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Today's News

  • So far, spring fishing has been terrific despite weather

    Spring fishing has been terrific so far, at least when the weather has cooperated. Stormy and windy days have troubled pier anglers and boaters, but when the blue skies have been out, people have been catching fish. The biggest successes have been on sea mullet (whiting) on the piers, redfish inshore, and black drum everywhere.

    I talked to Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Charters, and he told me on some days he has had to go to the dependable black drum for his clients.

  • Elected officials should read documents before voting for or against issues

    After the hurried passage of the Stimulus Bill, Americans became aware of just how quickly Congress was passing bills members may not have gotten around to reading before voting on them.

    The sheer volume of the 1,000-plus page behemoth bill indicated no one had ample time to digest or even read the bill before the fever of ayes ensued in both Houses. But the Stimulus Bill was not the first bill rushed through Congress and, unfortunately, probably won’t be the last.

  • Sheriff’s detectives arrest two for boat thefts

    Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two suspects for a slew of boat thefts, and say more arrests are expected.

    Michael Paul Martin, 33, of 130 Shallotte Ave., Shallotte, has been charged with felony larceny, felony conspiracy and possession of stolen goods.

  • County should re-evaluate commuting compensation

    In light of revenue shortfalls and budget deficits, we’re wondering how Brunswick County Commissioners can justify tossing $20,000 in the air and allowing it to land in the pockets of five department heads in the form of “commuting stipends.”

  • Yankee Stadium will always be a special place

    Yankee Stadium is no more.

    I have been a New York Yankees fan ever since my dad first took me to Yankee Stadium as a child. People have referred to it as “The Cathedral.” To me “The Cathedral” was St. Patrick’s on Fifth Avenue and 51st Street in Manhattan. St. Patrick’s was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

  • Gator Games great time for senior athletes

    After Charles Truman Johnson moved here 12 years ago from Pennsylvania, he eagerly became a participant in the Brunswick County Gator Senior Games. In 12 years of competition, he has won 36 medals—35 of them gold.

    And Johnson, 82, once again will be a competitor in the games, sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, which take place April 8 through May 11.

    “The county runs a tremendous program,” Johnson said. “This is the greatest county for recreation. Those people are the best.”

  • Elon's Tiara Gause named Freshman of Year

    Elon freshman Tiara Gause has been named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year by the Southern Conference Sports Media Association. This is the first time an Elon player has been named freshman of the year.

    Gause led all league freshmen in scoring, averaging 10 points a game. She also paced the Phoenix in scoring while starting 25 games. She scored in double figures 13 times.

    The Fayetteville native recorded a season-high 22 points against Davidson on Feb. 7 and reached double figures in points in six of the last six games for the Phoenix.

  • Gause homers twice; Daniels throws no-hitter

    Shrugging off their first conference loss of the season, the Trojans routed Class 3-A rival White Oak 17-0 in five innings Monday evening.

    Winning pitcher Randy Daniels gave up no hits and struck out nine. One walk, with two outs in the first inning, prevented a perfect game.

    Jay Gause was the hitting star for West Brunswick, hitting a three-run home run in the first inning and, against another pitcher, a three-run home in the fourth. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk and seven RBIs.

  • West JV team routs Laney, improves to 7-0 overall

    The West Brunswick junior varsity baseball team improved to 3-0 in the conference, 7-0 overall, by beating Laney 11-5 March 24.

    West scored five runs in the first and never trailed. Laney scored two in the third and three in the fourth, but West regained the lead by scoring once in the fourth. The Trojans scored three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.

  • First Live Green Music & Arts Festival set for Saturday in Bolivia

    The area’s first Live Green Music & Arts Festival—a celebration of music, art and Mother Earth—will take place Saturday, April 11, in the Wyldes of Bolivia.

    The festival, set for 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at 1016 Galloway Road in Bolivia, is a daylong celebration of local and regional musicians and artists.

    It’s described as family-friendly fun, great music and art, and essential environmental education for the community.