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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Government concerns addressed at rallies for Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—About 125 residents turned out for a citizens’ rally to address concerns about town government Wednesday night.

    “We would like to reform our government,” said Tom Pressel, chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, speaking to the crowd in a borrowed room at Calabash Presbyterian Church.

    The fledgling group consisting of about 30 residents wants integrity and accountability in government, along with a town board of commissioners that “recognizes they serve the people of this town,” Pressel said.

  • With sweepstakes joints, it's deja vu all over again

    It wasn’t that long ago North Carolinians with a penchant for losing money could venture south of the border into my fair town—Little River, S.C.—to play video poker.

    I even visited the joints a few times, only because I was working on a story for the local newspaper.

    Another time, while I was having my car worked on at a service station on U.S. 17, I wandered into an adjacent business called The Donut Hole in search of, well, doughnuts.

  • Ordinance amendment prohibits commercial use of recycling bin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An ordinance amendment in Ocean Isle Beach no longer allows business owners to use the town’s recycling bins for their businesses’ bottles.

    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopted a change to the town’s recycling ordinance at their meeting earlier this month, prohibiting commercial businesses with ABC permits to recycle ABC bottles in the town’s recycling bin.

  • Deputy involved in shooting on administrative duty pending SBI investigation

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man over the weekend is on paid administrative duty, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

    Ingram said deputy Bradley Hardee, who has been with the sheriff’s office since April 2007, will remain on administrative duty until investigators with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation complete their investigation into Sunday evening’s shooting.

    SBI agents will pass their findings along to District Attorney Rex Gore.

  • Governor restores lottery money

    After withholding $37.6 million in lottery money from school districts throughout the state last year, Gov. Bev Perdue has restored all lottery funds.

    “When the national recession created a shortfall of billions of dollars, I had to turn over every stone to pay North Carolina’s bills—to pay teachers, to keep schools and other core services running,” Perdue said in a press release. “With our bills paid and the books for last fiscal year cleared out, I’m restoring the school construction lottery funds in full.”