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Today's News

  • Blood donors sought

    The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month, observed in April.

    Nearly 2.8 million people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

  • Fire damages Oak Island home

    An Oak Island home sustained severe damage after a fire of undetermined origin broke out Friday night, March 17.

    Three people safely evacuated the burning three-story house at 5101 E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island Fire Capt. Chris Sillings said.

    Upon fire crews’ arrival at the fire reported at 11:33 p.m., the structure was heavily involved in flames, including fire through the second story and roof, Sillings said.

    Exterior siding on an adjacent house was melted by the heat, but fire crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to it.

  • Supply man pleads guilty to assault charge

    A Supply man pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman last September.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 30-year-old Rick Cody Russell, of Oyster Lane, on Sept. 7 and charged him with misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. Warrants show Russell grabbed the woman and pushed her to the floor, causing her head to strike a bed frame Sept. 7. The injury left a large cut on the victim’s head, resulting in five stitches and 11 staples.

  • Drug investigations net 17 arrests in two weeks

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 17 people in the past two weeks after a series of drug investigations prompted by community complaints.

    Those arrested and charged Feb. 27 were:

    ·      Christopher Austin Sheeron, 38, of Twin Bay Court NW, Calabash, heroin possession and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession. He was released March 7 from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $5,000 bail.

  • Ocean Isle Beach signs check for causeway roundabout

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials approved a construction agreement for a roundabout at the town’s main intersection on the mainland at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Commissioners have supported the North Carolina Department of Transportation roundabout plan at Ocean Isle Beach Road (Four Mile Road) and Beach Drive (N.C. 179) for the past two-and-a-half years, but agreed at the March 14 town meeting to send a check.

  • Clemmons to play softball for Meredith College

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior softball player Emily Clemmons signed a letter of intent Friday to attend Meredith College.

    “I chose to go to Meredith because of the school itself — education first, ” Clemmons said. “I liked the class size and how personal the teachers are with you.

    “I also like coach Kim Scavone and the way she runs things.”

    Clemmons said Scavone showed interested in her in the fall.

  • Beeler throws no-hitter as West routs Hoggard

    By Ed Hullings

    SportsCorrespondent

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick Trojans defeated the Hoggard Vikings in a conference softball game 11-0 on Tuesday, March 14.  Sophomore pitcher Morgan Beeler pitched a 6 inning no hitter with nine strikeouts. Coach Joe Noble said “Yeah, she threw a no-hitter, I don’t know if that’s her first one or not, but it definitely was a good time to have one.”

  • Winnabow man cleared of assault charges

    A Winnabow man accused of assaulting a woman in October has been cleared of the charges against him.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 24-year-old Tyler Richard Long, of Cherry Tree Road NE, on Oct. 23 and charged him with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female. Warrants show Long grabbed a woman around the throat before throwing a cell phone at her that day.

    Judge Scott L. Ussery denied a state motion March 7 to continue the case against Long and the charges were voluntarily dismissed, court records show.

  • Fire destroys Sunset Beach home

    A Sunset Beach couple lost their home Wednesday afternoon to a fire attributed to a smoking-related cause.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said the mostly wood three-story house at 514 Twisted Oak Lane was fully involved when his department arrived at the scene of the fire relayed by 911 dispatch at 3:11 p.m. March 15.

    The couple and their pets were able to escape the blaze that erupted and was quickly spread by wind blowing Wednesday afternoon.

  • Spotlight on Moe Clapp

    By Darren deMaille

    One of the interesting aspects of coaching golf is that every week I am lucky to meet new people who come from various backgrounds and ways of life. Recently I have been teaching a very successful barbecue truck owner, a state legislator, a retired tennis player, a high school language teacher, a police officer, and most recently a postman who has a passion for building golf clubs.