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Today's News

  • House recommends $5 million cut to Smart Start, future consolidation of services

    The N.C. House of Representatives’ budget for 2009-2010 includes a $5 million cut in Smart Start funds, less than the $15 million cut proposed by the N.C. Senate. It also includes a provision to study consolidating all programs related to young children within a year.

    “It was a little more positive,” Smart Start of Brunswick County Director Linda Gironda said this week. “We hope that is the case as it goes over to the Senate.”

  • Family is the focus of Jolly Mon King Classic

    Prize money will attract many competitors to the Yellowfin/OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic tournament, but organizer Brant McMullan hopes the fishing tournament attracts competitors for another reason: its reputation as an event for families.

  • Jolly Mon King Classic this weekend

    This weekend the annual Yellowfin/OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic fishing tournament will be hosted from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at Ocean Isle Beach. The Jolly Mon tournament has been in the Ocean Isle area since 1992 and has grown to host more than 300 fishing teams from throughout the Southeast.

    The winner last year was Keith Logan of Holden Beach aboard the Logan’s Love. Keith and crew boated a 36-pound king to take home first place and more than $20,000 in prize money.

  • Golf action

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Child hit by car in Ocean Isle Beach

    A 10-year-old boy was struck by a car in Ocean Isle Beach last Thursday.

    According to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, the driver of a 2005 Honda was traveling west on East Second Street when the boy ran out in front of the car and was struck.

    The boy sustained injuries, and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center by Brunswick County EMS, according to the traffic report.

    Police say neither speed nor alcohol was involved in the accident, and the driver was not at fault. No charges are pending.

  • NCDPI awards grant to local CIS program

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) in Raleigh recently awarded a grant to continue the 21st Century Community Learning Centers at Belville and Lincoln elementary schools throughout the summer.

    This partnership program between Brunswick County Schools and Communities in Schools of Brunswick Inc. (CIS) is now in its fifth year.

  • High school graduates: Your life journey is just about to begin

    Last weekend, Brunswick County and other area high school students closed one chapter of their lives and began preparation to start another.

    This time of year, lots of people are going to offer you advice as you head out on your latest journey. Many of us, who’ve already been there and done that, may have good thoughts to offer, but really, what happens next is all up to you.

    Sure, the last 18 or so years of your life have been interesting, but what’s around the corner may just blow your mind.

  • Meo in the prime of golf--at 92

    Like a putt rimming the hole, Joe Meo has come full circle when it comes to golf.

    Growing up in the 1920s in Brooklyn, he had heard about Bobby Jones—as famous in the sports world as Babe Ruth—but Meo played sandlot baseball and cared little about golfers.

    “I thought golf was a sissy game,” he said.

    Now Meo, who turned 92 May 5, watches and plays golf and is among the many who praise Tiger Woods—the Bobby Jones of this generation.

  • The undisputed best way to catch specks is to fish live shrimp on a float rig

    For Southern inshore saltwater anglers, speckled trout can be a frustrating fish. For one thing, there is the speckled trout’s infamously fickle nature, which means specks tend to hit in runs that can start suddenly and end just as quickly. It also means trout will often strike a particular bait or lure one day (or one hour) and want something else the next.

  • Sandpiper Bay continues renovations

    I like to hear about positive actions taken by our golf communities in the face of a down economy. It shows a belief in the long-term viability and profitability of the golf industry in Brunswick County.

    Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club is in the second phase of renovating it course. Last year, it installed new MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermudagrass on the Sand Nine. This summer, the process is continuing on the Piper Nine.

    Tim Tilma, the general manager of Sandpiper Bay, is delighted the ownership of the golf course complex is continuing with the renovation.