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Today's News

  • Summer fishing is finally here

     It’s safe to say that summer fishing is finally here. The change from cool temperate nights to warm, muggy temperatures all day and night has officially happened and with it came the turn to summer fishing. And as usual, every year this transition from spring to summer fishing brings good action along the beachfront near shore and offshore ranges.

  • Results of recent events submitted by area golf leagues

     Below are scores and highlights reported by area golf leagues.

     

    Beachcombers

  • Live by these rules on and off the course
  • Late golf pro honored with bench dedication at Rivers Edge

     SHALLOTTE – If you play golf, you are my friend.

    Those are the words inscribed in a bench overlooking the No. 5 par 3 at Rivers Edge Golf Course.

    The bench was placed just a stone’s throw from the tee box on the scenic hole Saturday, June 24, in a ceremony honoring the late Gene Weldon, a longtime PGA professional who died earlier this year.

  • Sloup finishes tied for sixth in Carolinas Amateur

     Southport’s Ashley Sloup produced yet another strong showing at the 91st Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship, but she wasn’t able to defend her 2016 crown as she finished in sixth-place tie in the tournament that concluded June 4.

    Sloup, who recently finished her junior season on the women’s golf team at Winthrop University, captured the 2016 tournament, but fell two shots shy of a repeat crown at this year’s Carolinas Amateur, which was held at Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington.

  • Prognostication station: Predicting the 2017 MLB playoffs

     We’re more than a third of the way through the 2017 MLB season and there have been countless surprises in professional baseball through the season’s first three months.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North House of Representatives, we passed the long-awaited state budget, we passed a bill involving domestic violence and murder, and we got an idea of our adjournment date for this year.

    The negotiated state budget for 2017-19 was released last Monday and scheduled for votes in the House and Senate. The House has a rule it has to be out two days before a vote, so we voted on it Wednesday and Thursday, while the Senate voted Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • You decide: Can pro sports spur economic development?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Anyone visiting my home office immediately knows something obvious about me. The multitude of red baseball hats shows I’m a big Cincinnati Reds fan. Born in that city along the Ohio River, I followed “Big Klu” (Ted Kluszewski) in the 1950s, Frank Robinson in the 1960s and then I basked in the glory days of the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. I still try to make it to at least one game a year, and on other days I avidly follow the box scores of completed games.

  • A little bit of bother, with a lot of fun and frolic

    First off this week, let me get the not-so-fun stuff out of the way with a reminder about submitting letters to the editor for publication.

    Just the other week, I was raving about how great it was to be so inundated with them they left no room for my column. The volume has since tapered off a bit, in part because I’d received some we’re not going to publish under any circumstance.

  • Respect for flag should extend to people

    As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, we expect to see red, white and blue, starred and striped decorations throughout our community.

    The sight of the U.S. flag inspires passionate feelings about the freedoms we enjoy and emotions tend to run high where its proper display is concerned.

    The U.S. Flag Code is the ultimate reference for presenting our nation’s colors with reverence.

    Among its highlights: