Today's News

  • West student-athletes learn from coach and captain retreat

    It’s a wise move to get there early. Then you can’t be accused of breaking the rules.

    West Brunswick’s contingency arrived first at the Spring Coach and Captain Retreat at the Radisson Governor’s Inn in Research Triangle Park.

    Trojan students Dylan Bowman, Mariah Evans and Chaz Earp immediately jumped in the unheated pool and swam. Then, with fellow student Breana Gause, they went to their rooms and ordered a pizza.

  • Lady Trojans cut gap but fall to Jacksonville

    The difference between the first and second time West Brunswick and Jacksonville’s soccer teams faced off was this time, the match had suspense.

    The Lady Cardinals won 4-0 last Wednesday night, with their first two goals scored on beautiful shots and their second two on controversial no-calls. The first time the teams met this season, Jacksonville cruised to an 11-0 victory.

    “It was a good game,” Jacksonville coach Dave Miller said Wednesday night. “West Brunswick is much improved from the first time we played them.”



    West Brunswick’s tennis team closed out its season Monday falling 9-0 to a traditional powerhouse.

    “We played one the strongest teams of the region in New Hanover, and they played up to their capabilities against us,” West coach Bob Bell said. “They are a very polished, well-coached team, and we'll probably see both them and Hoggard in the upcoming 4A playoffs. It is a shame that one of those teams may not get in.





    Whiteville’s Michael Wright had a no-hitter going until South Brunswick’s Ryan Morgan doubled in the seventh inning. Still, Whiteville held on for a 1-0 win last Wednesday.

    The loss puts South Brunswick and Whiteville in a tie for first place in the Waccamaw Conference standings as each has two losses.

    “We pitched well enough to win—our bats just went cold,” South coach Lee Shelton said. “Whiteville's pitcher did a good job.”

  • Martin Cooke nominated for empty commissioners seat

    Brunswick County resident Martin Cooke has been nominated to fill the county commissioners seat left vacant by the death of long-time commissioner David Sandifer.

    Cooke was nominated for the District 2 post Thursday night by the Brunswick County Republican Party.

    County commissioners now have the task of appointing Cooke to the seat. If appointed, Cooke will fill the role until December.

  • Governor's debate draws four Republicans, one Democrat

    WILMINGTON—Four Republican gubernatorial candidates squared off last Thursday night at the Stand Up and Vote Candidates Forum.

    But only one Democrat showed up for the event.

    Democratic candidates Bev Purdue and Richard Moore were no-shows, despite being invited, forum host Curtis Wright said.

    Col. Dennis Nielsen, the lone Democrat, took the stage alone to answer questions from the debate panel and from audience members.

  • Officers cleared in inmate's death

    District attorney Rex Gore has found no “inappropriate conduct” by two detention officers related to the death of inmate Senaca Marrell Vaught.

    Vaught, 32, died while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center on Jan. 23 after a brief struggle with detention officers Karl Scoggins and Dustin Riddle.

    Vaught was pronounced dead at 10:14 p.m. Jan. 23.

    Around 9:30 p.m., Scoggins and Riddle responded to Vaught’s solitary observation cell because he was kicking the door. When the two officers responded, Vaught charged at them.

  • Child Abuse Prevention Month shines light on Brunswick's statistics

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and although agencies like Brunswick County Smart Start are working to ensure people know what to do to prevent abuse, the numbers of reported cases are rising each year.

    Before the month began, Smart Start employees placed blue ribbons on trees planted on the Brunswick County Courthouse grounds in 2004 in memory of children in North Carolina who died as a result of abuse in 2002.

  • What can Brunswick County do to encourage entrepreneurs?

    Brunswick County’s business and economic development leaders learned at last week’s entrepreneurial conference that nurturing small business owners is a key to a vital economy.

    So what can they do to encourage business start-ups as well as support existing businesses?

    “Entrepreneurs are like fish: If you box them in, they won’t grow. They need support,” said Leslie Scott of the Rural Economic Development Center at the conference.

  • Democratic Party to nominate sheriff May 10

    The 30-day clock to appoint a new sheriff began ticking last Tuesday when former sheriff Ronald Hewett resigned.

    Members of the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee are set to cast their ballots May 10 for the county’s next sheriff.

    The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the party headquarters, Old Ocean Highway, between Supply and Bolivia.

    County commissioners will then appoint the Democrat’s nominee as sheriff.

    Since Hewett’s suspension March 27, county coroner Greg White has been serving as sheriff, per state law.