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Today's News

  • Judge may render verdict in Vassey trial Tuesday

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown may render a verdict Tuesday afternoon 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.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, was the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Drive residence of 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Sheriff’s office finds Supply teen reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has found safe a 17-year-old from Supply who was reported missing.

    Cody Mooney was last seeing walking from his home on Gamewell Court about 10 p.m. Monday, April 25, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Mooney was found safe, the sheriff's office said Thursday afternoon, April 28.

  • BCC signs two West Brunswick baseball players

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior infielders Zachary Johnson and Tristan Lewis signed letters of intent April 26 to attend Brunswick Community College and play baseball.

    “I’m excited,” BCC coach Robbie Allen said. “We’ve always tried to recruit the kids from our county, and getting these two guys, that’s a big step. These two are from good families and are good players.”

    Johnson has played third base and first base this season.

  • Oak Island Fire Department to begin testing fire hydrants

    Oak Island Fire Department will begin testing fire hydrants Wednesday, April 27. They will begin in two separate areas at the same time.

    First area: Hydrant testing will begin at SW Yacht and West Oak Island drives. Staff will test hydrants up and down all north- and southwest streets working their way east towards Middleton. Once at Middleton, they will continue working their way east up and down all north- and southeast streets until they reach 58th Street.

  • How to run a charity golf event

    Brunswick County is a beehive of charity golf events. During much of the year, two or three charity golf events take place each week at courses from Leland to Calabash.

    Some raise funds for national charities like the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Cancer Society and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Other charity events are for a local need. Someone’s house burns down; a family experiences a life-changing accident or devastating illness. Sometimes funds are raised for the hungry and the homeless.

  • Great time to try to catch mahi mahi

    Every spring an event occurs that puts offshore anglers of our area into ultimate pandemonium. The chaos begins with just one or two boats that head to the Gulf Stream in search of a tug on the line. Typically, these boats return to the dock with decent success, which also sparks interest of more anglers to venture offshore. Then, before you know it, dozens of boats are returning to the dock with incredible tales all revolving around one thing: the late spring mahi mahi run.

  • Patterson perseveres, leads West to golf title

    LELAND — Landon Patterson led his teammates to a golf championship Monday.

    Teammates and others guided Patterson through the toughest 18 holes of his life.

    Patterson, mourning the recent death of brother Harrison Taylor, shot West’s lowest score as the Trojans won the 3A title of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference championship golf tournament Monday, April 25, at Magnolia Greens Golf Course.

    “It was tough,” Patterson said. “I thought about Harrison, my brother, and I decided to do it for him.”

  • Vidal’s mother testifies in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — When Mary Wilsey heard her son, Keith Vidal, call her “John,” she knew she needed to call police.

    It was her husband, Mark Wilsey Sr., who made the call, asking that an officer come to their Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5, 2014, and help them with Vidal, 18, who suffered from schizophrenia.

  • Vidal’s mother testifies in Vassey trial

    BOLIVIA — When Mary Wilsey heard her son, Keith Vidal, call her “John,” she knew she needed to call police.

    It was her husband, Mark Wilsey Sr., who made the call, asking that an officer come to their Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5, 2014, and help them with Vidal, 18, who suffered from schizophrenia.

    Former Southport police Sgt. Bryon Vassey, the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Driver residence that afternoon, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the teen’s death.

  • West soccer photos