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Today's News

  • Julianna Zio sets West single-season scoring record in soccer

      Junior Julianna Zio scored three first-half goals in setting a West Brunswick girls’ single-season scoring record of 21 goals as the Lady Trojans’ soccer team beat North Brunswick 7-0 in a conference soccer game Monday night. Junior Tessa Bennett and freshmen Charlee Baxley and Carla Zio also scored in the first half as West took a 6-0 lead. Carla Zio also scored in the second half. Freshman Meg Fletcher was the winning goalkeeper. 

  • Hankins was bruising on the field, polite off the field

     Football is like life, only a lot faster. Football players are a special class of people. It is like a private club that everyone wants to be part of, but only a few are chosen. They are united in what they do and they do everything as a team, on and off the field. 

    I first coached football as a head coach in the middle ’60s, and friends were either killed or missing in action in a senseless war in Vietnam. Those who served did so with great valor, but knew the dangers, and many never returned home alive.

  • South’s Bruton to continue football career at Methodist

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—Methodist University in Fayetteville has one of the best sports medicine programs in the state. On Friday, Michael Collin Bruton, whose interests lie in that area, signed a letter of intent to play football for that university.

    Bruton, a bruising 6-foot-2, 235-pound offensive tackle helped lead the Cougars to more than 4,000 yards on offense and more than 40 points per game. The starting left tackle was awarded, along with his fellow offensive linemen, the game ball just before the first game of the playoffs.

  • BCC finishes 1-2 against Southeastern; stays in first

    WHITEVILLE—The league-leading Brunswick Community College baseball team finished 1-2 in a three-game weekend series at second-place Southeaster Community College.

    BCC split two games Saturday, losing 5-4 and winning 10-6. On Sunday, BCC lost 5-4. BCC left series in first place in Region 10. BCC is 14-4 (25-14); SCC is 14-6 (26-15).

    BCC is contending for its first Region 10 championship. It has Region games left on April 22 at Catawba Valley (10-5 entering the weekend), April 23 at Stanly (7-8) and April 30-May 1 at home with Danville (1-14).

  • Hankins had memorable football career at South Brunswick

    BY MICHAEL PAUL

    AND BOB BREEN

    This was a Saturday-evening phone call no coach or athletics director wants to receive. So when asked his thoughts about Marcus Hankins as a football player, South Brunswick High School Athletics Director Chris Roehner paused for a moment, cleared his throat and tried to speak, but he became silent.

  • South Brunswick student fatally shot at Democratic headquarters

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating an early morning fatal shooting in Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s detectives responded to the Brunswick County Democratic Party headquarters on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia around 1 a.m. Saturday, April 16.

    When they arrived, South Brunswick High School student Marcus London Hankins, 19, was found fatally shot.

  • Judge terminates DA’s traffic court program benefiting campaign contributor

    BOLIVIA—As one local judge aptly proclaimed, politics in the 13th district is a blood sport.

    And for Jon David, the Republican freshman district attorney who campaigned on taking the politics out of the courtroom, he now finds himself in the middle of it.

    Last Friday, April 15, Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued an administrative order blasting a fledging traffic court program recently implemented by David, who was sworn in as DA in January.

  • Ocean Isle Beach woman killed in afternoon wreck

    On Friday, April 15, 83-year old Betty Grace Grabb—wife, mother, grandmother, avid golfer and skydiver—was killed in a two-car wreck.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. T.T. Daniels said Grabb was killed around noon on N.C. 179 near Ocean Isle Beach.

    Grabb was a passenger in a Lincoln passenger vehicle driven by her husband, Robert Grabb, 82, that collided with a BMW passenger vehicle driven by Brenda Chapman Tew.

  • School board members want public input on staggered start times, other potential budget reductions

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education are facing many decisions when it comes to balancing a budget with a $5.7 million defecit.

    While they have been presented with a list of proposed reductions, board members will not vote on the final budget for several weeks. They will entertain public comments at a public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the staff development center, which is adjacent to the school system's central office, located at 35 Referendum Drive at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • North’s boys’ track team wins eighth straight conference title

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—The North Brunswick boys’ track and field team won its eighth straight conference championship April 14, winning 11 of 18 events.

    “We had some events we thought we’d do better in that we didn’t, and we had we did a little better in some than we thought we would,” North track coach Garry Bishop said. “We faltered in some early events. Some guys stepped up and pulled us through.”