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Today's News

  • Spanish mackerel mania ensues

    If there is one thing that comes to life in the month of August, it is the Spanish mackerel fishing. You can travel to almost any reef or live bottom in the 45- to 60-foot depth range and catch lots of large Spanish mackerel from 2-4 pounds or more. Spanish are one of the best eating fish in the sea, and when they are schooling, they don’t mind biting a hook.

  • Courtesy and understanding help your superintendent help you

    The golf-course superintendent is the golfer’s best friend.

    He or she (because there are more and more female superintendents each year) works like a dog to keep the greens slick, the fairways lush and the tees level. The crew rakes and edges the bunkers, tames the rough, cultivates the flower beds and mulches under the trees. They blow the debris from the cart paths and they trim the edges of lakes and ponds.

  • Golf action

    The Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association game Aug. 4 was Chicago, as a team effort: one point for bogey, two points for par, three points for birdie and five points for all others. Add quotas for team quota.

    Piper-Bay flight: First place with 27 points over quota was the team of Bob Nicoletti, Vince Niland, Marvin Pethal and Doug Williams. Second place with 23 points was the team of Dan Alsup, Mike Matlock, Charles Richardson and Jim Wiseman. Third place with 21 points was the team of Lou Zotter, Bill Lester and Tom Ioven.

  • The First Tee of Brunswick County receives high marks

    Jennifer Weiler, senior director of Network Service and New Directions of The First Tee, and Tony Powell, director of the Central Atlantic Region of The First Tee, visited the Brunswick County chapter last week. Both praised the staff and the board of directors for a truly excellent operation.

    The two directors visited The First Tee Summer Leadership Academy at St. James and then spoke with local volunteers and board members at a dinner in their honor at Cinghiale Creek, home of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

  • Local fencing contractor charged for forging bids on county projects

    An Ocean Isle Beach fencing contractor has been charged with forgery and is accused of submitting fraudulent bids for county parks and recreation fencing projects.

    Scott Aaron McLamb, 48, of 78 McLamb Court, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor common law forgery.

    McLamb was charged Monday and released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, according to a release order.

  • Wal-Mart evacuation sparked by intentionally-set fire

    The Wal-Mart Supercenter in Shallotte was evacuated Thursday night after someone intentionally set fire in the women’s undergarments section, Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell said.

    Store employees extinguished the fire using dry chemical extinguishers before local fire departments arrived. Corporate employees ventilated the store using the its existing air handling units.

    “They’re definitely to be commended for doing a great job,” Dunwell said.

    Read this week’s Beacon for more information.

  • All 17 BCC Practical Nursing students pass state exams

    The entire graduating class of Practical Nursing (PN) students at Brunswick Community College has passed the state licensure exam. This is the first perfect pass rate since 2004 for BCC PN graduates.

    Tanya Mace, director of practical nursing, said the dedication from the 17 PN students as well as a “strengthened curriculum” taught by the faculty contributed to a perfect pass rate.

    “Those at the helm have the experience and knowledge to help the students succeed,” Mace said.

  • It's 'Seussical: the Musical!'

    Brunswick Little Theatre’s “Seussical: The Musical,” showcasing a cast of 53 men, women and children of Whoville, opens this weekend at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    It will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 and 15, Saturday, Aug. 9 and 16, and in matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 and Aug. 17.

    BLT’s summer 2008 production is described as a colorful musical extravaganza for all ages, from the littlest Who to the grinchiest Grinch.

  • Dancing with the B.C. Stars brings in $200,000

    Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars raised $200,000 for Brunswick Community College students and crowned a new dancing star.

    Dinah Gore of Sunset Beach was voted the star of Brunswick Community College Foundation’s first “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” fundraiser.

    Twenty-one couples including local “celebrities” and professional dancers performed choreographed numbers of their choice. Votes were cast online and during Friday’s event for $10 each. More than 2,000 votes were cast before the fundraiser began.

  • Info sought in death

    Forty-nine-year-old Valerie Burns was last seen in downtown Wilmington before investigators found her body in her burning car on a dirt road in Leland early on July 30.

    Investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have been canvassing downtown Wilmington and surrounding areas, passing out fliers of Burns and searching for leads about who she may have been with and where late July 29 or early July 30.

    “We have some leads we’re working on; persons of interests we’re looking at,” Capt. Gene Caison said.