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Today's News

  • Edwards gets second win in a row

    LAS VEGAS—Carl Edwards got to victory lane for the second week in a row. He followed up last week’s win at California by finishing ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday’s UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

    The win was the ninth of his career, and it moved him into the Sprint Cup points lead for the first time in his career.

    “This was a very special win,” Edwards said. “I was just trying to hold off Dale there at the end. This is an amazing couple of weeks.”

  • Vegas is the ultimate 'destination race'

    Some events on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series schedule are referred to as “destination races.”

    When fans visit venues such as Martinsville, Darlington or Talladega, the races and the events surrounding them can literally be the only game in town.

    Other areas offer a “Bright Lights, Big City” aspect, with many entertainment options often encouraging fans to transform their race weekend into a weeklong vacation.

    Infineon Raceway, for example, offers the opportunity to visit California’s scenic wine country during the month of June.

  • BCC baseball piling up wins

    SHALLOTTE—The biggest challenge for Brunswick Community College’s baseball team in its inaugural season has little to do with pitching, hitting or fielding. It’s mental preparation.

    With a roster comprised of 17 freshmen and one sophomore, coach Robbie Allen said it’s been a struggle to keep the team fired up and focused for every inning of every game.

  • Dolphins beat Spartanburg in junior college semifinals

    WILMINGTON—Brunswick Community College used its depth to set a quick tempo and advance to the championship game of the Carolinas Junior College Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.

    The Dolphins sent 12 players in and out of the lineup on Saturday and wore down Spartanburg Methodist in their 81-65 semifinal victory at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center.

    “It just came down to our depth and running the ball,” said BCC coach Walter Shaw.

  • BCC cruises past Clinton

    WILMINGTON—The simple pre-game “How are you doing coach?” was met with “I’ll let you know in a few hours.”

    It was Friday, the quarterfinal round of the Carolinas Junior College Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center and you could sense the urgency engulfing Brunswick Community College coach Walter Shaw.

    And after dispatching Clinton (S.C.) Junior College 86-69 to advance to a semifinal match-up with Spartanburg Methodist College, Shaw’s demeanor didn’t changed.

  • BCC women lose play-in game

    Brunswick Community College was eliminated in the play-in game of the Carolinas Junior College Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament last week in Wilmington.

    Denmark (S.C.) Technical College defeated the Lady Dolphins 62-57 Thursday at Ashley High School. BCC ended the season on a 12-game losing streak and finished 2-20 overall.

    Jasmine Monroe scored 18 points, Robin Smith had 12, Temere Williams had 11, Chrissy Campbell had 10 and Tiara Brodie had nine for the Lady Dolphins.

  • Calling a timeout

    It’s been said community journalism is not a job but a calling. It’s been my calling for more than 20 years, but those days are coming to an end. This is my last week at The Brunswick Beacon.

    When I joined the newspaper fresh out of college in August 1987, I never imagined I’d still be working here in March 2008. But I was called here, and I’ve put my heart and soul into it for two decades.

  • Bowling

    Jenrette, Jordan set pace with 740 series at Brunswick County Bowling Center

    Eric Jenrette and Robert Jordan each bowled a 740 series, two of four 700 sets turned in last week at the Brunswick County Bowling Center.

    Jenrette had games of 226, 247 and 267 for his 740. It was one of three 700s rolled in the McDonald’s Amusement Classic League on Feb. 25.

    Jordan rolled his 740 in the Williams Carpet Classic League on Feb. 29. He had games of 247, 268 and 225.

  • Mount Calvary, Pleasant View stay unbeaten in church league

    Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball League leaders Mount Calvary and Pleasant View kept their undefeated records intact last week.

    Mount Calvary posted wins against Shallotte First Baptist and Sharon Methodist to run its record to 10-0. Pleasant View beat Beach Assembly and Mount Olive to move to 9-0.

    Feb. 25 scores

    •Mount Calvary 67, Shallotte First Baptist 51. McReese Vereen scored 16 points and Thomas McMillian added 14 for Mount Calvary. Leading scorers for First Baptist were Justin Whiteside with 11 points and Richie Caison with 10.

  • Increasing size limit on flounder makes no sense

    I wrote last week about the idea of decreasing the size limit on flounder in hopes of targeting less of the big females that produce baby fish. The current limit is 14 inches inshore and 14 inches in the ocean.

    The state must have read my article, because it promptly went against what I suggested and raised the ocean flounder limit in the northern part of the state to 15 inches. In my next article, I will ask the government of North Carolina not to give me a million dollars.

    That is a big flounder size limit. When I catch a 15 -inch flounder, I do a silly little dance.