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Today's News

  • North’s Irwin catches on with Belmont Abbey

    A willingness to work hard on the baseball field and in the classroom has allowed Dakota Irwin to continue to pursue his dream of playing baseball.

    Irwin, a senior catcher for the North Brunswick High School baseball team, signed a letter of intent May 14 to play for Belmont Abbey College.

    The Crusaders, a Division II team, are nationally ranked and graduate their starting catcher this year. Those two factors helped make Irwin’s decision to attend the college.

  • From the big screen to real lifeee"gatekeepers become personal nightmares

    I’ll never forget my first experience with a gatekeeper.

    I was a little girl, watching the movie “Ghostbusters” with my family. Everything was going OK for me until this scary woman came on the screen. She was perfectly normal until—BAM. She became possessed—and a little crazy.

    With her face twisted up and her hair askew, she thrashed and screamed, “I am the gatekeeper!”

  • Trojans open baseball playoffs at home Friday

    The West Brunswick baseball team begins the Class 3-A state playoffs Friday night at home against Wilson Hunt. West is the top 3-A seed in the Mideastern Conference. If it wins Friday, it will play a second-round game Tuesday at home, possibly against another top seed, D.H. Conley.

    For West coach Mike Alderson, a lack of competitive games heading into the playoffs is his main concern. West’s last game was May 6, when it beat Jacksonville 15-1 in five innings.

  • West opens baseball playoffs Friday

    The West Brunswick baseball team begins the Class 3-A state playoffs 6 p.m. Friday night at home (foe to be determined). Admission is $5.

    West is the top 3-A seed in the Mideastern Conference. If it wins Friday, it will play a second-round game Tuesday at home, possibly against another top seed, D.H. Conley.

    For West coach Mike Alderson, a lack of competitive games heading into the playoffs is his main concern. West’s last game was May 6, when it beat Jacksonville 15-1 in five innings.

  • Hawkins was a popular leader among teammates

    Coaches describe Caleb Hawkins as a popular athlete, a leader who inspired his younger teammates because he competed to his fullest ability.

    Hawkins was one of three West Brunswick athletes in a single-car wreck May 7. He was the most severely injured of the three athletes and May 12 he was taken off life support at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was an organ donor.

  • Second WBHS student dies following fatal car wreck

    A second West Brunswick High School student involved in a fatal car wreck last week has died.

    Caleb Hawkins, 17, died this week at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, according to hospital spokesperson Erin Balzotti. He had been listed in critical condition since the wreck.

    Hawkins, a junior, was a member of the school's wrestling and track teams and played tennis. Wrestling coach Jimmy Caraway said Hawkins was successful both on the mat and in the classroom.

  • West Brunswick athletes injured in fatal auto accident

    Four of the five passengers in the fatal car wreck May 7 are part of the West Brunswick High School wrestling team. Three of them are wrestlers—Caleb Hawkins, Joey Moreno and Dylan Bernier. The other—Jessica Solomon—is the team statistician.

    Hawkins and Moreno remained hospitalized Friday night. Hawkins was reported to be in a coma. Bernier had returned home.

  • Body of 44-year-old Ohio man found on Holden Beach

    First posted at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday.

    The body of a 44-year-old man from Ohio was found face down in the sand on Holden Beach early Tuesday morning, according to Holden Beach Police.

    The body was discovered about 20 yards to the right of the Holden Beach Pier. The man had blood under his nose, around his mouth and on his forehead.

    Holden Beach Police identified the white male but would not release his identity until next-of-kin had been notified.

  • Horticulturalists enjoy the sweet smell of gardenia success in the South

    There are several horticultural requirements when you move to the South. Obviously, you must grow evergreen azaleas and camellias. You have to leave the lilacs behind—at least the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). And, if you truly want to be a part of the southerner’s garden club, you need to grow gardenias.

    Since gardenias aren’t the easiest shrubs to grow, here is some information so you can enjoy the sweet smell of success with gardenias.

  • As demand increases, homeowners can try to harness energy from the landscape

    Never before has the demand for energy been as high—and never before have homeowners become so aware of the energy savings possible with landscaping, especially with the high cost of energy which has escalated over the last few years.

    Although it is not possible to control the weather, certain landscape practices can help modify the climate in and around your home.