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Today's News

  • Sewer pump station site at Sunset Beach raises stink

    SUNSET BEACH—Jeff Morgan said he was just exercising his rights and following procedure when he filed a petition challenging the marsh-front site of a future sewer pump station near his vacation home on the Sunset Beach island.

    And even though he missed the deadline, Morgan said Brunswick County has taken him to task for delaying the island project, claiming it has increased the cost an extra $379,000.

  • Tuning into tidbits on a day at the pool

    I was just drifting along, floating on a lazy river on a lazy summer afternoon, feeling I had few worries when a child’s voice rang out.

    “I’m killing ants!” he announced as he stomped and mashed at the edge of the pool.

    “Noooo, Mikey,” protested another boy floating by on his own borrowed yellow inner tube. “It’s nature.”

    Mikey didn’t care about nature.

  • Ash mom granted trip to see sons in Ash

    Amy Smith is grateful for the surprise reprieve she was granted last month to see her sons in Ontario.

    The consideration didn’t come from a Canadian judge but from a generous Brunswick County businesswoman who’s been following the Ash mom’s story.

    “The trip was awesome,” Smith said this week of her late June trip to see 7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan. She took a last-minute flight June 26 to surprise her sons at an Ontario hotel.

  • Local teens to attend The First Tee PLAYer Academy in California

    Greg Hensley and Harrison Taylor, from the First Tee of Brunswick County, have been selected to attend The First Tee PLAYer Advanced Academy, July 27-Aug. 3 at California State University at Monterey Bay. They are among 25 chapter participants, ages 14-18, selected to participate.  

    The First Tee has 204 chapters in the United States and abroad. The Brunswick County Chapter is the only one with two attendees.  

  • USGA awards $20,000 grant to The First Tee

     The United States Golf Association recently awarded a $20,000 grant to The First Tee of Brunswick County. The presentation was made June 16 at the Dennis Walters Show at The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation.  

    On hand to represent the USGA was Dallas Clark. Since 1997, the USGA has provided more than $60 million in grants to more than 900 not-for-profit organizations that serve youth through golf and its values.  

  • New coach training, volunteer orientation set for July 21

    The First Tee of Brunswick County is in need of volunteers. The fall season is approaching and The First Tee is expanding its programs. New volunteers are needed to help assist with classes. You do not have to be a good golfer or even a golfer at all. You just need to care. Please attend our new coach training/volunteer orientation to learn more about our program at 2 p.m. July 21 at Cinghiale Creek (directions are available online on our website).

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

     BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Arcadian Shores: Low nets: Dennis Kean, 74; Reggie Auten, 76. Team two low nets: Auten, Kean, Dennis McCann and Larry Cecil, 15-under par. Golfer of the week was Reggie Auten.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Greens gasping in brutal heat

     This is an extremely hot summer, and we’re not even into August yet. Because of the intense heat, our golf courses are suffering and our golf course superintendents are working overtime to save their greens. 

    Trent Bouts, the media director for the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, issued a press release to members of the Carolinas Golf Reporters Association last week advising them of the current harsh weather conditions and the various steps that are being taken to keep our putting surfaces smooth and healthy. 

  • Fishing variety continues despite heat

     Fishing has continued good throughout the area for a variety of species, despite water temperatures climbing well into the 80s.  

    In the backwater, the flounder, redfish and speckled trout have been biting. It is typical for the flounder and redfish to be good, but the surprising resurgence of speckled trout has many inshore guys scratching their heads. 

  • Tips to catch those lazy fish during summer doldrums

     Inshore fishing remains in the stranglehold of what fishermen refer to as the summer doldrums. There are fish present and feeding but everything becomes sluggish during the heat of the day, which can fool some folks into thinking there are no fish around. Instead of giving in, try these tips for summer fishing.