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Today's News

  • DA clears deputy in fatal shooting

    District Attorney Rex Gore cleared Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Hardee in last Sunday’s fatal shooting.

    Hardee had been on administrative duty since Sunday, Sept. 6, when he shot and killed 49-year-old Alton Walters after attempting to arrest him during a domestic call, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • It's a game, people, not a crime

    Even with everything that’s wrong with the world, there’s always a vocal minority among us that chooses to direct its anger at the most bizarre, inconsequential things.

    The latest pseudo-crisis among entertainment freaks is the release of Guitar Hero 5 featuring the likeness of late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.

  • 'Certified pre-owned' cat

    A spate of recent feline returns, along with a promotion borrowed from the Michigan Humane Society, have spurred Cat Tails cat rescue to offer its own promotional adoption campaign for ‘certified pre-owned’ cats. A poster is being used during Cat Tails’ adopt-a-thons at PetSmart in Wilmington. Pictured is Billy Bob, an affectionate, playful orange 5-year-old adopted from Cat Tails in 2004. Billy Bob was recently returned to Cat Tails because a child in his household had an allergy. His front paws have been declawed.

  • Oktoberfest celebration set for Saturday in Southport

    If it’s September, it’s time to party hearty in the manner of Germany.

    Stage II Productions is celebrating the season with its annual Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday, Sept. 19, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Stage II Studio, 807 N. Howe St. in Southport behind Smithville Commons.

    Described as a celebration of beer, bratwurst and ballyhoo, highlights include traditional German food, drink and dancing to authentic music by the Harbour Towne Fest Band, described as the premier Oktoberfest band for Wilmington and the Cape Fear region.

  • Lady Trojans sweep East Bladen

    BY MICHAEL PAUL

    Playing before enthusiastic fans, the West Brunswick High School volleyball team swept East Bladen Sept. 10 and improved to 2-1 in the Waccamaw Conference.

    The Lady Trojans won 25-15, 25-13, 25-19 and improved to 2-1 in the conference, 8-1 overall.

    Keri Nolan finished with a season-high 16 kills in leading the attack.

  • Alfy Hill decides Alabama is best for him

    As someone who is in a hurry on the football field, it is no surprise West Brunswick High School senior Alfy Hill made his decision Sept. 9 about where he will attend college: Alabama.

    The commitment is not binding. High school football players do not sign letters of intent until February. But Hill wanted to end the recruiting frenzy so he could concentrate on his schoolwork and his senior year of football.

  • Teenager shot during home invasion; suspect remains at large

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a man they said shot a 17-year-old while attempting to enter the teen’s home.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, 17-year-old Curtis Keith Todd, of 2636 Plymouth Drive SW in the Civietown community of Supply, was shot in the arm after he tried to confront the man he said was trying to enter his home.

    Todd was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital where he is listed in satisfactory condition, and is expected to be treated and released, the release states.

  • Wounded Warriors ride through Brunswick today, Saturday events planned

    Wounded Warriors are riding through Brunswick County today.

    Organized by Hope for Warriors, the adaptive cycling event is intended to provide a cycling experience for service men and women who were wounded in combat overseas.

    The group's goal is to provide recreation and rehabilitation for wounded service members.

    Today's events include a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Waterfront Park in Southport with a red, white and blue water salute from Sunny Point's boat.

  • West blanks South for first victory; North loses 41-17 to Trask

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 16-0 Friday for its first victory of the 2009 football season.

    West’s passing game was the key to the victory. Quarterback Quan Bates threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Reaves in the second quarter for the Trojans’ first score. Halfback Maverick Pate threw a 30-yard pass to Bradley Bell to set up a 21-yard field goal by Corey Bell with 69 seconds left in the third quarter. Pate, who gained 122 yards on 16 carries, scored West’s final touchdown on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter.

  • Under investigation: A tale of three decades

    When it comes to political corruption in Brunswick County, history, it seems, repeats itself.

    In 1979, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI agents began the now-infamous federal corruption investigation known as ColCor. ColCor, the moniker given for the investigation into corruption in Columbus County, produced 35 criminal indictments. Judges, lawmakers and the state’s lieutenant governor were among those indicted.