Today's News

  • From the gulag to the golf course: the story of Stanley Opalka

    Golf is played by the most amazing people. I’ve met paraplegic golfers, blind golfers, one-armed golfers, and just plain folks who have battled debilitating disease and injury to get back on the course.  
    Stanley Opalka, of Sunset Beach, traveled a long, hard road to the quiet beauty of the Carolina coast.  
    His story begins in Poland, in the fall of 1939, when his native country was invaded by the Nazis from the west and the Soviets from the east.  

  • Brunswick County fishermen are sitting on go, waiting for summer to arrive

    You ever get the feeling summer is never going to get here? The past couple of weeks have been very nice, but it’s been just cool enough to keep water temperatures stable instead of rising. And that’s what we need right now, warmer water temperatures. However, just as soon as I complain about the cool, I’ll soon be complaining about the heat, so I guess patience is required.

  • Sea mullet are a feisty panfish; look for them at night or early morning

    The weather continues to warm, but spring inshore fishing has suddenly cooled. After a strong preseason redfish bite, the local angling has hit a surprising lull, possibly the result of some combinations of wind and tide and possibly just because it’s going to be a slow-starting fishing season.

  • Tilley leads West Brunswick to win over South Columbus

    Freshman Landon Tilley pitched a complete-game and added a RBI double in a 5-2 victory for the Trojans (5-5) over South Columbus in a JV game played April 13 in Shallotte.
    Tilley allowed two runs in the top of the third inning, but was he masterful the rest of the game. The right-hander gave up four hits, two earned runs and struck out eight batters. Head coach T.J. Spivey was impressed by his starter’s performance since the team had not played in over a week due to spring break.

  • Lady Trojans defeat South in pitchers’ battle

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Brunswick senior pitcher Carly White allowed seven hits in her seven innings pitched Friday night, and her teammates contributed with some timely hitting, as West squeaked by South 4-0 in the conference softball game.
    White struck out eight batters as her screwball has reemerged.
    “I found it,” White said.
    West is now 6-1 in the conference.
    White’s mound opponent, Madison Walker, also had a good outing, striking out six. Four of those strikeouts were in the first two innings.

  • Gause, Bates win three individual events at track meet at West

    West Brunswick’s Breana Gause and Kayla Padgett had performances like those seen at state meets in a track and field meet April 13 at West.
    Padgett won the shot put (33 feet, 9 inches) and the discus throw (117-9), both regional standards. Her shot put would have placed her ninth last year at the Class 3A state meet. Her discus throw would have placed her second at state.

  • Trojan golfers shoot in 70s at conference tournament

    WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick golf team finished one stroke ahead of host West Bladen on April 12 at Land O’ Lakes Golf Club. Three Trojan golfers shot in the 70s to seal a second-place finish, one stroke ahead of the host Knights.
    For the tournament, the conference team scores were South Brunswick 307, West Brunswick 311, host West Bladen 312, Whiteville 337, North Brunswick 351, East Bladen 393 and South Columbus 445.

  • West Trojans beat Cougars, Stallions

    The West Brunswick baseball team won two conference games last week, 16-8 at South Columbus and 12-2 at South Brunswick.
    West is 6-1 in the conference, 12-4 overall. Below are summaries of the two victories.
    TABOR CITY—West Brunswick had 18 hits in beating South Columbus 16-8 April 13 in a conference baseball game.

  • Newcomer Padgett surging toward top in shot put, discus

    West Brunswick junior Kayla Padgett has competed in five track and field meets in her high school career.
    In her first meet, March 16, she qualified for the state-qualifying regional in the shot put, 32 feet, 6.5 inches.
    In her second meet, March 23, she qualified for the state-qualifying regional in the discus, 98 feet.
    And she is doing better than just meeting regional standards.

  • Candidates vying for seats in two North Carolina House races

     Two Republicans and two Democrats are vying for the North Carolina House District 17 seat in the upcoming May 6 primary election.

    Democratic incumbent Dewey L. Hill is seeking re-election to N.C. House District 20, with challenges from another Democrat and a Republican.