Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we overrode the governor’s veto on a bill for the fourth time, we handled bills concerning the juvenile justice system and restaurants, and we saw the senate pass their budget and send it to us in the House.

  • You decide: What divides us on taxes?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It was a hot, humid day in 1985. President Reagan was appearing at Reynolds Coliseum. I was in the audience. The arena was not yet air-conditioned. Despite huge fans that had been brought from Fort Bragg, everyone was sweating. As the president stepped to the podium, he mentioned the warmth in the building and promptly removed his suit coat. As if on cue, all the dignitaries on the stage also removed their coats.

  • When you just can’t slow your roll, hang on

    Has anyone seen where my 2017 went? I don’t know about anyone else, but it’s like I blinked and all of a sudden June is nearly upon us.

    I suppose when you’ve had your nose to the grindstone for what seems like months on end, you don’t notice too much of what’s going on around you. Late nights (and early mornings — ugh) and little sleep don’t help matters. (Also: Hooray for coffee!)

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I’d rather be ridiculously busy than idle and bored with no work to do.

  • Stay safe on and in the water

    Many who take to the water are planning to observe Safe Boating Week, scheduled for May 20-26 this year.

    This observance is part of the North American Safe Boating Campaign called Ready, Set, Wear It! It is a yearlong effort in the United States and Canada “focused on spreading the message of boating safety and the critical importance of always wearing a life jacket each and every time on the water,” according to a news release from the North Strand Sail and Power Squadron based in Little River, S.C.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department May 6-11 2017

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 6

    Unknown subject(s) took several golf cart batteries from 30th Street.

    May 10

    Christopher Brittin, 61 of 10109 Gordon Road, Gordonsville, Va., was arrested on charges of DWI and driving left of center.

    May 11

    Motor vehicle breaking and entering in the 500 block of Medcalf Drive SW where an iPhone was stolen.

  • WBHS softball wallops South Johnston 13-0 to advance in playoffs

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick Coach Joe Noble said after his team’s win May 10 that if the Trojans’ batting synced up with their defense and pitching, they’d hurt some other team’s feelings in the 3A playoffs.

    That team wound up being the South Johnston Trojans in a game that ended in the middle of the fifth inning with West Brunswick winning 13-0 on an overcast Friday night, May 12.

  • BCC baseball wins three out of four games in weekend play

    Brunswick Community College won the last three of its four baseball games played over the weekend against four different teams.


    Catawba Valley Community College 8

    BCC 10

    After a nine-run lead in the fifth inning, the Dolphins held off a late rally by the Red Hawks on Sunday night to claim a 10-8 win.

    BCC got an early lead, scoring on a double by Anthony Lombardo and a groundout in the second inning.

  • Trojans outlast Asheboro in 2-0 playoff win Wednesday

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick held Asheboro scoreless with stellar defense and steady pitching to win its Wednesday night playoff game 2-0. Their next 3A playoff game is scheduled at home against the South Johnston Trojans (17-10) at 6 p.m. Friday.

  • To my dad on his 90th birthday

    Let me tell you a story I’ve been thinking about recently from the time long ago known as the 1980s.

    It was back when I was in the dumb kid age range, somewhere between 10 and 13, but not yet into the surly, punk teenager era.

    These were the days before every moment of a kid’s day was scheduled.

    We could get on our bikes and ride around, see who else in the neighborhood was doing the same thing and end up with a half dozen or more kids looking for something to do.

  • Brunswick County unemployment drops below 6 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate went on a roller coaster ride during the first three months of 2017, rising from 6.7 percent in December 2016 to peak at 7.7 in January, then falling back to 6.7 percent in February and settling down to 5.8 percent in March.

    The most recent unemployment rate fell back to numbers more in line with September and October 2016 unemployment rates that were steady at 5.9 percent.

    Brunswick County’s last spike in unemployment occurred in January 2016, when it reached a rate of 8.0 percent.