Today's News

  • West golf team second in tourney

    Host West Bladen and West Brunswick finished ahead of conference leader South Brunswick in a conference tourney March 31 at Carolina Sands at White Lake.
    For the tournament, West Bladen finished at 321, West Brunswick 323, South Brunswick 334, Whiteville 343, North Brunswick 376, East Bladen 385 and South Columbus 487.

  • BCC baseball team has record-setting week

    The Brunswick Community College baseball team has completed the most successful and noteworthy week in the history of the three-year program.
    On March 31, the Dolphins, an NJCCA Division II team that does not offer scholarships, beat Pitt Community College, an NJCCA Division I team that entered the game ranked No. 2 in the nation.

  • Padgett’s discus throw highlights West victory

    Kayla Padgett’s discus throw highlighted West Brunswick’s victory in a three-team meet March 31 at North Brunswick.
    West scored 68.5 points and North 67.5. South Columbus scored six points.
    West won nine events, the most notable victory being Padgett’s in the discus throw. Her mark of 115-1, in the fourth meet of her high school career, would have placed her third at the state meet last year.
    Padgett, a junior, also won the shot put (32-2) in qualifying for the regional.

  • Re-enactment shows realities of drunk driving to Brunswick County Academy students

    Barbara Musgrave stood quietly between Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and John Ponds of Andrews Mortuary Service.

    Surrounded by the sparking lights of a police car, an ambulance and fire trucks, she waited to get closer to her daughter, 17-year-old Academy student Marissa Beckman.

    As part of a drunk driving fatality re-enactment through the Keys to Life program Musgrave knew what was waiting for her.

    She expected to see torn wreckage of damaged vehicles. She knew there would be lights and sirens.

  • Reader feedback, interaction important to newspaper's growth, survival

     When newspaper people get together, we often swap war stories about things that have happened to us in the business.

    Like many professionals who are proud, we sometimes talk about things we’ve done well, awards garnered, favorite pieces written, photos we’ll never forget and people who’ve shared amazing stories with us.

  • Wings of Love Prom Closet

    Crystal Williams had her choice of 500 dresses, all different styles and colors. She tried on a short black dress that tied in the back, then a light blue dress with beading. She looked at bright-colored dresses and some with muted tones. But after sifting through countless racks of dresses, she chose the first one she tried on—a long gown made of rich, brown chiffon.

    “It’s kind of plain, but it’s me,” she said.

    Being able to select a dress from the Wings of Love Prom Closet, Williams said, was a “dream.”

  • Five women arrested in prostitution sting

    Five women were arrested last week, with charges ranging from soliciting prostitution to drug possession.
    On Thursday, April 1, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit raided two local establishments they say are known for prostitution—Sun Day Spa in Longwood, where two women were arrested, and Playmates Exotic Dancing on U.S. 17, where another three women were arrested.

  • BCC wins two from Rockingham

     The Brunswick Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader Friday from Rockingham Community College in conference games at West Brunswick High School.

    BCC won 5-0 and 5-2.

    Brock Holmes pitched a nine-inning shutout—the first of his college career—in the first game. He gave up seven hits—two of those in the last inning. He struck out seven and walked one.

  • Board to interview final three superintendent candidates Tuesday

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will interview the final three superintendent candidates at a specially called meeting Tuesday, which begins at 3 p.m. at the Progress Energy Visitors Center in Southport.

    “We’re strictly focused on hiring a new superintendent,” Bud Thorsen, board chairperson, said Thursday afternoon.

    Of the 34 applications board members received, 10 were interviewed last month. Each board member was then told to select their top three choices, and the board members were unanimous in their decision.

  • Discerning the politics from the 'politi-facts' of healthcare reform

    I don’t know what’s more outrageous—the fact that no one who voted for it knows exactly what’s included in the healthcare overhaul or the fact anyone is surprised Congress and the president are in the proverbial dark about the legislation.

    I mean, as Vice President Joe Biden said, this is a big deal. Well, he said a little more than that, but this is a family-friendly newspaper, so I won’t repeat it.