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Today's News

  • Winter is a good time to fish for red drum in Brunswick County

    Despite water temperatures that have reached into the 40s, anglers still report spotting nice schools of red drum prowling the shallow waters. These fish will not always bite during the coldest periods, but on some days the sun warms up things enough to create a very favorable environment for targeting these winter redfish.

    Red drum can often be seen “tailing” in the shallows with their noses down and rooting up food while their tails are sticking up in the air. Some of these redfish schools are huge. Finding them, however, is just part of the task of redfishing.

  • Golf action

    Two Calabash golfers had top-four finishes in the Carolinas Young Amateur Jan. 6 at the Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst.

    Zack Byrd, a Coastal Carolina University student, shot 72-70—142 on the 7,088-yard, par-72 course and finished tied for second. He had the best second round of the 65 golfers. He won $137.50.

    Drew Weaver, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot 65-71—136 for the six-stroke victory. He won $200.

  • Drug agents nab fugitive from justice; seize 21 marijuana plants

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit responded to an anonymous tip last week about the whereabouts of a fugitive that led to seizing 21 marijuana plants.

    Jesse Nichols, of 216 Sycamore Road, Boiling Spring Lakes, was wanted in Delaware for domestic threats and assault, Capt. Gene Caison said.

    When drug agents responded to Nichols’ Boiling Spring Lakes home Tuesday, Jan. 6, they found and seized 21 marijuana plants and 10 grams of marijuana, Caison said.

  • Jessie Mae program helps girls be healthy and happy

    ASH—The girls at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School are on the run.

    A first-time program in Brunswick County, Girls on the Run, teaches young girls how to gain self-respect while integrating a healthy way of living. The program is designed for third-fifth graders and combines self-esteem enhancement activities along with regular workouts and running in preparation for a 3.1-mile race, which they will participate in this spring.

  • K-9 101

    SHALLOTTE—They’re not your average canines. They can run faster and jump higher than most dogs. They can track a suspect in a building or in the woods. They respond to commands in Dutch.

    And it’s not a good idea to run from them—they will win—and when they do, they’ll bite, and they won’t let go.

    These intelligent, agile creatures don’t come cheap. Most K-9s on the roster at the sheriff’s office came with a price tag around $10,000.

  • Fort Fisher commemorates 144th anniversary of Second Battle

    KURE BEACH—2009 marks the 144th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

    To commemorate the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will stage “Fort Fisher Then and Now,” an all-day event on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Woman mourns loss of canine companion

    SUPPLY—Debbie Chambers vividly remembers choosing her beloved Yorkie mix, Waldy, from a litter, taking him home, scrubbing his fleas off in the sink, bottle-feeding and raising him to become a member of her family.

    Although she’s kept many dogs over the years, Waldy was special, Chambers said. He was her constant companion and was treated like another child.

    Chambers recalled Waldy walking on his hind legs across the house, riding four-wheelers with her sons, jumping up and licking her tears away when she cried.

  • Shallotte applying for grants to add amenities

    SHALLOTTE—A new park and the first section of a river walk could be in the town’s future if the state approves two grant applications.

    According to town administrator Paul Sabiston, Shallotte is applying for a 50-50 matching grant from the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for a new park with multi-use ball fields, a tennis court and possibly a walking trail.

    Sabiston said the town is seeking a $500,000 grant, meaning Shallotte’s share would be $250,000.

  • Ways to give back, even in tough times

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

    —Winston Churchill

    Even in tough times, people find ways to give back. Dealing with difficult times makes us realize the importance of helping others.

    During the holiday season, many charities saw more people pulling together to donate what they could to make things better for those in need. But the need doesn’t stop once the holidays are over.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 30 and Jan. 5, 6 in Bolivia.

    Tuesday, Dec. 30

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Gina Essey and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Shannon R. Hester, three counts simple worthless checks, paid restitution.

    Jessica D. Humphrey, consume alcohol under 19, voluntarily dismissed.

    Jennifer Ann Lee, consume alcohol under 19, voluntarily dismissed.