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Today's News

  • Warmer water means more pompano putting myths to rest

    As the water warms, more and more pompano are being caught. Contrary to fishing lore, not every one of them is brought in on a gold hook, and not every bait used is a sand flea full of orange roe. If you happen to have a gold hook and a sand flea full of orange roe, then go for it. But even if you don’t, you still stand a good chance of catching some pompano from now until things get too cold for them in late fall.

  • Weather and fish finally cooperate

    Like Hannibal of “The A-Team” TV show used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

    Despite Saturday being a bit dreary, the weather and the fish got their acts together on Sunday and Monday and made for a Chamber of Commerce type holiday weekend. Here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center it was very nice to see so many people visiting and getting on the water. The beaches were packed, the waterway looked like an interstate highway and offshore the calm seas made for great fishing conditions.

  • Tournament of Champions: The Best of the Best come out to play

    When I first started writing this column on Sept. 12, 2002, I had goals in mind: to promote the game of golf, to be a sounding board for golfers, teaching pros, superintendents, club managers and the huge spectrum of golfers out there, from zero handicappers to just-beginning-to-play retirees.

  • Golf action

    HOLES-IN-ONE

    Making a hole-in-one is a difficult feat, but six area residents did just that recently.

    Terry G. Draper of Carolina Shores made a hole-in-one May 30 at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club.

    Draper used a 3-hybrid at the 164-yard third hole. The hole-in-one was witnessed by Joseph Mosser.

    Loretta DeVita of Sunset Beach made a hole-in-one April 8 at Sea Trail Resort. DeVita used a pitching wedge at the 60-yard fifth hole. The hole-in-one was witnessed by James Mitchum.

  • LPGA/USGA Girls Golf is growing in Brunswick County

    Girls Golf is part of The First Tee of Brunswick County. All spring, 15 young ladies have been meeting weekly at St. James Plantation to learn about life skills and golf.

  • Four county players to play in state games

    The N.C. State Games showcase the best amateur athletic talent in the state, and this year that will include three baseball players from West Brunswick High School.

    Trojan catcher Josh Powell and infielders Wally and Pat Kamfolt will play for the Region 2 team.

    “You can only have three (rising senior) players from one high school on that team,” West Brunswick High School coach Mike Alderson said.

    North Brunswick catcher Dakota Irwin also is on the team.

  • Sheriff Ingram names Miller chief deputy

    A new face was among the crowd of sheriff’s deputies sworn in Friday morning by District Judge Marion Warren.

    After taking his oath of office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram had a meeting with his staff to announce the new chief deputy, Charlie Miller.

    Miller, who has been serving on the Brunswick County Board of Education since being elected in 2006, previously worked for the sheriff’s office before running his own business.

    “This is my full-time job now,” he said Friday, his first day on the job.

  • Bradshaw murder suspect's criminal history spans more than 12 years

    Craig Bryant, one of two suspects charged with the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has a lengthy criminal history spanning more than 12 years in two states, including an attempted murder charge.

    Bryant, 46, and Lora A. Moultrie, 46, both of 4395 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, were arrested May 8 for their alleged roles in Bradshaw’s murder.

    Bryant has been charged with murder and Moultrie has been charged with first-degree murder and felony conspiracy.

    Both suspects remain in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center on no bond.

  • No hike suggested for county taxes

    BOLIVIA—County manager Marty Lawing recommended a $224.1 million budget to county commissioners for the upcoming fiscal year Monday night and no county tax increase was included.

    Lawing recommended the county’s ad valorem tax rate remain at 30.5 cents per $100 of property valuation.

    Property tax revenues make up 56 percent of the general fund revenue, Lawing said.

  • Memorial erected to honor Ocean Isle Beach fire victims

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—What began as a fun weekend getaway for a group of young college friends turned into a tragic weekend that changed their lives and affected an entire community.

    At about 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, a fire broke out at 1 Scotland St. and claimed the lives of seven of the 13 students who were staying at the beach house.

    Friday, the survivors of the fire, family members and friends gathered in Ocean Isle Beach for the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to the remembrance of those who lost their lives nearly seven months ago.