Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach to celebrate its 50 years this weekend

    A lot can happen in 50 years. Just ask any of the original residents of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Ocean Isle Beach was a 7-mile stretch of pure beach some 50 years ago. When Odell Williamson and M.C. Gore purchased the island in 1953, they sold only a handful of lots before Hurricane Hazel hit the following year and wiped away most if the island’s initial developments.

    Over time, the town rebuilt and grew into one of the best restored beaches in the country, according to the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.

  • Kazmierczak ready to clear next hurdle

    Perhaps it was a hug that clinched Jenna Kazmierczak’s decision to attend Coastal Carolina University on a track scholarship, the same hug she got from parents Christine and Mike after she signed a letter of intent May 27 at South Brunswick High School.

    “The Coastal coaches were actually really nice people,” said Christine, herself a track coach at South who knows how harsh coaches can be sometimes. “They hugged us to say, ‘Welcome to the family, and we’re glad you are here.’”

  • Plans being designed for BCC baseball field

    Plans for the Brunswick Community College baseball stadium are taking shape, and it is hoped within the next few years the Dolphins will have a home park.

    “We’re moving forward,” BCC baseball coach and athletics director Robbie Allen said Saturday, “but we’re moving forward slowly.”

    Allen said an architect “has been given the OK” to start designing. But it is unlikely a field will be in place next season “because we still have to raise the money to build it.”

    Allen estimated the cost to be $200,000.

  • Junior Legion Trojans lose twice in opener

    The West Trojans’ Junior American Legion baseball team opened its season Saturday and lost 5-3 and 7-5 in a doubleheader with Cary. The Trojans were held to seven hits in the two seven-inning games played in about five hours.

  • West's 20-win season ends in fourth round of playoffs

    GOLDSBORO—After a celebratory huddle with his team, Eastern Wayne High School baseball coach Jabo Fulghum was complimentary of the West Brunswick team his Warriors had just beaten.

    “They got a great club,” he said. “We beat a great team tonight. We were very fortunate to win.”

  • BCC volleyball team signs Murray as setter

    The Brunswick Community College volleyball team has signed Branchville (S.C.) High School senior KaAnn Murray to be a setter for next season as the Dolphins defend their Region 10 Conference and conference tournament championships.

  • Thirteen South athletes to continue sports in college

    Jenna Kazmierczak’s singing a letter of intent May 27 to attend Coastal Carolina on a track scholarship was the latest in a banner season of South Brunswick athletes making commitments to college.

    Seven have signed letters of intent. Six more intend to play sports in college.

    “I cannot remember South Brunswick High having this many athletes going on to the next level in one year,” said South athletics director Chris Roehner, who has been at South 12 years.

  • West football coaches honor players

    The West Brunswick High School football team had its banquet Monday night at West, and five players received individual awards.

    Jake Boudreau received the Coaches Award. Assistant coach Yogi Hickman said the award, which has been handed out since at least 1994, goes not to the most talented or skillful player but to one who is dependable, someone “you know is going to do all the little things that nobody wants to do.

  • With new sponsor, McCumbee seventh at Dover

    Two weeks ago, Chad McCumbee didn’t think he would be racing at Dover International Speedway. The SS Green Light team did not have sponsorship for the AAA Insurance 200. But NASCAR technology provider inthinc and its tiwi brand stepped up to help the No. 07 team, and in their first race together, McCumbee drove to a seventh-place finish. He won $16,505. This season, he has earned $110,809.

  • Board votes to leave Waccamaw district lines alone

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday to amend its redistricting plans for the 2009-2010 school year, leaving all current Waccamaw School students unaffected by the newly drafted lines.

    When the board approved the redistricting lines in March, they did not realize a small portion of students currently in the Waccamaw district would be rerouted to Shallotte Middle School. The board was under the impression from the start of the redistricting process Waccamaw would not be affected in anyway, Shirley Babson, board chairwoman, said.