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Today's News

  • Whitesides

    Seth and Polly Whitesides of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Jaxon Cole Whitesides, born at 12:53 p.m. May 30 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Brady, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Bill and Judy Hickman of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Hoffmann-Lynch

    Lorraine Hoffmann and Thomas Lynch Jr. were married Saturday, June 14, at the Little River, S.C., home of the groom’s sister, Loretta Dingee.

    The Rev. Jean Pelletier and his wife Fran officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy Hoffmann of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Albert A. Hoffmann.

    The groom is the son of Thomas Lynch Sr. of Calabash and the late Ellen Lynch.

    The bride’s mother served as matron of honor, and the groom’s father served as best man.

  • McLean-Bloech

    Jennifer McLean of Wilmington and Christopher Bloech of Isle of Palms, S.C., were married June 7 in a ceremony overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The Rev. Eugene Wells, the bride’s uncle, performed the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ron and Catherine McLean of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Ken and Susan Bloech of Kennesaw, Ga.

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

    Melissa Hegarty served as matron of honor.

    Ringbearer was Christopher McLean, the bride’s nephew.

  • Parker-Cox

    Sarah Amanda Parker of Supply and Josh Eugene Cox of Ash were married June 13 at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    Pastor Joel Fanti officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ricky Parker and Linda Parker of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Pam and Tom Anello of Ash.

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

    The bride wore a white, mock-two-piece gown with a portrait neckline and a corset bodice made of white taffetta with a tufted skirt embellished with flowers and organza layers.

  • Being Nanny Granny brings new insights on life

    I have just enjoyed the pleasure—and fatigue—of being “Nanny Granny” to a teenaged granddaughter, a 10 year-old grandson and their old English bulldog, Lily.

    I hoped our time together would be a unique bonding experience since I am the “far away” grandmother who only gets glimpses of their lives. As it turned out, this was truly an immersion in the daily adventures and times of today’s youth, and I gained great knowledge and insights in the process.

  • Church briefs

    Christian music concert set for July 5

    "Praise God!" is the theme and plan for at least one event for the official North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport on Saturday, July 5.

    Nash Street will be closed from Howe Street to City Hall for a youth-led concert beginning at 7 p.m. featuring The Aaron Wagner Band from Dallas, Texas, and Brunswick County’s own Wendy Jones. These two gospel artists will lead an evening of music with a positive message for all ages.

    There is no charge to attend this event. A love offering will be taken.

  • Hickman, Champion know how to be winners

    A Whiteville runner inched his way from first base, trying to get a leadoff to steal second base. Glancing at him from the mound was Gavin Lane, a left-handed pitcher for the Southwest Trojans. Patiently, Lane let the runner move farther and farther from first base, then snapped a throw to first baseman Logan Tripp, who tagged out the runner.

    From the Trojan dugout, everyone cheered Lane. He perfectly timed the throw for the pickoff. It was an excellent move.

  • Shore fishing a quick and easy option for saltwater anglers

    A few years back I wrote that saltwater shore fishermen never get any respect. Since the price of a gallon of gas is now rivaling the price of the Hope Diamond, things may be changing. Hauling a boat down to the ramp and launching for a day of fishing is still great fun, unless you have to do certain things like eating. So, fishing from the sand or pier may be making a comeback even among those who have those pretty boats sitting in the front yard. Don’t worry, if you’re on dry land or wading into the water, you can still catch fish.

  • A bittersweet Jolly Mon King Classic

    This past weekend the annual Jolly Mon King Classic took place from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. This tournament has proved over the years to be one of the region’s favorite and most-attended events, due in part to its pick-your-fishing day format, fishing boundaries and family-oriented atmosphere and prizes. However, with gas prices approaching $5 a gallon and a general pessimistic fiscal attitude, I expected the event’s participation to be severely down.

  • Top tournament finishers battle mackerel, then storm

    The second- and third-place finishers in the Jolly Mon King Classic earned their money Saturday. After they landed their prize catches, they had to battle through a ferocious storm.

    Keith Logan aboard Logan’s Love finished second (36.65) and collected $7,750. He thanked Hunter McCray of the Rod and Reel Shop on Holden Beach. Logan fished in the Gen. Sherman Wreck area. Logan, of Longs, S.C., landed his king mackerel about 7:15 a.m.