Today's News

  • Winter exercise takes a hike

    Ah, winter exercise.

    There’s nothing I like better than to get up on a frosty morn (any of the ones we’ve seen this month), stretch my arms toward Mr. Coffee and do a lengthy sit-down on the couch in front of the television.

    I say I’m tuning in for exercise-at-dawn, and I do. But it has nothing to do with any outrageous outdoor running or power-walking on dangerously icy pavement. You have got to be kidding.

    But what’s not to love about FitTV’s exercise guru Gilad Janklowicz?

  • West Brunswick girls rout Whiteville

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick girls’ basketball team dominated from the first minutes in beating Whiteville 49-29 in a Waccamaw Conference game Friday night.

    Breana Gause scored 18 points, had 10 rebounds and made five steals for the Trojans, now 2-2 in the conference, 7-4 overall. Sheena Suttlemyre scored 12 points, had 12 rebounds and two seals.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED South beats North in wrestling dual

     LELAND—The South Brunswick wrestling team won eight matches by pin in beating North Brunswick 66-18 in a Waccamaw Conference dual Jan. 6.

    The Cougars gained 18 points from three forfeits.

    Senior heavyweight Robert McHenry won the first match by pin with 1 minute, 10 seconds left in the second period.

    Sophomore Zack Von Voight won the 103-pound match by pin with 1:22 left in the second period.

  • Cold weather does not deter good cause

     I know all about cold weather.

    I grew up in Chicago and I covered sports for two years in Wyoming.

    I know cold weather.

    Living in North Carolina has spoiled me. When the temperature dips below 40 degrees, I pout. But cold weather does not deter athletes. It is one more challenge they are determined to overcome.

    I saw that firsthand over the weekend.

  • Soles indicted on assault charges for August shooting

    WHITEVILLE—State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., the state’s longest serving legislator, was indicted Thursday afternoon for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    The grand jury returned a true bill of indictment at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, charging Soles with the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate at Tabor City.

    The indictment came just days after Soles announced he would not seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate.

  • BEMC Kicks off Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign

    Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation (BEMC) has kicked-off its second-annual Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign and has raised more than $21,000 so far.

    The company is raising money in order to help local residents in need. The money raised will go towards Brunswick Family Assistance and the Columbus County Department of Aging to help local residents with their heating and electric bills and other necessities during the winter season.

  • Sheriff’s office searching for missing 84-year-old man

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing elderly man believed to be suffering from dementia.

    Albert Ray Childers, 84, of 13 Gate 6, Carolina Shores, was last seen around 2 a.m. Friday. Childers recently said he wanted to go to Gaffney, S.C., to visit family.

    Childers is 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has short, gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark green, checkered shirt and black pants.

    He is driving a 2006 dark gray Jeep Liberty with a North Carolina license plate, TWE 8947.

  • Teacher arrested for statutory rape, sex acts with a student

    First reported at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. Last updated: 11:29 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

    A Brunswick County Academy (BCA) teacher was arrested Wednesday and charged with statutory rape and sex acts with a student.

    Leah Gayle Shipman, 39, of 8764 Windingwood Trail in Leland, was charged with one count of sexual offense with a student, one count of statutory rape and one count of taking indecent liberties with a student, according to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

  • Brunswick County Schools on two-hour delay Friday

    Brunswick County Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Friday, Jan. 8.

    According to a ConnectEd message, students and 10-month employees will be on a two-hour delay Friday. Twelve-month employees will be on a regular schedule and are expected to arrive at regular time.

    If changes in weather occur, the school will send out further notification.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Seven West football players on first-team All-Waccamaw Conference

    Seven West Brunswick football players made first-team All-Waccamaw Conference.

    Coaches also selected six Trojans to the second team.

    West coach Jimmy Fletcher comments about the players.

    Bradley Bell

    Statistics: Caught seven passes for 147 yards and one touchdown. Gained 507 yards (7.9 yards a carry) and scored six touchdowns. Intercepted three passes.

    Perhaps the most versatile player on the team.