Today's News

  • Lady Trojans rally in fourth quarter to beat North Brunswick

      The West Brunswick girls’ basketball team rallied in fourth quarter to beat North Brunswick 48-43 in a conference game Jan. 24 at West.

    “I think it was our signature win this year,” West coach Mark Jones said. North beat West 67-59 on Dec. 13.

    For West, senior forward Jasmine Jackson scored 16 points, had 15 rebounds and blocked 10 shots.

    “I can’t say enough about Jasmine,” Jones said. “She had a lot of good games, but she had a great one tonight.”

  • Four decades later: Vietnam veteran to reunite with crew member

    Navy veteran Jim Milstead still gets emotional 41 years after his boat was attacked by the Viet Cong.

    On Jan. 4, 1971, the Navy petty officer 2nd class and his Vietnamese crew sustained severe and mortal injuries following the 5 a.m. strike of 11 rockets by the Viet Cong on their 60-foot Tango personnel carrier in the Cau Lon River in the Nam Can region.

  • N.C. Appeals Court to consider local libel case

    A three-judge N.C. Court of Appeals panel will consider a local libel case next month in Raleigh.

    Judges will consider the case of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis v. local first-amendment activist and political strategist Ed Rapp. Lewis sued Rapp for libel and defamation over comments he made about Lewis during the 2010 Republican Primary. A judge sided with Rapp in July, saying Lewis had no basis for the lawsuit, but Lewis appealed the ruling.

  • Two multi-million dollar expansion projects under way at Cape Fear Regional Jetport

    OAK ISLAND—From 1,000 feet in the air, the runway at Cape Fear Regional Jetport almost seems small.

    From 1,000 feet, everything, including the entire town of Southport and all of Bald Head Island, also seems small.

    But at 5,505 feet, the runway at Cape Fear Regional Jetport is anything but small.

    The runway expansion has been completed, allowing the airport to cater to much larger aircraft.

    Now, there are two other construction projects in the works—a 12-acre ramp and a return taxi way.

  • Redistricting maps clear legal hurdle; N.C. primary to take place as scheduled in May

    RALEIGH—A three-judge Superior Court panel recently opted not to delay North Carolina’s primary elections until July.

    The primaries were challenged due to the state’s redistricting maps for state House, Senate and congressional districts passed by the GOP-led General Assembly.

    Several lawsuits challenging the legality of the maps have been filed since their approval. Judges decided not to delay the primary election to July 10 as requested, instead opting to leave the primary election on May 8.

  • Oak Island police warn of break-ins

    Since Nov. 1, detectives with the Oak Island Police Department have investigated a string of breaking-and-entering cases. The thieves target TVs and other electronics.

    Police from Myrtle Beach, S.C., and up the North Carolina coast all report multiple breaking-and-entering incidents.

    Numerous leads are being followed-up on and new leads are reported daily, according to Oak Island police officials.

    Since November, Oak Island police say 43 break-ins, mainly to vacant homes, have been reported. From those homes, 48 TVs have been stolen.

  • State unemployment drops slightly in December

    Statewide unemployment dipped slightly in December, down one-tenth of a percent to 9.9 percent.

    But even with the modest decline, officials with the nonprofit N.C. Justice Center say unemployment was up in 2011.

    Despite the month-to-month decline, the number of unemployed people has actually grown by 9,154 since December 2010, N.C. Justice Center figures show.

    N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll said jobs continue to be N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s focus.

  • Business is booming at Cape Fear Regional Jetport

    OAK ISLAND—In addition to an airport with an expanded 5,505-foot runway, 13 businesses have set up shop at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport.

    Thirty people are employed at the airport’s various businesses.

    Businesses at the airport include two maintenance shops, an aircraft interior shop, an aircraft paint shop, rental car, flight schools, skydiving, a bait and tackle shop and a real estate company, Howie Franklin, airport director and former Air Force One chief steward, said.

  • What’s race got to do with it? Stop the misdirection and face the music

    I recently traveled to Elizabeth City to celebrate a belated Christmas with my boyfriend’s family. I have a huge black and blue welt below my right shoulder from improperly holding a 12-guauge shotgun in a rather pitiful attempt to shoot skeet on the farm, but all in all it was a fun time.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Lycia Lane in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole item from victim’s boat.

    •Burglary and larceny on Lula Street in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect kicked in victim’s front door and stole radio/TV/stereo equipment.