Today's News

  • You decide: Will interest rates remain low?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The year was 1978. A young, newly hired economics professor was making one of his first public presentations to a group in Washington, N.C. The professor quickly learned locals referred to their town as “Little Washington,” to distinguish it from the nation’s capital. He was also told Little Washington was founded years before Washington, D.C., and was the first city to be named after George Washington.

  • West Brunswick opens baseball playoffs at 6 p.m. Tuesday

    Staff Report

    West Brunswick will open the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state baseball playoffs Tuesday at home against Webb.

    Brackets are at nchsaa.org.

    First-round games are set for Wednesday. West, however, will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    West is seeded No. 2 in the East. Its record for seeding purposes is 20-2. Webb is 12-10 and seeded No. 31.

    The top seed in Class 3A is Cleveland (21-1). The No. 3 seed is Southern Lee (19-3). The No. 4 seed is C.B. Aycock (18-4).

  • BCC sweeps Lenoir, improves to 36-16

    The Brunswick Community College baseball team completed its Region 10 season by sweeping Lenoir Community College on Saturday and Sunday.

    BCC finishes 16-5 in the region, 36-16. Lenoir is 3-18, 11-35.

    Three of BCC’s Region 10 losses were to Patrick Henry Community College, which won the region. Patrick Henry is ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA Division II poll.

  • MEC champions Trojans lose to Topsail, get set for playoffs

    HAMPSTEAD — Topsail beat West Brunswick 2-1 Friday in West’s final baseball game of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference season.

    Topsail scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning with two outs in taking a 2-0  lead.

    West scored in the top of the second. Tyler McDuffie doubled to left field, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Johnathan Carlyle’s groundout.

    West had four hits, three of them doubles by McDuffie, Hunter Ashburn and Dylan Jeffries.

  • Sheriff’s office offers reward in break-in, theft

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who broke into and stole items from Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. in Supply.

    Reports show someone broke into a storage building at 697 Ocean Highway W. sometime between 2 p.m. April 27 and Tuesday, May 2. Among the items taken were computer monitors, an air compressor, a weed trimmer, a pressure washer and assorted tools, together worth more than $1,000.

  • Oak Island utilities merger with county system stalls in legislature

    Brunswick County’s plan to acquire Oak Island’s water and sewer system hit a snag at the state level that will stop the merger from moving forward.

    Brunswick County and Oak Island released a joint statement Friday, May 6, announcing the plan stalled because a change in North Carolina legislation needed for the county to collect funds from water and sewer customers will not happen in the near future.

  • North Brunswick to join MEC in 2017

    By Juli Kidd


    The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s annual spring board of directors meeting accepted and approved statewide alignment of conference teams. North Brunswick will join the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference in the 2017-18 season and will compete as a Class 3A team.

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  • Grand jury indicts Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting children

    Staff Report


    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a 64-year-old Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting two children.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Waylon Ronald Simmons of Liberty Street Feb. 9 and charged him with second-degree sexual offense, four counts each of first-degree sexual offense against a child and statutory rape of a child at least six years younger than him, and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child, warrants show.

  • Judge acquits ex-cop of voluntary manslaughter

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge acquitted a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown announced the verdict about 10 a.m. Friday after a bench trial that took 14 days, beginning April 19. Brown, rather than a jury, determined Vassey’s innocence.

  • County track teams compete in conference championships

    LELAND — North Brunswick’s boys finished first and North’s girls finished second in the East Central Conference track and field championships.

    North’s boys scored 197 points in the six-team meet May 5 at North. Croatan was second (121.25).

    For North, Jayhlen Washington won the 110-meter hurdles race (14.0 seconds), the long jump (23 feet, 4.5 inches) and the triple jump (46-0). Larry Hobbs was third in the long jump (19-9).

    Cameron Barnhill won the 100-meter run (10.9) and the 200 (23.1).