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Today's News

  • Congressman brings big money back to Ocean Isle Beach

    After a daylong visit in Brunswick County last week, U.S. Rep Mike McIntyre made his last stop in Ocean Isle Beach and presented the town with a check for $281,388 in grant money recently awarded to the town.

    The check included $136,050 the fire department received in February, which was used to purchase 17 air packs and a vehicle exhaust system for the department, and $145,288 the police department received last month, which will provide the salary for an extra police officer during the next three years.

  • Like things spooky, scary, paranormal and fun? This weekend event may be just for you

    When I first met Patti Starr, she was a restaurant manager pursuing a life calling.

    Starr told me in the first interview I did with her for The Kentucky Standard, that as a kid she saw things, like kids standing around her bed asking her questions. Her mother, she told me, used to tell her they were dreams, and sometimes dreams seemed real.

    But Patti knew what she saw wasn’t a dream.

  • Good time to put flounder fillets on dinner table

    Flounder fishing really picked up in late August, and the tasty flatfish are the hottest bite out there right now. There are plenty of stocky redfish biting, and Spanish mackerel are hitting along the shore in the early mornings, but it is the flounder that have local anglers the most excited. Fishing for flounder should continue to be strong right through the fall.

  • Roy Pace Golf Links: A good idea for golfers of all ages

    PGA Golf Professional Roy Pace came to Brunswick County a few weeks ago for the dedication of the Roy Pace Wee Links Course at Cinghiale Creek, home of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    Before the opening ceremonies, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Roy in the Learning Center. I came away in awe.

    This is a good guy with a long history as a PGA Tour Player, a club pro, award-winning teacher, writer, president of a chapter of The First Tee in Texas, and now the designer of Wee Links Golf, a concept I believe will bring golf into mainstream U.S.A.

  • Golf action

    THE BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Brierwood. Captain’s choice was the game of the day. First at 7-under par were Hal Riebesehl, Bill Cameron, Ed Hennessey and Dennis Butler. Second at 6 under were Stu Cleveland, Fred Ortiz, Bob Brownley and Paul Michal. Third at 3 under were Bill McDavitt, Larry Bollinger and Jim Beairsto.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Parasail boating accident on the east end of the island.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny at Dolorosa Boulevard; suspect entered home and removed canister vacuum and its power hose and wand.

    •Larceny at the Causeway Inn; suspect stole a digital camera and memory card.

  • Brooks Pearce Audubon Show set for Aug. 24-Oct. 3

    Sunset River Marketplace will feature “Focus On the Coast, a Collection by Brooks Pearce Honoring the National Audubon Society” from Monday, Aug. 24, through Saturday Oct. 3.

    A reception to meet the artist will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the gallery.

    Living in southeastern N.C. since 1973, works by Pearce have been recognized by the S.C. Wildlife Federation, and she was commissioned by the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission to produce a series of Endangered Species posters.

  • More than 130 youth attend local Discovery 100 programs

    Conserving energy, protecting the environment, eating healthy, appreciating history, engaging in physical fitness and developing teamwork and leadership skills are all pressing issues for society, especially for youth.

    Educating youth on these subjects and engaging them in hands-on learning is exactly what Brunswick County 4-H did this summer during its Discovery 100 summer enrichment program that reached out to more than 130 youth. Sponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, there were 31 programs for children ages 5-19 during the months of June, July and August.

  • Lady Trojans improve to 6-0

    The West Brunswick High School volleyball team will enter the conference season Thursday with a 6-0 record.

    The Lady Trojans remained perfect by beating North Myrtle Beach 25-15, 25-21, 25-23 Monday. The match was the first of the season for the Chiefs. West plays host to South Brunswick on Thursday.

    For West, Kenzie McDuffie scored nine points and had 25 assists. Keri Nolan scored nine points and had seven aces and nine kills. Mattie Tippett scored seven points. Sheena Suttlemyre and Miriah Milliken each scored five points. Carly White had 11 kills.

  • Fall fishing looms as September arrives

    I have dusted off my blue jeans and unboxed my sweatshirts. I have my reels spooled and hooks sharp. The time is near for fall fishing to begin.

    The last couple of weeks the offshore fishing has not been incredible. We have been catching plenty of Spanish mackerel, amberjack and barracuda, but when it comes to the king mackerel and grouper, the fishing has just been plain tough. Much of this due to an anomaly known as a thermocline that formed about three weeks ago.