Today's News

  • Lady Trojans lose to league leader Whiteville

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick girls’ basketball team lost to unbeaten conference leader Whiteville 56-44 Friday.

    Jasmine Jackson scored 16 points for West (2-5, 4-9).

    West trailed 33-18 at halftime but rallied in the third quarter, cutting the lead to seven points.

    A 3-pointer by Jackson began the rally, and her basket off a pass cut the lead to 535-24 with 5:19 left. A pass from Grace Young to Aubriona Thomas led to a basket, and two free throws by Nicole Turner left West down 35-28 with 2:43 left.

  • Trojans use 15-0 spree to defeat Whiteville

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick boys’ basketball team went on a 15-0 scoring run in the third quarter en route to beating Whiteville 60-49 Friday.

    Jawon McNeil scored 12 points and Taylor Buffkin and Jamal Jacobs each scored 11 as the Trojans improved to 4-3 in the conference, 9-8 overall.

    As West begins the second half of the conference season, it is focusing first on getting the No. 1 Class 3A seed from the conference for the state playoffs—and then on a possible conference championship.

  • Hospice fundraiser includes skeet shoot


    The inaugural Hospice Closer to Home Skeet Shoot will take place March 16 at the Buccaneer Gun Club in Leland. The kickoff Barn Party will be 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 15 at Honalee Stables in Bolivia, which will feature live music, silent auction and an exhibition horse show.

    The events are fundraisers benefiting Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter and the Brunswick County Care Center Closer to Home Project.

  • BBs found in soup at South Brunswick Middle School

    On Thursday afternoon, staff at South Brunswick Middle School discovered they were serving up a little something extra in the day's meal.

    According to information released by Brunswick County Schools, BBs were found in vegetable soup at the school. According to Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, a student during the 8th-grade lunch block allegedly dropped a handful of BBs into the soup. The student reached behind the serving line to place the BBs.

  • Brunswick County woman killed in wreck

    A Brunswick County woman was killed Wednesday afternoon after the car she was driving collided on U.S. 17 with a vehicle driven by another driver who ran a red light.

    Bolivia resident Barbara Brunson, 72, died after her car was hit by a pickup truck driven by Danny Chase, 51, of Shallotte around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of N.C. 211.

    Brunson was heading west on N.C. 211 in a 1994 Mazda Miata when Chase's northbound 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac truck ran a red light and hit Brunson's driver's-side door, N.C. Trooper Mat Strangman said.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 4, 5 and 9 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, Jan. 4

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Bruce Jeffrey Adler, PG improper equipment.

  • McMullan family donates to Closer to Home SECU Hospice House Campaign

    The McMullan family has made a donation to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Closer to Home SECU Hospice House Capital Campaign to build an inpatient hospice facility in Brunswick County.
    In honor of the McMullan family’s pledge, a patient room patio garden will be named in memory of Vera “Grandma Mac” McMullan, who was served by Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.
    The family appreciated the care and support hospice provided.

  • Religion briefs

    Trinity UMC plans Sunday services
    “Bullied” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Four worship services will be available: a casual service at 8 a.m., contemporary services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. The 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services in Murrow Hall will have music by Promise, the Trinity worship band.

  • Getting the best buy is not always easy, but it’s worthwhile

    There were utterings and mutterings galore. It had continued for months. Hubby Dear was experiencing angst over the growing inadequacy of his hand-me-down desktop computer.

  • Nature Conservancy secures land near Green Swamp

    The Nature Conservancy acquired 463 acres in Brunswick County on Dec. 29. The property, which is on the east side of the Conservancy’s Green Swamp Preserve, includes 100 acres of longleaf pine. The conservancy hopes to plant additional longleaf pine on the tract, improving wildlife habitat.
    Longleaf pine is fire-dependent, so the area will be managed with controlled burning. Acquisition of the new property will also help the conservancy continue its restoration of longleaf pine in the Green Swamp.