Today's News

  • Trojans' JV wins on late touchdown

    Freshman Markel Jones scored from the Socastee (S.C.) line 18 with 2 minutes, 25 seconds left as the West Brunswick junior varsity football team beat the Braves 19-14 Aug. 27.

    In the first game played inside revamped M.H. Rourk Stadium, the teams traded touchdowns until late in the fourth quarter, when Jones took a handoff from quarterback Cameron Smith and scampered up the middle for the game-winning touchdown.

  • Lady Trojans lose nonconference duals

    The West Brunswick High School girls’ tennis team played two nonconference duals last week, losing 7-0 to North Myrtle Beach and 8-1 to Ashley.

    “We had a great win at No. 1 doubles at Ashley with Garbrial Sanders and Jordan Sanchez,” West coach Scott Mehalick said. “And everybody is playing very well.

    “I am very pleased with each of the girls’ performances, and we are starting to play points better, which will lead to winning more games and then matches.

  • McCumbee finishes seventh in Chicago

    In a return to Crew Chief Bobby Dotter’s hometown, Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team finished seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.

    This was the team’s fifth-top 10 finish of the season. McCumbee earned $14,205. He is 19th in points and has won $193,529 this season.

  • Campbell, Fulford battle to the finish in Mini-Stocks

    The Mini-Stock race was the race of the night Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, as Ronnie Campbell and Adam Fulford battled to the finish. Campbell won by a foot, getting his fifth win and the points lead with only one more race left in the 2009 season.

    The Limited Late Models also put on quite a show, as the race featured a lot of side-by- side racing, with four lead changes taking place in the 25-lap feature.

    Kevin Barnhill got his second win of the year after holding off defending champion Randall Roberts and fighting side-by-side for 17 straight laps.

  • Grant hopes to decrease dropout rate by bringing music into schools

    BOLIVIA—The sound of beating drums could be heard from nearly every hallway at Brunswick County Academy last week, and the sound of music is expected to be heard many more times at the school this year.

    A grant from the North Carolina General Assembly will allow school officials at the Academy and Transition Academy to bring artists and musicians to classrooms to teach students an art form and instill lifelong values.

  • Educators rally at board of education meeting

    BOLIVIA—A large crowd wearing red shirts and Band-Aids gathered at the county courthouse in Bolivia prior to the Brunswick County Board of Education’s monthly meeting Tuesday night.

    The Brunswick County Association of Educators and the North Carolina Association of Educators hosted the gathering, in hopes of gaining the attention of the board.

  • Employee files lawsuit, claims retaliation

    The Brunswick County Board of Education was served with a lawsuit three days after members voted to transfer an employee who filed a grievance against Superintendent Katie McGee.

    Sherry Dove, a district employee since 1984, filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court Friday, claiming board members made “an unlawful retaliatory transfer and reassignment.”

  • Congressman brings big money back to Ocean Isle Beach

    After a daylong visit in Brunswick County last week, U.S. Rep Mike McIntyre made his last stop in Ocean Isle Beach and presented the town with a check for $281,388 in grant money recently awarded to the town.

    The check included $136,050 the fire department received in February, which was used to purchase 17 air packs and a vehicle exhaust system for the department, and $145,288 the police department received last month, which will provide the salary for an extra police officer during the next three years.

  • Like things spooky, scary, paranormal and fun? This weekend event may be just for you

    When I first met Patti Starr, she was a restaurant manager pursuing a life calling.

    Starr told me in the first interview I did with her for The Kentucky Standard, that as a kid she saw things, like kids standing around her bed asking her questions. Her mother, she told me, used to tell her they were dreams, and sometimes dreams seemed real.

    But Patti knew what she saw wasn’t a dream.

  • Good time to put flounder fillets on dinner table

    Flounder fishing really picked up in late August, and the tasty flatfish are the hottest bite out there right now. There are plenty of stocky redfish biting, and Spanish mackerel are hitting along the shore in the early mornings, but it is the flounder that have local anglers the most excited. Fishing for flounder should continue to be strong right through the fall.