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Today's News

  • Little River getting crabby for another annual festival

    For the 28th year, a sleepy fishing village just south of the Carolinas border will come alive and get crabby as the award-winning Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival unfolds this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

    Situated beneath historic live oak trees on the unincorporated town’s waterfront, the festival will encompass plenty of food, round-the-clock entertainment, rows of arts and crafts booths and children’s activities.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Great reasons to rideee"a trike or a bike

    People my age and older like to talk about the “good old days” before bike helmets, safe playgrounds and after-school activities when kids were free to run wild in the neighborhood, knock their noggins on asphalt and skin their knees with abandon.

    I’ve been known to do that before, but even I have to admit, now that I’m a mom of an energetic 6-year-old, that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 29, 30 and May 1, 4 and 5.

    Wednesday, April 29

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Danny Ray Alley Jr., improper equipment, costs; reckless driving-wanton disregard, voluntarily dismissed.

  • North’s Irwin catches on with Belmont Abbey

    A willingness to work hard on the baseball field and in the classroom has allowed Dakota Irwin to continue to pursue his dream of playing baseball.

    Irwin, a senior catcher for the North Brunswick High School baseball team, signed a letter of intent May 14 to play for Belmont Abbey College.

    The Crusaders, a Division II team, are nationally ranked and graduate their starting catcher this year. Those two factors helped make Irwin’s decision to attend the college.

  • From the big screen to real lifeee"gatekeepers become personal nightmares

    I’ll never forget my first experience with a gatekeeper.

    I was a little girl, watching the movie “Ghostbusters” with my family. Everything was going OK for me until this scary woman came on the screen. She was perfectly normal until—BAM. She became possessed—and a little crazy.

    With her face twisted up and her hair askew, she thrashed and screamed, “I am the gatekeeper!”

  • Trojans open baseball playoffs at home Friday

    The West Brunswick baseball team begins the Class 3-A state playoffs Friday night at home against Wilson Hunt. West is the top 3-A seed in the Mideastern Conference. If it wins Friday, it will play a second-round game Tuesday at home, possibly against another top seed, D.H. Conley.

    For West coach Mike Alderson, a lack of competitive games heading into the playoffs is his main concern. West’s last game was May 6, when it beat Jacksonville 15-1 in five innings.

  • West opens baseball playoffs Friday

    The West Brunswick baseball team begins the Class 3-A state playoffs 6 p.m. Friday night at home (foe to be determined). Admission is $5.

    West is the top 3-A seed in the Mideastern Conference. If it wins Friday, it will play a second-round game Tuesday at home, possibly against another top seed, D.H. Conley.

    For West coach Mike Alderson, a lack of competitive games heading into the playoffs is his main concern. West’s last game was May 6, when it beat Jacksonville 15-1 in five innings.

  • Hawkins was a popular leader among teammates

    Coaches describe Caleb Hawkins as a popular athlete, a leader who inspired his younger teammates because he competed to his fullest ability.

    Hawkins was one of three West Brunswick athletes in a single-car wreck May 7. He was the most severely injured of the three athletes and May 12 he was taken off life support at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was an organ donor.

  • Second WBHS student dies following fatal car wreck

    A second West Brunswick High School student involved in a fatal car wreck last week has died.

    Caleb Hawkins, 17, died this week at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, according to hospital spokesperson Erin Balzotti. He had been listed in critical condition since the wreck.

    Hawkins, a junior, was a member of the school's wrestling and track teams and played tennis. Wrestling coach Jimmy Caraway said Hawkins was successful both on the mat and in the classroom.

  • West Brunswick athletes injured in fatal auto accident

    Four of the five passengers in the fatal car wreck May 7 are part of the West Brunswick High School wrestling team. Three of them are wrestlers—Caleb Hawkins, Joey Moreno and Dylan Bernier. The other—Jessica Solomon—is the team statistician.

    Hawkins and Moreno remained hospitalized Friday night. Hawkins was reported to be in a coma. Bernier had returned home.