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Today's News

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, May 9

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutors Karen Richards, Gina Essey and Jamie Turnage and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Idea for sheriff’s office to take over animal control is a good one

    A proposal is before Brunswick County commissioners that recommends the sheriff’s office take over operations at Brunswick County Animal Services.
    We encourage commissioners to approve this venture when they meet to discuss it on June 4.
    After the Brunswick County Board of Health approved the recommendation, sheriff’s officials quickly moved into action. Already, non-violent inmates have been taken out of the local detention center and put to work scrubbing and cleaning every nook and cranny of the animal services building.

  • West Brunswick athletes honored at senior awards program

     West Brunswick High School athletes were honored during the senior awards program May 23.

    The Female Athlete of the Year is Jasmine Jackson. Jackson was an all-conference three-sport athlete. She has accepted a volleyball scholarship to attend North Carolina Central University.

    In volleyball, she had a team-high 333 kills in 76 sets (4.4 per set). She scored 174 points and served 53 aces. She had 124 blocks (1.6 per set). She made 90 digs.

  • West’s ‘overachievers’ set to make another playoff run in 2013

       Starting one senior, the West Brunswick High School baseball team reached the fourth round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state baseball playoffs and finished 16-9.

    Coach Mike Alderson, who has won 327 games at West and won the Class 3A state title in 2004, anticipates another good season next year—if the players will continue to improve their skills.

  • Aycock ends West Brunswick’s season

     C.B. Aycock took advantage of a misplayed bunt in the seventh inning to rally for two runs and beat West Brunswick 4-3 May 22 in the sectional of North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state baseball playoffs.

    “It’s a tough one to swallow,” West coach Mike Alderson said, “because we had that one and let it slip away in the last inning.”

    The victory advances the Golden Falcons (19-8) to the Class 3A East Regional. West, which started one senior, ends its season 16-9.

  • Parking, paths reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Parking and bike-and-pedestrian trails are still foremost topics in Sunset Beach.

    Consultant Fred Burchette with Kimley-Horn & Associates of Cary spoke at a town council workshop May 15 about the scope of a parking study for the island.

    Town administrator Gary Parker said once that is determined, “we will negotiate a price accordingly.”

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said there was an issue of making sure there was recognition the island is 2.5 miles long.

  • A maze-ing delights await at area miniature golf courses

    Are you ready for some Putt-Putt?

    Now is the time of year to rent some colorful clubs and balls and get out and explore the intricate, winding novelty delights of area miniature golf courses with your family.

    From Calabash to the south to Holden Beach on the north end of the Brunswick Isles, there are several courses from which to choose.

    Among the offerings:

  • Incidents investigated in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents reported in the past week.

    •A case of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense was reported Monday, May 21. A resident of Magnolia Drive reported her Visa card was used at a Walmart in Houston, Texas.

    •A report of larceny of prescription medication and larceny of $23 in cash in the vicinity of 37th Street on the island was taken on May 20.

    •David Steven McCloud, 46, of 2138 Huckleberry Road, Allentown, Pa., was charged with DWI on May 19.

  • Duty, honor, courage and country

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan, when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    March is an eventful month for U.S. Army Spc. Ben McCune.

    This past March, his wife gave birth to their first child. The previous March, he and his wife Chelsea were married.

  • Trip with a mission: Church group returns to aid hurricane victims

    For a second time, a mission group from Sunset Beach has ventured north to aid residents still trying to recuperate from last year’s damages from Hurricane Irene.

    A group of 16 people from Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach first went to aid people in the village of Aurora last November.