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Today's News

  • Flounder tournament begins Friday; Jolly Mon next weekend

    The 26th annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament takes place Friday and Saturday. Last year the winner was decided by 0.01 pounds. Jeff Shaver’s winning weight of 7.27 pounds edged Randy Parnell’s weight of 7.26 pounds. Ricky Lefler had the five heaviest flounder (19.39 pounds).

    Mike Potts, one of the organizers, said he expects competitors in 100 to 130 boats to take part in the tournament. The captains’ meeting will be from 6-10 p.m. June 11 at the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Catching a flying fishing rod is much harder than it sounds

    Do I have a fish story for you.

    Last weekend I was flounder fishing on foot around the Sunset Beach Bridge. If you know the old bridge area, you know it’s beside the new bridge they are building, where a lot of old pilings are on their sides. I was on the island side, on the opposite shore from the new bridge construction.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    Results of the Beachcombers’ event at Cypress Bay. Low gross: Stu Cleveland, 78; Paul Michal and Jim Beairsto, 84; Hal Riebesehl, 85; Bill Cameron, 87; Bob Smith, Bob Byrne and Fred Ortiz, 89. Low nets: Cameron, 60; Cleveland, 63; Smith, Ortiz and Beairsto, 65; Jim Quigley, 68; Michal and Riebesehl, 69. The team format was one low net on the par 5s, two low nets on par 4s and three low nets on the par 3s. The winning team was Smith, Ortiz, Cameron and Beairsto at 29-under par. Golfer of the week was a tie between Cameron and Cleveland.

  • Public records and open meetings victories are worth the fight

    I had yet to really be tested two years ago when I marched up to then-county commissioners chairman David Sandifer and demanded, in the spirit of the law, he open to the public a meeting to discuss lowering Smithville Township’s tax rate for Dosher Memorial Hospital.

    Anxiously, and wondering what outcome our conversation might have, I proceeded with the Beacon’s argument that, although no quorums would be met, a group of elected officials discussing public business should be open to the public.

    He disagreed.

  • Going green: Newspaper disposal/recycling in the garden

    Where do all the newspapers go that are delivered or brought into households each day? My guess is most of them end up in the garbage and then taken to the landfill.

  • June is a great time to go fishing

    June is probably the best month for all-around good fishing in our area. The Gulf Stream is still good for dolphin. There will not be quite as many dolphin as there were in May, but the overall size will increase and average 20 pounds, with the biggest dolphin of the year typically caught in this month. In addition, the blue marlin fishing is peak from our area during May as they follow the tail end run of dolphin.

  • Joe Deane: Memories worth keeping

    Joe Deane is a local golfer, 83 years young, who works each Saturday at Brunswick Plantation as a starter.

    Last week, Joe and I sat and talked in the clubhouse at Brunswick Plantation. He brought pictures and clippings and autograph books and other memorabilia, and in the next hour I heard an amazing story.

  • Longtime volunteer fireman, Democratic chairman dies

    A longtime volunteer fireman, political fixture and active community member has died.

    Louis Vernon Ward, 68, past chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party and member of the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department, died June 3.

    Born in Columbus County, Ward graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and was a Navy Veteran. Ward moved to Shallotte in 1980, where he taught at Brunswick Technical Institute, which is now Brunswick Community College, before later serving on its board of trustees.

  • Schools prepare for uniformed school year

    Students in the north end of the county are enjoying their last days at school in clothes of their choice.

    Beginning in the fall, Belville, Town Creek and Lincoln elementary students will be expected to show up to the first day of classes in uniforms, recently approved by the Brunswick County Board of Education.

  • Local Shriners help bring quality medical care to young people with burn, orthopedic issues

    If you haven’t met the nice folks at the South Brunswick Island Shrine Club, you’re missing out.

    Last Thursday members invited me to talk about the way Shrine generosity has impacted my life.

    Their clean, brightly lit building on Old Shallotte Road gave welcome to big smiles, handshakes, a good meal and lots of hospitality. Before I knew it I was standing in front of an attentive crowd, feeling humbled to share part of my story.