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Today's News

  • Awesome AJGA tournament at St. James

    Junior golf is fabulous and fun to watch. Their swings are so fluid and flexible and they play with such enthusiasm and gusto. When a junior golfer hits a great shot, you can see the result all over her or his face and in the body English.  
    On April 9-10, the American Junior Golf Association came to St. James to play a pre-season event on the Founders Course. I was there for the Sunday round, hobnobbing with the kids and their parents, observing the hard work performed by a 50-member cadre of volunteers.

  • Fishing continues to be strong for inshore redfish

    Water temperatures continue to climb, bringing more species to the spring fishing table. That said, the action that continues to be the strongest is the inshore redfish bite, which has been amazing all year long. Meanwhile, more keeper flounder are being landed and black drum and sea mullet are also available.

  • Ashley Sloup speaks to the board of directors

    Ashley Sloup, a charter member of The First Tee of Brunswick County, spoke to the board of directors at their March meeting. Participants of the program are often asked to speak to the board about their experience with The First Tee.

  • Gulf stream season finally on go

    Finally, I am reporting that not only has the weather been cooperating but also so have the fish. 
    It has been a long, cold winter, but I believe we are out. This past week we had stable weather with easterly winds, which pushed the Gulf Stream over top of the 30-fathom break, bringing to life such fishing hot spots as the Steeples, Black Jack and Winyah Scarp areas.  

  • Grand Jury

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on April 11:

    Allen Lavander Alston, 50, 4751 Hoods Creek Trail, Lot 13, Leland: two counts felony larceny, obtain property false pretense.

    Jeremy Blaine Buckhanan, 24, 2905 Cox Landing Road SE, Bolivia; felony possession of cocaine, possession drug paraphernalia.

  • Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, April 6, DWI court

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Elizabeth Prince and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

  • Calabash isn’t doing public business clearly and transparently

    It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes.

    First, the board of commissioners illegally went into closed session March 8, when it discussed the possibility of purchasing property from commissioner Bill Dixon, who was present for the discussion. The board failed to publicly identify the property location and who owned it.

    Not only did the board go into closed session improperly, Dixon violated the town’s code of ethics by participating in the property purchase discussion.

  • House explosion rocks area

    The cause of a house explosion is undetermined after it occurred Wednesday night on Shingletree Road. Residents in the Farm at Brunswick and Brunswick Plantation reported hearing the blast and said it shook houses in the area.

    An occupant of the home at 500 Shingletree Road was transported to a South Carolina hospital, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    “There was heavy fire and damage when the fire department arrived,” he said.

  • Cougar tennis players sweep individual, team titles in conference

     The South Brunswick boys’ tennis team finished the Waccamaw Conference season as undefeated champions after beating West Bladen 9-0 April 20.

    South finished 10-0 in the conference and is 15-4 overall heading into the state duals.

    In the singles matches against the Knights, Edwin Burnett beat D. Fields 6-4, 6-3. Patrick Evans beat A. Martin 6-0, 6-3. Tyler Goldstein beat T. Lewis 6-0, 6-1. Gabe Azzato beat  J. Allen 6-1, 6-2. Sammi Khogaly beat O. Sanchez 6-0, 6-0. Caleb Stanley beat D. Raymes 6-0, 6-1.

  • Lady Trojans beat South Columbus in softball

     West Brunswick scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to beat South Columbus 8-7 in a conference softball game April 19 in Tabor City.

    The game was tied 6-6 in the top of the seventh when Dez Avallone hit a one-out single and scored on a two-out hit by Gabrial Sanders.

    South Columbus tied the score in the bottom of the seventh, but the Trojans regained the lead in the next inning when Hannah Stocks hit a two-out triple and scored on a hit by Sam Smith.