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Today's News

  • Supply Elementary announces honor rolls, award winners

    Supply Elementary School recently had its third nine-weeks awards ceremony. The following students were recognized:

    A Honor Roll

    Third grade: Kaleb Ferguson, Rebecca Hewett, Zack Miller

    Fourth grade: Kristyn Loy, Alayna Miller, Alyssa Miller, Ian Niggles

    Fifth grade: Laura Doherty, Troy Fullwood, Patrick Pigott, Ashley Smith, Veronica Wagner

    A-B Honor Roll

  • There are many ways of finding grace

    One of my favorite Sunday treats is watching the television program, “Sunday Morning.”

    I love the variety of topics and enjoy the fact it is a way of keeping in touch with friends who are simultaneously involved with the program from afar.

    Nestled among pieces that reminded viewers of events from years ago and commented on the comparative value of vinyl records over iPod downloads, there was an intriguing interview Maria Shriver conducted with a multimillionaire—whose name I have unfortunately forgotten.

  • Church briefs

    Operation Inasmuch set for April 19

    On April 19, 12 Baptist churches in Brunswick County will join with hundreds of other churches across North Carolina in a statewide Operation Inasmuch Day, according to a news release.

    Volunteers from all over the state will work together to provide assistance to those in need, including: working at food pantries, building wheelchair ramps, handyman repairs, care packages for soldiers and their families and taking blankets to nursing homes.

  • Twins Wally and Pat Kamfolt play in a league of their own

    One leads the league in batting average; the other just made All-Beach Diamond Invitational.

    One plays second base; the other plays shortstop.

    Together, they turn double plays, hit doubles and make their opponents think they are seeing double.

    The Kamfolt twins—Wally and Pat—are a pivotal part of the success of West Brunswick’s baseball team this season.

    “Both of them are solid players, and they work really well together,” said West coach Mike Alderson. “They’re twins, so they think on the same wave pattern.”

  • Do details really matter to race fans?

    In a popular restaurant in my area recently, I was enjoying an order of fried pickles when I overheard a couple of guys conducting an animated conversation about something called a sway bar.

    This raised several issues. First, when I hear the word “NASCAR” whiz past my head in any type of public setting, my ears prick up in much the same way as my dog Clancy’s do when the carpet shampooer shows up at the kitchen door. So technically I guess you could say I wasn’t really overhearing this exchange. It was more a case of active eavesdropping.

  • Edwards is top gun at Texas

    FT. WORTH, Tex.—Carl Edwards powered his way to victory in Sunday’s Samsung 500 at Texas for his third win of the season. The driver of the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford thoroughly dominated the 335-lap race.

    “The reason we won it was because of all the good, hard work the team has done,” Edwards said. “This was fun. That’s what it’s about. Hopefully we can come back here in November and sweep this thing.”

    Edwards’ two other victories this season came at California and Las Vegas.

  • Smiles already ordered; Special Olympics set April 25

    The smile of a boy in a wheelchair is what stays on Steve Goodwin’s mind.

    Goodwin was a volunteer at the Special Olympics while he was a student at East Carolina University.

    This year, he’s the director of the Brunswick County Special Olympics Spring Games.

    “Just seeing the joy in the athletes’ faces—big smiles, happiness,” Goodwin said as he described his most rewarding moments at the Special Olympics.

    He remembers the joy on the face of a boy in a wheelchair in particular.

  • Hook A Hoo and Family Day offer fishing enthusiasts entertainment venues

    I feel like I’ve been writing about the great things to come forever. The wind hasn’t stopped blowing in two weeks, and my thermostat switch is worn out from changing between heat and AC.

    I often look back at my fishing report archives I keep online at www.OIFC.com on the fishing report page to see what was going on this time last year.

  • Red drum are fun to catch and eat, but limits must be obeyed

    Last week the state closed all commercial harvest of red drum, a move that will probably last until September when the cap on commercial catches of the fish resets. The way North Carolina tries to manage this very important fish continues to change, and a lot of folks are currently debating the issues surrounding red drum in the state’s committee structure.

    Red drum are the state’s official saltwater fish, and they have always been a symbol of inshore fishing here even though a lot of other Southern states also can claim large red-drum populations.

  • Short-game workout will bring down your scores

    We live in a temperate climate here on the Carolina coast, yet many of us want to play golf only under the most favorable conditions. The golfers who move here from Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania are the worst. They played in sleet and wind up North; they loved winter golf leagues because the ponds all froze up.

    Something strange happens to these stalwart golfers after a few years of “Southern comfort.” They get wimpy about the weather.