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Today's News

  • Golfers donate building block in memory of Mike Mattrey

    Mike Mattrey worked at the bag drop at Sea Trail for 10 years and during that time he made a boatload of friends. When he died Aug. 9, those friends wanted to do something to remember him.
    They collected money among themselves and then installed a plaque at the bag drop at Sea Trail that reads, “Mike Mattrey, 1942-2011, A Friend to All”.
    The golfers had been generous and there was money left over.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    The Beachcombers played their annual Christmas outing at Friday at The Valley At Eastport.
    The winner with a score of 80, net 57, was Bob Byrne. Tied for second at 66 were Bob Brownley and Bob Smith. Brownley won second on a match of cards. Byrne was voted golfer of the week.

  • Get going! It’s never too late to learn the game of golf

    My husband learned to play golf as a kid and by the time he was in high school, he had a single-digit handicap and played No. 1 on his high school team. In the years since then, he won 10 championships at three different clubs.
    I started playing later in life. Gene bought me a set of clubs when we first got married. He and his buddies would take me out to play golf once in a while and the only requirement was that I play fast. They didn’t care how many strokes I took from tee to green or if I even counted strokes, I just had to keep up with the guys.

  • Advice on catching speckled trout

    Speckled trout are among the most popular and sought after inshore fish in Brunswick County during the winter. Because they stay inside all year, most trout anglers have just really begun to go after them.
    So far there have been encouraging numbers locally, although the trout have been on the small side. They will get larger as they make their way into their traditional winter holding areas.

  • Roger Bacon Academy cheer squad wins national title

    BY BRAD BARTH
    SPECIAL TO THE BEACON
    ORLANDO, Fla.—Precise movements, school spirit, contagious enthusiasm, vocal articulation, spiraling jumps, unbelievable stunts, team pyramids, individual safety and crowd appeal are all part of what are intensely scrutinized by five national Pop Warner cheerleading judges. The cheerleading teams only get one shot to show their stuff.

  • Chamber of Commerce wins Corporate Challenge

    The Corporate Challenge Bowling League, organized by Planet Fun and the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, concluded its 2011 season with a bowl off Dec. 6 at Planet Fun among the first-and second-place finishers from each session this season. The three finalists were The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Shallotte Rotary and Home & Garden Pest Solutions.

  • Brunswick bowlers win gold in Special Olympics

    STAFF REPORT
    Brunswick County bowlers won three gold medals and a silver medal in the Special Olympics North Carolina Bowling Tournament Dec. 4.
    The event for the eastern part of the state took place in Durham, the central part of the state in Greensboro and the western part of the state in Newton.
    In Durham, nearly 300 Special Olympics North Carolina athletes competed and many coaches and volunteers supported the event, according to Keith L. Fishburne, Special Olympics North Carolina president/CEO.

  • Dorn named to NSCAA All-Southeast soccer team

    STAFF REPORT
    Mary Dorn is one of three Lees-McRae Bobcats on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division II women’s soccer All-Southeast Region team.
    Joining Dorn on the all-region teams are second-team selection MaryBeth Sullivan and third-team honoree Brooke Santerre.

  • Sports calendar

    West Varsity sports calendar
    Dec. 16: West Bladen basketball at West. 6:30 p.m.
    Dec 17: West wrestling at St. James tournament
    Dec. 19: West basketball at North Myrtle Beach.
    Dec. 28-30: West boys basketball at Cox Mill tournament

  • Judith Coufal

    Judith Ann Wanser Coufal, 72, of Calabash, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Emeritus of Westminster.
    Born on Dec. 10, 1939, in O’Neill, Neb., she was a daughter of the late Max and Ceceila Carr Wanser.
    She was the wife of Robert F. Coufal, her husband of 51 years.
    She was a homemaker and later was an information specialist with General Electric. She was of Catholic faith and enjoyed playing bridge, bowling, attending football games, spending time with friends and cooking for the family.