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Today's News

  • 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.

  • McMullan remembers friend who died in boating accident

    Standing next to a wreath on an overcast Sunday evening, Brant McMullan began the awards ceremony for the Jolly Mon King Classic by talking about Scott Hewett.

    The eulogy was not the way McMullan thought he’d have to begin the ceremony at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center for the two-day tournament, of which McMullan was the director.

    But Hewett, the captain and owner of the Spring Run, died in a boating accident Saturday when he was caught in a fierce, fast-moving storm. He was 62.

  • 'The wind picked up—and it hit us'

    Jamie Blue of Carthage and Joel Foster of High Point had an unforgettable fishing experience in the Jolly Mon King Classic Saturday.

    They are fortunate to still be alive to talk about it.

    They were among the competitors in the two-day tournament that attracted 294 boats. But a fierce, fast-moving storm Saturday morning capsized one boat and left one person dead. Two others from that boat were rescued.

    That more people did not die is remarkable, considering how powerful the storm was.

  • Dream of a lifetime comes true for R.J. McCord and Tina Tiepel

    When golf is your passion, your dreams revolve around golf.

    Maybe you dream about winning the club championship someday, or shooting an even par score. Maybe you hope to break 100 or 90 or 80.

    A beginner might want to get his handicap down to 30; a seasoned player might dream of getting down to single digits. A junior golfer may watch the U.S. Open and dream of being in the ranks of the PGA Tour someday; a seasoned golfer may dream of living long enough and playing well enough to shoot his age.

  • Golf action

    CLUB 25 CROW CREEK

    Mona Dye from Brierwood shot a 75 to lead Club 25 Ladies Golf League at Crow Creek on June 16. Sandy Hulberg (Lakes) was second and Mei Lu Pierce (Myrtle Beach National) was third. Kitty Fox (Lakes) and Suzanne Moro (Wacchesaw Plantation) tied for fourth, while Dale Calhoon (Brick Landing), Shari Hodson (Lakes) and Pat Shutzman (Carolina National) tied for sixth.

  • Former state champs coaching summer team

    Two of the coaches this summer for the Southwest Trojans baseball team bring a unique perspective. Stuart Champion and Brett Hickman played on the West Brunswick High School baseball team that won the Class 3A state championship in 2004.

    The memory of that season is still fresh in their thoughts, and Champion and Hickman say that season has valuable lessons for these Trojans, a junior American Legion team of West Brunswick ballplayers, many of whom will be on the high school varsity next year.

  • Young shows skills in State Games

    GREENSBORO—Monica Young and her East All-Star soccer team failed to win the gold medal Sunday in the State Games, losing 2-0 to the South, but she left the competition with a sense of accomplishment.

  • Southwest Trojans win three games

    The Southwest Trojans swept Southwest Onslow in a doubleheader Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Trojans beat Whiteville 6-4. The Trojans are 11-2 as they enter the final games of the regular season, set to end July 2. Game summaries are below.

    Trojans 12, 7

    S.W. Onslow 1, 4

    The Southwest Trojans swept Southwest Onslow 12-2 and 7-4 in two Junior American Legion baseball games Saturday.