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Today's News

  • Experience is the best teacher for those facing trials and tribulations in the garden

    Even though I have a master’s degree and lots of certifications and credentials like most of us who work with Cooperative Extension, I’ve always trusted the hard-won education gained from experience. Here are some musings from my own garden trials and tribulations this year.

  • Shallotte, Leland begin state tournament Saturday

    Leland and Shallotte begin play this week in N.C. Dixie Youth Baseball for 12-year-olds at West Robeson.

    The week-long double-elimination tournament begins Saturday.

    Leland will play the District 2 champion at noon Saturday. At a different field, Shallotte will play the District 7 champion at 11 a.m. Saturday. Brackets are available on the Dixie Youth Web site youth.dixie.org, and on page 3B.

  • Pogies are making an impact on fishing in the area

    The weather has been nothing short of great over the past couple of weeks. The humidity has been low and the winds mostly light. If you then take these ingredients and mix them with a good stock of fish, you are about to make something good.

    The final key ingredient is the bait needed to catch fish, pogies. It is a widely accepted fact live bait fishing with pogies is the most effective way to catch kings as well as many other species. The problem we have often faced in years past is the lack of pogies.

  • Pro Profiles: Gene Weldon, Thistle Golf Club

    Editor’s note: This week Golf Gab begins a periodic series that will profile the professionals at Brunswick County courses.

    Gene Weldon is a jovial guy who gets the job done. He is the director of golf at Thistle Golf Course. His position requires a multitude of skills, both technical and interpersonal.

  • Calabash commissioners extend administrator’s probation following investigation

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously voted late Tuesday night to extend town administrator Jeremy Cribb’s probationary period another 90 days without a pay increase.

    Per a state statute and town attorney Mark Lewis’ advice, they also voted to release as public information Cribb’s personnel folder to “maintain public confidence” in administrative and town services.

    The action followed an hour-and-a-half-long closed commissioners’ session to discuss personnel that was attended by Cribb and Lewis.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 1, 2, 6 and 7 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, July 1

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Incha Britto, maintain place for prostitution, aid and abet prostitution, charges consolidated, Brunswick County Jail 45 days, suspended sentence 12 months, unsupervised probation 12 months, remit costs, seized $47,344-forfeit to general fund in accordance with general statute.

  • Brunswick team to represent state in Dixie Debs Softball World Series

    The Brunswick West Dixie Debs advanced to the Dixie Debs Softball World Series by defeating West Stanly 4-2 July 7 at Cape Fear Optimist Park in Wilmington. They are going to the World Series for the second straight year.

    Heather Carter pitched all seven innings and allowed two hits as her curveball and fastball were both working. She walked three and had five key strikeouts for the victory.

  • Mahi, cobia and kingfish action at historic levels

    The offshore fishing this summer has been nothing short of phenomenal. The weather has been cooperative and the kings, Mahi-mahi and cobia have been available for anglers live-bait fishing from 5-20 miles offshore.

    As I said last week, I think a key ingredient to the exceptional fishing this summer has been the abundance of menhaden along Brunswick County beaches. If the food is present, the fish will not be far.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Carolina Shores (team two low nets each hole). In first at 28-under par were Stu Cleveland, Paul Michal and Jim Beairsto. In second at 23 under were Bob Smith, Ed Kinney and Bill Cameron. Low gross: Cleveland, 75; Michal, 83; Ed Kinney, 87; Beairsto, 89. Low nets: Cleveland, 59; Cameron, 64; Kinney, 65; and Michal, 66. Golfer of the week was Cleveland.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Woman thrown from ATV in head-on collision

    A Leland woman was killed July 12 after she was thrown from an ATV.

    Around 8 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 31-year-old David Kent Beasley of Leland was driving on rural unpaved road 1413 when he allegedly drove left of center and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle, Sgt. T.W. Pope of the N.C. State Highway Patrol said.

    Beasley was driving about 35 mph when he collided with a 2001 Honda passenger vehicle driven by 28-year-old Charlie Samuel Ward, who was driving about 15 mph, Pope said.