Today's News

  • Flounder tourney set for July 31

     Members of the Cape Fear Flounder Tournament Committee have organized the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s first flounder tournament, which will be July 31 at Southport Marina. 

    Don Hughes is the chairman of the tourney, which has an all-cash guarantee of prizes. This is a boat-only tournament. All fish must be taken on a rod and reel. Entry fee is $100 per boat, with optional $50 tournament within a tournament fee.

  • Pompano provide great day fishing, terrific evening meals

     Local anglers are in the middle of a hot summer, and fishing is best in the early mornings or around sunset. 

    One species that can be caught during the day, however, are pompano. This year the pompano were late showing up in our waters but they are present now and will get more numerous as we pass August and go toward the fall.

  • Offshore fishing gets back to normal

     “Normal” is a loose word in reference to fishing. I’ve been fishing for many years, and I still struggle when someone asks me what he can expect to catch on any given day. 

    The problem is fish have minds of their own and tails that can lead them most anywhere. I’ve read science that says fish have a brain the size of a pea. I’ve been out there hunting fish on many days when I felt as if I had the brain the size of pea and they were nothing short of genius. 

  • Hale wins seventh race of season

    A full moon hung over Myrtle Beach Speedway on July 24 as the drivers completed another weekend of Saturday night racing.

    Before the full moon, Bryant Barnhill took his first bike win of the season. Barnhill has become a regular competitor of the Hot Rods bike division. The Young Guns participants are gaining momentum, as Adam Fulford Jr. continues on his winning streak. Jack Barnhill had a close second, with Easton Swain and Hudson Hale rounding up the field.

  • Inspirations Dance Centre dancers win awards

     Inspirations Dance Centre participated in the Marvonna Talent Competition Finals in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Inspirations Dance Centre dancers were awarded “Mega Xtreme” and “The Max” ratings for three group dances, one duet and seven solos. 

  • Ex-Trojan nominated for Good Works Team

    When Jordan Lancaster played football at West Brunswick High School, he usually was involved in community service. 

    “He did some tutoring with little kids,” West coach Jimmy Fletcher recalled. “He went to elementary schools and read to kids. He always worked in the church. He just was a great kid.”

  • Shallotte police seek tourney promoter suspected of bilking out-of-state teams

    Shallotte police have arrested two people and are searching for the ringleader in connection with a fraudulent sporting event last weekend at West Brunswick High School in which the promoter took between $5,000 and $10,000 from participants.

    According to detective Ed Marti with the Shallotte Police Department, teams from several states showed up at West Brunswick expecting a basketball tournament Saturday, but wound up victims in an apparent fraud.

    All the teams were from out of state.

  • Gas station, Domino’s, Dairy Queen planned for N.C. 211 intersection

    SUPPLY—A new Minuteman Food Mart, Dairy Queen and Domino’s combination is being planned at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Southport-Supply Road.

    The new gas station-convenience store-restaurant combination is scheduled to be complete this fall.

    According to Wesley Campbell, vice president of Campbell Oil-Minuteman, headquartered in Elizabethtown, construction on the project is scheduled to begin Monday, and the 4,000-plus-square-foot building should be complete by November.

  • More people looking for work in Brunswick County; BCC offers tips for job seekers

    When he leads classes at Brunswick Community College, re-employment services training instructor Richard Gomrick asks students to turn off their cell phones, but last week during a class for job seekers at the Employment Security Commission office in Shallotte, he told participants to keep them on.

    “It might be someone calling for an interview.”

  • Good teachers leave lasting, lifetime impressions on young people

    I am who I am today because people like you believed in me.

    Those are the words I would say to Cindy Ethington, a beloved teacher from my hometown who died July 16 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

    I got to know Mrs. E shortly after she began her teaching career at Bardstown Middle School. She and fellow teacher Janet Carrico had applied for a grant for a unique student program. Through it, BMS students were selected to spend a good portion of their summer, and then most of the school year, traveling and learning about Kentucky’s history.