Today's News

  • Leland family adjusts to life with quintuplets

    LELAND­—Carmen and Mike Matthews recently had a family photo taken—the parents holding their five 2-month-olds.

    In the photo, they almost appear to be juggling all those children, an appropriate metaphor for the daunting task of raising quintuplets.

    But the picture doesn’t tell the whole story.

    Outside the frame there are plenty of spotters to help with the babies, but the parents haven’t lost their grip.

  • Lady Trojans hold West Columbus to 10 points

     In what might have been its largest margin of victory ever, the West Brunswick girls’ basketball team trounced West Columbus 59-10 Nov. 20.

    This season opener had a little bit of everything, from a 30-3 halftime lead to a technical foul to a spectacular block to a Viking player scoring on a layup in the wrong basket.

    “I was really pleased with how we played—hard from the beginning to the end,” said second-year Trojan coach Mark Jones. “We got a lot of production from a lot of girls.

  • Trojans dominate third quarter, beat Vikings

     West Brunswick third-year basketball coach Eric Davis saw his team struggle defensively during the first half of season opener against West Columbus Nov. 20 and knew exactly what he had to do.

    After full-court pressure failed to slow down the visiting Vikings for the first 16 minutes, Davis reverted back to the Trojans’ bread and butter, an aggressive, half-court man-to-man defense that has been a staple of West Brunswick’s varsity boys’ basketball team since Davis’ arrival.

  • Stanley a steal for the ECU Pirates

     GREENVILLE—Terrell Stanley, the former South Brunswick Cougar star in football and basketball, is making a name for himself on the East Carolina University football team.

    Stanley is a nose guard and a defensive end position for the Pirates. At South Brunswick, he played defensive end and every other position as needed by former Cougar coach Roman Kelley.

  • Commissioner honored to finish what husband started

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—At first she said no, but to carry on her husband’s deep commitment of being a public servant, she said yes.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Carolyn Parker Blythe was sworn as a new town commissioner filling the position left empty after her husband, C.D. Blythe, died on Sept. 4. C.D. was elected in 2009 to a four-year term ending in 2013. Carolyn Blythe will serve the remaining 13 months of his term until December 2013.

    “I decided I wanted to finish what he had started,” Carolyn said.

  • Candlelight service honors victims of violent crimes

    LELAND—There was hope and there was strength.

    And Friday night at the 17th Annual Justice for Citizens Vigil there was rememberance.

    “While God has a plan, sometimes criminals have a plan too,” District Attorney Jon David said as he welcomed the audience for the candlelight memorial service on Friday, Nov. 19, at First Baptist Church of Leland. “It is hard enough to deal with loss, but how much worse is it when our loved ones are taken by the criminal acts of someone else? It’s a whole new level.”

  • Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign under way

    Last year, 397 unbuckled motorists died in crashes on North Carolina roads.

    In an effort to decrease the number of fatalities, N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has launched a statewide Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign to crack down on motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts.

    State and local law enforcement officers across the state will increase seat belt enforcement activities during the campaign, which runs through Nov. 25.

  • Sheriff's Office Crime Report


    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:


    Nov. 16

    Recovered water pump on Shadow Circle in Longwood.

    Larceny of a rifle, a 14-karat gold and diamond heart pendant, miscellaneous gold items, a 10-karat gold, blue stone ring and a telephone on High Point Avenue in Calabash.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Identity theft on Main Street; someone used victim’s information to obtain a credit card.

    Joe Floyd Davis, 77, 1113 Stanley Road SW, Supply, charged with trespassing and stalking.

    Obtaining property by false pretense on Main Street; suspect fraudulently used victim’s credit card.

    Larceny of a laptop computer, keyboard and hat from Walmart.

  • Sheriff’s Corner

    Sheriff’s Corner: Heating up with winter suggestions


    We are now starting to see some of that winter season upon us. Even though our winters are not as severe as those in other places, they can at times be just as bad.

    Inspecting and checking heaters and chimneys prior to starting out another winter is a good idea. We will offer some suggestions that may be useful for gearing up for winter.