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Today's News

  • Warm water slows fishing progress

    Beach water temperatures are still higher than 80 degrees and that is not a sign of fall fishing. Although the air temperatures at night have been falling into the 60s, the days are still warm and the water temperatures are staying the same. Typically this time of year, we have seen a few more cold fronts and some cooler nights that drop water temperatures into the 70s. Until that time, fishing will continue on its late summer pattern, which hasn’t been too impressive.

  • Fishing season can turn from good to great

    Anglers are awaiting the arrival of true fall fishing, but in the meantime the action has been pretty solid. Already a lot of bait is in the water and the gamefish are on the move. The fishing season could turn from good to great any day now.

    The big inshore fishing action right now is on the redfish, which are making a showing in different sizes just about everywhere. There are big red drum out at the jetties, slot-size and bigger redfish in the surf off the piers, and puppy drum and rat reds running the tide inshore.

  • Wilmington runners win BFA race

    Heather Magill, of Wilmington, won the annual Brunswick Family Assistance Sea Trail Plantation 5-Miler Sept. 11. Magill, 29, finished in 30 minutes, 42 seconds.

    Adam Rose, 32, of Wilmington, was the top male finisher and was second overall at 31:41. Gage Hicks, 20, of Little River, S.C., was third in 32:13. Sean Tracy, of Sneads Ferry, was fourth at 33:56.

    Andrea Rose, 31, of Wilmington, was the second-fastest female runner, finishing ninth overall in 36:03.

    Donna Dejong was the third-fastest female runner, finishing 11th overall in 41:03.

  • Chad McCumbee finishes eighth in ARCA race

    For the third straight ARCA race, Chad McCumbee finished eighth.

    McCumbee finished eighth Saturday in the Kentuckians Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway in Indiana. McCumbee started sixth out of 30 drivers. He completed 199 of the 200 laps.

    For the season, McCumbee has five top-10 finishes in 15 starts.

  • Church briefs

    Church sponsors faith, music cruise

    Faith Building Missions is sponsoring a faith and music cruise for June 20-24, 2011.

    Enjoy a four-day excursion on a Royal Caribbean luxury liner to Nassau, Bahamas. Relax and enjoy a great time of bonding and encouragement joining other Christians in hearing speakers and worship bands.

  • To practice religion is to engage with inconvenient truth

    In 2006, a documentary film, “Inconvenient Truth,” was presented at the Sundance Film Festival. To date, its message about global warming and the effects of climate change is both upsetting and challenging. It continues to be alternately accepted and denied as inconvenient truth. 

  • Holleman-Rogerson wedding

    April Dawn Holleman of Kure Beach and Adam Wesley Rogerson of Supply were married Sept. 18 at sunrise on Wrightsville Beach.

    The Rev. Tracy Pryor officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Holleman Jr. of Leland. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Rogerson of Roanoke Rapids.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Misty Nichols of Kernersville, the bride’s cousin, served as matron of honor. 

    Billy Rogerson, the groom’s father, served as best man.

  • Smith-Garrett engagement

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Pauline H. Smith and David D. Garrett of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Paul E. Harris Sr. of New Bern. She is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth. The prospective groom is the son of Brenda Garrett of Manning, S.C. He is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An Oct. 2 wedding is planned at Sunset Beach. Family and friends are invited to a reception at the Calabash Fire Department in Calabash at 3 p.m.

  • Yauns celebrate 50 years

    Ralph and Sandra Yaun of Leland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 10 at the First Baptist Church activity center in Wilmington. The couple was married on Sept. 10, 1960, at the Calypso Presbyterian Church in Calypso. Hosting the party were the couple’s children and grandchild, son Chris Yaun and wife Shari of Leland, granddaughter Emily Kathleen Yaun and daughter Rebecca Angela Yaun of Leland. Numerous friends and relatives were also in attendance.

  • Common insects and associated pests attacking bedding plants, perennials

    There have been several calls on the information line in the last couple of weeks complaining about insect problems. Following are some common pests and solutions:

    Bedding plants and perennials provide the homeowner and landscaper with a multitude of colors and textures. Unfortunately, numerous insects, mites and other invertebrates (i.e. slugs, sowbugs and millipedes) consider these same plants as food.