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Today's News

  • Shattered Justice: A look at those released on parole back to Brunswick County

     Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the life and death of Amy Caroline Frink, who, at 18 years old, was brutally murdered in 1994, and her mother Birdie’s fight to bring justice for her youngest daughter almost 16 years later. 

    In 1994, the state’s Fair Sentencing Act was replaced by the Structured Sentencing Act, but Birdie Frink wants the Fair Sentencing Act repealed altogether.

  • Elected officials, candidates among those who owe delinquent taxes

     Several elected officials from the county and various municipalities in Brunswick County have delinquent tax bills with the county’s tax department.

    Most officials who owe delinquent taxes have payment plans set up with Brunswick County, including Marty Cooke and his wife Catherine Cooke, who serves on the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    As a Brunswick County commissioner, Marty Cooke is one of five people who set the ad valorem tax rate for the county. As a father of four and business owner, he said he understands the burden on taxpayers.

  • The First Tee offering Ace level programming

    Al Arrigoni, or Coach Al as the golfers know him, recently completed the necessary requirements to attain the status and recognition of The First Tee Coach. This was a prerequisite for the chapter to offer participants Ace level programming. Only 96 out of 204 chapters in The First Tee organization have achieved this final level. The four other programming levels are PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle.

  • The First Tee offering Ace level programming

    Al Arrigoni, or Coach Al as the golfers know him, recently completed the necessary requirements to attain the status and recognition of The First Tee Coach. This was a prerequisite for the chapter to offer participants Ace level programming. Only 96 out of 204 chapters in The First Tee organization have achieved this final level. The four other programming levels are PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle.

  • Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association completes member-member tourney

    The final round of the SBMGA member-member annual tournament was played April 14. The tournament was two days with four flights playing a range of nine-hole matches. Day one had the group playing a nine-hole, two-man best-ball match followed by a nine-hole total score for the two-man team match.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS
    The Beachcombers played at Carolina Shores: Low gross: Paul Michal, 86; Harry Haggerty, 87; Stu Cleveland, 88. Low nets, Michal 72. Team two low nets on each hole: Dan O’Connell, Dennis Davidson, Bob Byrne and Cleveland at 18-under par. Golfer of the week was Michal.
    BRICK LANDING
    The Brick Landing Ladies Golf Association played the third round of its President’s Cup match. Winners were Sharon Deutsch and Peg Agrimonti.

  • From the gulag to the golf course: the story of Stanley Opalka

    Golf is played by the most amazing people. I’ve met paraplegic golfers, blind golfers, one-armed golfers, and just plain folks who have battled debilitating disease and injury to get back on the course.  
    Stanley Opalka, of Sunset Beach, traveled a long, hard road to the quiet beauty of the Carolina coast.  
    His story begins in Poland, in the fall of 1939, when his native country was invaded by the Nazis from the west and the Soviets from the east.  

  • Brunswick County fishermen are sitting on go, waiting for summer to arrive

    You ever get the feeling summer is never going to get here? The past couple of weeks have been very nice, but it’s been just cool enough to keep water temperatures stable instead of rising. And that’s what we need right now, warmer water temperatures. However, just as soon as I complain about the cool, I’ll soon be complaining about the heat, so I guess patience is required.

  • Sea mullet are a feisty panfish; look for them at night or early morning

    The weather continues to warm, but spring inshore fishing has suddenly cooled. After a strong preseason redfish bite, the local angling has hit a surprising lull, possibly the result of some combinations of wind and tide and possibly just because it’s going to be a slow-starting fishing season.

  • Tilley leads West Brunswick to win over South Columbus

    Freshman Landon Tilley pitched a complete-game and added a RBI double in a 5-2 victory for the Trojans (5-5) over South Columbus in a JV game played April 13 in Shallotte.
    Tilley allowed two runs in the top of the third inning, but was he masterful the rest of the game. The right-hander gave up four hits, two earned runs and struck out eight batters. Head coach T.J. Spivey was impressed by his starter’s performance since the team had not played in over a week due to spring break.