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Today's News

  • An alligator name game

    If you’ve been in Brunswick County long enough, you probably realize by now that alligators aren’t exactly welcome sights.

    That’s because they usually arrive unannounced in your backyard pond, halfway up the steps of your house or on the 9th fairway as you’re trying to sink a golf ball or walk your dog, as many locals have discovered.

  • TDA pushing for early bookings as season approaches

    Advanced bookings are down for summer rental season, but so far, the Brunswick County islands are down less than 1 percent over last year, according to Tourism Development Authority Executive Director Mitzi York.

    The county saw a 3 percent decrease in July 2008 over the previous year, but a 9 percent increase in August.

    In September, the struggling economy began to affect travelers even more than before, York said, resulting in decreases during the fall.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on April 1, 2, 3 and 6 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, April 1

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Douglas W. Alexander, no operator’s license, Brunswick County Jail 30 days, suspended sentence 24 months, unsupervised probation 24 months, $50 and costs, 30 days to pay.

    Marybob W. Anderson, driving while license revoked, voluntarily dismissed.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Hagan visits Brunswick County shovel-ready site

    SHALLOTTE—U.S. senators and representatives spent their Easter breaks at home in North Carolina with the people who elected them to Washington, D.C.

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, and U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.7th, all took advantage of their congressional spring breaks to meet with constituents throughout the state and their districts.

  • West sweeps Jacksonville; softball team 11-0

    The West Brunswick softball team improved to 11-0 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.

  • BCC scores sixth in ninth to beat Lenoir

    BCC scored six runs in the ninth inning—three of them with two outs—to beat Lenoir Community College 8-7 Sunday afternoon and complete a three-game sweep.

    The Dolphins trailed 7-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, but No. 8 hitter Drew Alford and No. 9 hitter Steven Godwin singled. Caleb Hall singled in a run. With one out, Ben Morris was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, T.J. Overman hit a slow roller between the mound and first base. The first baseman threw wildly to home, and two runs scored, cutting the lead to 7-5.

  • No-smoking bill passes house by wider margin than expected; now it goes to Senate

    The N.C. House of Representatives has passed a bill prohibiting smoking in public places. Now, it’s up to the Senate to decide its fate.

    The bill that passed includes several amendments to the original bill, but, for the most part, public places would still be smoke-free.

    The amendments allow smoking in tobacconist shops and in some food/lodging establishments—but only if they don’t serve anyone younger than 18, don’t have any employees younger than 18 and they agree to post a conspicuous sign outside stating the dangers of secondhand smoke.

  • Honor teams that have high GPAs

    The high school basketball season was exciting to me for two reasons.

    First, three teams—North’s girls and boys and South’s boys—had exciting games toward the end of the season en route to making the playoffs. They also played well in the playoffs, and South reached the regional.

    Second, most of the other conference teams showed they had a promising future, and all the county teams will be part of the new conference next season.

  • West outscores foes 11-1 in two nonconference games

    The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team had two nonconference games last week. Sheena Suttlemyre had two goals and two assists as West beat Loris, S.C., 6-0 in the home game March 31. Julianna Zio also had two goals.

    West beat North Brunswick 5-1 April 1 in Leland. Mariah Evans scored three goals as West became the first team to beat North (6-1) this season. Suttlemyre had a goal and an assist.

    West is 5-6. Below are game summaries:

    WEST 5

    NORTH 1

    Mariah Evans scored quick goals at the start of each half in the 5-1 victory.

  • West plays inspirational match in one-point loss

    Playing its most inspirational match of the season, the West Brunswick boys’ tennis team lost 5-4 March 30 at Class 3-A rival White Oak.

    West was missing two starters because of ailments.

    “We put our best possible lineup and got terrific performances,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    White Oak won the match by winning two of the three doubles’ matches.

    “Before the match I told the team we had to have everyone’s best effort to have even a chance of winning,” he said.