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Today's News

  • Leland police arrest man accused of sex crime against child

    A Wilmington man accused of sexually assaulting a girl turned himself in to Leland police Wednesday, April 20.

    Stephan Keaton, 52, is charged with second-degree sex offense, according to a police department news release.

    A warrant shows the crime happened April 1 and was reported to police the next day.

    Keaton was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail and released the same day.

  • Elections board to hear primary protest May 4

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Board of Elections agreed to hold a full hearing on Alan Lewis’ protest of the March 15 primary election results in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 4 Republican primary.

    The hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4 at the Board of Elections office.

  • Trojans beat Trask in softball

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat Trask 5-4 in eight innings in a non-conference softball game April 21 at West.

    West scored the winning run when pinch runner Christian Strickland scored from third after a passed ball. Randaisa Daniels was at bat.

    Strickland was running for Izzy Smeltzer, who had singled. Strickland advanced to third on a hit by Cierra Watts.

    West scored three runs in the first on a home run by McKenzie Benton.

  • VIDEO: J.C. Smith wins the 200 at county meet

    J.C. Smith wins the 200 at the county meet.

  • VIDEO: Jelonnie Smith wins the 100 at county meet

    Jelonnie Smith wins the 100 at county meet.

  • VIDEO: Sharyah Anderson wins 110 hurdles at county meet

    Sharyah Anderson wins the 100-meter hurdles at the county meet.

  • Officers testify in ex-cop’s manslaughter trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — It took a moment for Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Samantha Lewis-Chavis to compose herself before she described watching 18-year-old Keith Vidal die.

    “I watched Mr. Vidal’s eyes go from black, just like somebody suffering from a mental illness (has), to a normal color and I watched death come into his eyes,” she said, tears streaming down her face. “You could see the innocence in a person, a scared look. I watched his eyes go to death and he fell to the ground.”

  • Officers testify in ex-cop’s manslaughter trial

    BOLIVIA — It took a moment for Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Samantha Lewis-Chavis to compose herself before she described watching 18-year-old Keith Vidal die.

    “I watched Mr. Vidal’s eyes go from black, just like somebody suffering from a mental illness (has), to a normal color and I watched death come into his eyes,” she said, tears streaming down her face. “You could see the innocence in a person, a scared look. I watched his eyes go to death and he fell to the ground.”

  • County track photos

    LELAND — The three county high schools participated April 21 in the annual county track and field meet at North Brunswick High School.

    Jayhlen Washington had the two most notable performances of the meet. He won the 100-meter hurdles in a school-record 14.2 seconds. And Washington long jumped 24 feet, 6 inches, the longest distance in the state this season, North coach Garry Bishop said.

    Washington also won the triple jump (47-9).

    Teammate Ke’Andre Yeoman won the 300 hurdles (40.2). Cameron Barnhill won the 100 (10.8).

  • West Brunswick graduate Padgett gets weekly track honors for ECU

    East Carolina redshirt senior Kayla Padgett, a West Brunswick graduate, has been named the American Athletic Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week April 5 for the second time this season, according to an announcement by the league Tuesday. Padgett also earned the honor back on March 22.

    Padgett tossed a personal-best 65.25 meters in the hammer throw event at the Florida Relays. The mark is the top in the AAC and the NCAA East Region as well as the third best in the nation.