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Today's News

  • Prosecution, defense spar over the man behind the badge

    Who is Ronald Hewett?

    His attorney says the man who served Brunswick County as sheriff for 14 years is a family man—a man of character and integrity.

    But assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy argued in federal court Monday there are two Ronald Hewetts—the public persona, who shook everyone’s hands and never shied from a TV camera—and the man who existed within the walls of the sheriff’s office.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office argued Hewett used deputies as his personal work force, stifled investigations and harassed employees.

  • Attorney: Substance abuse treatment needed

    Ronald Hewett is on the road to recovery, and his attorney wants him to stay on that path while serving his 16-month prison sentence.

    After being sentenced in federal court Monday afternoon, Hewett’s attorney Douglas Parsons asked that U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt recommend Hewett serve his time in a federal facility in Butner, and specifically, that Hewett participate in an intense substance abuse program, “so that he may continue on the course he’s on.”

  • Shallotte planning board OKs plans for childcare center expansion

    SHALLOTTE—The planning board on Tuesday approved the site and landscaping plans for expansion of Kids Connection Child Care Center on Old Shallotte Road.

    Owners Joe and Grey Memory, along with Phil Tripp of Tripp Engineering explained that the center would be adding 5,400 square feet to the building, making room for 75 additional children.

  • Trojans don’t fumble chance at victory

    WILMINGTON—Having fumbled twice inside Ashley’s 10 in the first half, the West Brunswick Trojans got a chance to redeem themselves in the fourth quarter of their football game on a rainy Friday night at Ashley.

    Leading 14-10 and with possession of the ball at its 31 with 7 minutes, 37 seconds left, West Brunswick ran its offense the best it has all season—twice converting on fourth-and-1—to run out the clock and beat the Screaming Eagles.

    The victory improved coach Jimmy Fletcher’s team to 2-1 in the conference, 4-3 overall.

  • Perseverance propels Poole to another Street Stock title

    Were it not for a letter, Thomas Poole would have quit racing.

    Poole—who last month won his second straight Street Stock championship at Myrtle Beach Speedway—took a long time to become a championship driver. He first raced in 1999 and ran a full season in 2000.

    “I struggled big-time for five years,” he said. “I told my wife I was giving it up. I ain’t going back. It’s frustrating. Second. Second. A million seconds.”

    Track announcer Bobby Summers wouldn’t allow that to happen.

  • South Brunswick Cougars blank Whiteville, improve to 6-0

    WHITEVILLE—The unbeaten South Brunswick Cougars played another 48 minutes of inspired high school football Friday night. They ran their way to a 22-0 victory over the Whiteville Wolfpack on a rain-soaked field at Legion Stadium.

    “We played hard for 48 minutes, and that is our goal,” South coach Gordon Walters said.

  • South Brunswick sweeps conference tennis titles

    South Brunswick’s Summer Phillips won the singles title and Kelley Presson and Katie Soden the doubles title in the Waccamaw Conference championship tennis tournament Oct. 7 at South.

    Phillips, a freshman, had a bye in the first round and beat South Columbus’ Kelly McPherson 6-0, 6-0 in the second round. In a semifinal, Phillips beat Whiteville’s Brooke Palmer 6-2, 6-3. Phillips, the top seed, then won the championship by routing East Columbus’ Valerie Edwards 6-0, 6-0.

  • Cougars sweep cross-country race

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick boys and girls cross-country teams won one of the final races of the season Oct. 7.

    The Cougar boys (23) beat North (45) and Pender (99) in the conference race.

    In the girls’ race, South beat Pender 26-31.

    North’s Rashaad Nelson was the top finisher, running the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 3 seconds—and sprinting to the finish.

    But South won five of the next six spots to take the victory.

  • Mother Nature plays a role in fall fishing

    Mother Nature has a way of keeping a level playing field. Obviously in fishing, the weather is the key factor in determining whether you can even go fish and then whether you’ll have success or not.

    I’ve been around fishing for years, and I remember cursing the weather and its bad timing and unpredictability. The weather is favorite morning fodder for fishermen sitting around the coffee pot. However, after analyzing it for many years, I believe the one pattern that is most reliable is the weather will be just as good as it is bad.

  • Dependable bluefish making a decent showing; fishing remains slow

    Just when I was ready to declare this a comeback year for inshore fishing, things have hit a little snag. The spot haven’t really arrived in force yet, and the ones being caught aren’t the big fall yellowbellies we’re waiting on. Also, what had been very good summer fisheries for flounder and speckled trout seem to have slowed after the storms of September.