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Today's News

  • Lent is a time for desert living; it's not for sissies

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t like desert living. I especially find it difficult when it comes upon me while I am still enjoying the festivities that came with Christmas.

    It’s too soon to plunge into Lenten living. It’s too hard to let myself be led by God’s spirit into the aridity of desert life. I want to cry out, “Wait a minute! I’m not ready yet. Give me more time to acclimate, adjust, and accept this new lifestyle.” I guess I never really got the Christmas message, after all. Incarnation is not for sissies.

  • Cougars' Bellamy, and White accept football offers

    Kenneth White Jr., the all-time leading rusher for the South Brunswick Cougars, signed a letter of intent last week to play for the Livingstone College Blue Bears.

    White chose Livingstone over Campbell and East Carolina University. White’s father is an alumnus of Livingstone.

    The 6-foot, 210-pound White, who has 4.49 speed in the 40-yard sprint, will play for new coach Elvin James.

  • Dual season ends for South, North

    South Brunswick won its first dual but lost its second Feb. 9 in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A playoffs.

    South beat Chapel Hill 45-21 but lost 43-28 to Union Pines.

    South got nine victories against Chapel Hill, five of them falls from Matt Craven, Corey Craven, Robert Capps, Luwolf Sanderson and Robert McHenry. Jack Mendez, Johnathan Marvin and Jonathan Wiley won by decision. Thomas Randolph won by forfeit.

    Senior Jeromy Roundtree lost 13-11 to sophomore Peter Dreher in a match between to 30-victory wrestlers.

  • West JV boys finish year 11-6

    The West Brunswick junior varsity boys’ basketball team beat South Columbus 44-42 Feb. 10 in Tabor City. Taylor Buffkin scored 13 points. Jawan McNeil and Markel Jones had six points.

    The previous night, in Bladenboro, West beat West Bladen 62-54. Jawan McNeil scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds. Markel Jones scored 16 points. Taylor Buffkin and Quan Johnson each scored six points.

  • North's girls beat Cougars, advance in tourney

    LELAND—Led by Asheley Robbins’ 23 points and Tyera Fisher’s 17 points, North Brunswick put the South Lady Cougars in a hole early for a lopsided, foul-plagued 71-44 victory Monday night in a first-round game of the Waccamaw Conference basketball tournament.

    North will play West Brunswick at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at North. The winner advances to the tourney title game at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Whiteville (foe to be determined).

    North led by 11 points after the first quarter, 16 at the half, 26 after the third quarter and 27 points at the end.

  • Commissioners to pay $104,000 in back taxes from nonprofits fueling up tax-free

    BOLIVIA—Eighteen local volunteer fire and rescue squads and other nonprofit agencies have been gassing up at the county’s fuel station tax-free for the past few years. On Monday, county commissioners voted to pay the back taxes, and then bill the agencies to recoup the money paid.

    County finance director Ann Hardy said various agencies pumped fuel tax-free at the county station from Dec. 1, 2006, until Dec. 31, 2009, when the county learned that was not in compliance with state and federal tax codes.

  • Turner receives Advanced Law Enforcement certificate

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sammy Turner is a busy man.

    Turner is the training supervisor at the sheriff’s office. He’s also the full-time firearms instructor for the sheriff’s office and several other municipal police departments. He also oversees the sheriff’s office’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program, which he implemented, and from which 100 percent of participants recently graduated.

  • McCumbee's season-opening race lasts nine laps

    Chad McCumbee finished 33rd out of 36 racers in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.

    McCumbee started 26th in the first race of the season for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. But nine laps into the race, his ignition failed.

    McCumbee, racing a Chevrolet and sponsored by FT-11 Degreaser and Rockingham Speedway, won $9,675.

  • BCC avenges loss to Spartanburg

    The Brunswick Community College Dolphins overcame an early 11-point deficit to even the score at halftime and then took control in the second half for a 68-62 victory Sunday over Spartanburg Methodist.

    The heavily favored Spartanburg team had beaten the Dolphins 81-62 in January. BCC played this game without injured Chris Smith, its 6-foot-6 forward who generates points and defense.

    “We have not gotten that much fanfare,” BCC coach Walter Shaw said, “and maybe we shook the world.”

  • Brunswick Community Hospital named StormReady by National Weather Service

    SUPPLY—The National Weather Service recently named Brunswick Community Hospital a StormReady Supporter in recognition of hospital officials’ efforts in storm preparedness.

    The distinction makes Brunswick Community Hospital only the second hospital in the state to be named a StormReady Supporter, hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said.

    “The biggest thing was just that it addressed every aspect of our operations: hurricanes, snow, which is timely, flooding— really any kind of damage that could happen during a storm,” Myers said.