Today's News

  • No-hitter, great catch highlight Brunswick victories Sunday in Dixie Boys tourney

     Gray Cheers and Justin Wittkofsky combined on a no-hitter as Brunswick County routed Duplin County 12-0 Sunday in a second-round game of the N.C. Junior Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament at Smithville Park in Southport.

    Cheers pitched three innings and struck out eight batters. He struck out the side in the second inning. He walked three. Wittkofsky pitched the final two innings and struck out four. He struck out the side in the fifth.

  • Leland Legion team 0-2 in state tourney


    The Leland Post 68 Junior American Legion Baseball team finished 0-2 in the state tournament over the weekend in Durham.

    In the double-elimination tourney, Post 68 made seven errors as it lost 8-6 to Kernersville in a first-round game July 16. Kernersville scored four runs in the first and led 6-2 after five innings.

    Post 68 scored in the sixth, but Kernersville scored twice in the seventh for an 8-3 lead. Post 68 scored three runs in the seventh and had the bases loaded with two outs before the game ended on a groundout.

  • McCumbee has season-best sixth-place finish

     Chad McCumbee had a season-best sixth-place finish in an ARCA race Saturday in Mansfield, Ohio.

    McCumbee started 13th out of the 31 drivers who raced in the Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200. McCumbee finished one lap down in the 200-lap race.

    Max Gresham, a 17-year-old from Griffin, Ga., led the final 47 laps in winning in his third career ARCA Racing Series start.

  • Brunswick teams win openers in Dixie Boys state tourney

     SOUTHPORT—Four Brunswick County pitchers gave up three unearned runs as Brunswick beat Hope Mills 4-3 July 17 at Smithville Park in a first-round game of the N.C. Junior Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament. Brunswick plays a second-round game at 5:30 p.m. Sunday

    And Brunswick beat Columbus County 11-1 in the N.C. Dixie Boys Baseball state tournament. Brunswick plays a second-round game at 3:15 p.m. Sunday. (Stories of both games will be online Sunday night.)

  • Water quality swimming alert lifted for Sunset Beach

    The state Division of Environmental Health today lifted a water quality swimming alert at an ocean-side site in Brunswick County.

    Subsequent sampling of the site shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.

  • A moment of silence for the passing of a name that sparked a dance revolution

    You know you’ve done it.

    Nine out of 10 people who hear the classic Village People song “YMCA” at a sporting event, wedding or the local karaoke bar are genetically programmed to start singing along and making the letters with their arms.

    Most of us have come to terms with this predisposition and have stopped fighting it. We’ll start awkwardly flailing our arms the minute we hear the first notes of the song coming over the speakers.

  • Two arrested for breaking and entering at Leland home

    LELAND—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two suspects involved in a residential breaking and entering in Leland Wednesday evening.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, a man returned to his Lincoln Road home around 4 p.m. to find two male suspects leaving his residence with his single-barrel 12-guage shotgun. The man immediately called 911, and deputies responded to the Lincoln Road home.

  • Robbery at Long's Garage

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery at Long's Garage on Holden Beach Road near Shallotte this morning.

    Law enforcement officers were interviewing the employees and roping off the area with crime-scene tape at about 9 a.m.

    Garage owner James Long said he didn't see the thief. He left the front office for a moment, and when he came back inside a customer handed him some money, thinking someone had dropped it. Long then noticed the business's money box, containing $1,200, had been turned over and all the money taken out.

  • Economy forces founder to put SOAR pet shelter up for sale

    Jeannine Friday-Bicknell hoped it wouldn’t come to this.

    But the economy is forcing the founder of Southport /Oak Island Animal Rescue to put the three-acre nonprofit, no-kill facility up for sale.

    Financially, SOAR is in terrible shape, Friday-Bicknell said this week.

    As the economy has floundered in recent years, she said she continued to put $50,000 toward the facility to pay for its upkeep, pet care and workers’ salaries.

  • Calabash commissioners adopt UDO ordinance

    CALABASH—After four years of review and revision, the town board of commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved adopting a new Unified Development Ordinance.

    The board approved a resolution for the new code of ordinances that compose the UDO as a “standalone land development document,” as discussed at a June 22 hearing.