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Today's News

  • Burnett wins state pageant

     Grayson Dodd Burnett, daughter of Ed and Carolyn Burnett of Southport, was crowned Grand Supreme Miss North Carolina Tarheel at the state pageant in Winston-Salem. Featuring contestants of all ages, Burnett won the pageant’s top honor after competing against 22 other contestants in beauty, poise, personality and modeling. She was also named top model after her five modeling presentations.

  • Cameryn Smith wins final MEC golf tourney of season

    Cameryn Smith shot a 75 and won the final Mideastern 3A/4A Conference golf tournament of the season Oct. 13 on the Nicklaus Pines Course at the Country Club of Landfall. 

    Smith, a senior, was the only golfer to break 80 on the 5,628-yard course in winning the championship. Caroline Cahill, a Laney High School sophomore, shot an 81 and finished second.

    On the front nine, Smith shot a 38 and Cahill a 39. On the back nine, Smith shot a 37 and Cahill a 42.

  • Fishing for king mackerel at its best in fall

     The king mackerel fishing has been on fire this past week. Therefore, for those of you fishermen carving pumpkins, go ahead and slowly put down the knife and get the boat ready — the fish are biting. The kings have made their presence known by moving into the shallower waters of the Cape Fear shipping channel. In addition to being closer to the beach, this area is well known for producing big fish this time of year. Fishermen that fish the right time, tide and place can have one of their best king mackerel days of the year.

  • Fishing brings family together
  • Napolitano named SAC Defensive Player of Week

     Wingate University senior defensive end Nick Napolitano (West Brunswick) is the South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Napolitano receives this honor for the second time this season and in his career.

    Napolitano had 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback sack as the Bulldogs defeated Catawba 30-19 Saturday, Oct. 11.

    Napolitano also had four quarterback hurries and broke up one pass.

    He forced a fumble and leads the NCAA and the SAC in forced fumbles (four).

  • Veterans’ Golf Tournament: An amazing day

     Last week I had the privilege of attending the closing ceremonies for the Veterans Tournament at Brick Landing Plantation. The tournament was played Oct. 8, and was for the benefit of the new Veterans’ Memorial in Sunset Beach.

    The day was amazing on several levels. First of all, more than $20,000 was raised for the memorial in a single day. Secondly, the tournament was filled to capacity several weeks in advance. Best of all, everyone finished golfing in fewer than 4½ hours. Our military men and women know how to keep on a schedule.  

  • Top two teams in Fall Brawl each wins $19,000

     Clearly Hooked, captained by Austin T. Eubank of Carolina Beach, hooked a 39.65-pound king mackerel Saturday, Oct. 11, and won the Fall Brawl King Classic last weekend.

    The crew won $19,306 for its first-place finish and its high finishes in other categories.

    The Ocean Isle Fishing Center ran the tournament Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct 12. The tourney attracted 195 entries, and 130 boats fished Saturday.

  • Three teens face charges in Leland home invasion

    Two Sampson County teens have been arrested and a third is being sought in a Leland home invasion that happened Friday night, Oct. 10.

    Rackwon Chestnutt, 18, of Cornwallis Road, Turkey; Tijuan Terrill Campbell, 17, of Scronce Road, Harrells; and Jaleel Mekiah Spearman, 16, of North Bladen Avenue, Garland each face charges of first-degree burglary and injury to real property, warrants show.

  • Trojans hold off Cougars 27-24

    West JV football

    The West Brunswick junior varsity beat South Brunswick 21-16 Thursday, Oct. 9, at West.

    West scored on the opening drive on a 7-yard quarterback keeper by Owen McDowell. Terrance Clarida kicked the extra point.

    West fell behind 16-7 but Michael Bryant scored in the third quarter to cut the lead to 16-13.The two pointer failed. 

    West got the ball back with 54 seconds left in the game. 

  • Firefighters extinguish Calabash mobile home blaze

    The Calabash Fire Department extinguished a fire spotted and reported by a passerby at an unoccupied mobile home Oct. 7.

    The structure fire was reported at 5:18 p.m. at 982 Charlotte Ave. in Calabash.

    Arriving units found the right side of a single-wide mobile home engulfed in flames and thick black smoke, department spokeswoman Honey Shore said.