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Today's News

  • 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.

  • VIDEO: Jelonnie Smith wins the 100 in MEC 3A meet

    VIDEO: Jelonnie Smith wins the 100 in MEC 3A meet. Anna Shelton is second. Natyra Gore is third.

  • Ashley High School ends West Brunswick’s 19-game winning streak

    The Ashley High School baseball team beat West 3-2 April 28 in Wilmington, ending the Trojans’ 19-game winning streak.

    The Screaming Eagles scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a double, an intentional walk and a single.

    The loss prevented West from clinching a tie for the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference title. West is 9-1 in the conference with two games left. The Trojans are 20-2 overall.

    West pitcher Kevin Powers gave up four hits and one earned run in seven innings. He walked one, hit one and struck out five.

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    Hed: Tennis players qualify for regional

    Staff Report

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — South Brunswick senior Dalton Adams and sophomore John Pratt and won the Mideastern Conference 3A championship tennis tournament April 28 at Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center.

    The South doubles team beat West Brunswick’s Kevin Gore and Tyler Mayo in three sets.

    All four players also qualified for a North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A regional, which is a qualifier for the state tournament.

  • Expert: Vidal stunned at least once before fatally shot

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer
     

    BOLIVIA— One witness took the stand Thursday morning, the eighth day of the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

  • Sheriff's office finds safe man reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has found safe a 32-year-old man who suffers from a cognitive impairment and was reported missing.

    William Tyler Wood was last seen Wednesday afternoon leaving a Pinecrest Drive residence in Southport, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Woods was found safe, the sheriff's office said Thursday evening.

  • Judge adjourns court early Wednesday in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown dismissed court early Wednesday, April 27 in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    The judge, not a jury, will determine 46-year-old Bryon Vassey’s guilt or innocence in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Keith Vidal.

  • Trojans beat Topsail, improve to 20-1

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat Topsail 4-1 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball game April 26 on Mike Alderson Field.

    The victory was West’s 19th straight this season, giving it an overall record of 20-1. The streak ended in a 3-2 loss April 28 at Ashley High School. (See summary below).

    Against Topsail, winning pitcher Johnathan Carlyle gave up four hits in seven innings. His record is 7-0. His ERA is 0.75. He leads the team in innings pitched (55.2).

  • A Nomad's Notes: an epic love story of another kind

    A lot of times when I read columns and someone writes, "The other day I was thinking about …" I usually assume it's something they've been thinking about for a long time and they just use that phrase for convenience's sake. But in this case, for this column, I really mean it.