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Today's News

  • New coach Hanna reworking Trojan football program

     SHALLOTTE — Bob Hanna is using no shortcuts as he takes over as coach of the West Brunswick High School football team.

    A stern remark during an interview discussing the team’s starters revealed Hanna’s no-nonsense approach.

    “I grade film,” he said.

    Just a few weeks after being hired after a 20-year career at Irmo (S.C.) High School, where he was 163-93 and reached three state title games, Hanna has assessed the Trojan program and the work he and his staff need to do.

  • Oceanfront swimming pools endorsed for Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town leaders are pushing for a change to allow swimming pools on the Sunset Beach oceanfront.

    The proposal is on a list of proposed UDO amendments reviewed by the Sunset Beach Planning Board at its Aug. 7 meeting.

    Board chairman Carol Santavicca said since there are no longer septic tanks on the island, the time has come to allow oceanfront swimming pools.

    Santavicca said the lots have land and space to accommodate swimming pools.

  • Fishing for shark, barracuda

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger 

    It has once again been another tough week for anglers in Brunswick County. Between the torrential rainstorms and gale force winds, it seems fishermen can’t catch a break. The storms that stalled across our coastline last week produced torrential rains, which dirtied our near shore waters. This shattered almost every angler’s hope to catch Spanish mackerel along the beach this week.

  • Finn begins to rebuild at South Brunswick

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — A winless 2013 football season has given some South Brunswick seniors a winning attitude as the 2014 season begins.

    New coach Daniel Finn praised the leadership of three seniors, which includes quarterback Cole Blackburn.

    “During practices he’s making our kids do things they should be doing when the coaches aren’t available,” Finn said. “He’s been a very pleasant surprise for us.”

  • New quarterbacks to lead Scorpions

     LELAND — Garry Bishop knows how to use talent. The latest proof of that was the indoor and outdoor state championships he coached the North Brunswick boys’ track and field teams in 2014.

    Entering his 21st season as head coach of the Scorpion football team, Bishop once again is assigning players to positions that fit their talent and will help North win football games.

  • Change in weather brings new challenge
  • Sunbelt Senior Tour players rule

     The Sunbelt Senior Tour came to Brick Landing last week and played a two-day rain-shortened tournament. I was there to watch most of it, and let me tell you, folks, these guys can play.

    Danny Edwards, a five-time PGA Tour winner, carded a 129 (65-64) in finishing first and winning $2,000. In second place was Roger Rowland (66-65— 131). Third place went to Tim Conley (70-64 — 134). Fourth place was a tie between John Whitty and Steve Ford. They both shot 36-hole a score of 5-under-par 137.

  • Man arrested, charged in Leland attack

    A Wilmington man is accused of assaulting another man with a knife in Leland, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Dustin Brandon Taylor, 21, of Middlesound Loop Road, was arrested Wednesday night, Aug. 6, and faces a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, according to the release.

    Taylor attacked a man with a brown and silver curved blade knife on Leland School Road about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Southport man charged in robberies

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a man they said robbed two Southport businesses.

    Robert Anthony Nichols, 51, of Nichols Avenue, was charged with two counts of common law robbery.

    The first robbery happened Wednesday at the Murphy Gas Station. The second occurred Thursday at the Tobacco Road Outlet on Long Beach Road.

    Nichols is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under $30,000 bail.

  • Brunswick County unemployment increases slightly in June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate crept up to 6.9 percent in June.

    The increase is only one-tenth of a point above May 2014’s 6.8 percent rate, but it is the second consecutive month the numbers have gone up.

    The unemployment rate hit a two-year low in April 2014 at 6.3 percent.

    Throughout early 2014, Brunswick County’s unemployment numbers fell significantly.