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Today's News

  • A whiting by any other name is still a wonderfully tasty panfish

    Now is the time to go fishing for whiting. You can call them whiting, or you can call them sea mullet, Virginia mullet or even kingfish (though I've never actually heard that one used around here).

    Whatever you call them, they are the best thing going in inshore bottom-fishing until the water gets decently warm. Whiting are an early season pier-fishing and surf favorite, and what they lack in size they make up for on the dinner table.

  • Calabash captain and crew win tournament

    Fishermen finally got a reprieve from Mother Nature toward the end of last week as the winds and seas settled. Many of the area’s offshore fishermen, registered for the Martini’s Wahoo Tournament, headed offshore to the edge of the Gulf Stream in search of big wahoo as well as tuna and dolphin.

    Wednesday and Thursday provided fair weather with winds from the Northeast at 10 to 20 knots, and Friday was by far the best weather with flat, calm seas, sunny skies and warm temperatures.

  • Ah, the delicate etiquette of golf: How to deal with a cheater

    Cheating is a way of life these days. Just look at the headlines in our newspapers, and listen to the sound bites on CNN Headline News.

    People cheat on their spouses (a la the illustrious governor of New York), disregarding and ignoring the vows they took when they got married. They cheat on their income tax returns—padding contributions to churches, deductions for medical expenses, fancy trips, insurance—anything they think they can get away with. Presidents, congressmen, governors, mayors and even sheriffs get drummed out of office for violations of the public trust.

  • Golf action

    Calabash Elks

    Mike Coleman won the A Flight with a net 59 in the Calabash Elks Tournament April 9 at Brierwood Golf Club. Mike Casper came in second with 71. Don Mimm won the B Flight with 64, and Bob Herre came in second with 65. Fred Ortiz won the C Flight with 65, and Mike McCormack was runner-up with 66. Closest-to-the pin winners were Jim Schuster (No. 3), Ed Kerr (No. 9 and No. 17), and Jerry Way (No. 14).

    Beachcombers

  • One flawed inning costs Dolphins win

    SHALLOTTE—Call it Murphy’s Law compounded.

    If something can go wrong, it will—and usually multiple times in the same inning.

    Brunswick Community College cautiously rode a 1-0 lead for five innings before unraveling in the sixth and falling 5-1 to Lenoir Community College Saturday afternoon.

    “We weren’t able to make the plays,” Brunswick coach Robbie Allen said. “We couldn’t at that point and time get to where we could field it and throw it and catch it, and it just snowballed.”

  • West Brunswick Sports Round-up

    Baseball

    WEST BRUNSWICK 9

    WHITE OAK 2

    West Brunswick’s Wally Kamfolt hit a home run and drove in two runs in his 2-for-4 day at the plate. Jay Gause hit a home run and went 2-for-4 for the winners. He also was the winning pitcher.

    WEST BRUNSWICK 7

    JACKSONVILLE 8

    Wally Kamfolt blasted a grand slam against Jacksonville to pick up four RBI. West coach Mike Alderson said it was the first grand slam of the season for the Trojans.

    Softball

    WEST BRUNSWICK 18

    JACKSONVILLE 0

  • Stanley signs with Drake

    A Texas player with family ties to Brunswick County has signed with Drake University.

    Craig Stanley will play for the Missouri Valley Conference champion Bulldogs next season.

    Craig's father is Elton Stanley, the brother of Joe and Moe Stanley of Shallotte. His sister is Dianne Gatewood, and his grandparents were the late Earl and Alma Stanley of Shallotte.

    Craig Stanley lives in Plano, Texas, and played the last two seasons for Collin County Community College in Plano.

    Stanley was a 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard.

  • Oak Island offers good spots for bird viewing

    For Oak Island residents and vacationing birders alike, the island offers a number of good sites for finding and photographing birds.

    Ocean, dune, estuarine, salt marsh and maritime forest habitats host a wide variety of birds—and a mix of species that slowly but continually changes as seasons change—sometimes almost weekly.

    Fall migration and winter offer the most exciting experiences; however, spring and summer offer the return of special breeding birds like painted buntings.

  • Arson suspected in blazes

    SUPPLY—Three mobile home fires swept through a Supply neighborhood in less than 48 hours last weekend.

    Arson is suspected in all three.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, the first fire was reported just before 6 p.m. Friday at 2325 N. Bluebeard Trail. Later that evening, around 8:30 p.m., the second fire was reported at 2345 N. Bluebeard Trail.

    On Sunday, the third fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. at a home at 2350 N. Bluebeard Trail.

  • Remembering David Sandifer

    Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman David Sandifer, who died last Friday, was remembered Monday for his unwavering commitment to the community.

    The Rev. Phil Norris, a fellow county commissioner who officiated Sandifer’s memorial service, relived Sandifer’s commitment to his family, his friends and his extended family—the citizens of Brunswick County.