Today's News

  • Officers testify in ex-cop’s manslaughter trial

    BOLIVIA — It took a moment for Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Samantha Lewis-Chavis to compose herself before she described watching 18-year-old Keith Vidal die.

    “I watched Mr. Vidal’s eyes go from black, just like somebody suffering from a mental illness (has), to a normal color and I watched death come into his eyes,” she said, tears streaming down her face. “You could see the innocence in a person, a scared look. I watched his eyes go to death and he fell to the ground.”

  • County track photos

    LELAND — The three county high schools participated April 21 in the annual county track and field meet at North Brunswick High School.

    Jayhlen Washington had the two most notable performances of the meet. He won the 100-meter hurdles in a school-record 14.2 seconds. And Washington long jumped 24 feet, 6 inches, the longest distance in the state this season, North coach Garry Bishop said.

    Washington also won the triple jump (47-9).

    Teammate Ke’Andre Yeoman won the 300 hurdles (40.2). Cameron Barnhill won the 100 (10.8).

  • West Brunswick graduate Padgett gets weekly track honors for ECU

    East Carolina redshirt senior Kayla Padgett, a West Brunswick graduate, has been named the American Athletic Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week April 5 for the second time this season, according to an announcement by the league Tuesday. Padgett also earned the honor back on March 22.

    Padgett tossed a personal-best 65.25 meters in the hammer throw event at the Florida Relays. The mark is the top in the AAC and the NCAA East Region as well as the third best in the nation.

  • West Brunswick track photos

    In a track and field meet April 20 with Hoggard and Laney, West Brunswick teams finished third.

    Individually, West Brunswick was 1-2-3 in the boys’ shot put: Taye Vereen (40 feet, 7 inches), LeGarick Jeffries (38-6) and Monty Stanley (37-3).

    Xavier Gause won the triple jump (42-10). Brandyn Parker was third (38-9).

    Gause won the long jump (20-7). Tyler Stanley was third (19-5.5.)

    Stanley won the high jump (6-2).

    Stanley was second in the 100 (10.89 seconds) and Tariq Thomas was fourth (11.40).

  • Leland officers need help identifying woman in break-in

    Leland police are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman involved in a vehicle break-in.
    Officers received a report of a motor vehicle break-in Jan. 15 at 2013 Olde Regent Way where many items were taken, according to a news release. The next day, the victim learned three unauthorized checks totaling about $2,800 had been cashed from his account.
    Anyone with information about the white woman with dark hair and glasses pictured in a surveillance image provided by Leland police is asked to call Detective Felicia Garnes at 332-5005.

  • Second day of Vassey trial hears testimony from shooting witness

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — “It was the frickin’ loudest Taser I’ve ever heard.”

    This was the first thought Boiling Spring Lakes Police Cpl. John Thomas had upon hearing the gunshot Bryon Vassey fired, killing 18-year-old Keith Vidal more than two years ago.

  • Wildfire burns 20 acres near Whiteville Road in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — A woods fire burned 20 undeveloped acres behind New Beginnings Community Church and ATMC offices on Whiteville Road on Wednesday afternoon.

    North Carolina Forest Service spokesman Brian Haines reported two bulldozers were able to plow a fire line to keep the fire from spreading.

    The fire started west of Ruby Way NW, where Shallotte Fire Department trucks and the Forest Service protected ATMC buildings that extend along Ruby Way as well as several manufactured homes further down the road.

  • Trojans’ Daniels signs with Johnson C. Smith for softball

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Randaisa Daniels signed a letter of intent April 20 to accept a scholarship to attend Johnson C. Smith University and play softball.

    “My main reason I picked Johnson C. Smith is because it is close enough for home visits if I get homesick,” he said. “And they have a really great athletic program.

    “I plan to study biology. I want to be a dentist.”

  • Trojans win 17th straight game

    Staff Report

    West Brunswick won 10-0 in a five-inning baseball game April 19 at Laney, West’s 17th straight victory this season.

    West had nine hits and five walks. Johnathan Carlyle was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Tyler Stanley had two RBIs. Owen McDowell was 2-for-3. Tristan Lewis stole three bases. Cam Davis walked twice and scored twice.

    Winning pitcher Dylan Jeffries, a freshman, gave up one hit in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.

  • Couple escapes Shallotte house fire

    Crews from the Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach fire departments responded to a fire at 5065 Northside Drive about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19.

    Homeowner Ray Whitley said he and his wife, Tabitha, who lived at the residence for the past three years, were in the house when they heard a series of pops and then more than one smoke alarm went off inside the house.

    Ray Whitley suffered a burn on his head when he tried to fight the fire with an extinguisher before he and his wife escaped with their pets.

    The cause of the fire has not been determined.