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Today's News

  • Confessions of an undercover Santa Claus

    The history of Saint Nicholas originates from the year 346 A.D. and is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and bishop of Myra in what is now modern-day Turkey.

    He had a reputation for secret gift-giving and became a model for today’s legendary Santa Claus, a living example of many worthwhile virtues such as the love and care of children and generosity toward all.

    Beneath the costume of anyone playing Santa Claus is a real individual volunteering to briefly assume the identity of an ancient saint.

  • Saying goodbye to my best friend Bob

    With apologies to my wife, my best friend Bob passed away last Saturday night. His end came quickly and quite unexpectedly. I wish we could have spent more time together, but I appreciate the time, albeit short, we had.

    I first met Bob shortly after my wife and I moved to the Brunswick County area in 2001. He was barely old enough to feed himself and had been wandering in the woods around our house when we noticed him one day. It took a couple months of encouragement, but he finally decided to “adopt” us and two other families.

  • FAME at West Brunswick High School

    The West Brunswick High School Theatre Department performed "Fame, the musical," last month.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Brunswick Nature Park to open Friday, Dec. 5

    An old timber plantation between Belville and Southport off N.C. 133 has been revived as Brunswick County’s newest park, Brunswick Nature Park.

    Spanning more than 900 acres with Town Creek meandering through the property, Brunswick Nature Park is the county’s first park focused on passive recreation—walking, hiking, watching wildlife or just taking in nature.

    The park’s first phase is scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 5, weather permitting, parks and recreation director Jim Pryor said.

  • Amanda Noble to pitch again--in Greece

    An errant pitch prevented Amanda Noble from playing international softball a few years ago.

    But in January, she leaves for Greece to pitch against top-flight international teams.

    “I had the opportunity to do it right after my senior year in college (at Charleston Southern),” Noble said, “but I got hit by a pitch. It bounced up in the dirt and it fractured my ankle. So I couldn’t go.”

    For two years, Noble, 24, thought about getting another chance to play international softball.

  • West’s boys get first win of season

    Aaron Hankins put back a missed free throw in the final seconds to help West Brunswick beat Cape Fear Academy 70-66 in a nonconference basketball game Friday night.

    The victory was the first of the season for the Trojans (1-2).

    Hankins, a junior forward/center, finished with three points.

    “He picked a good time to get in the book,” West coach Brad Lewis said. “He’s long and he’s strong and he’s big. The (defender) didn’t displace him and he jumped over the top of him.”

  • West’s girls’ defense leads to victory

    West Brunswick held Cape Fear Academy to two points in the fourth quarter en route to a 48-34 nonconference basketball victory Friday night.

    Kayla Padgett finished with 12 points, Jasmine Daniels 10, Breana Gause nine and Jasmine Jackson nine as West improved to 3-1.

    Daniels and Gause each had nine steals, Padgett four and Jackson three. Jackson had five rebounds and Rebecca Sidelinger four.

    “We have seven or eight girls that I think could start,” West coach James Walker said about his team’s depth.

  • Jay Gause signs letter of intent to play baseball at N.C. State

    West Brunswick senior baseball player Jay Gause does not like to draw a lot of attention to himself—without he publicly signed a letter of intent over the Thanksgiving holidays to attend N.C. State University—but when you can throw the baseball as hard as Gause does, anonymity will soon fade.

    Gause played in the summer and fall with the Carolina Cubs, an 18-U travel baseball team that often draws the attention of baseball scouts.

  • First CrossFit Xmas dog beach runs to benefit Paws-Ability

    Don your Santa hat and reindeer antlers, load Fido and Lassie in the car and head down to the first CrossFit Christmas Challenge on Dec. 12.

    The event will be held on the beach at Sunset Beach and will feature a 5K run and a 1-mile dog jog on the beach at low tide.

    Prizes for the best holiday costumes will be given to the top three dogs, individuals and team entries.

    Participants in the 5K race will receive official event sweatshirts and a race packet featuring discount coupons from area merchants and sponsors.

  • BCC's Leland campus being reborn as EDC/workforce training center

    LELAND—Brunswick Community College’s Leland campus is undergoing a $500,000 renovation to become the center of industrial training for a number of industrial parks going up along U.S. 74-76. It will also be a presentation center for the county’s economic development commission (EDC).

    Velva Jenkins, BCC’s assistant vice president for economic and workforce development, explained the college’s goal for the makeover is to put more focus on training the workforce.