Today's News

  • Caison birth

    Bradley and Becky Caison of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Addyson Nadine Caison, born at 6:24 p.m. Feb. 9 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    Maternal grandparents are Eddie and Dean Carroll of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Miller and Mamie Caison of Ash and the late Debbie Caison.

    Great-grandmother is Mable Hewett of Shallotte.


  • Haiglers celebrate 50 years

    Don and Donnie Haigler of Sunset Beach celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends and family Saturday, March 13, in the fellowship hall of Seaside United Methodist Church. They were married March 12, 1960, in South Carolina, and lived in Monroe before moving to Sunset Beach in 1998. The celebration occasion was hosted by the Haiglers' children, Scott and Jeanette Haigler, and their grandchildren, Jason Haigler, Lauren Mullis and Ashley Haigler.


  • Benton-Fulwood

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kristy Yvonne Benton of Shallotte and Brandon Fulwood of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of William M. Benton and Ann F. Benton of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Dale Fulwood and Audria Fulwood of Shallotte. A May 1 wedding is planned at the Ocean Isle Beach Chapel.

  • Lent is the process in which we learn to live as Christ lived

    We are approaching the end of our 40-day Lenten journey. The shadow of the cross looms large on an ever-approaching horizon. We know too well the pain of Christianity, the pain of Christian living. We may well have cringed with that pain, moved to avoid it, missed its mark and sinned. But, even our sin should not disturb us and keep us from recognizing God’s love for us. That’s the real message Lenten message. Even our sin can be a catalyst to recognizing God’s love for us. It may be the greatest catalyst.

  • Underclassmen help West beat Whiteville; South Brunswick wins two duals

     WHITEVILLE—West Brunswick beat Whiteville 6-3 in a conference dual March 17.

    “Our underclassmen, behind Jason Huff, Jason Watts and Justin Davis, led the way in our win,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    “We fell behind 3-1 after the first matches were played, with the lone win a tiebreak victory by No. 3-seed freshman Jason Watts,” Bell said.

    Huff and Davis won the fifth- and sixth-position matches, and West entered into doubles tied 3-3 with three matches left.

  • Lady Trojans defeat Scorpions in softball game

    LELAND—The West Brunswick Lady Trojans had little trouble in defeating the North Brunswick Lady Scorpions 9-0 in a conference softball game Friday night.

    Despite three errors by the Trojans, two in one inning, the West squad did not panic as Carly White allowed one hit. The dominant White also struck out nine and did not walk a batter in seven innings in her third straight shutout victory.

    West wasted no time in scoring in the first as freshman Alex Wickel tripled to deep left field and scored on a bad relay.

  • West JV wins St. Patrick's Day tourney with no-hitter

    The West Brunswick junior varsity won the North Myrtle Beach St Patrick’s Day softball tournament, beating North Myrtle Beach 18-7 and Socastee 10-2, a game in which Kim Cook pitched a no-hitter.

    “This is the first tournament championship for the West Brunswick High School JV team in school history,” coach Mark Jones said.

    Against Socastee in the title game, Cook struck out eight and walked four.

  • South edges West by one stroke in tourney at The Lakes

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick men’s golf team finished second by one stroke to South Brunswick in an 18-hole conference match March 15 at The Lakes Country Club.

    South Brunswick finished first with a four-player team score of 347. West Brunswick was next at 348, followed by West Bladen at 353, Whiteville at 359, North Brunswick at 375, East Bladen at 408 and South Columbus at 473.

    In the first meeting at The Lakes, South beat West by five strokes.

  • Real estate sales up in January, February; prices still down

    Home sales are up; prices are down, and the state of the economy is forcing real estate- related businesses to try new things.

    Some businesses are branching out into promoting energy efficiency and “green” building practices, which many say is the wave of the future.

    Home sales in Brunswick County during January 2010 were up 22 percent from January 2009, from $15.11 million to nearly $18.5 million, while the February number was up 57 percent from 2009, from $14.37 million to $22.5 million.

  • U.S. census-gathering has begun



    Ten minutes to answer 10 questions.

    That’s how long North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue estimates it takes to fill out U.S. Census 2010 forms, which started arriving in mailboxes last week.

    It’s described as one of the shortest census questionnaires in U.S. history.

    About 120 million U.S. households are expected to receive a form by this week.

    “The 2010 Census is more than just a survey,” Perdue wrote in a letter e-mailed last week to newspapers statewide.