Today's News

  • Underclassmen help West beat Whiteville; South Brunswick wins two duals

     WHITEVILLE—West Brunswick beat Whiteville 6-3 in a conference dual March 17.

    “Our underclassmen, behind Jason Huff, Jason Watts and Justin Davis, led the way in our win,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    “We fell behind 3-1 after the first matches were played, with the lone win a tiebreak victory by No. 3-seed freshman Jason Watts,” Bell said.

    Huff and Davis won the fifth- and sixth-position matches, and West entered into doubles tied 3-3 with three matches left.

  • Lady Trojans defeat Scorpions in softball game

    LELAND—The West Brunswick Lady Trojans had little trouble in defeating the North Brunswick Lady Scorpions 9-0 in a conference softball game Friday night.

    Despite three errors by the Trojans, two in one inning, the West squad did not panic as Carly White allowed one hit. The dominant White also struck out nine and did not walk a batter in seven innings in her third straight shutout victory.

    West wasted no time in scoring in the first as freshman Alex Wickel tripled to deep left field and scored on a bad relay.

  • West JV wins St. Patrick's Day tourney with no-hitter

    The West Brunswick junior varsity won the North Myrtle Beach St Patrick’s Day softball tournament, beating North Myrtle Beach 18-7 and Socastee 10-2, a game in which Kim Cook pitched a no-hitter.

    “This is the first tournament championship for the West Brunswick High School JV team in school history,” coach Mark Jones said.

    Against Socastee in the title game, Cook struck out eight and walked four.

  • South edges West by one stroke in tourney at The Lakes

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick men’s golf team finished second by one stroke to South Brunswick in an 18-hole conference match March 15 at The Lakes Country Club.

    South Brunswick finished first with a four-player team score of 347. West Brunswick was next at 348, followed by West Bladen at 353, Whiteville at 359, North Brunswick at 375, East Bladen at 408 and South Columbus at 473.

    In the first meeting at The Lakes, South beat West by five strokes.

  • Real estate sales up in January, February; prices still down

    Home sales are up; prices are down, and the state of the economy is forcing real estate- related businesses to try new things.

    Some businesses are branching out into promoting energy efficiency and “green” building practices, which many say is the wave of the future.

    Home sales in Brunswick County during January 2010 were up 22 percent from January 2009, from $15.11 million to nearly $18.5 million, while the February number was up 57 percent from 2009, from $14.37 million to $22.5 million.

  • U.S. census-gathering has begun



    Ten minutes to answer 10 questions.

    That’s how long North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue estimates it takes to fill out U.S. Census 2010 forms, which started arriving in mailboxes last week.

    It’s described as one of the shortest census questionnaires in U.S. history.

    About 120 million U.S. households are expected to receive a form by this week.

    “The 2010 Census is more than just a survey,” Perdue wrote in a letter e-mailed last week to newspapers statewide.

  • Liberty Tax to host fundraising 'party' Saturday at Shallotte Crossing

    Liberty Tax Service of Shallotte will host a “roadside party” to give the community a chance to donate to three worthy causes: Cell Phones for Soldiers, Brunswick County Family Assistance, Relay for Life and The Gathering Of Eagles.

    “We want to get the whole community involved with it,” Liberty’s marketing manager

    Alana Brown said this week.

    The event, set from 1-4 p.m. at Liberty Tax, will provide free food, refreshments, a deejay, a bounce house as well as free tax advice.

  • County commissioners OK takeover of Brick Landing sewer system

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from the system’s owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • Second Amy Frink killer to be released on parole

    Four years to the day after 18-year-old Amy Frink was murdered, her killers were arrested.

    John Paul Counts and John Gamble pleaded guilty to their roles in the 1994 murder, and they were both sentenced to 30 years in prison. But in July 2008, Counts was released on parole after serving less than nine years.

    Now Gamble is projected to be released on parole on June 27, 2010, after serving less than one-third of his sentence, according to N.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) records.

  • VA official to visit Brunswick County in April

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., says an official with the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) will visit Brunswick Community Hospital, a site McIntyre supports as a future VA facility.

    Last week, McIntyre announced the VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management William Shoenhard will join him at Brunswick Community Hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 7.

    After the hospital tour, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Shoenhard and McIntyre will host a community roundtable discussion for facility needs of Brunswick County veterans.