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Today's News

  • Cougars beat Pender 6-0, stay perfect in conference

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick girls’ soccer team remained unbeaten in the Waccamaw Conference by beating Pender 6-0 April 22.

    The Cougars beat the Patriots 8-0 April 8, but in the first half of the rematch Pender put more pressure on the South defense and goalkeeper Elizabeth Butler, who made several saves.

    South finally scored 11 minutes into the game on a 20-yard shot by junior Kayla Carmichael. Just before the half ended, junior Ashley Briggs scored. Junior Ann Burton had the assist.

  • McCumbee eighth in rain-shortened race

    Chad McCumbee finished eighth Monday in the rain-delayed and rain-shortened O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway.

    This was McCumbee’s third top-10 finish in five starts this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He is eighth in points and has won $81,674.

    “I think we got a better truck than eighth place,” McCumbee said before officials ended the race. “You always want to race to finish these things.

  • Willie Fulford, Poole win at Myrtle Beach Speedway

    Saturday marked the fourth overall week of racing of the 2009 season at Myrtle Beach Speedway, and the third week for the Late Model Series.

    In the first Late Model feature, there were three leaders in the 50-lap shootout. Greg Hardee had the early lead. Hardee was passed by defending champion Rick Smith on lap 6. Smith led until lap 34, where Brent Brinson reeled in Smith and completed the pass for the lead coming off turn four. Brinson never looked back to pick up his third feature win of the season, followed by Smith, Ryan Hall, Robert Elliot Justin Milliken.

  • Chamber collects clothing for S.C. fire victims

    SHALLOTTE—Hours after sending out an e-mail to collect clothing for fire victims in South Carolina, Cathy Altman was greeted with a surprise last Friday morning.

    “People were here this morning,” said Altman, president of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    When chamber employees opened the door, bagfuls of assorted clothes in all sizes and shapes were “just pouring in.”

    By lunchtime, Altman had filled her car with bags to carry a first load to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for distribution by the American Red Cross.

  • Fishing springs to life, thanks to warm weather

    Who knows whether Al Gore is right or wrong about global warming, but in all the mess of what we call weather, there is one theory I will claim to and stand by: Weather is a balance.

    As bad as it may have been in March and early April, it will eventually turn and be equally as good. And thus, the weather finally turned last week after months of wind and unseasonably cold weather. We have experienced a stretch of beautiful weather that looks to continue for some time. The result is the fish are finally getting their acts together and starting to do what they are supposed to.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Palmetto Greens. Low gross: 81, Hal Riebesehl; 82, Stu Cleveland; 85, Paul Michal; 87, Randy Cogdill; 88, Ed Kinney.

    Low nets: 58, Riebesehl; 62, Bob Smith and Kinney; 63, Reggie Auten; 64, Cleveland, Ed Hennessey and Bill Cameron; 67, Michal.

    Teams scored two low nets on each hole. Winning at 44-under par were Michal, Riebesehl, Auten and Cameron.

    RIEBESEHL EAGLES

    Hal Riebesehl had an eagle-2 on the par-4, 261-yard seventh hole at Palmetto Greens.

  • Lincoln students plant tree on Earth Day

    LELAND—Jan Boone’s fifth-grade class at Lincoln Elementary School celebrated Earth Day last week by planting a tree outside their classroom window.

    The students chose to plant a tree as a reward for a recent project. The Army Corps of Engineers in Wilmington picked two schools—fifth-graders at Lincoln and in Wrightsville Beach—to work with on environmental projects.

    The group came out to the school and talked with students about environmental issues, such as wetlands, plants, and why it’s important to be earth conscious.

  • Shallotte Middle teacher named best of the best

    For the second year in a row, the Brunswick County Teacher of the Year is from Shallotte Middle School.

    Daniel Richardson was awarded the honor at a luncheon Friday, succeeding his fellow teacher, Michelle Bennett.

    Richardson was selected Teacher of the Year by a judging panel who interviewed and critiqued all 18 county Teachers of the Year. Each nominee was required to submit a portfolio of past work and accomplishments. In his portfolio, Richardson wrote that he was “put on this Earth to be a teacher.”

  • President’s final stretch to 100th day punctuated by tasteless photo op

    A marriage of poor taste and pure stupidity unfolded over Lower Manhattan on Monday when Air Force One buzzed Ground Zero.

    As it flew low over Manhattan, Air Force One—sans Mr. President, so I guess it was just a really expensive Boeing 747—was tailed by two fighter jets.

    People panicked, evacuated buildings and frantically called 911 in a state of what I can only imagine was sheer terror—evoking the frightening and permanent memories of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • Brunswick County fishing keeping pace with warm weather

    There has been a run of beautiful weather, and the fishing is keeping pace. Rising water temperatures have really kick-started the season and we are headed into May with a full head of steam as fish are hitting hard both inshore and out in the ocean.

    Last weekend, the piers reported their first decent catches of bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Blues and Spanish are targeted from the planks with pencil plugs like that old pier angler’s favorite, the Gotcha. Blues are known to like plugs with red on them, while Spanish react favorably to the shine of gold or silver.