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Today's News

  • Go fishing for free on the Fourth

    One of the highlights of vacations when I was younger was fishing. Whenever I read about someone catching a fish—whether it’s a king mackerel or a nondescript 2-pounder—I get the same sensation I had back then: I feel the tug on the line and the pull on the rod and reel in my hands. That in-the-moment experience from years ago has never gone away.

  • Post 68 ends regular season with a loss

    LELAND—The Brunswick County American Legion Post 68 baseball team finished the regular season 7-6 after 9-5 loss to Morehead City Monday night.

    Post 68 will open the first round of the best-of-five playoffs Thursday (sites and foe to be determined).

    The second round is July 9-13. The area playoffs are July 16-20. The state tournament is July 24-29 in Greenville.

  • New books available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    NON-FICTION

    “What’s Age Got To Do With It?” by Robin McGraw. Robin shares her journey, including the ups and downs, and the secrets for staying healthy and in shape.

    “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat” by Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D. The 101 truths that will save your waistline, and maybe even your life.

    FICTION

  • Beat the heat with speckled trout, pompano and flounder

    Inshore fishing continues in its hot-water summer pattern, meaning fish are being caught, although not much is happening in the heat of the day. The best bets now are early morning speckled trout, feisty pompano in the suds or flounder inside.

    Speckled trout are staging runs, mostly before noon or around sunset. They can be caught from the piers, around the bridges and jetties or near the creek mouths. The best bait for the specks is live shrimp, which you can gather with your cast net from shore in many places. You can also catch finger mullet for use on the trout.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament June 26 at Palmetto Greens The winners at +30.5 were Gary Gutheil, Dan O’Connell, Jim Beairsto and Bob Smith. Second went to Larry Bollinger, Stu Cleveland, Paul Michal and Ed Kinney with a +20. Low gross for the day were Paul Michal and Gary Gutheil, 81; Dan O’Connell, 83; Hal Riebesehl, 85; and Jim Beairsto, 87. The honors for low net were Dan O’Connell, 61; Paul Michal, 63; Gary Gutheil and Hal Riebesehl, 64; Jim Beairsto, 67; Bill Cameron, 68; and Larry Bollinger, 69.

  • Cape Fear National features awesome Cate design

    Tim Cate has designed yet anther fabulous golf course in Brunswick County. Cape Fear National in Leland is slated to open in October and I can hardly wait.

  • Capital improvements part of Sunset Beach budget talk

    SUNSET BEACH—Timing rather than the economy is what is delaying many of the town’s capital improvement projects until the next fiscal year.

    Sunset Beach Town Council members convened last week at their annual budget retreat to discuss a five-year period (2008-2013) for such projects, including a proposed second fire station, bike trails and pedestrian walkways, street paving, Sunset Boulevard enhancements and public beach facilities.

  • A father's love

    Chuck and Buster Gillis spent this Father’s Day the same way they do most days—visiting, sharing a meal and catching up on the day’s activities.

    These are typical visits for Buster, father of 43-year-old Chuck, but it’s far from a typical Father’s Day scene.

    After a long day out on the water, weekend or weekday, Buster, a charter boat captain, doesn’t go home to rest. He cleans up, packs a dinner and pays a visit to Chuck in his room at Autumn Care, his home since 1990.

  • Maternity nurse arrested on drug charges

    A maternity nurse at Brunswick Community Hospital has been arrested on multiple drug charges.

    Staci Avery Wood, 44, of 20 Durham St., Boiling Spring Lakes, was arrested Wednesday, June 24, and charged with trafficking amphetamines, obtaining a controlled substance through forgery or fraud, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Ocean Isle armed robbery suspects caught in South Carolina

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was still daylight when a 57-year-old Kansas woman went to return her shopping cart to the cart rack at Lowes Foods on Beach Drive.

    When she did, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, Shane Fletcher was allegedly there waiting for her. After unsuccessfully attempting to steal her purse, Fletcher is alleged to have cut the woman’s forearms several times, causing deep lacerations, and causing her to let go of her purse, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison said.