Today's News

  • Lady Trojans reach 15-win plateau with victory over South

     West Brunswick’s varsity girls’ basketball squad clinched its first winning season since 2009-10 two weeks ago and reached the 15-win plateau in its regular-season finale Feb. 8 in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    The Lady Trojans defeated South Brunswick 48-3 in each team’s final Mideastern Conference game before the league tournament was scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • Feb. 15: Sports Briefs

     Waccamaw Athletic Association

    Dixie Youth registration

    The Waccamaw Athletic Association is holding Dixie Youth Baseball registration Feb. 24 and March 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waccamaw Community Building at 5855 Waccamaw School Road NW in Ash. Prospective registrants are asked to bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate to registration.

    Shallotte Dixie Youth registration under way

  • Parker leads West, Trojans sweep Hoggard

     WILMINGTON – West Brunswick had won just five of its previous 23 games against Hoggard in varsity boys’ basketball prior to this season.

    The Trojans have now swept the regular season series against the Vikings for the first time in program history following a 46-39 win Tuesday, Feb. 6, inside Sheila Boles Gym in Wilmington.

    West Brunswick (12-11, 5-8) built a 12-point halftime lead, survived a Vikings’ third-quarter rally and made enough free throws late to knock off Hoggard for the second time this season.

  • Lincoln Smith, Bethel earn regional titles for Trojans

     SHALLOTTE – The wait was well worth it for West Brunswick’s Lincoln Smith.

    The senior 160-pounder missed all of the 2016-17 campaign after three knee surgeries and he couldn’t wait to return to the mat for his senior campaign.

  • Trojan swimmers complete season at state championships

     Caroline Ruck just completed one of the greatest single seasons in West Brunswick’s swimming program’s history.

    And she’s just a freshman.

    Ruck, who captured the NCHSAA 3A East Region title in the women’s 200-yard individual medley two weeks ago, capped her phenomenal freshman campaign with a solid performance at the Feb. 9 state championship meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

  • BCC opens baseball season with weekend sweep

     Brunswick Community College walked off its home field Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 record after sweeping East Carolina University’s club team in a weekend series in Supply.

    The Dolphins took two games from the Pirates during a Saturday, Feb. 10, doubleheader before a thrilling 10-8 walk-off win over the visitors Sunday, Feb. 11.

    After building a seemingly comfortable 7-2 lead after four innings in Sunday afternoon’s finale, ECU’s club team raced ahead with a six-run fifth-inning.

  • All is right with the world when Carolina beats Duke

     I was still in the bed last Tuesday morning when my phone rang. I saw it was my middle brother, Brett, on the other end, so I picked it up and before I could even say, “Hello,” he asked me if I wanted to go to the Carolina (North Carolina, the real Carolina) versus Duke game on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

    “Sure, I’d love to go,” I replied. “I’m certain I can’t afford it.”

    “Alright,” Brett said. “Just wanted to ask.”

  • The signage, like the Jurassic age, should die off


    When I hear that word, I know somebody is making plans. There’s a conceptual plan or a master plan in the works. Or it’s a budget planning season.

    And when those plans are made, way down the list of priorities is the need for signs to let everyone know the plan is complete and if you follow the signs you can see the result.

    I get that. There will always be a need for a sign, or signs, to help us find our way.

    But how in the world did that translate into “signage?”

    Oh, how I hate that word.

  • Brunswick County’s pets deserve to have safe homes, too

    After more than four years of putting it off, I finally visited Cat Tails, a feline-only rescue and shelter in Ocean Isle Beach on Sunday. I’d avoided it for so long because when it comes to kitties who need a home, I want to offer mine to them — all of them. That’s how all six of my cats made me their mom.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had a one-day session with committee meetings and votes on the class size bill, we had movement in the Senate on the GenX/Emerging contaminants bill, and I was able to attend some meetings in the district.

    On Feb. 5 we were informed we would be in Raleigh the night of Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 for voting sessions. This changed several times, but I still went to Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon, although no votes were actually held that night.