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Today's News

  • Bush declares disaster for Hanna in Brunswick

    President George W. Bush has declared a federal disaster for the three counties that suffered the most damage from Tropical Storm Hanna—Brunswick, Beaufort and Person counties.

    N.C. Governor Mike Easley requested the disaster declaration on Sept. 30, and Bush declared the disaster Oct. 8, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said.

    Thompson said the presidential declaration is for public assistance, not individual assistance; meaning individual homeowners cannot apply for assistance.

  • Attorney: Substance abuse treatment needed

    Ronald Hewett is on the road to recovery, and his attorney wants him to stay on that path while serving his 16-month prison sentence.

    After being sentenced in federal court Monday afternoon, Hewett’s attorney Douglas Parsons asked that U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt recommend Hewett serve his time in a federal facility in Butner, and specifically, that Hewett participate in an intense substance abuse program, “so that he may continue on the course he’s on.”

  • Brown-Todd

    Stacey Anne Brown and Jack O’Dell Todd were married Oct. 5 at Ocean Isle Beach.

    The bride is the daughter of Beth Johnson and John Fellner of Shallotte. The groom is the son of Jack and Wilma Todd of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Rev. Lamar Boulware officiated the ceremony. Family and friends attended.

    The couple resides at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Snyders celebrate 60 years

    Richard and Loretta Snyder of Sunset Beach will celebrate 60 years of marriage Oct. 17.

    The couple met in a delicatessen in Roosevelt, Long Island, N.Y., where Richard worked while attending high school.

    Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 before the end of World War II. He served on the battleship “Iowa,” which berthed in Japan after the end of the war.

    Following his military discharge, Richard worked as a printer, beginning a lifelong career. He also worked for many years a as a maitre d' in the catering business.

  • Clewis birth

    Michael “Rock” and Beth Clewis of Boiling Spring Lakes are the parents of a daughter, Carly Ann Clewis, born at 2:17 p.m. Aug. 19 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 9 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Caison, 11.

    Maternal grandparents are Ann Caison of Supply and the late Edward Caison Jr.

    Paternal grandparents are Earl and Barbara Clewis of Southport.

    Great-grandparents are Mickey Robinson of Supply and Lucy Henry of Southport.

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has pleaded guilty to three state embezzlement charges.

    On Monday morning, in Brunswick Superior Court, Hewett pleaded guilty to the three charges, but entered a no-contest plea to an obstruction of justice charge.

    He was sentenced to 15 to 18 months, which were suspended in lieu of 36 months of supervised probation. Hewett will be under supervised probation until he reports to federal prison for the 16 months he was sentenced to federally last week.

  • Momentum can change sides quickly

    Volleyball reminds me of the importance of momentum.

    “Momentum” is often used to described action in sports, to pinpoint the turning point in a game and the shift to a more enthusiastic attitude by athletes.

    It is especially noticeable in volleyball.

    Several years ago in high school volleyball, only the serving team could score points. It made for long matches, but it also led to intense matches.

  • West begins first round Saturday

    The West Brunswick High School volleyball team begins the first round of the Class 3-A state playoffs Saturday at home (time and foe to be determined).

    The Trojans finished the conference season 10-2 and were unbeaten against the 3-A teams in the conference.

    They are 14-2 overall with one match left (Tuesday against at North Brunswick).

    Below are summaries of the Trojans’ final three conference games.

    WEST BRUSWICK 3

    JACKSONVILLE 0

  • A life changed

    Life can change so quickly. One moment everything is on track, then in an instant life can be derailed. The measure of a man is often found after the train wreck.

    Dee Hill is living the life of recovery. He caused the train wreck and he accepts the consequences for his actions. Now he is looking to the future.

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    BOLIVIA—For a man of so many words, Ronald Hewett had few Monday morning, when he pleaded guilty to three state charges of embezzlement by a public official.

    Hewett entered a no-contest plea to a fourth state charge—obstruction of justice.

    As part of a plea agreement, Hewett’s charges were consolidated. He was sentenced to 15 to 18 months, which were suspended in lieu of 36 months of supervised probation.