Today's News

  • The spring fish are already biting

    March is not normally a time to talk much about flounder fishing in Brunswick County, but with the strange weather and the lack of a real winter, fishing for them is good.
    In addition to the suspected early redfish and speckled trout, other spring fish, like whiting and bluefish, are already biting. Barring a late cold snap, spring fishing appears to be on.
    Some area piers are already open and doing business. Tommy Thomes at the Oak Island Pier reports better than usual fishing for late March.

  • The First Tee winter tour

    By Greg Hensley
    TFTBC ace-level participant
    Some of Brunswick County’s best young golfers joined coaches from The First Tee of Brunswick County for four rounds of winter golf competition at one of the area’s finest facilities, Ocean Ridge Plantation. The first two rounds were contested in a team scramble format and the final two were individual medal play. Contestants earned points for their finishing positions in three divisions with the winners being those with the highest point total.

  • Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational at West Brunswick High School

    April 9: 10 a.m.: Durham Riverside vs. North Brunswick (Game 1); 1 p.m.: Scotland County vs. South Brunswick (Game 2); 4 p.m.: South Stanly vs. West Brunswick JV (Game 3); 7 p.m.: Harrell’s Christian Academy vs. West Brunswick (Game 4).
    April 10: 10 a.m. Loser Game 1 vs. loser Game 3 (Game 5); 1 p.m.: loser Game 2 vs. loser Game 4 (Game 6); 4 p.m.: winner Game 1 vs. winner Game 3 (Game 7); 7 p.m.: winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 (Game 8).

  • West golfers second in first tourney

    Staff Report

    The West Brunswick High School boys’ golf team finished second in the season-opening conference tournament March 12 at Whiteville Country Club.
    West Bladen finished first at 324. West was second at 329, South third at 339 and North fourth at 392 in the seven-team tourney.
    West Bladen’s Blake Baysden finished first and shot a 1-over 73 on the 6,329-yard course.

  • South shuts out Trojans in tennis

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick High School boys’ tennis team remained unbeaten in the conference by beating West Brunswick 9-0 March 15.
    South is 3-0 in the conference, 8-1 overall after a victory Friday over Ashley.
    In singles, Edwin Burnett defeated Jason Watts 6-2, 6-1.
    At No. 2, Gabe Azzato defeated Jason Huff 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the longest singles match of the day.
    At. No. 3, Caleb Stanley beat Seth Strickland 6-1, 6-1
    At No. 4, Noah Pieper defeated Ray King 6-2, 6-0.

  • Sports calendar

    West varsity sports calendar
    Subject to change
    March 21: Soccer at East Bladen, 6 p.m.
    March 22: Tennis at Whiteville, 4 p.m.
    Track at West with South Columbus and East Bladen.
    March 23:  Baseball, softball vs. South Columbus, 6 p.m.
    Soccer at the Brittney (Nash Central).
    March 24: Soccer at the Brittney (South Central).
    March 26: Soccer vs. South Columbus, 6 p.m.
    Golf at St. James Players Course.
    March 27: Baseball, softball at South, 6 p.m.

  • Sports briefs

    Cedric Simmons update
    Cedric Simmons did not start but had a team-high seven rebounds for Asefa Estudiantes Madrid in a 71-69 loss March 17. Simmons scored five points and had one steal. AEM is 7-17 and tied for 16th and in the 18-team Spanish professional b basketball league.

  • Shock opens season with win

    The Shallotte Shock U12 girls’ soccer team began its spring season with a target on its back. After an undefeated fall season, the Shock retook the field to defend its championship. Playing in the Pleasure Island Soccer Association in Wilmington, the Shock found itself in an unfamiliar situation: down 2-0 at halftime.
    “This was a great learning opportunity for the girls,” coach Mark Giordano said. “They showed resolve and determination and a champion’s will to win.”

  • Stay alert during Severe Weather Awareness Month

    Skies turned dark and winds picked up suddenly Monday afternoon in Shallotte. The familiar clicking of tiny hail stones bouncing off the ground soon joined sounds of heavy rain. The storm popped up quickly and after a drenching rain it was gone, leaving clear skies.
    Sudden, drastic changes in the weather like this help note the importance of Severe Weather Awareness Month, which spans throughout March.

  • Three weeks and still no charges

    It’s been three weeks and still no charges have been filed in the death of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister.
    Two men identified as suspects by the Shallotte Police Department appeared in court on Tuesday shackled to one another on other charges.
    Jaronn was pronounced dead at the Brunswick Novant Medical Center around 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1. He was dropped off by Montey Andrea Murray, who along with Jessie Lamont Holt, was babysitting the toddler.