Today's News

  • Woman arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs in jail in a Bible

    A Southport woman was arrested Friday, March 5, after agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit say she tried to smuggle drugs into jail—in a Bible.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office press release, Nicoll Christine Brennan, 26, of 4754 Blue Water St., Southport, was arrested after attempting to smuggle marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia, which she allegedly had tucked inside the pages of the Bible.

    Brennan allegedly cut holes into the pages of the Bible, where she then stuffed the contraband.

  • Trojan golf team takes second in Waccamaw Conference opener

    The West Brunswick men’s golf team opened its spring season with a second-place finish March 1 at The Lakes Country Club in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    South Brunswick was first (165), followed by West Brunswick (170), West Bladen (178), Whiteville (188), East Bladen (204), North Brunswick (206) and South Columbus (233).

  • Trojans baseball team finishes third in Butler Memorial tournament

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—The West Brunswick varsity baseball squad turned a 16-2 loss Friday night St. James into a learning experience Saturday morning at the Butler Memorial Tournament on Saturday morning.

    The power of Bruce Clewis—he hit two home runs—and the dominating pitching of Jay Gause—he struck out nine—led the Trojans to an 11-0 victory over North Myrtle Beach.

    Gause pitched four innings of the five-inning game. He threw 55 pitches, allowing one hit and striking out nine. It was first start of the season.

  • West JV falls to New Hanover in pitching duel

    WILMINGTON—New Hanover was the beneficiary of a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 2-1 victory over West Brunswick in a junior varsity baseball game March 4 at Buck Hardee field.

    West Brunswick tied the game in the top half of the sixth but surrendered the game-winning run to the Wildcats in a game that was played mostly in 30-degree temperatures. New Hanover pitcher Andrew Handley shut down the Trojans in a complete-game effort. Handley gave up five hits over seven innings, did not issue a walk and struck out seven Trojan batters.

  • Is a four-day school week the answer to the public schools’ financial crisis?

    Is reducing the school week to four days an answer to the financial crisis facing some school districts across the country?

    More than 100 of those districts say yes.

    According to a Wall Street Journal article, more than 100 school districts in 17 states are operating with a four-day schedule.

    A school district in Minnesota will begin four-day weeks at the beginning of next school year. A quote from the district’s superintendent said the district faces a $1.3 million deficit and considers it a last resort.

  • Ocean Isle Beach commissioners hope to see driveway construction begin soon

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners are hoping construction of a driveway off N.C. 179 will begin within the next 30 days.

    Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a 30-day extension to OI Investments for the construction of an entrance to The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach, off N.C. 179.

    William Niblock, of OI Investments, spoke to commissioners Tuesday and explained all driveways to The Retreat were initially to be constructed by Crescent Resources LLC, the developer of the commercial property at The Retreat.

  • Holden Beach dredging could take place over Easter holiday weekend

    Holden Beach officials don’t know whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take a several-day break from dredging the Lockwood Folly Inlet during Easter weekend.

    The Corps is scheduled to dredge the inlet some time during the first two weeks of April, which coincides with Easter vacation—one of the busiest times of the year on Holden Beach and Oak Island.

    The inlet is between those two barrier islands, and many commercial and recreational mariners use the inlet to go offshore.

  • Virginia Williamson library Web site wins contest with engaging, interactive material

    SUPPLY—Julie Sloup wants her students to know the resources available in the school library include more than books.

    The Virginia Williamson Elementary School librarian incorporates research tools and materials on the library’s Web site and also posts links to educational sites and daily games to incorporate research skills.

  • My first taste of cheesy grits was served with red-eye gravy

    Before ever tasting shrimp and grits, I must admit I was more than a little bit apprehensive about it. Grits were something you only ate at breakfast with your eggs and ham or bacon, or so I thought.

    I love shrimp, whether it’s boiled, fried, sautéed, baked or grilled. But combining it with grits? “No way,” I said. Boy, was I wrong.


    Shallotte Police have arrested two suspects believed to have been involved in several breaking and enterings of coin-operated machines in town over the past couple of weeks.

    Police charged Ann Marie Jackson, 26, of 718 Magnolia Drive, Sunset Beach, and

    James Frederick Burriss, 37, of 4405 Rounding Run Road, Shallotte, with possession of burglary tools, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and breaking and entering into a coin-operated machine.

    They were taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on $15,000 secured bonds.