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Today's News

  • Supply woman killed in single-vehicle wreck

    SUPPLY—A Supply woman was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle wreck on Stanbury Road in Supply.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said Sabrina Fulford Parrish, 53, of Stanbury Road, was driving her 2001 Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle south on Stanbury Road.

    Around 5:47 p.m., Parrish, who was driving an estimated 70 mph on the 55-mph stretch of road, came to a curve in the road, when she ran off the road to the right and collided with ditch.

  • McCumbee savors victory

     BY COURTNEY McGARRY

    Although his face was covered by layers of dirt and sweat, the smile on Chad McCumbee’s face was unmistakable Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

    The driver of the No. 1 ModSpace Ford had just won the Allen Crowe 100 for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, leading the final 51 laps and easily pulling away in a couple late-race re-starts. A caution flag on Lap 99 could have been disastrous for McCumbee, but he got the jump on Tom Hessert on the seventh lap of overtime to win by six car lengths.

  • West girls’ tennis team loses opener

     The West Brunswick High School girls’ tennis team began is 2011 season Aug. 17 with a non-conference home dual at the Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center. West lost 8-1 in a dual against Ashley that had close individual matches.

    “The season is under way, and for the first match everyone performed pretty well,” West coach Scott Mehalick said.

    “A lot of new players are in the lineup, but all of them play very well. Playing in her first match, Victoria Jordan won her singles match.”

  • Transportation service to Fayetteville now available for veterans

    Another stop has been added to the veterans transportation program for Brunswick County’s estimated 15,000 veterans.

    In December 2010, Veterans Affairs (VA) officials began a transportation assistance program to take Brunswick County veterans to the VA clinic in Wilmington. Now, local veterans can reserve a ride to the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville.

  • Hoggard rally stuns Trojans

     WILMINGTON—The Hoggard Vikings rallied from a 21-9 fourth-quarter deficit to beat the West Brunswick Trojans 32-21 in a season-opening high school football game Friday night.

    Two touchdowns by West quarterback Taylor Buffkin—one on a 78-yard run in the third quarter—and a 45-yard touchdown by Justin Bland, also in the third quarter, had given West the 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Unofficially for the game, Buffkin gained 209 yards.

  • Father, son arrested after pharmacy robbery

    A father and son were recently arrested on several criminal charges.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s deputies responded to a robbery just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Remedy Shop Pharmacy, 925 Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    The following day, detectives arrested James Hegedus, Sr., 41, of 7171 Westbrook Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, for his role in the robbery.

    His arrest led to the arrest of his son, James Michael Hegedus, Jr., 18, on a misdemeanor breaking and entering charge.

  • Lady Trojans sweep Pender, rally in five sets against Laney

    The West Brunswick High School volleyball team began its 2011 season by sweeping Pender 25-16, 25-18, 25-21 in a non-conference match Aug. 16 at West.

    West’s front-row attack was too much for the Patriots to overcome, although Pender did rally make all three sets close.

    In the first set, a kill by Jasmine Jackson led to a 5-0 run off serves by Mary Morgan Inions and a 7-3 lead. Inions had an ace in the run, and a set by Kaylee Johnston led to a kill by Jackson for the final point.

  • Traffic court to be re-instated next month

    BOLIVIA—After more than four months on hold, administrative traffic court is set to resume next month.

    According to District Attorney Jon David, he and Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly have come to a resolution on administrative traffic court, which hasn’t taken place since April 15, when Jolly issued an administrative order halting the court.

    Jolly stopped the court because the man who runs the driving school element of the program contributed to David’s 2010 campaign for district attorney.

  • Leland man found dead in Waterford retention pond

    LELAND—A 46-year-old man was found dead in a retention pond in the Waterford community Wednesday afternoon.

    Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne said Bobby Braxton Pierce, Jr., of 1006 Garden Club Way, Leland, was found dead around noon Wednesday, Aug. 17.

    Just before noon, Sgt. John Keel responded to Pierce’s home for a welfare check. After checking the residence, Keel then searched the front yard, back yard and patio and a retention pond behind the home.

  • Ketchup hoarders

     It is difficult to live hundreds of miles away from loved ones. It is my desire to be there for them when they are ill or sad or just to enjoy a good laugh and a bottle of wine. Last week I had the opportunity to visit my grandmother in Champaign, Ill.

    I couldn’t help but feel guilty for not being able to be a bigger part of my grandmother’s life. What I wouldn’t give to be able to have a weekly card night with her, take her to lunch on a random Saturday or just kick back in her recliner and take an afternoon snooze with her.