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Today's News

  • Hurricane help still needed

    In mid-March we can mark a whole half-year since the unwelcome visit of Hurricane Florence.

    But nearly six months after the weekend storm blew through, many are still dealing with the after-effects.

    Blue tarps covering hurricane-damaged roofs still dot the local landscape as homeowners await reimbursement or available work crews, or both, to make repairs.

  • God’s Pit Crew revs up to build new house for hurricane victim

    ASH — Nearly six months after Irvin Milliken lost his house to Hurricane Florence, God’s Pit Crew is racing to the rescue.

    The team of volunteer builders arrived in Brunswick County two weeks ago, first to remove the unsalvageable remnants of Milliken’s house on Ash Little River Road.

    Then the crew got busy establishing a firm foundation, starting from the ground up to build a new three-bedroom, two-bath house for Milliken where a “big reveal” is tentatively planned for next Saturday, March 16.

  • Shallotte church mourns sudden death of pastor

    SHALLOTTE — A Shallotte church is mourning the sudden loss of its beloved leader.

    The Rev. Vaughn Cherry, 74, who pastored at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, died Tuesday, Feb. 26.

  • California man, canine companion walk across the country for cancer research

    SHALLOTTE — When Californian Thomas Curran saw Holden Beach on the map — a town that shares the name with his 22-year-old son — he knew he had to start his journey across the United States to raise money for pediatric cancer research right here in Brunswick County.

    Curran, 50, of Costa Mesa was continuing to operate his German/Spanish fusion restaurant Taco Brat with business partner Chance Owen about a year ago when he began to really consider a walk.

  • Run Sunset Beach slated for end of March

     This year’s Run Sunset Beach event will now take place on March 30, the absolute best running weather at the beach. This is a big change from previous years when it's typically been in May.

    Featuring a half-marathon, 5K and 1 mile course, this race helps benefit several local nonprofits. It's the largest race at the Brunswick County beaches and several nonprofits come out to volunteer in exchange for donations to their group. You can also make additional donations online when registering.

  • BCC baseball improves to 6-0 with sweep of Bryant & Stratton

     The Dolphins used the long ball and impressive pitching by Hunter Stevens to secure a weekend sweep over Bryant & Stratton (Va.) last weekend in Bolivia.

    BCC earned an 11-1 win in five innings over the visitors Sunday, Feb. 24, at Founders Field.

    Former West Brunswick standout Hunter Ashburn, Alec Dumas and Zach Roberts belted home runs and Stevens struck out seven batters in four scoreless frames as the Dolphins continued their undefeated run to start the 2019 campaign.

  • West Brunswick releases spring sports schedules

     Spring sports are officially slated to begin this week in Brunswick County.

    West Brunswick High School officials released the school’s spring sports schedules last week.

    The varsity baseball team is slated to kick off its 2019 campaign with a road game at Lumberton High School on Friday, March 1, at 5 p.m. The junior varsity baseball team is scheduled to begin its season Friday, March 1, at 5 p.m. with a home game against Lumberton.

  • Trojans defeat Ashley, fall to Hoggard in MEC Tournament

     In two regular-season games against the Ashley Screaming Eagles during the 2018-19 campaign, the West Brunswick varsity boys’ basketball team had leads late in the fourth quarter.

    Both times the Trojans squandered those advantages and suffered a pair of heartbreaking defeats.

  • Trojan lacrosse teams off to 0-1 starts

     West Brunswick’s girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams are off to 0-1 starts after suffering defeats at Ashley in Mideastern Conference matchups last week.

    The Ashley Screaming Eagles’ boys’ squad earned a 15-1 decision over the Trojans while the Lady Screaming Eagles secured an 11-4 victory.

    West Brunswick junior Cecelia Vergara led the Trojans with three goals in the 2019 season debut. Vergara netted three goals on seven shot attempts and senior Kara Cheers scored one goal.

  • RACING COLUMN: Penske Racing and Ford pick up where they left off in 2018

     One of the biggest stories of not only 2019, but of the future of NASCAR racing itself, centers on the new rules package for 2019. For all tracks between one-and-a-half and two miles, NASCAR has implemented a new aero and engine package which is considered the future of the sport.  NASCAR is laying it all on the line with this change.