Today's News

  • Stereotypes about bikers don’t always apply anymore

    According to the dominant archetype in popular culture, the motorcycle rider is a disrespectful criminal with no regard for the law or other human beings. They’re ready to fight anyone who gets in their way and to do whatever it takes to maintain their “freedom”—even kill.

    They’re loud, offensive and crude and don’t care if people know it.

    The image has been used over and over again in movies such as “Easy Rider” and “The Wild Ones.”

  • McCumbee 28th in Nationwide race at Darlington


    After starting in the back row, Chad McCumbee raced to a 28th-place finish Friday night in the Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway.

    In his second Nationwide Series race of the season, McCumbee started 42nd out of 43 cars. He averaged nearly 166 mph during the race in The GPS Store/Garmin Ford.

  • West Brunswick softball team clinches conference title

     The West Brunswick High School softball team beat South Columbus 11-1 Friday and clinched its first conference championship since the NCHSAA switched to fast pitch in the mid-1990s.

    West entered the final game of the conference season tied for first with Whiteville. If Whiteville lost its game Friday night, West would be the outright champion.

    On Senior Night, winning pitcher Carly White gave up seven hits in the five-inning game. She struck out six and walked no one. At the plate, she was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

  • WBHS Theatre Arts Department to perform 'Tragic Remodeling'

    The West Brunswick Theatre Arts Department will perform "Tragic Remodeling," at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 20, and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 20, and Friday, May 21, at the West Brunswick High School theatre.

    Adapted from classic dramas, "Tragic Remodeling" includes six short dramas written, produced and directed by students. The classics have been turned into contemporary works directed by students Allie Worthington, Cammy Dunn, Emily Smigiel, Hayley Young, Beth Henson and Jon Hill.

  • Beach Water quality swimming advisories issued at ocean-side sites in Brunswick County

    Five advisories against swimming have been issued today at ocean-side swimming areas in Brunswick County.

    State environmental health officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards. Stormwater runoff following scattered thunderstorms in the past 48 hours is thought to be the cause of contamination.

  • Teen charged with Leland break-ins

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Leland teen for a string of break-ins in the Town Creek Road and Palmer’s Branch area of Leland.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives Mike Murray and Justin Stadler charged Damian Michael Swan with multiple felony charges for a string of break-ins between April 21 and April 28.

  • West Brunswick baseball team beats West Bladen



    BLADENBORO—The West Brunswick High School baseball team beat West Bladen 11-2 May 4 in a conference game.

    Gavin Lane (7-1) was the winning pitcher, giving up no earned runs and four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out nine.

    Reliever Lorenzo Pigott gave up one hit in two innings and one earned run. He walked one and struck out three.

  • West Brunswick JV softball team finishes 12-0 in conference

    The West Brunswick High School junior varsity softball team completed a perfect JV season by beating South Columbus 13-2 Friday in Tabor City.

    The victory gave West a 12-0 record in the Waccamaw 2A/3AConference, 16-0 overall for the season in JV games.

    “Coach Davis and I are so proud of these young ladies,” coach Mark Jones said. “They had a fantastic season.

  • GOLDEN SANDS: Getting ready for delivery

    SUNSET BEACH—Monday mornings, the Sea Trail Grandmas gather at the Pink Palace meeting room with bagfuls of pastel-hued cloth and yarn.
    Before you know it, they’re in stitches as they work on an array of hand-knit hats and blankets and cloth “coddlers” for newborn preemies.
    That’s the mission of this club, which is in an infancy of its own.
    Michele Lupien is their leader, club member Peg Jones says, and the one who put it together.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Shallotte icon, 71, keeps fit with regular walks, visits with locals

    Isaac Hardy is a familiar sight around downtown Shallotte.

    Just ask local real estate agent Doug Terhune, who struck up a friendship with the 71-year-old resident of Shallotte Assisted Living about four years ago.

    Terhune, who regularly eats breakfast at the Purple Onion Café on Main Street, started noticing the fit, elderly man who would stop in at the Shallotte eatery during his routine walks through town.