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Today's News

  • Spring fishing about to hit full stride

    Last weekend marked the start of the first really good fishing stretch of the season. Reports were flying in from up and down the coast of good action on redfish, speckled trout, black drum and some nice sea mullet (whiting). The weather has added uncertainty to the mix since then, but there’s no doubt spring fishing is in about to hit full stride.

  • Spring bite is on as fishing heats up

    As local world famous author Robert Rourke wrote in the best book ever written, “Old Man and the Boy,” a story of a boy growing up fishing and hunting in Southport with his grandfather, “March is for remembering, and the rest of the year is for making new memories.”

    Such was the case this past weekend as many new memories were created for anglers fishing the Gulf Stream to the inshore rivers, from monster wahoo to sea bass to trout, redfish, flounder.

  • Mixed golf: Funky fun for everyone

    Gene and I have been playing in couples (mixed) golf tournaments for most of our adult lives. We have had lots of laughs and good times and, best of all, we’ve made lasting friendships.

    As implied by the term, mixed golf is a tournament where men and women play on the same team. Everyone is in it for fun and everyone understands couples golf is not the U.S. Open or the Masters. It’s not the club championship or even the Saturday morning shootout.

  • Golf action

    The Sea Trail battle of the sexes tournament was played March 29 at the Maples Course. This is a yearly spring event. Forty-seven couples played a net game, head-to- head, against their spouse or partner. To the ladies’ surprise, the men finished as the 2009 couples champions, winning by a landslide. Four couples tied and received one-half point each. The men finished with 31 points and the women won 16 matches.

    HINTE EAGLES 8th at BAY

  • Operation April Fools drug roundup suspect list

    The following suspects were charged in connection with last week’s countywide drug roundup, Operation April Fools.

    All information was provided from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects and their charges are:

    •Dennis Knight, 57; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

    •Pam Johnson, 32; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine.

  • A government bailout of the newspaper industry is the last thing it needs

    Everywhere I go the question is always the same: What is the future of newspapers?

    I try my best to forecast where the newspaper industry is headed—opining about how I think community newspapers will outlive dailies, preaching newspapers must befriend not begrudge the Internet and reminding people there will always be the need for quality, objective news.

    But the answer is simple—the newspaper industry is headed where the market takes it.

  • Video included: Early-morning drug roundup nets 47 arrests, 99 charges

    BOLIVIA—The swift, early morning drug attack was launched before last Wednesday’s sun rose.

    By lunchtime, Wednesday, April 1, 45 drug suspects were booked, processed and in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center as part of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office countywide drug roundup. At press time Tuesday, 47 drug suspects were arrested, facing a total of 99 charges, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Marty Folding said.

  • Marine Patrol seizes illegal grouper catch

    Marine Patrol officers seized 12 illegally caught grouper Friday night, after staking out a Brunswick County fish house, waiting for the commercial fishing vessel Capt. Star.

    Marine Patrol Officers Jonathan Weaver and Jonathan Hall charged the boat’s captain, Milton Muellerweiss, 50, of Ocean Isle Beach, with engaging in a commercial fishing operation without being properly licensed and with exceeding the harvest limit for black and gag grouper.

  • Elderly woman wants others to be aware of possible phone scam

    When 80-year-old Emily Clark got a call from someone alleging to be her grandson last week, she knew fairly quickly something wasn’t quite right.

    The caller said he was in jail in Canada and needed help. Money would be required to bond him out of the pen after he was allegedly involved in a wreck. The caller pleaded with Clark to not call his parents because they told him not to go to Canada. He didn’t want them to know he was there, so instead he called his “grandmother” for help.

  • Local officials, activists endorse competing annexation reform laws

    Competing bills in the state House and Senate address the controversial issue of involuntary annexation, something that has been debated locally for several years.

    The N.C. League of Municipalities recently announced support of bills in the House and Senate that would require towns to provide citizens with at least two of four major services before annexing, and other requirements while retaining towns’ rights to annex if needed.