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Today's News

  • Use of force expert testifies in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— A use of force expert testified Monday he thinks a former Southport police sergeant acted appropriately when he fatally shot a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Lawyers for 46-year-old Bryon Vassey called Dave Cloutier, who serves as an expert in use-of-force science and self-defense tactics, as their third witness. Vassey is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Trojans beat Ashley, lose to Topsail in MEC tourney

    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
  • BCC baseball photos
  • BCC beats Wake Tech in doubleheader

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College beat Wake Tech 10-4 in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Saturday at Founders Field.

  • BCC sweeps Wake Tech in doubleheader

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College beat Wake Tech 10-4 in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Saturday at Founders Field.

  • Forensic psychiatrist returns to stand in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz
    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A forensic psychiatrist returned to the stand Friday morning, April 29, in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Defense lawyers called Moira Artigues to provide her expert opinion on 18-year-old Keith Vidal’s mental health before and during the day he was shot and killed by Bryon Vassey on Jan. 5, 2014.