Today's News

  • What would Calabash be without its local shrimpers?

    Calabash is known as the Seafood Capital of the World, but behind the restaurants, docked in the waterway, are the boats that make Calabash what it is.

    Calabash is a seafood town, but what would it be without its local shrimpers?

    “The docks are open to everyone here,” Mayor Anthony Clemmons said. “The docks have been part of the mystique of Calabash. You come to Calabash and eat and the docks call you down there.”

  • Second witness testifies to odor of alcohol at scene with chief

    BOLIVIA—Terri Oxford said she smelled alcohol when Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne responded to a cardiac arrest on Holden Beach in November 2004.

    Layne said he wasn’t intoxicated that November evening—that he wasn’t even drinking.

    Oxford, who worked for the town police department from 1999 until 2008, filed a wrongful termination and gender discrimination lawsuit after she was fired from the town in 2008.

  • Blessing of new sanctuary at St. Brendan

    More than five years ago, parishioners at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Shallotte began planning to expand their fellowship hall and sanctuary.

    According to St. Brendan’s social ministries coordinator Kathy Doyle, the church began planning the expansion in 2002, but the land for the expansion was not purchased until 2005.

    The Rev. Robert Ippolito and the Rev. Hector LaChapelle have been working with the building committee since their arrival in 2005.

  • Calabash Presbyterian Church tourney draws 140 players

     The 10th annual Calabash Presbyterian Church Golf Tournament and Raffle took place July 1 at the Thistle Golf Club. Thirty-five teams competed in six flights (140 players total).

  • The First Tee’s fall programs begin in August

    The First Tee of Brunswick County will begin its fall programs next month at Cinghiale Creek and six other affiliates. The parent orientation, class schedule and certification levels are below.


    A parent orientation/registration meeting is mandatory if your child is a new participant to The First Tee. If your child has not participated in the spring/fall programs, you must attend a parent orientation/registration meeting to be eligible to register. The summer camp does not count as a spring/fall program.

  • Bodenheimer wins Forsyth County Junior Open

    In his first competitive tournament, Kellan Bodenheimer, 12, won the Forsyth County Junior Open golf tournament in Winston-Salem. 

    Bodenheimer, competing in the Cubs’ division for those 12 and younger, played nine-hole layouts July 13-15 at Winston-Lake, Tanglewood and Reynolds Park. He shot a 134 for the three-day event and won by three strokes. 

    Bodenheimer is the grandson of Jim and Kay Bodenheimer of Ocean Isle Beach and Lewisville. 

    He is making plans to compete in the Jim Roach Memorial golf tournament Aug. 28 at Brierwood.

  • Highlights, scores of area golf leagues


    The Beachcombers played at Brierwood. Low gross: Stu Cleveland and Paul Michal, 89. Low nets: Bob Smith and Hal Riebesehl, 68; Jim Beairsto, 69. Team (four players total nets): Smith, Riebesehl, Dan O’Connell and Beairsto. Player of the week was Bob Smith.


    The team of Marianne Nobes, Ron Arvidson, Chuck Hornfeck and John Beavers finished first at 2-over par in the Brierwood nine-hole mixed scramble July 21. Carola Hornfeck, Sharon Beavers, Ralph Trimmer and Bob Nobes finished second.

  • Sandpiper Bay voted 2010 Golf Course of the Year

     I’m as pleased as punch and proud as a peacock.    

    One of our own Brunswick County golf courses has been named “2010 Golf Course of the Year” by The Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. This is the first time a North Carolina Course has received this honor. 

    Last week I went to Sandpiper Bay and spoke with Tim Tilma, the general manager; Richard Kascsak, the head golf professional; and Jay Varallo, the superintendent. It was a round-table of smiles, a few high fives and several thumbs up. 

  • Flounder tourney set for July 31

     Members of the Cape Fear Flounder Tournament Committee have organized the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s first flounder tournament, which will be July 31 at Southport Marina. 

    Don Hughes is the chairman of the tourney, which has an all-cash guarantee of prizes. This is a boat-only tournament. All fish must be taken on a rod and reel. Entry fee is $100 per boat, with optional $50 tournament within a tournament fee.

  • Pompano provide great day fishing, terrific evening meals

     Local anglers are in the middle of a hot summer, and fishing is best in the early mornings or around sunset. 

    One species that can be caught during the day, however, are pompano. This year the pompano were late showing up in our waters but they are present now and will get more numerous as we pass August and go toward the fall.