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  • Planning board recommends approval of Wisteria Place master plan

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approving a master plan for a new, 89-unit development on Village Point Road. It also recommended denial of a rezoning request on the same road that would change the area from residential to multi-family, saying it goes against the town’s land-use plan.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the planning board heard an overview of the master plan for “Wisteria Place” from the developers and planners of the project.

  • Academy receives conditional use permit; board questions Walgreens

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen have approved a conditional use allowing The Academy of Coastal Carolina to continue to operate in Calvary Baptist Church.

    One of the administrators of the private Christian school, Terry Cox, came before the board at its meeting last Wednesday.

  • Sunset Beach gets ready to budget for upcoming fiscal year

    SUNSET BEACH—Read town administrator Gary Parker’s lips: no new tax increase is being projected for the town’s upcoming 2008-2009 fiscal year budget.

    The tax rate for the town’s proposed $5,785,436 fiscal 2008-2009 budget, in fact, is 9.5 cents per $100 of valuation, compared to the current 11.5 cents.

    That amount is expected to cover all of the town’s projected operating and maintenance expenses and capital expenditures while returning $200,000 to its fund balance.

  • Trojans breeze by Patriots in playoff game

    SHALLOTTE—Warning: Objects in strike zone may appear bigger than they really are.

    After West Brunswick’s baseball team walloped West Carteret 10-2 in a state playoff game Friday night, Trojan coach Mike Alderson said, “It looks like a softball to them now.”

    The Trojans pounded the baseball for 10 hits, including two each by Ryan Hill, Logan Tripp and Josh Powell.

    “We’ve been coming out of the gate really fired up,” said Powell, who batted in three runs.

    His first RBI came in the first inning.

  • Four Trojans qualify for state track meet

    Four West Brunswick track athletes performed well enough at the 3A Eastern Track Regionals to qualify for the 3A State Track and Field Meet Friday at North Carolina A&T State University.

    “We are really excited for our young people who qualified for the state championship meet this Friday in Greensboro,” West Brunswick head track coach Yogi Hickman said.

    “They have worked really hard and have improved their times throughout the season, and now they have a legitimate chance for a medal at the state meet.”

  • North's Balloon wins state championship in shot put

    North Brunswick’s Joshua Balloon won the state championship in the shot put at the 2A state championship track and field meet Friday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

    The 6-foot, 220-pound senior threw 57’” to win the shot-put competition.

    “He did what all coaches hope their athletes can do—performed his best at the biggest meet of the year,” North coach Gary Bishop said.

    “Joshua beat his personal best by 3 feet.”

    Balloon also finished sixth in the state in the discus with a throw of 141 feet.

  • Lady Trojans stuggle at the plate, fall to Hoggard

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick’s loss to Hoggard last Thursday night wasn’t the kind of tune-up the Lady Trojans wanted.

    Instead, they hope to add new plugs in the form of hits when the state softball playoffs get under way.

    West struggled at the plate, while Hoggard pounded 13 hits on the way to a 7-3 win.

    “It wasn’t our night,” West coach Joe Noble said. “There was a lot of nerves because everybody knew it was Senior Night, and there were some college scouts in the stands.

  • Scorpion trio competes in tennis regionals

    Josh Carter, Noah Gotsch and Eric Spafford fell in the first round of the boys’ tennis regionals at Riverbirch Tennis Center in Greenville last weekend.

    Carter, who plays No. 1 for North Brunswick, qualified for regionals in singles, and Gotsch and Spafford qualified in doubles.

    “They did really well, and we’re really proud of them,” said Gary Baldwin, Scorpion athletic director.

    North Brunswick revived its boys’ tennis program this spring, and officials hope to field a girls’ tennis team next fall, Baldwin said.

  • SOUTH BRUNSWICK ROUND-UP

    Baseball

    SOUTH BRUNSWICK 4

    PASQUOTANK 0

    South Brunswick shut out Pasquotank 4-0 Friday in the first round of the 2A state playoffs.

    “Jacob Morehouse did a great job on the mound,” South coach Lee Shelton said. “He was throwing outs.

    “Then Ryan Waldrep came in and did what Ryan does. We got some clutch hits by Nick Spell, Edward McNeill and Elliot Swain.”

    Morehouse pitched five innings and Waldrep two. The Cougars allowed just two hits.

    South was set to play at West Bladen on May 13.

  • Minor brothers take pair of victories

    Colin Minor, of Boiling Spring Lakes, won the shot put and the discus in his first USATF/Junior Olympic Developmental Track and Field Meet at Hoggard High School.

    Colin, a sixth-grader at South Brunswick Middle School, competed in the 11-12 age division. He took first place in the discus with a personal best of 80’1”. He also won the shot put with 28’.

    Colin’s brother Ryan, a freshman at South Brunswick High School, also won the shot put and discus in his age group.