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Today's News

  • Tree-protection amendment, definitions tabled in Calabash

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—Should town trees be measured in calipers or calibers, and what is the difference?

    Why not just adopt a term for tree protection that everyone can understand, like “diameter,” a resident suggested.

    Town commissioners decided to table a proposed tree-protection amendment and natural resources definitions Tuesday night to clarify details.

    Town clerk Kelley Southward said the correct term is “caliber,” having to do with diameter.

  • ELECTION 2010: Contenders seeking state judicial seats

    STAFF REPORT

    Robert C. (Bob) Hunter of Raleigh filed Monday for election to an eight-year term as associate justice to the North Carolina Supreme Court in the nonpartisan race. The seat is currently held by Ed Brady.

    In N.C. Court of Appeals races, nonpartisan candidate Jane Gray of Raleigh filed Monday for a seat currently held by Ann Marie Calabria.

    Leto Copeley of Hillsborough filed Monday for another N.C. Court of Appeals seat currently held by Rick Elmore.

  • ELECTION 2010: Incumbents, challengers file for state representative seats

    STAFF REPORT

    State Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) filed for re-election Monday at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia.

    Democratic challenger Leonard Jenkins of Leland also filed Monday as Iler’s challenger for the N.C. House District 17 race.

    Another Democratic candidate, James A. Knox of Leland, filed Tuesday.

  • FISH shows appreciation for troops

    North Carolina anglers have created a nonprofit organization dedicated to showing appreciation to the U.S military by taking service members fishing, including those who have been wounded in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Fishermen In Support of Heroes (FISH) organizes fishing experiences for American service members using the resources of North Carolina sportsmen volunteers and businesses, like fishing piers and charter boats. FISH became an official nonprofit corporation earlier this year.

  • OIFC to host bus trip to D.C. for fishermen's demonstration

    The Ocean Isle Fishing Center is joining with the Recreational Fishing Alliance and Southern Kingfishing Association in support of The Flexibility in Fishing Act, a bill that has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.

    Congressman Mike McIntyre is one of the co-sponsors of the bill, which is attempting to require more flexibility from the federal fishery managers, the NOAA, in managing stressed fish resources. This action and bill occurs as a result of total closures of several important fisheries and establishment of more and more “no fish” zones.

  • Golf action

    On Feb. 1 at Farmstead, Jim Kennedy, Vonh Hincher, John Methvin and Joe Gallo placed first with a 150. Teams scored two nets per hole. In second were Frank Janton, Jerry Rubin, Hugh Chinn and Cliff Musselman.

    On Feb. 3, at Meadowlands, Frank Janton, Pete Scott, John Ducey and Joe Gallo placed first with a 157. Teams scored three nets on par-5s, two nets on par-4s and one net on par-3s. In second were Sid Pennington, Steve Maiorca, John Ogden and Vonh Hincher.

  • Recreational and commercial fishermen to rally for change in law

    Recreational and commercial fishermen will rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 in an organized demonstration against what the Recreational Fishing Alliance says are “unintended negative impacts” of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act.

    “The closures keep coming, and it’s good to see the collective fishing communities and industries, both recreational and commercial, calling for scientific-based Magnuson reform,” said Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).

  • Who will get my golf clubs when I'm gone?

    There’s an old joke that gets to the point of this column. It goes like this:

    A husband and wife are lying in bed reading. Suddenly, she sighs heavily and says, “Darling, if I died, would you get married again?”

    “Maybe I would,” he says. “Our marriage has been a happy one, and I might consider trying again.”

    A few moments later, his wife turns to him and says, “Darling? What about my jewelry? Would you give her my jewelry?”

  • How Massachusetts was won, and what both parties can learn from it

    From Boston to Washington, D.C., and probably every other city in the country, folks have thrown in their two cents on the series of events that led to a Republican being elected to succeed one of the longest-serving, most beloved liberals in the history of American politics in one of the most historically liberal states in the country.

  • Election 2010: Candidate filing opens for county, state and federal races

    And they’re off—candidate filing for the 2010 election has opened.

    At noon Monday, Feb. 8, candidate filing opened for county, state and federal races. Among the candidates on hand Monday afternoon at the Brunswick County Board of Elections were county commissioner Phil Norris, who filed for re-election, and Corrine McCray, a Calabash Republican, who said she planned to challenge Norris for the District 1 county commissioner seat.