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Today's News

  • Alternating daily lane closures on River Road SE begin Wednesday

    North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are widening River Road from Jabbertown Road to Old Baker Avenue to provide turn lanes onto Rob Gandy Boulevard, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3. Alternating lane closures will be in place on River Road SE from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Sept. 19.

    The recommended detour route is Dosher Cutoff SE to Southport Supply Road and back to River Road.

    The work is being done to improve safety on River Road SE.

  • Shikeem Hill shines in Trojans’ loss to Myrtle Beach

      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School beat West Brunswick 42-14 in a non-conference football game Thursday, Aug. 28.

    The game was part of a Labor Day weekend series between Carolinas teams and was played in a stadium that had a video scoreboard.

    Myrtle Beach, the defending state champion, blocked two punts in the first quarter in taking a 21-0 lead and led 28-0 at the half. Myrtle Beach, running a no-huddle spread offense, scored on a touchdown pass in the third quarter and a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

  • Man charged with theft of burned-out truck

    A Winnabow man has been arrested and charged in connection with the theft of a work truck that was later found burned in Leland.

    Jesse Lynn Williams, 27, of 5917 Crabapple Road was charged Wednesday evening, Aug. 27, with larceny of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with possession of stolen goods or property and burning personal property. Williams was arrested at his residence. He is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $25,000 bond.

  • Trojans sweep Scorpions in volleyball

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick volleyball team beat North Brunswick 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 in a non-conference match Aug. 27 at West.

    “They played a little bit tougher tonight than they have in the past,” coach Larry Salefsky said. “They controlled what was happening at the net. They passed well. We didn’t miss a lot of serves. They played a lot better.”

    The first game was tied 10-10 when Hayden Huffman held serve for three points, including an ace.

  • School bus involved in crash in Bolivia

     A Brunswick County school bus was involved in a crash Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 25, schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    The bus, which was not carrying any students, was on the way back to Brunswick County Academy about 5:45 p.m. when it collided with a car on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    The bus driver, Beverly Clemmons, and taken to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, Swencki said.

    The driver of the car also was injured, but no other information was available by 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Clarification on Sunset Beach swimming pools

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist

    I ran for the office of mayor of Sunset Beach to help fairly and effectively handle issues that face our town with minimal drama and, yes, transparency. It’s my privilege to serve in that capacity.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

     

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week was the final week of the 2013-14 session. The only thing that can bring us back is a special session called by the governor. The session this year lasted from mid-May until last Wednesday, Aug. 20. We had hoped to be finished by July 4, but negotiations on the budget and other major subjects kept us in session for about three months. The next session for 2015-16 begins in mid-January.

  • Immunizations for Medicare beneficiaries

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

     

    SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, for many years has built a reputation for providing reliable, unbiased information about Medicare. Housed in the North Carolina Department of Insurance, SHIIP provides free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers by phone and in person in all 100 counties of the state.

  • Think kindly of good journalists

    Every time I hear someone blame news media for any or all of the world’s ills, I want to shake him.

    I can’t say all journalists are free of bias, or report data correctly at all times, or act completely without malice, or that sharing news to serve the common good is their sole motivation, because it’s not true.

  • Economy, education issues threaten Brunswick County’s progress

    Two news items in this edition are cause for concern.
    One is the report that the North Carolina House defeated a bill last week that could have secured economic development funding linked to Brunswick County’s effort to bring a new business into one of its industrial parks.
    The other is the report that the Brunswick County school district has lost 181 of its 840 teachers in the past school year.