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Today's News

  • Leland police charge four boys in schools' vandalism

    Leland police charged three boys and are looking for a fourth who they said vandalized North Brunswick High and Leland Middle schools about 3:30 a.m. Monday, April 25.

    Several buildings and sidewalks as well as 11 school buses at the high school were spray painted with “obscenities and other writings,” Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Tuesday, April 26. The vandals also spray painted a sign at the middle school.

    Humphries said detectives estimated the boys caused $15,000 to $20,000 in damage.

  • Oak Island man becomes county’s first 2016 lottery winner

    A split-second decision to buy a lottery ticket turned into a lucky one for Dylan Hudson of Oak Island after he won $250,000 playing the new $250,000 Fortune scratch-off game to become the county’s first lottery winner in 2016.

    Hudson bought the $5 ticket at the Market Express on Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    “I just went to get a tank of gas and decided to get a ticket,” Hudson, a construction worker, said in a news release. He is the first person to claim a top prize in the game.

  • Supply businessman accused of animal cruelty

    The operator of a Supply-based lawn care service is accused of starving dogs and pigs, as well as failing to dispose of dead pigs properly.

    Clayton Lee Robinson, 56, of Supply Street SE, is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and a single count of failing to dispose of dead domesticated animals, warrants show. The charges are misdemeanors.

    A warrant shows Robinson, who runs Honey-Do’s Lawn Service, “unlawfully and willfully did intentionally deprive of necessary sustenance” dogs and pigs on his property.

  • Leland agrees to allow gated communities again

    LELAND — Leland had a packed town hall March 29 for a contentious planning board meeting that ended in a split vote on allowing gated communities back in the town.

    On April 21, the Leland town board had almost as many concerned citizens attend its meeting, but the decision was one-sided.

    Leland officials voted unanimously, 5-0, to once again allow developers to build gated communities.

  • West golf team fails to qualify for state

    The West Brunswick boys’ golf team fell eight strokes short of qualifying for the state tournament next week at Whispering Pines Country Club.

    In the NCHSAA 3A Regional Monday at Reedy Creek Golf Course, the Trojans shot a 340 and finished tied for fifth among 11 teams.

    The top three finishers from the regional qualified for state: C.B. Aycock, Corinth Holders and West Craven. Each team shot a 332.

    No one from West qualified individually. Tucker Vaughan shot an 80 and tied for 11th. He missed qualifying for state by two strokes.

  • Trojans beat Ashley 14-4 in MEC softball tourney

     

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat Ashley 14-4 in six innings Monday in a first-round game of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference championship softball tournament at West.

    The Trojans scored nine runs in the fourth inning en route to the victory.

  • Gulf Stream action heating up

    The first week of May can be a magical time for fishermen of Brunswick County. As history tells it, May is typically the transition month for almost all targeted species of game fish along the southeastern section of North Carolina. Mahi mahi have begun their annual late spring run up the edge of the coast, the king mackerel have started feeding in the 30-mile range and, thankfully, a few Spanish mackerel have been found along the beachfront. 

  • Flounder are biting in many areas

    The average water temperature in our area is holding in the lower 70s and that has triggered a good flounder bite. Shallow areas like Tubbs Inlet and Dunn Sound, S.C., and Hogg Inlet S.C., have all produced numbers of small flounder the last few weeks. As the water temperature has continued rise and is holding around 70 degrees even in our surf zones, deeper areas have started to show signs of life. Places like the Little River (S.C.) jetties, Shallotte Inlet and Lockwood Folly have all seen more flounder this week with solid keepers in the mix.

  • Middle school golf thriving in Brunswick County

    What a difference a few years makes. When I first started writing this column almost 13 years ago, I remember speaking with Marcia Heady. At that time, she was the athletics director for West Brunswick High School.

    “We can’t get enough kids to field a golf team,” she moaned. “We have to beg kids to play. We hardly need tryouts. It’s sad, because we live in the golf capital of the world and our kids just aren’t into golf.”

  • Trojan softball photos