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Today's News

  • JV Trojans struggle offensively in loss at West Bladen

    DUBLIN—The West Brunswick junior varsity football team had plenty of opportunities to steal a win Oct. 29 at West Bladen, but penalties and turnovers proved costly for the Trojans in an 18-9 loss.

    The Trojans struggled offensively throughout the game but had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. A halfback pass by running back Phillip Gause was intercepted by West Bladen and the Knights scored two plays later to preserve the victory.

  • Team effort gives underdog Bulldogs a victory

    The Cedar Grove Bulldog football team crushed Burgaw 30-14 Oct. 29.

    “The offensive line blocked well for the hard running of Avion Slappy, who ran for two touchdowns, Demaria Evans, who ran for one touchdown, and Tayevonne Evans, who also ran for a touchdown,” coach Toby Kasell said.

    Gray Cheers threw for three two-point conversions, completing passes to Antonio Clarida, Kevin Sullivan and Evans.

    The defense played tough, Kasell said, allowing two touchdowns and shutting out Burgaw in the second half.

  • Pileup ends McCumbee's race

    After racing hard all day long, Chad McCumbee had positioned his No. 07 tiwi Chevy right where he wanted it for the sprint to the finish of the Mountain Dew 250 Presented by Fred’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at the Talladega Superspeedway.

    However, McCumbee’s fortunes quickly changed with four laps to go, when he was caught in the middle of an eight-truck pileup that relegated the SS Green Light Racing entry to a 24th-place finish. He earned $13,380. This season he has won $239,099.

  • Tracking H1N1: Influenza and children

    Fewer doses of H1N1 influenza vaccines have arrived at the Brunswick County Health Department than first expected, and children and pregnant women remain at risk for contracting H1N1.

    Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said the county has received about 1,200 doses of the originally anticipated 9,000 does of H1N1 vaccine in recent weeks. Another 1,400 doses are expected Wednesday or Thursday.

  • Wake County man arrested for string of Leland storage unit break-ins

    After Wake County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Danny Thomas Goldston Jr. on Oct. 26, for allegedly breaking into construction sites around Wake County, detectives tied him back to Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mike Murray said he was in the process of charging Goldston, 22, with a string of break-ins and robberies in the Leland area Oct. 24.

    But what Goldston, who lives in Wendell, just outside of Raleigh, was doing in Leland, detectives say they don’t know. Murray said Goldston rented a U-Haul truck in Apex on Oct. 5.

  • Commissioners OK new background check policy for parks and recreation coaches, volunteers

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners approved a less stringent background check policy for the 300 or so people who volunteer each year with the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department’s youth and special populations programs.

    Jim Pryor, the county’s parks and recreation director, said the county commissioners adopted the criminal background check policy for volunteers in 2007 to, “Make sure they are socially fit, and to make sure they can work with our kids and our programs.”

  • Sunset Beach council approves motorized vehicles on strand for handicapped

    SUNSET BEACH—New rules for allowing motorized vehicles on the beach for the handicapped were approved Monday night by town council.

    Council members had previously discussed allowing only motorized wheelchairs on the strand, in addition to town vehicles, but decided similar vehicles or even golf carts could be allowed with restrictions for handicapped use.

    The draft proposal approved Monday allows handicapped persons to operate on the beach strand factory-manufactured motorized wheelchairs or a similar vehicle not exceeding 600 pounds.

  • Two more graduate from Drug Treatment Court

    SUPPLY—Surrounded by family and friends, Danny Grissett and Samuel Causey reached a milestone in their recovery from drug abuse as they graduated from Drug Treatment Court last week.

    Grissett and Causey join the program’s first graduate, Scott Milligan, who graduated in August, as graduates of Brunswick County’s rehabilitation-focused Drug Treatment Court.

  • Calabash winners: Dixon, Nance, Knight

    CALABASH—Incumbent Bill Dixon, former town commissioner Jody Nance, and write-in candidate Mary Knight have each claimed seats on the Calabash Board of Commissioners.

    Unofficial election tallies from Tuesday’s municipal election in the seafood capital showed Dixon and Nance with 151 and 135 votes respectively and 133 votes for a write-in candidate, compared to 116 votes for incumbent Emily DiStasio and 112 votes for incumbent Cecelia Herman.

  • Mayor, commissioners re-elected without opposition in Ocean Isle Beach

    Running unopposed for re-election, Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith received 118 votes in this year’s municipal election and will serve another two-year term.

    She has served as mayor since 2003, and served as a commissioner from 1983-1995 and 1997-2003.

    “It makes you feel good that people hopefully think I’m doing a good job, and I will continue to try and do that,” Smith said Tuesday night.

    Smith said her goal for the next two years is to keep the town fiscally responsible and keep the beach nourished.