Today's News

  • West’s boys get first win of season

    Aaron Hankins put back a missed free throw in the final seconds to help West Brunswick beat Cape Fear Academy 70-66 in a nonconference basketball game Friday night.

    The victory was the first of the season for the Trojans (1-2).

    Hankins, a junior forward/center, finished with three points.

    “He picked a good time to get in the book,” West coach Brad Lewis said. “He’s long and he’s strong and he’s big. The (defender) didn’t displace him and he jumped over the top of him.”

  • West’s girls’ defense leads to victory

    West Brunswick held Cape Fear Academy to two points in the fourth quarter en route to a 48-34 nonconference basketball victory Friday night.

    Kayla Padgett finished with 12 points, Jasmine Daniels 10, Breana Gause nine and Jasmine Jackson nine as West improved to 3-1.

    Daniels and Gause each had nine steals, Padgett four and Jackson three. Jackson had five rebounds and Rebecca Sidelinger four.

    “We have seven or eight girls that I think could start,” West coach James Walker said about his team’s depth.

  • Jay Gause signs letter of intent to play baseball at N.C. State

    West Brunswick senior baseball player Jay Gause does not like to draw a lot of attention to himself—without he publicly signed a letter of intent over the Thanksgiving holidays to attend N.C. State University—but when you can throw the baseball as hard as Gause does, anonymity will soon fade.

    Gause played in the summer and fall with the Carolina Cubs, an 18-U travel baseball team that often draws the attention of baseball scouts.

  • First CrossFit Xmas dog beach runs to benefit Paws-Ability

    Don your Santa hat and reindeer antlers, load Fido and Lassie in the car and head down to the first CrossFit Christmas Challenge on Dec. 12.

    The event will be held on the beach at Sunset Beach and will feature a 5K run and a 1-mile dog jog on the beach at low tide.

    Prizes for the best holiday costumes will be given to the top three dogs, individuals and team entries.

    Participants in the 5K race will receive official event sweatshirts and a race packet featuring discount coupons from area merchants and sponsors.

  • BCC's Leland campus being reborn as EDC/workforce training center

    LELAND—Brunswick Community College’s Leland campus is undergoing a $500,000 renovation to become the center of industrial training for a number of industrial parks going up along U.S. 74-76. It will also be a presentation center for the county’s economic development commission (EDC).

    Velva Jenkins, BCC’s assistant vice president for economic and workforce development, explained the college’s goal for the makeover is to put more focus on training the workforce.

  • Shallotte sets Christmas parade, tree lighting

    The town of Shallotte has scheduled its annual Christmas tree lighting and parade for Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, officially ringing in the holiday season in town.

    The town and the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Christmas tree lighting beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Rourk Gardens.

    The event will begin with welcomes from Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long and chamber president Cathy Altman.

  • Passenger on parasailing boat during fatal incident files lawsuit

    A passenger on the Tied High, the parasailing boat on which two women were killed during a storm in August, has filed suit against the parasailing company on behalf of his four minor children. He claims they have suffered emotional distress since the incident.

    Robert Alan Whitman of New Jersey filed suit in U.S. District Court on behalf of his four children, all of whom are younger than 14.

  • Flooding, strong winds expected in storms Wednesday

    Strong rains are moving through Brunswick County Wednesday with estimated rainfall amounts of one to three inches.

    Some thunderstorms may turn severe late in the day Wednesday through Wednesday night.

    According to the National Weather Service, damaging winds and tornadoes with this storm system are possible. Ponding of water in low-lying and areas of poor drainage is expected.

  • Board tables decision on public records fees

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has yet to make a decision on how much to charge individuals seeking public records.

    “We’ve not charged for anything whatsoever so far, and this didn’t really come about until there was a request for six months of information,” Superintendent Katie McGee said during last month’s policy committee meeting. “Once that occurred, it took a tremendous amount of time on staff.”

  • Board of education elects new chairperson

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has a new leader.

    Bud Thorsen was unanimously voted chairperson of the board Tuesday night after Shirley Babson withdrew her name from the nominations.

    “I first want to thank Ms. Babson for withdrawing her name,” Thorsen said. “It means a lot to have unity on the board, and it shows that she is very extremely sincere about that.”