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Today's News

  • Church briefs

    Choir festival practices begin

    Plans for the 2008 Brunswick Ecumenical Choir Festival are in place. The concert will be Nov. 2 at Calabash Presbyterian Church.

    Practices are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. every Sunday evening beginning Sept. 14 at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 4941 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Practices were earlier incorrectly reported as being on Wednesdays.

    Many churches in Brunswick County support this program, but individuals from any location or county are invited to participate.

    For more information, call Jane Keefer at 575-4196.

  • BCC wins first-ever volleyball match

    With five Brunswick County players on the roster, the Brunswick Community College volleyball program played and won its first-ever match Sept. 10.

    Before a crowd that filled nearly three-fourths of one side of the West Brunswick High School gym, the Dolphins beat the Lenoir Community College Lancers 25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22.

  • Yarbrough wins Myrtle Beach Speedway Championship

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Shallotte driver Sam Yarbrough clinched the Late Model Stock Car championship Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

    Yarbrough drove conservative races in the final Whelen NASCAR Late Model Stock Car races of the season at the historic track. Yarbrough, driving his family-owned Late Model, made sure the championship would be his by finishing fifth in the first race and eighth in the second.

  • Inspiring others to run

    After talking about running to Joe Yalch, you’d probably be inspired to run 3 miles.

    At South Brunswick High School, at least 28 students are willing to do so as members of the Cougars’ cross-country team.

    Twenty-eight—that’s the size of some Class 1-A football teams.

    Yalch, in his first year as head cross-country coach, is an inspiration himself. He decided he wanted to run a marathon, and did so two years ago—after he trained rigorously.

  • Ocean Isle Beach surfers win championships

    Ocean Isle Beach once again can claim to have two of the best surfers on the East Coast.

    The East Coast Surfing Championships—the oldest-running surfing contest in the United States and the largest on the East Coast—took place Aug. 21-24 at Virginia Beach, Va. Jesse McCrery won the Masters Championship (for those 18-34) and Owen Moffett the Men’s Championship.

    Michael Powell, a former Men’s Division champion, finished second in the Open Championship.

  • Dispelling myths about fish and fishing--the truth according to Weeks

    With the fall fishing season just about upon us, it is time to re-examine our local inshore fishing myths. I have addressed some of these before, but since they crop up every autumn, now is a good time to dust them off and either debunk or certify them. Once the fish start hitting, I’m in it for myself and I’m not telling you anything.

  • Couple's trip to Quebec proves golf is universal language

    In the winter months when it’s cold outside, many of us sit in front of our fireplaces and plan trips. I have a suggestion. Instead of thinking of Alaska or far west or a Caribbean Island, why not plan a trip to Quebec for next summer? Then, when the temperature and humidity soars on the Carolina coast, you’ll be playing the links in slacks and a sweater.

    My husband and I have been to Quebec three times—on our honeymoon, then for a family reunion and just a few weeks ago for a second romantic trip a deux.

  • Golf action

    The Ocean Ridge couples tournament played Sunday at Panther’s Run was a modified Stableford format.

    First at -92 was the team of Gordon and Kathy Wicke and Bob and Mary Kish. Second at -80 was the team of Bob Larkin II, Doris McLaughin and Pete and Becky Williams. Tying for third at -76 were the teams of Ed and Di Gruver and Roger and Linda Buck, and Lynn and Beverly Furman and Larry and Diane Wright. Tying for fifth at -75 were the teams of Allen and Judy Keegan and Brian and Toni Roe, and Chappy and Peggy Jones and Bob and Grace Bradicich.

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  • South prevails over Trojans

    Celebrating on the sidelines after South Brunswick’s 25-15 victory over West Brunswick, coach Gordon Walters hugged senior Greg Gilbert, lifted him off the ground and shouted, “I love you.”

    Walters’ feelings were shared by all Cougar fans, as Gilbert intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to clinch the Cougars’ thrilling victory Friday night.

  • North's Nelson wins cross-country meet; South wins team title

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—North Brunswick’s Rashaad Nelson won the 3.1-mile conference cross-country race Sept. 9 at South Brunswick.

    South Brunswick’s boys won the team competition, finishing with 31 points. North finished with 39 points. Trask and Pender forfeited.

    Nelson finished in 19 minutes, 27 seconds.

    Pender’s Hector Sanchez was second (19:41), North’s Tony Wright third (20:24) and South Brunswick’s Charlie Martin fourth (20:30).