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Today's News

  • Solitude is not a lonely place; stillness is a remarkable gift

    Contrary to our usual pattern, my husband received a book and I began to read it. A tiny bit of literature written by Henri J.M. Nouwen, it’s title drew my attention: “Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life.” These meditations were first given as sermons at the United Church of Christ at Yale University.

    I had just returned from undergoing an outpatient procedure with the lovely command to spend the remainder of the day resting. Resting! What a nice message and delightful gift, a treat that I would otherwise guiltily embrace.

  • NASCAR is an economic indicator

    If there is one sport I thought was strong financially, it was NASCAR. It has a loyal following and television ratings are consistently strong.

    But even NASCAR has been hit by this recession, and it may have an impact on local driver Chad McCumbee.

    This season he is racing for SS Green Light Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and through three races he is fifth in points.

  • Brunswick County dips to 28th among the country's fastest growing counties

    Brunswick County has once again made the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of the 100 fastest growing counties in the country.

    But this time, Brunswick County, which once enjoyed the 14th and 17th spots on the Census Bureau list, has fallen to 28. With its population estimated at 103,160 people, Brunswick County’s population increase last year now ranks 28th in the country and third in the state.

  • West's girls' team wins three; improves to 8-0

    A delay of the game for 50 minutes did not hamper the Trojan softball team March 18, as it easily handled White Oak 11-2.

    Carly White struck out 10 batters as West opened its conference season with a victory against a Class 3-A foe. She gave up three hits and one earned run. She walked two.

    The game was a reschedule of a rainout from the previous day. The umpires had a starting time of 6 p.m. instead of the scheduled 5 p.m. start time.

    The first inning for the visitors showed visions of things to come in the game, as West scored six runs.

  • West tennis team beats conference opponent White Oak

    The West Brunswick tennis team defeated White Oak 6-3 March 12. The match was important because White Oak is a 3-A school and is a conference opponent.

    If West Brunswick does well against 3-A opponents White Oak and Jacksonville, the regional is a possibility.

    On Monday, West lost 9-0 to Class 4-A New Hanover.

    “They are one of the best teams in the eastern region,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    NEW HANOVER 9 WEST 0

  • West routs Loris in non-conference game

    The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team lost two conference games last week, 7-0 March 13 to New Hanover and 4-0 March 19 at Laney.

    The losses dropped West to 0-4 in the conference, but West routed Loris, S.C., 8-0 Friday, and is now 3-4 overall.

    West scored twice in the first half, the first goal by Sheena Suttlemyre off an assist from Mariah Evans 10 minutes into the game.

    At the 24:54 mark, Evans scored off an assist from Suttlemyre.

    West dominated the second half, scoring six times.

  • One more missing monument turtle found in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police on Sunday located a metal turtle believed to be part of a monument dismantled by vandals last week near the island gazebo.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith said the turtle was found under stairs at a house on 35th Street. A neighbor reported the find to police, who are still investigating.

    The Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the incident that occurred sometime overnight March 15 or 16.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From March 16-22, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 21 calls and issued nine uniformed citations, including failure to appear, no operator’s license, littering, open container and driving while license revoked.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on Palmetto Lane in Bolivia; suspect broke victim’s sign.

    •Larceny on Green Hill Road in Bolivia; suspect took victim’s lawnmower.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Newgate Court in Bolivia; suspect broke victim’s door frame.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances. The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.