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Today's News

  • Lots of flash at car show in Calabash

    There was lots of flash in Calabash on Saturday as more than 90 classic and collectible vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Calabash Fire Department for its first fundraising Show and Shine Car Show.

    As oldies music played in the background, the show and its many visitors spilled over into the adjacent Calabash Elks Lodge lot for the afternoon event that drew 96 spiffy and spit-shined cars, trucks and one motorcycle.

  • If it were all you had, what would your 30-day, get-it-done challenge be?

    Forgive me for being morbid, but I think about death and dying probably more often than I should. It’s an unfortunate learned trait, picked up from a mother who experienced too much death too soon in life.

    After watching her mother, father, oldest brother and other relatives die from cancer she was convinced some day she too would experience the slow, painful battle with the disease. But her death was neither slow nor painful; she died suddenly—and very unexpectedly—in a car crash.

  • Local nonprofits seeing fewer cash donations, more need

    Local nonprofit agencies are feeling the pinch in today’s economy, with a decrease in donations and an increase in need.

    Brunswick County Volunteer Center Director Jayne Mathews works closely with the county’s nonprofit agencies as well as with people in need of services. She said this week she has seen an increase in demand, particularly people seeking basic services—food, clothing, shelter and healthcare.

    “I get a lot of phone calls from people looking for jobs and places to live,” Mathews said.

  • Fulfords finish 1-2 in Mini-Stock race at Myrtle Beach Speedway

    Racing Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway saw the return of the Super Trucks for the second time in three weeks and the third week of racing for the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks and Mini-Stocks.

    The 15-lap Street Stock race was a three-car battle among Tommy Poole, Davey Hatchell and Dean Cumbee. Cumbee ended up passing two-time defending champion Poole with two laps to go to take his first victory of the 2009 season.

    In the 25-lap limited Late Model feature, Michael Elliot led start to finish virtually untested, finishing ahead of Randall Roberts.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents over the past two weeks.

    •Police charged Dean Edward Clay, 21, of 687 Augustine Ave., Supply, with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for the sale and delivery of a controlled substance and manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $50,000 secured bond.

  • An excellent start to the spring fishing season

    Fishing has been good inshore depending upon the weather. Storms combined with an often-howling wind have kept anglers inside at times, but when they have gotten out they have caught fish. There is good news from all areas—the piers, the surf and the backwaters.

    The biggest news in the early pier fishing has been the good catches of sea mullet. These tasty panfish, also known as whiting, have been coming over the rails in sporadic runs and in good size. Sea mullet hit cut shrimp and other baits fished on the bottom.

  • Despite windy conditions, Hannah shoots bogey-free 68 at Crow Creek

    On April 14, with winds blowing 20-35 mph, David Hannah shot a bogey-free round of 68 at the Crow Creek Golf Club and helped lead his team to victory. Three-man team: 1. David Hannah, Rich Murphy and Jerry Zimmerman, +19; 2. Andy McCorison, Paul Murray and Ray Hickey, +15.

    Individual best net quota points within each flight: A, David Hannah (+12); B, Paul Murray (+6); C, Jerry Zimmerman and Ray Hickey (+6).

    JIM HUNT EAGLES

    TWICE HOLING OUT

  • Spring things bring sole-ful weekend times

    It’s that most wonderful time of year when people weary of taxes, the economy and goings-on in Cala-clash can and should venture outside themselves and soak up some spring things going on in Brunswick County.

    I know I did that just this past Saturday, when I was invited to be a judge in the Calabash Fire Department’s first Show and Shine Car Show.

    If the fire department hired me for my car-judging expertise, they had asked the right woman.

    Any car that looks pretty, has cruise control and a great stereo always gets my vote.

  • Violating open meetings law is unacceptable

    Calabash commissioners—Emily DiStasio, Cecelia Herman and John Melahn—are you completely ignorant of North Carolina Open Meetings Law or are you just so brazen you don’t care if you violate it?

    Last week, the three of you openly violated the law when you joined together to discuss public business—town sewer—without first announcing you were going to do so.

  • BCC beats Stanly 17-9

    An eight-run fifth inning propelled the Brunswick Community College baseball team to a 17-9 victory in eight innings Sunday afternoon over Stanly Community College.

    BCC scored three runs in the eighth inning for an eight-run lead, and by conference rule that margin ended the game, played at West Brunswick High School.

    BCC led 11-3 after five innings, but SCC used four walks and two errors in the sixth to score six runs and cut the lead to 11-9. That displeased BCC coach Robbie Allen.