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Today's News

  • West wins Touchstone Energy baseball tourney; North third

    West Brunswick rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Southern Alamance 7-6 in a thrilling championship game of the Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Invitational April 15 at West.

    Jay Gause, who pitched the final four and one-third innings, ended the game with a strikeout when the tying run was on third base.

    Three Trojans—Logan Tripp, Pat Kamfolt and Josh Powell—made the all-tournament team. (Hunter Allen, playing on the junior varsity, also was an all-tournament selection).

  • Martin trial day three: Martin guilty of first-degree murder

    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.

  • Ocean Isle votes to install playground on island

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Children will now have a new place to play on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The board of commissioners approved the installation of a playground on Third Street near the Museum of Coastal Carolina at its meeting Tuesday.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Conservancy approached the board of commissioners at its February meeting and proposed the idea for a playground to add to the family-friendly atmosphere of the island.

  • Martin trial day one: Alleged co-conspirator testifies in robbery, murder trial

    BOLIVIA—In a brief respite from serving her three-year prison sentence, Whitney Jenkins was back in Brunswick County on Wednesday.

    But the former Oak Island resident, serving 35-42 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections for trafficking methamphetamines, wasn’t back in Brunswick County for a visit.

  • West beats South in tourney, avenges only loss

    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.

  • Daniels, Pigott throw no-hitter in Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational

    Daniels, Pigott throw no-hitter in tourney

    BY MICHAEL PAUL

    SPORTS EDITOR

    Randy Daniels and Lorenzo Pigott combined on a five-inning no-hitter as West Brunswick beat Wallace-Rose Hill 10-0 Monday night in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational at West.

    The loss dropped Wallace-Rose Hill’s record to 11-4. West improved to 12-3.

  • Lincoln Elementary to be a Bright Ideas Academy

    LELAND—Bright Ideas will be happening throughout Lincoln Elementary School next year.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request from Lincoln staff to become a Bright Ideas Academy at its meeting last week. The Lincoln staff presented it to the board’s curriculum committee last month, and explained Bright Ideas would benefit the school.

  • Win over Cards keeps West perfect in conference

    The West Brunswick softball team remained perfect in the Mideastern Conference by beating 3-A conference rival Jacksonville 4-0 Wednesday afternoon.

    Catcher Anna Hart threw out two runners, and the West infield of third baseman Emily Gore, second baseman Stacy Jackson and first baseman Paige Ward turned a double play. West’s infield, including Gabby Sanders, handled seven chances without an error.

    Pitcher Carly White struck out 10 batters and walked two. She gave up four hits in the seven-inning shutout. West is now 5-0 in the conference.

  • Bare-hoofin' it

    SUPPLY—Charly Boy stood patiently in place as Scott Spencer trimmed the black-and-white-paint Tennessee Walking Horse’s barefoot hooves last week.

    For the past three years, Spencer, a certified trainer in natural horsemanship, has been practicing and perfecting what he believes is a healthier, more natural way for horses to move via The Healthy Hoof program—going shoeless.

  • Driver charged in concrete truck wreck near school

    Nineteen minutes after Union Elementary School released its students, a concrete truck overturned on Union School Road, just off U.S. 17 south of Shallotte last week.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Troopers on the scene, the driver of the concrete truck was driving south on U.S. 17 at about 55 mph when he swerved onto Union School Road to avoid a car stopped at the light around 3:19 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

    Troopers charged the driver, Steven Chadwick Epps, 38, of Conway S.C., with careless and reckless driving, according to state highway patrol Sgt. T. Daniels.