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Today's News

  • Breakout week for offshore fishing

    When I left you last week, I was planning on fishing Tuesday in the Martini’s Hook A ’Hoo Wahoo Rodeo out of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The tournament, which benefits the area Shriners, had 51 boats to register, very respectable in the world of offshore tournament fishing.
    Among the entries was the Ocean Isle Fishing Center team, consisting of my wife Amy; cousin Brian Aycock; his 11-year-old son, Austin; and myself.

  • Shallotte youth soccer team improves to 7-1

    The 10U Girls Soccer team improved its record over the weekend to 7-1 in the Cape Fear Soccer League. Team Shallotte won 9-1, getting seven goals coming between the duo of Claire McNeil, who had four, and Hayley Giordano, who had three. Hannah Hewitt and Ashley Oakes also each had a goal.

  • Whiteville team ends West’s winning streak

    Whiteville scored three straight goals and held off a West Brunswick rally in a 3-2 soccer victory Monday night.
    The loss ended a three-game winning streak and ended West’s hopes of winning its first conference championship in girls’ soccer.
    West scored first, 12 minutes into the game, on an approximate 30-yard shot by sophomore midfielder Julianna Zio. One minute late, Whiteville tied the score on a free kick.
    Whiteville took a 2-1 lead with about 9:30 left in the half on a breakaway.

  • Ocean Ridge Bowling League honors bowlers

    The Ocean Ridge Plantation Bowling League concluded its 11th season at its annual bowling banquet April 1 at the Elks Lodge in Calabash.

  • West softball team scores 12 runs to defeat North

    Dez Avallone had a chance to be a hero, just like her dad.
    She already had a double, two singles and four RBIs for West Brunswick in its conference softball game April 20 against North Brunswick.
    Dez’s father, Randall Avallone, is a warrant officer with the United States Army, serving in Afghanistan. He is a hero to our country. This evening, daughter Dez, in a smaller way, was a hero to her West Brunswick teammates.

  • Decker can pin another award to the office wall

    Terry Decker can add another plaque to the wall in his office, but he may not have enough room.
    The Wilmington Bowling Association/Cape Fear USBC Hall of Fame inducted Decker during a ceremony last month. This is the latest honor for Decker, a Shallotte resident who is the bowling operations manager at Planet Fun. A wall on his office has so many plaques on it that Decker has been unable to add this most recent plaque to it.

  • West’s Greg Hensley wins golf tournament

    Greg Hensley had a chip-in eagle in shooting a 2-under-par 70 April 19 at Rivers Edge Golf Course in winning the next-to-last golf tournament of the Waccamaw Conference season.
    This is first time in several years a West golfer has won a conference tournament.
    Hensley shot 35-35—70, a round that included three birdies and an eagle. It was his best competitive score.
    South Brunswick’s Dalton Gore was second (76), North Brunswick’s Mason Roberts third (78), South’s Richard Weinacht fourth (79) and West’s Harrison Taylor fifth (80).

  • West beats Scorpions, retains first place

    Senior pitcher Gavin Lane has been pleased with the run support he has received in his last few starts. Tuesday night was no different, as the Trojans exploded for five runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to an 8-3 win over North Brunswick.
    The win keeps West in sole possession of first place in the Waccamaw Conference, two games ahead of North. Lane gave up a run in the top of the first but gained confidence watching his team string together timely hits in the Trojans’ first at-bat.

  • Man charged with DWI in accident involving school bus

    An Ocean Isle Beach man has been charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and failure to reduce speed in connection with a three-car wreck in Shallotte last week that sent one woman to a hospital and involved a school bus.

    Leslie Wayne Jester Jr., 24, of 422 Kill Deer, Ocean Isle Beach, was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $3,000 secured bond after an officer who responded to the accident smelled alcohol on him and in his car, according to the police report.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center project begins; Twin Lakes to donate percentage of May 3 proceeds

    For the past eight years, Open Door Ministries Baptist Church in Shallotte has been ministering to addicts and others seeking recovery.

    The Rev. Larry Shreve says over the years, he has personally taken more than 100 people to Christian-based rehabilitation centers. In addition, Open Door Ministries also provides scholarship funds to send people to the rehab.

    The church also hosts Celebrate Recovery, a night of music and worship that includes counseling sessions for small groups.