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Today's News

  • Helpers flesh out flushing petitions in SB

    Laura Lewis

    In a flurry of paper rustling, stamp-sticking and good-natured gab, about 20 volunteers converged on Carol Scott’s Sunset Beach home Tuesday to help prepare petitions requesting a longer, 30-year sewer installation payback plan.

    If a majority of the town’s 4,230 property owners scattered here and about sign and mail the petitions back in a timely fashion, there’s a chance the town will be able to have the payback plan for its estimated $27 million sewer system extended from 10 to 30 years.

  • West Brunswick students named to second nine-weeks honor rolls

    West Brunswick High School has announced its second nine-weeks honor rolls for the 2008-2009 school year.

    A honor roll

    Ninth grade: Alyssa Chappell, Joshua Huff, Mary Inions, Cinnamon Lieberg-Strayer, Mary Nelson, Devin Parlier, Jordan Sanchez, Harrison Taylor, Nicole Turner, Ye Yuan, Julianna Zio.

    Tenth grade: Alina Davinson, Abigail Harrell, Brittany Hewett, Katie King, Deanna Leavitt, Jim Nguyen, Esther Owens, Anna Zeng.

  • Golf action

    The Brierwood Men’s Golf Association Senior and Super Senior tournament were played March 5 and Saturday. The format was full handicap stroke play. In the Senior class (69 and younger), Marty Waldron was first at 133, Jim Bryant second at 135, Marty Brkal third at 137 and George Edwards fourth at 138. In the Super Senior class (70 and older), Hollen Groff was first at 136, Jim Pope and Jim Roach second at 140 and Dennis Shea third at 141.

  • Grant-funded ACE team targets speeders, impaired drivers to keep highways safe

    There’s a stretch of highway on U.S. 74-76 near the Columbus County line where drivers often push the envelope. There are also four Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) deputies armed with radar who can clock drivers in just about any direction.

    If a driver is speeding—in the same direction, the opposite direction, passing or after passing in the opposite direction—ACE deputies will catch the driver.

    But the four-man team’s goal is not to terrorize drivers on the highways; it’s the opposite.

  • When it comes to tightening purse strings, leave arts programs in schools alone

    Seems like everyone is doing a bit of budget adjusting these days.

    The county just announced a $12 million adjustment, and the board of education learned its local and state funding would be reduced to the tune of several million of dollars, resulting in the loss of many programs, services and even teachers.

    When times get tough, it seems as if fine arts programs are first on the chopping block. Schools across the nation have cut music, art, drama and dance, and left students without a creative outlet after hours of core subjects, studying and testing.

  • Senior class gets win over South

    West Brunswick girls’ soccer team beat South Brunswick 3-0 Friday at M.H. Rourk Stadium, the Trojans’ first victory over South in four years.

    “This has been a long time coming,” coach Laura Hickman said. “These seniors have waited a long time to beat South, and they were really excited. We finally put it together.”

    Junior Sheena Suttlemyre scored the first goal, taking a pass from senior Jordan Shaw and dribbling in on a breakaway in the first two minutes.

  • With spring comes upswing in inshore fishing

    Spring is almost here, and with it comes the annual seasonal upswing in inshore fishing. A lot of bait will soon be filtering through our local waters, and the number of fish to choose from is about to dramatically increase. The water temperatures this year got a little bit colder than last winter, but not so much so they won’t quickly bounce back into prime range for good fishing.

  • Petreas receive national award, set goals for the future

    Every two years, The First Tee has a network meeting where representatives from all 207 First Tee chapters meet and greet each other, attend educational seminars and listen to speakers like Colin Powell.

    During those meetings, Home Office recognizes those who have made a difference, those who have gone above and beyond to help kids learn golf and life skills.

    On March 1, Rusty and Carol Petrea of Ocean Isle Beach received The First Tee Founders Award at the 2009 Network Meeting in San Jose, Calif.

  • McCumbee's good start to season energizes race team

    MOORESVILLE—While NASCAR’s two other top touring series are in Las Vegas, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off this week. The teams are all hard at work preparing their trucks for the American Commercial Lines 200, which will run Saturday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

  • McCumbee to own car in Myrtle Beach Speedway season; Evans will drive

    NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series driver Chad McCumbee has announced his plans to try ownership in the Whelen All-American Series. McCumbee is a graduate of Late Model Stock cars, racing at Myrtle Beach Speedway in 2003 and 2004.

    Terry Evans from Supply will be the driver of the No. 20 Chad McCumbee Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Evans will compete on a weekly basis at Myrtle Beach Speedway during the 2009 racing season.

    This season will be Evans’ rookie season but also CMR’s rookie season as a new team.