Today's News

  • Maintain, don’t gain, this holiday season

     The big question is: Will you weigh the same on Jan. 1, 2016, as you do right now? Weight gain during the holidays is common with many Americans gaining between one and five pounds. While that doesn’t sound like much, too often these extra pounds aren’t lost after the holidays. And this goes on year after year.

  • New drug hopes to extend life expectancy of dogs

     I’ve been searching for ways to help pets enjoy longer and healthier lives my entire career. I introduced long-term medication monitoring schedules to help avoid adverse events, defined senior pet medical guidelines to catch hidden diseases earlier, and my current fight against pet obesity and the diseases excess fat causes. Uniting these efforts is the desire to enable dogs and cats to remain vigorous and vital for many, many years. A new drug, rapamycin, may also help dogs fight the effects of aging and prolong life.

  • West, North in football playoffs

    West Brunswick has qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 3AA football state playoffs, which begin Friday, Nov. 13. The Trojans (5-6) will play at Terry Sanford in Fayetteville (10-1). West is seeded last and Sanford No. 1 in the 16-team East bracket.

    North Brunswick has qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2AA football state playoffs. The Scorpions will play at Clinton (8-2) on Friday, Nov. 13. North is seeded No. 13 and Clinton No. 4 in the 16-team East bracket.


  • Scorpions’ soccer season ends in second round of playoffs

    TOWN CREEK — Croatan beat North Brunswick 3-2 Saturday, Nov. 7,  at the Town Creek Park soccer field in the second round of the state soccer playoffs.

    The Cougars scored all their goals in the second half as they improved to 11-9-3 and moved on to the third round. North finishes the season 13-8-2.

  • Bryant, Scorpions rally but lose finale to East Duplin

    LELAND — East Duplin beat North Brunswick 28-15 Friday, Nov. 6, in the final game of the East Central Conference football season.

    East Duplin finishes 4-1 in the conference, 8-3 overall; North is 2-3, 5-5.

    Each team has qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A football state playoffs, which begin Nov. 13.

    East Duplin controlled most of the game. Using its running attack behind a big offensive line, the Panthers built a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter. For the game they rushed 57 times and gained 324 yards.

  • Trojans lose to top-seeded team in soccer playoffs

    WILSON — James Baxter Hunt Jr. High School beat West Brunswick 4-2 in a first-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 3A soccer state playoffs Nov. 5.

    Hunt, the top seed in the East bracket, improved to 22-1-1. The Trojans, seeded last, finish the season 9-13.

    Hunt, which started six seniors, scored four goals in the first half.

  • Navigators available for health insurance marketplace, open enrollment help

    Certified navigators are available through the Brunswick County Department of Social Services and Legal Aid to help residents navigate open enrollment and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
    Consumers who need to obtain a tax credit or who need in-person assistance with health insurance can make an appointment with a specially trained navigator. Navigators will be available every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Social Services Annex Building. County offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving and Thursday, Dec. 24, for Christmas.

  • Federal judge sentences man to probation for shining laser at aircraft

    A Concord man who pleaded guilty to pointing a laser at a helicopter in flight over the Cape Fear Regional Jetport was sentenced to probation in federal court Wednesday, Nov. 4.

    Christopher Lee Funk, 35, pleaded guilty in May 2015 to knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in flight.

    Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Fox sentenced Funk to five years probation and 200 hours of community service during a hearing in Wilmington, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker. 

  • Scorpions win opener in soccer playoffs

    TOWN CREEK — North Brunswick beat Greene Central (Snow Hill) 4-0 in a first-round game Nov. 4 of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A soccer state playoffs.

    “Not 100 percent sure, but this might have been the first playoff victory in school history for soccer,” North Brunswick athletics director Randy Fennell said.

  • Leland man arrested on felony charges

    A Leland man accused of stealing golf cart batteries and selling them under false pretense to a recycling company has been arrested.

    Thirty-two-year-old John Joseph Sawchuck Jr., of Lee Drive, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 5, and charged with six counts of obtaining property under false pretense and two counts of felony larceny, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Thursday, Nov. 5.