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Today's News

  • Two Oak Island men charged with area break-ins

    BOLIVIA—Two Oak Island men have been charged with breaking into several homes in Bolivia and Southport between Nov. 6 and Nov.19.

    Dustin Lynn Hensley, 24, of 311 NE 61st St., has been charged with five counts of felonious breaking and entering, three counts of larceny, four counts of felony conspiracy, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods and assault by pointing a gun. Hensley remained in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $125,000 secured bond.

  • Former sheriff reports to federal prison

    First published at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday

    Dressed in a suit and tie, his wife by his side, former sheriff Ronald Hewett carefully worked the room as he had done so many times before.

    Monday afternoon he attended the dedication of the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building—shaking hands, giving hugs and exchanging pleasantries with familiar faces.

    Less than 24 hours later Hewett reported to federal prison.

  • Miniature Masterpieces a hit

    CALABASH—The Brunswick Arts Council’s annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces fundraiser drew about 300 people Saturday night to Sunset River Marketplace gallery.

    Local arts supporters showed up in their finest black-tie attire and admired the “mini” art pieces created especially for the event. Each guest took home a masterpiece.

    In addition to live and silent auctions, the event also featured a celebration of the arts council’s scholarship program.

  • Gause sentenced to more than 10 years for habitual felon, cocaine possession

    James Alfonzo Gause has been convicted of possession of cocaine and being a habitual felon. Last week, Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Gause, 38, to 10 years and four months in N.C. Department of Corrections.

    Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said a jury deliberated for 40 minutes for the cocaine possession charge and six minutes for the habitual felon charge.

  • Lady Trojans open basketball season with two wins

    Who says you need a good night’s sleep to play well?

    Playing their second game in two nights—and after returning home around midnight from the first game Nov. 20 in Bladenboro—the West Brunswick High School girls basketball team beat the Fairmont Tornadoes 55-42 Friday night at West.

    The Trojans displayed an energetic defense and a teamwork-oriented offense. Two players scored at least 11 points: Sheena Suttlemyre had 16 points (and six rebounds, four steals and two assists). Breana Gause had 11 points (and seven rebounds).

  • The reds are coming, the reds are coming—grab your fishing rod

    With colder water temperatures dictating inshore fishing, local anglers’ focus has fallen primarily on red drum and speckled trout.

    Of the two, redfish are already making a terrific showing while specks are popping up in their usual hit-or-miss style. Meanwhile, black drum are also being caught in many different locations and will probably be available no matter how cold the water gets.

  • Communications 101 for golf course superintendents (and us)

    Last week I attended the 2008 Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Conference and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach.

    This is a four-day event that includes a golf tournament, seminars, exhibits, meetings and receptions. Because the Carolinas section of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association is the largest in the country, the Myrtle Beach, S.C., conference is second only to the national one, which will take place Feb. 2-7 in New Orleans.

  • N.C. 179 closing Monday at Jennies Branch

    At 9 a.m. Monday, N.C. 179 between Ocean Isle Beach and Shallotte will be closed to traffic for the next six months as the North Carolina Department Of Transportation begins bridge replacement work at Jennies Branch.

    Traffic will be diverted to a detour on Hale Swamp Road, according to the NCDOT office in Wilmington.

    Signs will be posted to direct motorists to the alternate route.

    Local residents along 179 will have access to their homes but will have to use the detour instead of the bridge.

  • A year long-journey is one of hope for breast cancer survivor

    Sherry Anderson thanks God she is alive today, and she knows all too well just how dangerous breast cancer can be.

    The Boiling Spring Lakes resident lost her sister, Elaine Hammonds, to breast cancer when Elaine was 40. She had been fighting the disease for about three years.

    Anderson’s mom, Delores Barker, 74, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and now is fighting breast and lung cancer.

    Anderson also has an aunt and a great aunt who were diagnosed with the disease.

  • Programs offer medical assistance for those without insurance

    If it hadn’t been for the Brunswick County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP), Sherry Anderson isn’t quite sure how her story would have turned out.

    After having to leave her job in the legal profession because of back problems, coupled with the need to care for her ailing husband, Anderson found herself without medical insurance.

    The expense associated with getting an annual mammogram almost prevented her from continuing her yearly screening—that is, until she found out about BCCCP.