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Today's News

  • Lady Trojans defeat North

    Two days after beating South Brunswick for a share of first in the Waccamaw Conference, the West Brunswick volleyball beat North Brunswick 25-13, 25-5, 25-11.

    Kenzie McDuffie served West (7-1, 15-1 overall) to a 6-0 lead in the first game. North, with seven players on the roster, rallied to cut the lead to 14-8. Allison Burton hit a winner and an ace in a 3-0 run that cut the lead to 14-11. West got a sideout when McDuffie set Keri Nolan for a hit. Two winners by Nolan put West ahead 17-11.

  • Brunswick County Intercultural Festival this Sunday

    The fifth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, on the Odell Williamson Auditorium grounds at Brunswick Community College.

    This year's festival will display a variety of music and performers as well as an International Pavilion, which will feature residents of Brunswick and surrounding counties sharing their heritage and cultures from a variety of countries across the world.

  • West beats South in volleyball match, ties for first

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick volleyball team gained a tie for first in the Waccamaw Conference by beating league leader South Brunswick 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 Sept. 29.

    The victory avenged West’s only defeat as it improved to 6-1 in the conference, 14-1 overall.

    South, which played the third game without injured hitter Rheanna Lawson, is 8-5 overall.

  • Habitat boater makes Brunswick County stop during six-month trip from Ohio to Florida

    HOLDEN BEACH—It isn’t every day a man on a six-month boating trip rows through Brunswick County.

    That’s why local resident Tammy Jo Bellamy was so eager to meet Tom Kotula, an experienced oarsman who’s in the middle of a boating venture on behalf of Habitat for Humanity.

    “You cannot imagine my excitement when I saw them come under the Holden Beach bridge,” Bellamy said this week, recalling the day just a week ago when Kotula and his rowing partner, Steve Glowacki, finally paddled into town.

  • Cleanliness closest to Godliness? How about sanitizing in church?

    My great-aunts Ruthie and Kathleen sat on the front porch swing. I watched them as they rocked, talking non-stop. They were gossiping as they frequently did on warm days. But since Ruthie and Kathleen had a name for gossipers--newstoters--they were just “catching up.”

    I was sitting below them on the steps, pretending to play with my boring paper dolls, absorbing every word.

  • Aldermen debate pros, cons of park grant

    The state has awarded the town of Shallotte more than $400,000 to build a park on land next to Wildwood Village.

    At Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the aldermen learned, however, that it will cost them more than $200,000 to build an access road to the property, and the owner who is donating the land is asking for numerous concessions the board hadn’t previously discussed.

  • Prosecution, defense spar over the man behind the badge

    Who is Ronald Hewett?

    His attorney says the man who served Brunswick County as sheriff for 14 years is a family man—a man of character and integrity.

    But assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy argued in federal court Monday there are two Ronald Hewetts—the public persona, who shook everyone’s hands and never shied from a TV camera—and the man who existed within the walls of the sheriff’s office.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office argued Hewett used deputies as his personal work force, stifled investigations and harassed employees.

  • Hearings shed light on fatal parasailing incident

    WILMINGTON—Passengers aboard the boat Tied High during a parasailing incident that killed two women Aug. 28 on Ocean Isle Beach testified last week about what they saw and heard during the terrifying ordeal.

    Also testifying was Barrett McMullan, president of North Carolina Watersports, which operates the only parasailing business on the island; Thomas Pavozan, the captain of the boat during the ride; deckhand Christopher Eckert and a meteorologist from the National Weather Service.

  • South, West top volleyball teams in Waccamaw

    The Waccamaw Conference volleyball championship may be won by either South Brunswick or West Brunswick—and a match Sept. 29 between the two teams will be key in determining the champion.

    South enters the home match unbeaten in the conference; West has one conference defeat—by South.

    Both teams enter the match in top form. After this match, each team has five conference matches left.

    Below are summaries of their recent matches.

    WEST BRUNSWICK 3

    WEST BLADEN 0

  • Decision on Obama's education speech reached through e-mail, phone calls

    The decision about whether Brunswick County students would be allowed to watch President Barack Obama’s education speech on Tuesday, Sept. 8, was reached after board members discussed the issue through e-mail and phone calls. The board did not have a meeting about it based on advice from its legal counsel, according to board chairwoman Shirley Babson.