Today's News

  • Where is the reality in today's reality shows?

    Whenever I write scriptural reflections, I begin by praying to God I might receive the word God wishes to impart—to me and to all who read my work. That is not usually the case with my newspaper columns. Typically, an idea or word or phrase or sentence pops into my mind and away I go. With God’s good grace, I rarely come up empty, but it does happen. It happened the week I began this column.

  • Piney Grove chief hired to head Calabash Volunteer Fire Department

    CALABASH—Randy Bork, chief of Piney Grove Fire and Rescue Department in Kernersville in Forsyth County, has been hired as new chief of the Calabash Volunteer Fire Department.

    Bork’s hiring was to be officially approved at a fire department board meeting Tuesday night.

    Bork, 55, replaces former fire chief Carl Naecker, who resigned July 24 after nearly a year on the job.

  • Leland No. 2 in Series; No. 1 in achievement

    The goal of athletes and teams is to win, not to finish second. But that all-or-nothing goal can diminish accomplishments that deserve to be recognized.

    Leland’s Dixie Youth Baseball Majors teams (12-year-olds) finished second last week in the World Series in Laurel, Miss.

    Leland, representing North Carolina in the 11-state tournament, dominated the tournament for all but one inning. South Carolina scored 10 runs in the final inning of the championship game Aug. 13 to beat Leland 12-9 and win the World Series.

  • Nonagenarian says no to sedentary life

    LELAND—The Summer National Senior Games took place Aug. 1-15 in the San Francisco area, and Leland resident Amelia Josey Smith was one of the qualifiers.

    For Josey, as everyone calls her, this is the fourth time she has qualified for the nationals. Because the coast-to-coast trip was too expensive for her, Josey was unable to travel to the games. But if she had competed, she would have been one of the oldest competitors: Josey is 93.

  • Trojans, Cougars win in final warm-ups

    The West Brunswick and South Brunswick football teams tuned up for the football season with scrimmages last week.

    West scrimmaged Hoggard and Wallace-Rose Hill Aug. 13 at home and scrimmaged Jacksonville Aug. 14 in the BB&T Jamboree, winning 17-3.

    In the scrimmages Aug. 13, Tyquan Ash caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Quan Bates. Markel Jones intercepted a pass.

  • Lady Trojans open season with win

    The West Brunswick volleyball team opened its 2009 season by beating Topsail 25-8, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24 Monday at West.

    Every starter contributed to the nonconference victory, led by Kenzie McDuffie’s 28 assists and eight digs. She also had eight points. Carly White had 18 kills and nine blocks. Sheena Suttlemyre scored 12 points and four digs. Mattie Tippett scored 15 points and had five aces. Breana Gause had five kills and four blocks. Miriah Milliken had seven points and four digs. Keri Nolan had 10 kills.


    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents during the past week.

    •Drunk and disruptive, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at the National Guard Armory on Main Street; a fight broke out inside the armory, and two detectives working there on a contracted job told the parties to leave.

    Another fight broke out, and working officers were called for backup. They arrived, and the party was shut down.

    •ABC violation at the National Guard Armory; suspect had a party with alcohol without a permit.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Ash-Little River Road in Ash; suspect stole victim’s utility vehicle.

    •Larceny on Bluewater Street in Southport; suspect stole victim’s dog.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Pigott Avenue in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect broke victim’s car window.

    •Larceny on Kingtown Road in Ash; suspect stole victim’s four-wheeler.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Stephen Parker Brown, 36, of 354 Stockinghead Road, Rose Hill; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, manufacture marijuana, maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.