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Today's News

  • School project helps writer to get a better understanding of who she is

    As school started Jan. 9, so did the homework. As always, the first week of school would include a lot of introduction assignments. I usually do these assignments as fast as I can to get them completed.

    This year, one of these assignments did a little more than help me get acquainted with my teacher and my classmates—it helped me get re-acquainted with myself.

  • Rusty Evans to bring 'Man in Black' to BCC

    Johnny Cash is gone, but on Thursday, Jan. 22, you can relive the music and spirit of the “Man In Black” when Rockabilly Hall of Famer Rusty Evans performs his “Ring of Fire” tribute at Brunswick Community College.

    With a voice like rolling thunder and a spirit of gentle rain, Evans has been wowing audiences from Nashville to San Francisco with his tribute to the Man In Black.

  • West basketball games rescheduled

    Because of exams at West and other schools, changes have been made to the Trojan basketball schedule.

    The games Jan. 20 with New Hanover have been changed to Jan. 29.

    On Jan. 22, West will play at Jacksonville, with the first game at 6 p.m. The junior varsity games will be at West, with the first game at 4:30 p.m.

    On Feb. 6, Senior Night, West will have home games with Jacksonville, with the first game at 6 p.m. The JV games will be at Jacksonville, with the first game at 4:30 p.m.

  • Cold, unstable weather affects speckled trout

    The weather is cold and unstable, and nobody is fishing much. Well, the birds are fishing, but birds are extremely talented and can catch fish through a blizzard. Anyone who has ever sat and watched them knows no angler can match the skill of our feathered friends. Few humans, however, are out casting about.

    There are redfish schools in the shallows (or so I am told) that might or might not be willing to bite on the warmer days. In truth, most are probably just content to chill out and hide from dolphins (who have some freakish fishing skills themselves).

  • Coach Gene Doane: A lifetime spent coaching and teaching students

    Some people know what they want to do with their life at an early age. They don’t choose the big bucks, they choose to do what they love and that makes all the difference.

    Such a man is Gene Doane, better known as Coach Doane, of South Brunswick High School. He’s been coaching high school kids for a whopping 56 years.

    Today, at 74, Coach Doane is still going strong, teaching every day while he produces teams that qualify for state championships. As he mentors young athletes, he impacts the lives of Brunswick county youth in a positive way.

  • Charges against principal, parent dismissed

    All charges against Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School Principal Patricia Rourk and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, have been dismissed.

    According to a press release from the district attorney's office, Rourk and Danka have reached a "confidential" agreement. The parties agree to "have no further contact," the release states.

    Danka said Tuesday she is "very satisfied," with the terms of the agreement.

  • Brunswick County under winter weather advisory

    The National Weather Service’s winter weather advisory for Brunswick County remains in effect through 10 p.m. this evening.

    Throughout the day, temperatures are expected to continue to drop. By afternoon, temperatures are expected remain near freezing along the coast. Because of this, the National Weather Service predicts roads will become slippery with bridges and overpasses being the most susceptible to icing.

  • Salmonella case confirmed in Brunswick

    Brunswick County has a confirmed case of salmonella, the health department has reported.

    The parents of a local child reported the poisoning in November, but it takes a couple of months for testing to be complete, deputy health director Fred Michael said.

    It’s the only one so far in the county, Michael said, that is the same as the strain reported nationwide. So far, 470 cases have been reported throughout the U.S., four of them in North Carolina.

    Michael said the department is advising people not to eat peanut butter crackers.

  • Brunswick residents celebrate the life of civil right’s leader

    More than 60 people lined the pews at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Monday to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with songs, speeches, sermons and praise.

    It was the fourth such event in the southwestern part of the county, and organizers say they plan to continue the tradition.

    The crowd warmed up by singing inspiring hymns including “We Shall Overcome,” “Have a Little Talk with Jesus” and “Amazing Grace.”

  • Oak Island man sentenced to eight years for child pornography charge

    RALEIGH—An Oak Island man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for a child pornography charge.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 14, U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Keith David Smith, 22, a former Coast Guard seaman, to 97 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    According to a press release, one count of criminal information was filed Aug. 4, 2008, charging Smith with receipt of child pornography.

    Smith pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court in September 2008.