Today's News

  • West’s season ends in sectional loss

     The West Brunswick girls’ basketball season ended in a 59-34 sectional final loss to Havelock Feb. 26 at West.

    Like most other teams this season, the Trojans were unable to contain Ram senior point guard Marissa Thomas, who was nearly flawless in running the offense. She finished with a game-high 20 points. Havelock (25-5) advances to the Eastern Regional.

  • Woman organizes community forums to raise awareness about human trafficking

    Allysa McKenzie wants to make history. She wants to bring an end to human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

    McKenzie, an ordination ministry student and certified Christian counselor, is passionate about ending human trafficking. After attending Stand Against Trafficking (StAT) training in Fisher, Ind., last year, McKenzie said she was disturbed to learn 27 million people worldwide are living in some form of slavery include human trafficking and debt bondage.

  • Additional charges filed against Navassa police officer

    A Navassa Police officer arrested last week for sexual battery has been arrested on several additional charges, including sexual battery and statutory rape.

    On Thursday, Feb. 18, detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit arrested Jaymin Lenwood Murphy, 35, of 9586 Old Mill Road, Leland.

    He was charged with the first-degree rape of a child from a 2006 offense, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer April Stanley.

  • West basketball coach Lewis resigns

    After a 1-19 season, West Brunswick boys’ basketball coach Brad Lewis has resigned.

    Lewis made the announcement to his team Feb. 22 after it had lost to Eastern Wayne in a first-round game of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A playoffs.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Dumped shrimp settlement outlined in Varnamtown



    VARNAMTOWN—More than 50 people, including local shrimpers, packed in Feb. 18 to hear representatives outline a trade-dispute settlement regarding dumped shrimp from Thailand.

    Representatives with the Southern Shrimp Alliance said the settlement with the Thai Frozen Foods Association would make at least $100 million in funds available for the domestic industry.

  • ELECTION 2010: No new filings for judicial seats


    No new candidates have filed for state judicial races as of Tuesday.

    N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice (Ed Brady seat)—Robert C. (Bob) Hunter and Barbara Jackson, both of Raleigh, had previously filed for the nonpartisan race.

    In N.C. Court of Appeals races, incumbent Ann Marie Calabria of Morrisville and challengers Jane Gray of Raleigh and Mark E. Klass of Lexington have filed for Calabria’s seat.

  • ELECTION 2010: Tyson files as fourth candidate for District 17 race


    Mac Tyson has cast his hat in the ring for election in the N.C. House District 17 race.

    Tyson, a former Cumberland County commissioner and senior legislative adviser who lives in Holden Beach, filed for the race against fellow Republican and incumbent Frank Iler (R-Brunswick), who is seeking re-election.

    Two Democratic challengers, Leonard Jenkins and Northwest Mayor James A. Knox, have also filed.


    State Rep. Dewey L. Hill is seeking re-election in the N.C. House District 20 race.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Helping others is a way of life for community minister



    SUPPLY—As James Bell ascended winding wooden steps with a boxful of food for a family in need, his wife, the Rev. Patricia Ann Bell, urged everyone to go ahead of her.

    Health problems have slowed her gait, and it takes her a while to climb stairs, she said.

    But when it comes to community outreach, the shepherdess of Lamb of God Ministries still gets around just fine.

    The newly ordained minister’s church doesn’t yet have a building of its own.

  • West Brunswick grad, local hero awarded Bronze Star for combat missions in Iraq

    When I called him to talk about his recent accomplishments, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino couldn’t talk much about the 2007 combat mission for which he was recently awarded the Bronze Star—the mission remains classified.

    But he and I have spoken about his deployments before, so I had an understanding, even if it is a limited civilian understanding, of what his dangerous role was while serving with the U.S. Air Force 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED North beats West in 2 OTs in tourney opener

    LELAND—North Brunswick was supposed to win this basketball game against West Brunswick.

    But in regulation—not in double overtime.

    North was supposed to win this game by double digits—as it did in December when it crushed West 80-49—not by three points, 75-72, as it did Tuesday night in a first-round game of the Waccamaw Conference boys’ basketball tournament.