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Today's News

  • Lady Trojans rout New Hanover 11-1

     The West Brunswick High School softball team beat New Hanover 11-1 in six innings March 6, West’s first victory of the season.

    Dez Avallone hit a three-run home run and had four RBIs, Alyssa Chappell was 4-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI and Alex Wickel was 4-for-5 with one RBI.

    Winning pitcher Savannah Pridgen gave up one earned run and five hits. She struck out seven and walked two.

    New Hanover scored in the first off a single, a double and a two-out infield error. Catcher Hannah Stocks threw out a runner trying to steal second.

  • Shallotte octogenarian pens book of lifelong 'pomes'

    SHALLOTTE—London Gore may be 88, but he doesn’t know much about slowing down.

    The World War II U.S. Army veteran still plays and wins regular games of pool at the Shallotte Senior Center.

    “I’ve done really good lately,” he said. “I just hold the table till I’m worn out, and then I have to quit.”

    This past Monday, “I held out for over an hour this morning,” Gore said. “We’ve got some real good players up there.”

  • Incidents investigated in Sunset Beach

    Town police investigated the following incidents reported within the past week:

    •Breaking-and-entering to a motor vehicle and larceny from a motor vehicle were reported Feb. 29 on Dunbar Drive. About $25 worth of change was reported stolen, according to Sunset Beach Detective Joe Smith.

    •Injury to real property was reported March 1 at an address on West Main Street.

  • Councilwoman scolds mayor for 'witch hunt' over Sunset at Sunset

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph took Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato to task Monday night for his continued questioning about the town’s Sunset at Sunset Festival.

    “It saddens me to bring this up again, but recent actions require it,” said Joseph, reading from a prepared statement at the start of the meeting.

  • 'An Intimate Evening with Psychic ALX' set for March 16 at Sea Trail

    Do you yearn to know what’s in your future, coupled with a little magic?

    Then Psychic ALX is your ticket.

    The nationally known psychic and entertainer will come to Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center next Friday, March 16, to “read” his audience and entertain them with magic.

    “It’s a higher form of feeling,” ALX said this week in a phone interview.

    Psychic abilities are his talent. Magic, he says, employs the principles he uses.

  • N.C. rep says Gov. Perdue's blockage of ferry-hike rates is illegal

    Legislative ferry fare increases slated to take effect April 1 remain up for debate now that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has issued a mandate to block them.

    Last week, Perdue issued an executive order thwarting the increase that would effectively double ferry fares.

    State Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) of Oak Island, who worked last year on that transportation budget, said Tuesday he thinks Perdue’s order blocking the fare hikes and imposing a moratorium for at least a year is illegal.

  • Sunset Beach seeks professional help to offset crazy island parking

    With March roaring across the 2012 calendar like a lion, and a new, warmer-weather season fast approaching (we hope), Sunset Beach has opted to get professional help and guidance for future seasonal parking on the island.

    Maybe that will help alleviate any parking zaniness, for example when beach visitors are frantically trying to find “space” in the heat of the summer rush like, say, on the Fourth of July.

  • Carolina Shores gets in gear for budget, bucket list

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is getting ready to tie its annual budget preparation with a bucket list the town board of commissioners compiled last month at their annual retreat.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday morning, gave a “rough guesstimate” of $1,702,300 for the upcoming 2012-13 budget that takes effect July 1.

    She described it as a brief or rough overview, “but hopefully close as to what we are looking at for the upcoming year. Everything else is kind of up to you guys.”

  • Board of education talks staggered starts at board retreat

    LELAND—Staggered starts—and the cost to revert back to a traditional school schedule—led the Brunswick County Board of Education two-day retreat last week.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said it would cost the school district more than $1 million to revert back to a traditional school bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

    Officials adopted the staggered-start schedule in March 2011, and it was implemented for the 2011-2012 school year last August.

  • Commissioners’ resolution supports Defense of Marriage Act

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution in support of the Defense of Marriage Act.

    The Defense of Marriage Act, approved by a three-fifths majority of the North Carolina General Assembly last year, is a constitutional amendment that would change the state constitution to define marriage between a man and a woman as “the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

    The amendment will be on the May 8 primary ballot in North Carolina.