Today's News

  • West Brunswick football coach Jimmy Fletcher honored as Shrine Bowl assistant coach

     Since spring, Jimmy Fletcher has been preparing players for two football teams.

    Besides the nearly 50 varsity players he coaches at West Brunswick High School, Fletcher has been evaluating defensive backs for the North Carolina high school all-star team that will play in the Shrine Bowl.

    Fletcher was named one of the coaches for the bowl, which matches the top high school seniors in North Carolina against the top seniors in South Carolina. He was honored at halftime of the Trojans’ game Friday with Socastee (S.C.) High School.

  • West loses to Socastee in overtime

      A controversial touchdown in overtime and the ensuing two-point conversion enabled Socastee to beat West Brunswick 29-28 Friday night in a nonconference high school football game at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    West, which had trailed 21-7 at the half, scored twice in the second half to force overtime, where a 10-yard run by quarterback Quan Bates and Cameron Smith’s PAT put West ahead 28-21.

  • Shallotte man charged in fatal hit-and-run

    A Shallotte man was arrested and charged Thursday afternoon following an Aug. 17 fatal hit-and-run in North Myrtle Beach.

    According to the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, Derek Anthony Stanley II, Shallotte, was charged with hit and run with death involved for an incident that claimed the life of Corrisa Irvin on Aug. 17.

    Stanley was booked into the North Myrtle Beach jail Thursday. North Myrtle Beach Judge Martin Blake set his bond at $15,000. 

    The charge carries a penalty of 1-25 years in prison and a fine of $10,000-$25,000.

  • Vacationers set out to build biggest sand castle on Sunset Beach

    A Minnesota family came to the beach this week with a mission.

    The Cleland family, who visits Sunset Beach every August, wanted to make the biggest sand castle on Sunset Beach Wednesday.

    The castle, which was made up of many smaller drip castles, stretched nearly from the dune to the shoreline.

    Area resident Carol Humphrey said Tim Cleland and his wife Ann, their children Andrew and Daniel, his girlfriend Ruth Ann Masse and Cleland's sister Kristin Wood definitely built the biggest castle that day and the biggest she'd ever seen on the island.

  • BCC Turf School internships: A great work experience

    Two students from the turf school at Brunswick Community College had the opportunity of a lifetime this summer.

    Josh Rabon spent three months this summer working at the exclusive Gasparilla Golf Club in Boca Grande, Florida. How exclusive? Well, George H.W. Bush is a member.

    The famous old Gasparilla Inn was built in 1913 and for years prided itself on never advertising. It was one of these quietly famous resort destinations for those who wanted to relax under the radar.

  • Alfy Hill makes it official: He will go to ECU

     Former Alabama recruit Alfy Hill will soon be a student at East Carolina University.

    Hill, a West Brunswick High School graduate, will be ineligible to play football this season for the Pirates, but he will be a scholarship player for the 2011 season, said West Brunswick High School coach Jimmy Fletcher.

    “This afternoon he decided that’s where he wanted to go,” Fletcher said Wednesday night. “So he is definitely going to ECU. He’s actually there right now. I think it will be a good fit for him.”

  • Emergency radio system improvements must be a priority

    Some emergency service personnel have expressed concerns about the functionality of the county’s Smart Link radio system.

    They say there have been issues with the system not working properly inside enclosed buildings.

    That’s not acceptable.

    Emergency service personnel put their lives on the line every day to keep each and every one of us safe. It is imperative their equipment—especially their communication devices—work properly.

  • As long as we’re somewhere in the middle, we’re probably where we need to be

    I signed into Facebook recently and found a number of my friends had recently “liked” the page called “Being Conservative.”

    I clicked on the list and perused the names of those who were enthusiastic about giving a social media network a glimpse into their political opinions.

    “Hmm, what about ‘Being Liberal’?” I wondered.

    I typed it into the search bar and soon a list of “Being Liberal” Facebook pages was returned.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 11, 12, 13 and 17 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Aug. 11

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Meredith Everhart and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Todd William Apple, operate boat in reckless manner, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Teachers learn how to teach reproductive health and safety

    Brunswick County teachers are now prepared to teach the state-mandated reproductive health and safety component that will be incorporated into curriculum beginning this school year.

    Teachers participated in a daylong training with health education specialists from the N.C. School Health Training Center Monday at Shallotte Middle School.

    Kathy Crumpler, one of the health education specialists, said they have spent the entire summer training teachers from school districts across the state.