood, Jasmine Jackson and Kayla McDaniel finished in 53.27 seconds.
    Jackson won the 400 in 64 seconds.

  • ‘Amazing group’ wins Waccamaw baseball title

    Sophomore outfielder Jesse Simmons hit a grand slam as the West Brunswick baseball team clinched the Waccamaw Conference baseball championship by routing Whiteville 19-2 in five innings Tuesday.
    Freshman outfielder Markel Jones also homered as every Trojan batter in the starting lineup got a hit. The 19 runs are the most West has scored this season.
    Winning pitcher Gavin Lane (6-1) threw a four-inning no-hitter. Gavin, a senior left-hander, walked four and struck out eight. Marquise Johnson pitched the last inning, giving up one hit and striking out two.

  • What should the government’s role be in providing non-essential services?

    A recent letter to the editor has stirred some good responses from the community. The letter brought up the discussion about the government’s role in providing social and quality-of-life services.