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Today's News

  • My goodbyes to some good times

    All our revelries here are ended as my pinch-hitting days come to a close.

    It’s time to let the first string, also known as new sports editor Michael Paul, step to the plate.

    But before I abscond, let me please leave you with a few impressions.

    My neighbors will tell you I go off on a tirade every week or two about how maladjusted this country had become. So, to my immense delight, the West Brunswick student-athletes restored my faith in the younger generation.

  • When making your own 'fishfinder' rigs, keep it simple

    You can’t beat the real thing, and right now water temperatures are stirring up all kinds of live critters in the sea for fish to eat.

    There are no sure things in fishing, but live bait is a pretty good way to go if you use a simple rig and know what your target fish is trying to eat.

  • Gulf Stream Mahi bite on fire; Spainhour's crew wins GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out

    History has shown May is the best month to catch Mahi–Mahi offshore our area in the Gulf Stream. Fortunately, it is May. And fortunately, history didn’t forget where it left off last year as the Mahi bite has started out great.

    As of last week, the Mahi, a.k.a. dolphin, started biting strong along the edge of the Gulf Stream some 50-60 miles offshore. Locations such as the 100/400, Black Jack and MacMarle’n hole areas have been producing lots of Mahi, averaging in the 10-15 pound range with some fish upward of 30 pounds.

  • Golf action

    Meadowlands Missfits

    The Missfits played Farmstead May 12. The game was take all Par 5’s back to par.

    Sally Davis was first with 56. Wilma Mowery was second with 58. Anna Hackathorn finished third with 60. Kaz Radtclife was fourth with 62. Penny Crawford took fifth with 66. Linda Jones, Sue Hobgood and Marlene Lidgard tied for sixth with 67.

    Birdies were recorded by Myriam LaConte (No. 6), Anna Hackathorn (Nos. 2 and 3) and Kaz Ratclife (Nos. 9 and 12).

    Chip-ins were recorded by Anna Hackathorn (No. 2) and Wilma Mowery (No. 13).

    Sea Trail Ladies

  • Renovation at Sandpiper Bay: Good news for golfers

    There’s good news all over the place these days. Eastport Golf Club has been sold and will probably reopen as a golf course instead of streets of condos and townhouses. Rumor has it part of Bay Tree may be saved from development.

  • Trojans oust defending state champs in first-round playoff game

    Alfred Hitchcock would have loved this.

    The setting had everything “the master of suspense” ever wanted.

    Two outs. Bottom of the last inning. Defending state champs in the field. Game tied. Runner on second. Last guy in the lineup steps to the plate.

    Seth Roberts hit the ball into no-man’s land between the first baseman and right fielder to drive home Blain Turner and lift West Brunswick to a 9-8 win over C.B. Aycock in the second round of the 3A state baseball tournament.

  • Lady Trojans perform well during first round of state playoffs

    It was a nearly flawless performance for the West Brunswick Lady Trojans in the first round of the Class 3A state softball playoffs May 13.

    Heather Carter threw a one-hitter and Carly White hit a three-run home run as the Trojans routed the Havelock Rams 8-0.

    “Can’t say enough about how they performed,” West Brunswick coach Joe Noble said.

    Carter gave up one hit, and that was an infield hit on a close play at first base in the sixth inning. She walked the first batter she faced and only one more the rest of the game. She struck out six.

  • Trojans finish 12th at state track meet

    Four West Brunswick track athletes left the Class 3A state meet with no medals but with plenty of confidence for next season.

    The only individual Trojan competitor was Josh Johnson, who finished 12th in the 100-meter dash in 11.44 seconds.

    “While Josh did not have his best time at the state meet,” coach Yogi Hickman said, “he has really accomplished a great deal this year. I never thought it would be possible for him to qualify for this meet back in March, when he couldn’t even run without a significant limp.”

  • UPDATETwo suspects charged with Calabash drive-by shooting

    Two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Calabash man.

    Matthew Lee Baber, 25, of 7143 Channel I, Sunset Beach, and Norman Elliot Simmons, 23, of 6501 Kingtown Road, Ash, have been charged with the murder of James Allen Murdock.

    Police found Murdock in a car on Pineclair Drive near Calabash just before 10 p.m. May 8—dead from an apparent drive-by shooting.

    Although investigators believed it was a drive-by shooting, sheriff’s office Lt. Sam Davis said it was not a random shooting—Murdock was the apparent target.

  • Vacations are not always relaxing

    I have taken many types of vacations in my life, from an extended family two-van convoy to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming to a honeymoon in Hawaii.

    All my vacations since becoming a mother have involved at least one trip to a zoo, and they’ve all been entertaining.

    But the kind of vacation I’m taking as you read this is not the typical one, even for me.

    In fact, it’s kind of a “working” vacation, as it were, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.