Today's News

  • Amaryllises can look fussier to care for than they actually are

    All it takes is a little light, warmth and water to coax an amaryllis bud out of the big bulb’s belly. No ultimatums required. Pop up the softball-size bulbs now so the immense, trumpet-shaped flowers will grace your holiday décor. The bud rides upward 1-2 feet on a hollow but thick-skinned stalk before bursting into spectacular bloom.

  • Advent expresses three stages of the Christian journey

    We’re almost there. Christmas is just around the corner. Many of us are so focused on what is not yet here we miss the reality of the present moment and the wonder of all that has occurred in the past.

    Advent helps us to embrace the three stages of our faith journey: Christ has come. Christ will come again. Christ is here now.

    It is difficult to embrace those three “presences” simultaneously, unless we remember our own human lives are filled with that trinity.

  • Burr to block U.S. Attorney nominee

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said he supports President Barack Obama’s nomination of Thomas Walker for U.S. Attorney for North Carolina’s Eastern District.

    It’s the timing Burr has a problem with.

    On Thursday, Dec. 10, Burr announced he planned to block Walker’s nomination by withholding Walker’s blue slip—a Senate tool used to move the confirmation process forward—until the investigations of former Gov. Mike Easley and former U.S. Senator and Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards are complete.

  • Tracking H1N1: CDC restrictions lifted for vaccine

    With health officials anticipating a possible third wave of H1N1 influenza in January, local officials are urging people to receive an H1N1 vaccine.

    “Reports of the decline in the number of H1N1 flu cases is good news, but some officials are worried people will think the outbreak is over, so there is no need to get an H1N1 vaccination,” Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said.

    “A third wave of the flu may follow the second, probably in January, but no one can predict that with any certainty.”

  • Bolivia man arrested for multiple drug charges

    BOLIVIA—A Bolivia man has been arrested for multiple drug charges, including manufacturing and trafficking cocaine.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Norman Laquinn Hewett Jr., 28, of 2566 Autumn Lane in Bolivia, after a two-month investigation, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

    Following the investigation, drug agents executed a search warrant Dec. 11 at Hewett’s Autumn Lane home, where they seized more than $20,000 worth of cocaine, marijuana and pills.

  • Championship celebration becomes donation drive

    A celebration of an autumn softball championship evolved into a Christmastime donation drive for Hope Harbor Home.

    When the Pipettes softball team won the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation softball tournament in October, the team sponsor offered to fund a victory party, said Pipettes’ player Jessica Winfree.

  • Trojans begin conference basketball play this week

    The West Brunswick High School basketball teams begin Waccamaw Conference play this week. West played host to South Brunswick Dec. 15 and will play on Friday at North Brunswick.

    West’s girls enter the conference 5-2. In its last three nonconference games, it beat North Myrtle Beach 59-31 and Socastee, S.C., 48-30 but lost Monday to Ashley 51-31.

    West’s boys lost 63-49 to North Myrtle Beach, 62-57 to Socastee and 52-43 Monday to Ashley.

    Summaries of the games are below and on page 4B.


    WEST 48, SOCASTEE 30

  • Lady Cougars learn from two-point loss

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick’s girls lost 36-34 Friday night to Trask in a nonconference basketball game.

    The young Cougars showed what they are capable of doing during the third quarter, when they erupted for 15 straight points against Trask’s starting five seniors.

    “I’m proud of our girls,” South coach Chris Roehner said. “They learned more from tonight’s loss than from Monday’s victory. They are improving every game.”

  • South Brunswick's boys hold off Trask for a win

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The Cougars’ varsity boys’ basketball team was feeling pretty good Friday night after a 61-56 victory over Trask at the South gymnasium.

  • Wanted: Sheriff's detectives still searching for statutory rape suspect

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a Hispanic male suspected of raping an underage female victim.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said deputies are searching for Noel Velasquez, 17.

    Velasquez is wanted for one count of statutory rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. Velasquez has been wanted since November.

    According to Davis, Velasquez was charged with statutory rape of a victim more than four years, but less than six years younger than he is.