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Today's News

  • Planning board approves a new retail center, a new church location and hopes to get a Caribbean dream back on track

    SHALLOTTE—A two-page agenda containing 12 items started off February’s planning board meeting with more items for consideration than any month in 2010. The audience even reached numbers in the double digits with 11 people in attendance.

    At one point in the meeting, town planner Allen Serkin said, “I apologize for such a large packet, but we had quite a large agenda,” as board members searched over their 50-page online packets.

    JDG/EZ Wireless commercial site plans

  • Missing on spring break

    I remember hearing the news in the spring of 2009 that a young spring breaker had disappeared in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It hit all too close to home.

    The young woman was on spring break from Rochester, N.Y., with several friends. Her parents did not know she was in Myrtle Beach. As a teenager, I too made excursions to Myrtle Beach without proper parental knowledge. 

    Initially I thought the teen was simply dodging phone calls and would resurface later to face her punishment. But that wasn’t the case.

  • Leland teen still missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a Leland teen missing since Sunday.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, Sierra Dominique Benton, 17, has been missing since Sunday, Feb. 13.

    She was last seen at the Shiloh Methodist Church in Leland, and has not returned to her residence, Stanley said.

    Benton is a white female with dark brown hair. She is 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.

  • McCumbee pleased with Daytona finish

     Chad McCumbee finished eighth in the season-opening ARCA Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, and he said he was pleased with the finish.

    “We had a good, solid weekend down there with the Andy Belmont Racing group and the ModSpace Ford,” McCumbee said.

  • Leland man killed in weekend shooting

    LELAND—A Leland man was killed in a weekend shooting. 

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, a Leland man was killed Sunday afternoon.

    Stanley said sheriff’s detectives responded to a shooting around 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at 741 Heights Place in Leland.

    When detectives arrived at the home Sunday afternoon, 31-year-old Michael Shane Poythress was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been shot in the chest.

  • BCC basketball teams sweep Clinton

     In a game that was a rematch of the 2010 Region X men’s basketball championship game, Brunswick Community College prevailed again, beating Clinton 86-79 Sunday on Walter Shaw Court at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

  • McCumbee pleased with Daytona finish

    Chad McCumbee finished eighth in the season-opening ARCA Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, and he said he was pleased with the finish.

    “We had a good, solid weekend down there with the Andy Belmont Racing group and the ModSpace Ford,” McCumbee said.

  • South’s Minor wins state winter title in shot put

    For the second straight year, South Brunswick senior Ryan Minor won the shot put in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A/2A/1A state winter track and field meet. Minor put the shot 54 feet, a distance nearly 8 feet farther than any of the other 11 competitors.

    By comparison, the winning distance in the 4A meet was 53-9.

    The meet took place at Daskal Stadium on the Reid Ross Classical School campus Saturday in Fayetteville.

    Minor said the cold weather affected how he put the shot.

  • Waccamaw Conference championship basketball tournament pairings

     Waccamaw Conference championship basketball tournament

    Girls’ brackets

    Feb. 14

    No. 1 East Bladen (23-1,12-0), bye

    No. 5 West Bladen (5-16, 3-9) at No. 4 South Columbus (12-8, 6-6), 6 p.m.

    No. 6 West Brunswick (4-18, 3-9) at No. 3 Whiteville (12-9, 8-4), 6 p.m.

    No. 7 South Brunswick (3-17, 0-12) at No. 2 North Brunswick (16-5, 10-2), 6 p.m.

    Feb. 16

    No. 1 East Bladen vs. winner (West Bladen at South Columbus), 6 p.m., at Brunswick Community College

    Feb. 17

  • BCC wins season-opening doubleheader

     The Brunswick Community College baseball team opened its 2011 season by beating Harford Community College 9-1 and 2-1 Saturday.

    In the first game, starter Brock Holmes gave up no hits and one unearned run in three innings. He walked four and struck out one.

    Reliever Tory Schroff gave up two hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out four.