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Today's News

  • Getting ready for a shell of an oyster season

    VARNAMTOWN—If the schedule goes as planned and the creek don’t rise, oyster season will officially kick off this Saturday, Oct. 15, local resident Marlene Varnam says.

    Varnam ought to know.

    Not only is she a Varnamtown native, her late husband, Carson, operated a shellfish market in town for decades.

    Since her husband passed away three years ago this month, Varnam has continued the annual tradition and season that she says will start this Saturday as long as it doesn’t rain too much this week.

  • Ocean Ridge wins Interclub championship

    Carolina National took advantage of its home-course knowledge to capture first place in the final 2011 Coastal Carolina Interclub Association event played on Oct. 3. Carolina National and Magnolia Greens finished in a tie; however, Carolina National won the tiebreaker. Ocean Ridge claimed the CCIA 2011 Championship by leading all teams with 1,770 total points for the season.
    The CCIA format includes seven two-man teams from each club who play a USGA Stableford system, net best ball, and count only the scores from the top six teams of the seven competing.

  • Jim McFadyen: Following his dream

    Jim McFadyen has a passion for golf, for his family, for life and for his faith. He is following his dream in Southport in a tiny shop called Mac’s Caddie Shack in the quaint Old Southport Village Shops section on Howe Street.  
    Jim grew up playing golf in Massachusetts
    “I started playing golf when I was very young, using my father’s old blades with the grips held together with black duct tape,” he said as we talked in his shop last Saturday morning. “I’m a self-taught golfer.”

  • Hurricane furniture: Old chest was salvaged when Hurricane Hazel hit 57 years ago

    VARNAMTOWN—With the 57th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel coming up this weekend, Marlene Varnam has a priceless memento to help her remember.

    Tucked in a room of her house is a pinewood chest-of-drawers that her late husband, Carson Varnam, salvaged from the Lockwood Folly River when Hazel wrought her destruction on North Carolina on Oct. 15, 1954.

  • Park plans shelved in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have voted to shelve plans for a future town events center or park, at least for now.

    The unanimous vote came at the board’s monthly meeting Oct. 6. Town commissioner Joyce Dunn said there was never any intent to spend $300,000 for such a project in one fell swoop. A design consultant has estimated that would be the amount for a full-blown project if all facets of it were carried out.

    Dunn said the project should be placed on hold. She made a motion to do so, which was seconded by fellow town commissioner Tom Puls.

  • Carolina Shores board member walks out of meeting

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner and mayoral candidate Walter Goodenough got up and left the room during a town meeting last week after telling a resident she needed to be quiet and sit down.

    Goodenough left the meeting room while town resident Jo O’Keefe was speaking during public comment at the end of the Oct. 6 town commissioners’ meeting.

    O’Keefe had been referring to an email she received the day before from an elected official. Goodenough interrupted and said he took issue after being called an “airhead.”

  • Calabash approves subdividing revisions for Kingfish Bay

    CALABASH--Following debate, the town board of commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday night to approve major subdivision of eight lots associated with existing townhomes at the unfinished Kingfish Bay development.

  • Terry Mauney is new program director for First Tee

    PGA professional Terry Mauney has returned to his roots, to his family and friends in the Carolinas. Culled from dozens of applicants, Mauney has been named program director of The First Tee of Brunswick County, a job he coveted from afar.  

  • Winds and weather turn fishing efforts upside down

    Fishermen are notorious for excuses. I’m as guilty as the next; if it’s not one thing messing up the fishing, it’s the next. Most likely the habit started as a self-defense mechanism used to protect the fisherman’s ego while dueling with a species that has a brain the size of pea yet continuously seems to outsmart the fisherman.
    Over the years, the excuses have broadened to be so numerous and expansive that explaining your way out of a poor day of fishing is really quite a natural instinct. And thus, here is my excuse for this past week of fishing.

  • Great time to go fishing in the county

    As the water temperature has been cooling, the sounds and inlets of Brunswick County have been flooded with huge schools of mullet accompanying the fall winds in what is annually known as the mullet blow.
    Bluefish, speckled trout, redfish and flounder follow those schools closely, picking off strays and gorging themselves on tasty mullet.