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Today's News

  • Victor Central ousts West Brunswick for softball crown

    Victor Central High School defeated West Brunswick High School 8-1 for the softball championship in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational April 15.

    A slight consolation is that Victor, southeast of Rochester, was the second-best team last year in the state of New York.

    Kacie Strong, a converted right fielder, pitched a complete game, allowing four hits striking out 10.

  • North finishes third in tourney

    North Brunswick scored three runs in the top of the seventh and then held off a bases-loaded Southern Wayne rally to beat the Saints 8-6 and finish third in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational.

  • West beats South, avenges defeat

    On her birthday, Emily Gore hit a home run as the Lady Trojans avenged their only season defeat by beating South 6-2 April 14 in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational.

    Carly White gave up four hits, and three of them were to Ashley Edge, who drove in both of South’s runs.

    White struck out eight and hit two batters in pitching all seven innings.

  • Lady Cougars finish fourth in tourney

    Smithfield scored three runs in the top half of the first inning and went on to defeat the Lady Cougars in their final game at the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational April 15.

    Meagan Spivey, the freshman who had pitched in relief the day before, was asked to take the mound again for the Lady Cougars. Although she only allowed one hit in that inning, a wild pitch and an error allowed the team from Smithfield (about an hour north from here just off I-95) to score the only three runs of the game. Spivey did strike out one batter.

  • Brunswick County Emergency Services launches new program for special needs population

    Specially trained Brunswick County paramedics will visit more than 200 residents on the county’s special needs registry during coming weeks as part of the emergency services department’s newest initiative.

    To ensure all county residents with special needs are identified, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said beginning next week, 12 specially trained county paramedics will be doing home visits to gather information about residents’ needs.

  • Holden Beach officer charged with simple assault; suspended with pay

    A Holden Beach Police Officer has been charged with simple assault and suspended from her post pending the outcome of the charges.

    Jessica Lee Camara, 27, of Schooners Court in Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with misdemeanor simple assault on April 7, and suspended the same day. According to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett, Camara was suspended with pay.

    Camara, who has been with the police department since June 17, 2008, makes an annual salary of $29,221.

  • BCC builds big lead, beats Stanly in eight innings

    An eight-run fifth inning propelled the Brunswick Community College baseball team to a 17-9 victory in eight innings Sunday afternoon over Stanly Community College.

    BCC scored three runs in the eighth inning for an eight-run lead, and by conference rule that margin ended the game, played at West Brunswick High School.

    BCC led 11-3 after five innings, but SCC used four walks and two errors in the sixth to score six runs and cut the lead to 11-9. That displeased BCC coach Robbie Allen.

  • Jury convicts man of first-degree murder; sentenced to life without parole

    BOLIVIA— After deliberating for about an hour and a half Friday afternoon, a Brunswick County jury found James Dean Martin guilty of the 2007 robbery and murder of Oak Island restaurateur Phillip Cook.

    The jury found Martin, 20, guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks Jr. sentenced Martin to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Insurance commissioner to appeal court decision on Beach Plan deductibles, surcharges

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has appealed a court ruling in favor of coastal counties but has not sought to revoke the court-ordered stay on Beach Plan deductibles and surcharges during the appeals process.

    Wake County Superior Court Judge William Pittman ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by Dare County and backed by coastal counties and municipalities, including Brunswick County, by enacting a stay on the Beach Plan and FAIR Plan deductibles and surcharges March 20.

    Goodwin announced the appeal April 15.

  • Streetballer game Saturday at West Brunswick High School

    While walking through downtown Shallotte a few months ago, Lawrence Gadsden noticed some West Brunswick High School wrestlers trying to raise funds for the Trojan program.

    “They were on Main Street,” he said, “and I asked them what they were doing. They were trying to (raise) their own revenues. Which I thought was great. But we can help them. I offered to help.”