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Today's News

  • Gators host of swim meet

     The Brunswick Aquatic Club (BAC) was host to a meet Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center. One hundred seventy-five swimmers from the Waves of Wilmington (WOW), BAC, Cape Fear Aquatic Club (CFAC) and STAR Aquatics used this meet, sanctioned by USA Swimming, as a late opportunity to qualify for the state and regional championships that will take place in March at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Winter at the beach: Cold winds along the dunes, clouds scudding along above us, and where last summer the children and dogs romped, the beach is dominated by plaintive little wading birds picking at a jellyfish. You could stroll along with a cup of coffee, composing a sonnet. Yes, the beach is different in the winter.

     

  • Escaped inmate captured after five-day manhunt

     SOUTHPORT — Deputies captured a Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility last week after searching the area near his home Tuesday, Feb. 3.

    They found 22-year-old William Earl Hewett hiding in a camper shell in a wooded area on Trails End, a stone’s throw from his Southport home, about 6:45 a.m. searching several addresses and parcels off Trails End Road near Long Beach Road.

  • Trojan wrestlers lose in second round of state duals

     Staff Report

    West Brunswick’s wrestling season in duals competition ended Feb. 3 in a second-round loss to host Swansboro in the NCHSAA Class 3A state tournament.

    West ends the season 23-1. Swansboro is 40-3.

    The Trojans opened the tourney by routing Western Harnett 65-18. Swansboro opened the tourney by beating Ledford 46-30.

    In the second round, Swansboro beat West 35-27. Twelve of West’s points came from forfeits after Swansboro had clinched the dual.

    The teams split the first four matches and were tied.

  • Black sea bass are biting

     There isn’t much to be said in this week’s fishing report. Once again Mother Nature has prevented most boats from sailing with how hard the wind has been blowing. It seems as if we cannot catch a break this winter. Normally, the colder months bring long periods of hard northeast winds and then a calm, stable period in between fronts. This year, the wind has refused to quit blowing. Hopefully, with late February and March’s warmer temperatures the cold fronts will begin to spread out and give us more opportunities to fish.

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  • Spring tune-up with Cheryl Brankel

     Fellow golfers, it’s time for your spring tune-up. In a few short weeks, the warm weather will be here and you’ll want your swing ready so you can go out and conquer the course.

    To find out what makes a good tune-up, I drove up to Carolina National and spoke with Cheryl Brankel, of the Cheryl Brankel Golf Academy. Brankel is a lady PGA golf professional, certified in teaching and she loves what she does.

    Brankel was at Wild Dunes in Charleston, S.C, before coming to Carolina National nine years ago.

  • Three Scorpions win ECC wrestling titles

     North Brunswick’s Patrick Burton, Anthony Walker and Evin Bellamy won championships in the East Central Conference championship wrestling tournament.

    (Conference records of wrestlers are in parentheses.)

    At 145 pounds, sophomore Patrick Burton (11-1) finished first and scored 34 team points.

    In a semifinal, Burton won by fall in 2:19 against Johnny Davis (Northside High School, 5-8). In the title match, Burton won 9-4 against senior Kevin Cagle (Dixon, 10-2).

  • West Brunswick wins MEC championship wrestling tourney

       SHALLOTTE — Host West Brunswick won the Mideastern Conference championship wrestling tournament Saturday. West had 10 finalists and four champions.

    Jimmy Caraway, coach of the unbeaten Trojans — they finished the regular season 22-0 — was voted by his peers as conference coach of the year.

    “That shows that they think a lot of what we’re doing here. We’re pushing the kids, making them work hard.

  • VIDEO: Unbeaten Nathan Gilbert wins conference title