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Today's News

  • Fishing in late summer better than expected

    Fishing is turning out to be a bit better than I expected. Anglers haven’t been waiting for the fall but are filling up coolers with some nice fish despite the bad reputation of the late summer season. Flounder, redfish and black drum have all being biting for local fishermen.

    One reason may be the influence of Hurricane Bill, which roared by from a distance last week but caused some significant waves and pounded on the beaches. This wouldn’t be the first time the original storm of the hurricane season put the fish in a biting mood.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a captain’s choice event Carolina Shores. First: Harry Haggerty, Jim Quigley, Bob Brownley and Jim Beairsto at 5-under par. Second: Stu Cleveland, Fred Ortiz, Ed Kinney and Bill Cameron at 2-under par. Third: Ed Hennessey, Bob Smith, Bob Byrne and Larry Bollinger at 1-under par.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Brunswick Literacy Council''s Adult Spelling Bee is looking for competitors

    One of my favorite toys as a child was a red electronic talking box called a Speak N Spell.

    At the top of the device, just below the handy-dandy, hard-plastic carrying handle, was a small, rectangular black screen. High-tech in its day, the device used straight lines to form letters in blue on the screen.

    Below the black screen was a yellow box that encased a keyboard (in alphabetical order) of letters in orange, task keys in red and vowels in yellow.

  • Help students with college financial aid--vote for ‘Dancing’ stars

    Friday night will be a big night for Brunswick County, most specifically Brunswick Community College.

    Beginning at 6 p.m., activities will kick off to celebrate the second annual “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars.”

    The event raises money for scholarships for Brunswick Community College students and will feature dancers from the community along with their talented, professional dance partners. Many have been preparing for this event for months.

  • Grand jury indictments

     The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Lisa Gore returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Aug. 10:

    Harry Ballard, 48, of 2848 Cedar Hill Road, Leland; felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony conspire sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance.

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 12, 13, 14, 17 and 18 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Aug. 12

    William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Kimberly S. Anderson, expired registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

    Kellie Lynn Beeson, recreational fishing without a license, voluntarily dismissed.

  • SBI investigating shooting at state senator's home

    The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the state’s longest-serving legislator, state Sen. R.C. Soles, for allegedly shooting a man who was on his property Sunday.

    Soles, a Tabor City attorney, represents Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties in the state senate.

    District Attorney Rex Gore said around 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, two men entered Soles’ gated Tabor City property.

  • Blackwater Outlaws to play at national rally

    Local “swamp rock” band Blackwater Outlaws, based in Ash, are scheduled to play at the Friends of America Rally on Labor Day, Sept. 7, in Holden, W.Va., alongside such venerable “outlaw” musicians as Hank Williams Jr. and John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich.

    “We’re very excited,” said band member Travis Norris. “I’m kind of at a loss for words over how excited we are.”

  • Anti-annexation rally planned for Aug. 29

    Outside Midway Trading Post at the corner on N.C. 211 and Midway Road—property now being sought for annexation by the town of St. James—will be the site of a local anti-forced annexation rally Saturday morning.

    Trading post owner Mike Richards, whose store is in an area the town of St. James wants to annex, helped organize the event, along with other activists including scheduled host Curtis Wright, a local radio personality.

    The rally is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and will include anti-annexation speakers and performances by a bluegrass band.

  • Unable to untangle twisted phone cord web

    They say if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

    Well, it may be a minuscule task, but it’s one I have yet to conquer.

    Never have I ever been able to keep a phone cord untangled. I can’t explain it, but every cord on every phone I touch turns into a tangled web in a matter of minutes.

    The cord I have on my phone right now is being held down by a bottle of Wite Out, my Rolodex and the phone base. Only days after getting a new phone cord, the top part right by the receiver connection began to twist.