Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Dumped shrimp settlement outlined in Varnamtown



    VARNAMTOWN—More than 50 people, including local shrimpers, packed in Feb. 18 to hear representatives outline a trade-dispute settlement regarding dumped shrimp from Thailand.

    Representatives with the Southern Shrimp Alliance said the settlement with the Thai Frozen Foods Association would make at least $100 million in funds available for the domestic industry.

  • ELECTION 2010: No new filings for judicial seats


    No new candidates have filed for state judicial races as of Tuesday.

    N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice (Ed Brady seat)—Robert C. (Bob) Hunter and Barbara Jackson, both of Raleigh, had previously filed for the nonpartisan race.

    In N.C. Court of Appeals races, incumbent Ann Marie Calabria of Morrisville and challengers Jane Gray of Raleigh and Mark E. Klass of Lexington have filed for Calabria’s seat.

  • ELECTION 2010: Tyson files as fourth candidate for District 17 race


    Mac Tyson has cast his hat in the ring for election in the N.C. House District 17 race.

    Tyson, a former Cumberland County commissioner and senior legislative adviser who lives in Holden Beach, filed for the race against fellow Republican and incumbent Frank Iler (R-Brunswick), who is seeking re-election.

    Two Democratic challengers, Leonard Jenkins and Northwest Mayor James A. Knox, have also filed.


    State Rep. Dewey L. Hill is seeking re-election in the N.C. House District 20 race.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Helping others is a way of life for community minister



    SUPPLY—As James Bell ascended winding wooden steps with a boxful of food for a family in need, his wife, the Rev. Patricia Ann Bell, urged everyone to go ahead of her.

    Health problems have slowed her gait, and it takes her a while to climb stairs, she said.

    But when it comes to community outreach, the shepherdess of Lamb of God Ministries still gets around just fine.

    The newly ordained minister’s church doesn’t yet have a building of its own.

  • West Brunswick grad, local hero awarded Bronze Star for combat missions in Iraq

    When I called him to talk about his recent accomplishments, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino couldn’t talk much about the 2007 combat mission for which he was recently awarded the Bronze Star—the mission remains classified.

    But he and I have spoken about his deployments before, so I had an understanding, even if it is a limited civilian understanding, of what his dangerous role was while serving with the U.S. Air Force 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED North beats West in 2 OTs in tourney opener

    LELAND—North Brunswick was supposed to win this basketball game against West Brunswick.

    But in regulation—not in double overtime.

    North was supposed to win this game by double digits—as it did in December when it crushed West 80-49—not by three points, 75-72, as it did Tuesday night in a first-round game of the Waccamaw Conference boys’ basketball tournament.

  • West’s Tippett to continue volleyball career at BCC

    Brunswick Community College volleyball coach Stephanie McMullan has signed a key player for the 2010 season. West Brunswick’s Mattie Tippett will play the next two years for the Dolphins.

  • Man dies, child seriously injured in Shallotte Point wreck

    A Shallotte man was killed and his 2-year-old daughter severely injured after a two-car wreck Saturday on Pigott Road in the Shallotte Point area.

    The other driver involved in the crash was not injured and is facing several charges including felony hit and run and driving while impaired, according to 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

    Jorge Velasquez Sotomayor, 1510 Phelps St., Shallotte, died in New Hanover Regional Medical Center a day after the wreck occurred.

  • No need to track down the 'Antiques Roadshow' this weekend; just go to Southport

    Ever watch one of those antique appraisal shows and wonder if the stuff in your attic, trunk or cluttered spare room is actually worth something?

    The most popular of the bunch is “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS, where people from all walks of life put themselves and their prized possessions in front of a national audience and a tough appraiser to find out if their “treasure” is the real thing, a forgery or a very good (even valuable) reproduction.

  • 21-0 streak propels West to playoff victory

    West Brunswick scored 21 straight points in the first half and went on to beat Washington 68-60 in a first-round game Monday of the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls’ Class 3A basketball playoffs.

    The victory advanced the Lady Trojans to a second-round home game at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 against Rocky Mount (17-5).