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Today's News

  • Sports briefs

    Weekly Scores for Planet Fun

  • Sea mullet are a dependable panfish

    The early spring Brunswick County pier and surf action has been dominated by the good news of strong sea mullet runs. Last year was a good year for them, too, and with catches of spot and croaker seeming to decline each year, they are rapidly becoming our most dependable panfish.
    Sea mullet, also called whiting or Virginia mullet in North Carolina, are a generally small but delicious fish caught from the northern Atlantic Ocean beaches (where northern anglers call them kingfish) all the way down around into the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Spring fishing making an early appearance

    There is no doubt spring is firmly here. It has pretty much been here since November.  
    The interesting story this season is going to be how the fish react to such a mild winter.  Last winter was extremely cold and the resulting fishing was below average. Will the opposite hold true this season? One fact is for sure: the fish will be arriving well ahead of schedule.
    There are reports of good catches of Mahi-mahi off Charleston, S.C., which means those fish are soon to be off our coast; typically not seen until May.  

  • Shock wins twice in shutout games

    Staff Report

    The Shallotte Shock U12 soccer team won its last two games in shutouts.
    On March 17, the Shock won 4-0.
    “Kira Frawley scored two goals using her tremendous speed and simply outran the defense on both occasions and put each scoring opportunity into the net,” coach Mark Giordano said.
    Mia Adcock and Ashley Oakes also scored.

  • Sports calendar

    The Brunswick Paddle Out March 31
    The Brunswick Fun Plunge Paddle Out and Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. March 31 at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center. Donation fee for adults is $15 and the donation fee for children is $8. This is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

  • Storm spotters: Eyes to the sky to save lives

    SHALLOTTE—Southern Brunswick County now has nine new National Weather Service storm spotters.

    The National Weather Service working in conjunction with Brunswick County Emergency Services trained citizens how to be a storm spotter.

    “Our data network is sparse in this region, that’s why spotters are so important,” said Sandy LaCorte, NWS meteorologist. “It aids in our warning decisions and adds value to warnings or statements and motivates people to take shelter.”

  • Still no charges in death of 3-year-old; suspect’s bond reduced

    Montey Andrea Murray was all smiles in court last Friday as his bond was reduced from $1 million to $115,000.

    Murray, 26, remains a suspect in the death investigation of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister. Jaronn died on March 1. Preliminary autopsy findings state Jaronn died of internal bleeding of the liver due to blunt-force trauma.

  • Community watch: National news hits home with teen shooting

     

    SHALLOTTE—On Monday afternoon during the monthly meeting of the Brunswick County Community Watch Association, Sgt. Bert Reaves with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department discussed the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

    Martin, 17, was walking from a convenience store to his father’s girlfriend’s home in a gated Florida neighborhood when he was shot by a 28-year-old community watch captain.

    “A 17-year-old lost his life,” Reaves said. “This really bothers me.”

  • Brunswick basketball players win gold

    Staff Report

    Two Brunswick basketball players and two Brunswick basketball teams won gold medals in the 2012 Special Olympics North Carolina Eastern Basketball Tournament March 17 in Johnston County.
    Warren Williams and Marcus Small won gold medals in basketball skills.
    Heather King won a silver medal in basketball skills. Anna Scheitrumpf won a fourth-place ribbon in basketball skills. Maurice Edge won a fifth-place ribbon in basketball skills.

  • Save money and conserve electricity during Earth Hour

    The entire county is invited to join a worldwide public environmental action event called Earth Hour.

    At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, millions of people around the globe are encouraged to switch off their lights for one hour. Participants are asked to make a commitment to go beyond the hour with actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.

    Linda Rudick, member of Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, has coordinated efforts for Earth Hour in Brunswick County.