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Today's News

  • Does 'zero tolerance' mean 'zero common sense?'

    While the world goes crazy all around us—drugs and killings and wars and poverty—it’s nice to know academic professionals are there to keep us safe from eyebrow tweezers and nail clippers.

    Catch the sarcasm yet?

    I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that another school district has used the “Safe School Act,” as a reason to suspend and expel a perfectly well behaved, high-achieving student.

  • First sheriff's substation ready for action in Calabash, Carolina Shores

    CALABASH—Would-be criminals might be doing double-takes and thinking twice about their actions now that a new sheriff’s substation has come to town.

    Across the street from a bank, the newly opened Brunswick County Sheriff’s Substation is already a welcome presence in the Carolina Shores Resort condominium complex.

    “We’ve been trying to have substations for years,” said Lt. Joe Scoggins, standing inside the freshly painted and converted substation office. “We just never had the funding or manpower.”

  • Class of '57 reunites again

    Members of the Shallotte High School class of 1957 as well as one of their former teachers, Lillian Hewett, gathered last week at Jerome’s in Shallotte for lunch and reminiscing. The 25 classmates, who had their 50th reunion at Jerome’s in 2007, decided they didn’t want to wait five or 10 years for the next reunion. According to the class officers, who organized the event, 66 students graduated in 1957, and 21 of them are now deceased.

  • West’s Josh Johnson finishes comeback with top-five finishes at state

    GREENSBORO—Josh Johnson completed his West Brunswick High School track career with two fifth-place finishes in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3-A state meet Saturday at N.C. A&T State University.

    Considering a year ago he had suffered a broken leg, Johnson’s performances were first- rate. He was the only West track athlete at the meet.

  • Wisteria Place takes gold medal in ‘green’ home category

    The trend to go “green,” or environmentally friendly, is everywhere, from town recycling initiatives to energy-saving appliances, and building money-saving, energy-efficient homes is something more people are considering, even as the market is in a downturn.

    Developer Brian Griffin did his research and noticed the need for efficient and eco-friendly homes when he began developing Wisteria Place in Shallotte.

  • West Brunswick defeats Conley in second round of baseball playoffs

    West Brunswick beat D.H. Conley 7-6 Tuesday night in the second round of the Class 3-A state baseball playoffs.

    West (19-5) led 6-0 after two innings but Conley (15-10) rallied and in the seventh inning and had the tying run at second base with two outs before Brock Holmes ended the game with a strikeout.

  • Roman Kelley top choice to be South football coach

    Calling him someone kids can trust, South Brunswick High School athletics director Chris Roehner said Tuesday he intends to hire Roman Kelley as the Cougars’ next head football coach.

    He takes over from Gordon Walters, who resigned to become the head coach at White Knoll High School in South Carolina.

    Kelley is already familiar to the athletes and administrators at South. He was on Walters’ staff last season, when the Cougars advanced to the third round of the Class 2-A state playoffs.

  • West's hope for an MEC title falls one run short

    WILMINGTON—West’s hope for a Mideastern Conference softball championship ended Friday in a 1-0 loss at Hoggard.

    The Lady Trojans had to beat Hoggard and then beat New Hanover in a Saturday morning game to win the title. West ends the MEC season 8-3.

    The game had no effect on West’s No. 1 seeding from the conference for the Class 3-A state playoffs, which began Tuesday (too late for this edition). If West won, it plays a second-round game Friday at home.

  • Powell's hit wins playoff game for the Trojans

    In an opening game of the Class 3-A state baseball playoffs Saturday, the West Brunswick Trojans scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the Wilson Hunt Warriors 2-1.

    The victory advanced West to a second round game Tuesday against D.H. Conley (See more on the front page.) If West won Tuesday, it plays a third-round game Friday at home.

  • North boys finish first, South's girls take third in track regional

    North’s boys finished first and South’s girls third in the Class 2-A East Track Regional Saturday in Wilmington.

    North, which won five events, finished with 111 points in the state-qualifying meet. The top-four finishers in each event advance to the state meet Friday in Greensboro. Jacksonville Northside was second with 74 points. Eighteen teams scored points.

    North’s Jesse Riley won the 100- and 200-meter sprints.

    Riley won the 100 in 10.85 seconds. Teammate Jerry Davis was third in 11.37 and South’s Quan Ray fourth in 11.40.