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Today's News

  • Sherrie Metts

    Sherrie Lee Metts, 53, of Bolivia, died Nov. 10.

    She was born Jan. 8, 1955, in Jacksonville, a daughter of Edward Earl Metts and Genora Batchelor Metts.

    She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Metts; her companion for 22 years, Jimmy Ward; her niece, Renay Ward and her brother, Edward Earl Metts Jr.

    Surviving are her mother, Genora Metts; her sisters, Judy Ward and husband Edward and Sondra Roark and husband Tommy; nephews, Johnny Ward, Christopher Ward and wife Kaye and Stephen Roark; niece, Jessica Johnson; great nephews and nieces; numerous friends.

  • Journey leads mom back to college to get long-wanted degree

    It was the day before graduation. The campus at UNC-Chapel Hill was a sea of white dresses, suits, ties and Carolina blue.

    I had been attending a North Carolina Press Association workshop and was walking to my car. Everywhere I looked there were excitement as young men and women tried on their gowns and talked to their families.

    The walk to my car was a long one as I thought about how I missed out on that experience.

    That day, I decided to go back to school—one more time.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    Police charged Joshua Andrew Fashover, 18, of 2261 Jingle Court, Supply, with embezzlement and vandalism. Fashover was employed at Andy’s Cheesesteaks and was charged after someone reported finding $1,700 missing, the restaurant’s front window broken, the counter ransacked and the back door open and unlocked. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond.

  • Brown ground beef ahead of time for quick and convenient use

    Do you hate it when you brown ground beef for tacos, chili, casseroles or spaghetti sauce and end up with large chunks that are hard to break down? Or maybe you just like it all chunky.

    When making spaghetti sauce, you’ll want to have the beef in small pieces, which gives the sauce a smoother texture and at the same time allows you to have meat with every bite. The same goes with chili, as it can be quite a messy food to eat with large pieces of ground beef clumped together.

  • Don’t let the winter chill deter you

    Fishing has improved for some folks this week as anglers are beginning to focus on traditionally cold-weather species. Fish such as black and red drum, whiting and speckled trout will still provide a lot of action for folks as the fishing season comes to an end.

    One winter fish that has already made a surge is the black drum. Black drum can be caught all year, but they really come to the forefront in the colder months. They are among our most dependable fish when a lot of better-known species have left for warmer waters or aren’t biting in the cold.

  • Tournament of Champions preview: Men’s club champions—the best of the best

    Each year, when I speak to all the men’s and ladies’ club champions prior to The Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions, I’m always impressed by the many roads to success in golf.

    Some of these guys started on the road to championship golf when they caddied for their dads. Others learned to play at public courses. As they walked and carried their clubs side by side with their buddies, they learned golf and friendship are inextricably bound.

  • Golf action

    The finals of the Sandpiper Bay President’s Cup year-long tournament were played Nov. 5. The scoring was based on the FedEx system, leading up to competitions resulting in the top players competing for the top prize. The results were as follows:

    Gross division: First, Bob Nicoletti, 81. Second, Dagn Alsup, 82. Third, a tie between Al Hooker and John Radziewski, 87. Net division: first, Bobby Bryce, 73. Second, Norm Burgess, 76. Third, Bob Kakos, 82. Fourth, Don Capretta (did not play).

    The remainder of the club played low-gross and low-net scores.

  • ACE team report

    The newest criminal enforcement unit at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is up and running.

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

  • Former town, county leader Jerry Jones dies

    Former Shallotte alderman and mayor and former county commissioners chairman Jerry Jones, 63, died Thursday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) on May 31, 2007.

    “His battle with this disease was a long rough road and his great strength was tested in many times,” his obituary states.

    He was born in Conway, S.C., on May 11, 1945, a son of Allene Rowell Jones and the late Windle Wilson Jones.

    He moved to Shallotte in 1968 to work at Shallotte Lumber Company and worked there for 33 years.

  • Fence talk stretches on in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Ongoing discussion about fences—the kind that makes good neighbors—was deferred last week by the Sunset Beach Planning Board to a Nov. 20 work session.

    The board is revisiting a proposed amendment to the fence-height ordinance after it was sent back by town council last month for language clarification.

    Board members also indicated at the Nov. 6 workshop they favor eliminating front-yard fences altogether in Sunset Beach, though existing ones would be grandfathered.