Today's News

  • The Golf Ball: Scholarships for The First Tee participants

    By Kay Patterson
    An evening of dinner, dancing, camaraderie and fundraising highlighted The First Tee of  Brunswick County’s second annual The Golf Ball. Nearly 150 patrons attended raising more than $10,000 for The First Tee scholarships.
    VIPs included school superintendent Ed Pruden and wife Peggy, First Tee founders Rusty and Carol Petrea, along with many other business leaders and patrons.

  • Trout and redfish are active again

    After a bit of a lull, speckled trout and redfish seem to be hitting again along the Brunswick County coast and in upper South Carolina. The speckled trout and redfish bite is still inshore, along the marsh flats and waterway holes on the low tides and warmer days.
    “Trout are still hanging around,” said Capt. Jacob Frick of J & J Charters, Ocean Isle Beach. “Redfish need to be targeted around the lower tides. Water temperature is near 60 degrees and a few flounder should start to wake up.”

  • Sports calendar

    Powerhouse Warriors sign-ups March 10
    Powerhouse Warriors basketball travel teams are having tryouts 4:30-6 p.m. March 10 at West Brunswick High School gym for girls in fifth through eighth grades. The tryout fee is $15. If selected, the team fee is $125. For more information, call Joel Johnson at 274-6701 or e-mail at powerhousebball@gmail.com.

  • Sports briefs

    Calabash VFW Steel Tip Dart League
     On Feb. 21, Richie Thomas, Shirley Kelleher and Tom Kelleher placed first at th weekly Calabash VFW Steel Tip Dart League match. Second: Pat Perryman, Mike Walton and Rosie Thomas. Third: Tom McCormack, Craig Sweetman and Jerry Morano.
    On Feb, 28, Tom Kelleher, John Hinkman and Hugo Kosmel finished first. Second: Pat Perryman, Pat Burkhart and Rich Lelyo. Third: Rosie Thomas, Pete McGerr and Lee Harrison.

  • Warriors’ Be The Match Tournament March 16-18

    The Powerhouse Warriors will have a Be The Match basketball tourney March 16-18 at West Brunswick High School. Five local Powerhouse teams will be among the tourney participants.
    The tourney, open to boys’ and girls’ teams from the fourth grade to the 11th grade, begins with a fun night on March 16 at Planet Fun. Most or all games will start on Saturday morning. Admission is $10 for weekend adult passes or $6 per day; $6 for children or $4 per day. There is no charge for any games that may be played Friday night.

  • Free throw winners advance to state

    On Jan. 28, the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council 9039, Shallotte, had its local annual Knights of Columbus free throw championship at Shallotte Middle School. Thirty-three boys and girls ages 10-14 competed.
    The winners: 10-year-old girl, Isabelle Smeltzer; 10-year-old boy, Dylan Jeffries; 11- year-old-girl, Sadie Benoy; 11-year-old-boy; John Priester, 12-year-old-girl, April Nicole Nash; 12-year-old boy, Devon Boiling; 13-year-old girl, Mogana Tew; 13-year- old boy; Joseph Tyler Stanley;  14-year-old boy, Timothy Bellamy.

  • School board did right by not changing calendar

    Brunswick County School Board members did the right thing Tuesday night when they voted to approve the calendar for the 2012-2013 school year.
    There were three draft calendars before the board for consideration. Two of those got a nod Tuesday night.
    Both of the approved drafts are viable under current state legislation. One has 185 days of student instruction included. The other, which needs a waiver from the state’s department of public instruction, has 180 student instruction days.
    Both would have students going back to school on Aug. 27.

  • Lady Trojans rout New Hanover 11-1

     The West Brunswick High School softball team beat New Hanover 11-1 in six innings March 6, West’s first victory of the season.

    Dez Avallone hit a three-run home run and had four RBIs, Alyssa Chappell was 4-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI and Alex Wickel was 4-for-5 with one RBI.

    Winning pitcher Savannah Pridgen gave up one earned run and five hits. She struck out seven and walked two.

    New Hanover scored in the first off a single, a double and a two-out infield error. Catcher Hannah Stocks threw out a runner trying to steal second.

  • Shallotte octogenarian pens book of lifelong 'pomes'

    SHALLOTTE—London Gore may be 88, but he doesn’t know much about slowing down.

    The World War II U.S. Army veteran still plays and wins regular games of pool at the Shallotte Senior Center.

    “I’ve done really good lately,” he said. “I just hold the table till I’m worn out, and then I have to quit.”

    This past Monday, “I held out for over an hour this morning,” Gore said. “We’ve got some real good players up there.”

  • Incidents investigated in Sunset Beach

    Town police investigated the following incidents reported within the past week:

    •Breaking-and-entering to a motor vehicle and larceny from a motor vehicle were reported Feb. 29 on Dunbar Drive. About $25 worth of change was reported stolen, according to Sunset Beach Detective Joe Smith.

    •Injury to real property was reported March 1 at an address on West Main Street.