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Today's News

  • The Plantation Years (1721 to 1774) at Ocean Isle Beach

    In 1720, both pirates and Native Americans were virtually eliminated from the Ocean Isle Beach area. Most of the pirates were hanged in 1720 in Charleston, S.C., and most of the Cape Fear Indians had left the area during the Tuscarora Indian War.

    In 1720, the Ocean Isle Beach area was ripe and vacant for pioneers to begin settlements and try to make a living. Families such as Gause, Frink, Brooks and Moore settled here and started large plantations.

  • Programs help residents in tough times

    With high gas prices, a slower-than-normal building and construction industry and other related economic slow downs, it’s no secret some Brunswick County residents are facing hard financial times.

    Luckily, local programs and agencies are ready to provide services and offer skills and training when they’re needed most.

    Through the local Employment Security Commission, unemployed workers can now turn to the Job Training Partnership Act to learn valuable skills while earning money and picking up on-the-job training.

  • Beck-Hewett

    Rachel Gail Beck of Supply and Brandon Ray Hewett of Shallotte were married July 8 on Holden Beach with the Rev. Eddie Hill officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Rudy and Gail Beck of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Diane Todd of Shallotte.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her parents.

    Maid of honor was Heather Clemmons, and bridesmaids were Brittany King Galloway and Samantha Rooney.

    Kaylee Long served as flower girl and Brennan Dosher was ringbearer.

  • God invites us to enter the world of a whispering God

    I am not a whisperer. Nothing about me is silent. I am a loud Italian with laughter as my trademark.

    Someone once commented on a dress I wore while on duty at the hospital, saying, “You won’t blend in while you’re wearing that dress.”

    Not knowing whether that was to be taken as a compliment or not, I responded—quite accurately I think—“I have never blended ineenot once in my whole life.”

  • Church briefs

    Trinity plans Aug. 17 service

    Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon will be “Strength in Weakness,” based on scripture from Psalm 121 and Acts 9:19-22, 31, on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash St. in Southport.

    There will be a casual worship service at 8:30 a.m., a contemporary service at 9:40 a.m. in Murrow Hall with the Trinity Worship Band and a traditional worship service in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.

    Nursery care will be available during the 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

  • Kershner inducted into second hall of fame

    The small black-and-white photo of Gary Kershner—posed in a batting stance—is above the photo of Gus “Go Go” Banks and Joe “Little Joe” Shelton. They are on Page 9 of a program for the PMI Parkas fast-pitch softball team.

    “I haven’t had this out in ages,” Kershner said as he held the program.

    Kershner, then a 26-year-old shortstop on the Washington, D.C., team, laughs as he looks at the nickname above his photo: Gary “Vacuum Cleaner” Kershner.

  • McCumbee back on beat in Music City

    After starting the season with six top-10 runs in 10 events, Chad McCumbee and MRD Motorsports appeared to have the right momentum as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entered into a tough stretch of races during the summer months.

    But this string of races posed some challenges. The team had an unexpected 26th- place average finish that was not indicative of how the team performed during those races. A series of on-track incidents outside of the team’s control left it even more eager to head to the Music City to get back on beat.

  • Milliken wins Late Model race

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—In Late Models racing Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Ryan Hall beat points leader Sam Yarbrough in the first race. Justin Milliken was third, Barry Andrews fourth and Ed Williams fifth.

    Milliken, of Shallotte, won for the second straight week when he finished first in the second race. Hall was second, Andrews third, Gregg Hardee fourth and Rick Smith fifth.

    Yarbrough leads defending champion Smith by 44 points for the season championship.

  • The readers always write

    Readers have their opinions about my opinions.

    In response to my July 17 column, “My mighty, majestic home run*,” Joe Small elaborated on the sound of hitting a home run:

    “I hit a few of those in my (distant) youth,” he wrote. “I was also fortunate enough to hit a few legitimate home runs. There is no sound in ANY sport that resonates like the sound of a baseball being hit solidly (right on the sweet spot) by a wooden bat. Forget the ping of aluminum bats. Doesn’t come close.

  • For a change of pace, take a child fishing--and follow these tips

    There is probably no more enjoyable fishing trip for a veteran angler than one which involves taking a kid fishing. In this age of virtual reality and game systems that seem to tie kids to the computers and TVs with an umbilical cord, it is almost a duty for those of us who love the sport to pass it on.

    If you want to introduce a youngster to fishing, however, there are some important tips that can help make the experience enjoyable for you both and perhaps hook a kid for life.

    1. Use natural bait.