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Today's News

  • South Brunswick sweeps conference tennis titles

    South Brunswick’s Summer Phillips won the singles title and Kelley Presson and Katie Soden the doubles title in the Waccamaw Conference championship tennis tournament Oct. 7 at South.

    Phillips, a freshman, had a bye in the first round and beat South Columbus’ Kelly McPherson 6-0, 6-0 in the second round. In a semifinal, Phillips beat Whiteville’s Brooke Palmer 6-2, 6-3. Phillips, the top seed, then won the championship by routing East Columbus’ Valerie Edwards 6-0, 6-0.

  • Cougars sweep cross-country race

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick boys and girls cross-country teams won one of the final races of the season Oct. 7.

    The Cougar boys (23) beat North (45) and Pender (99) in the conference race.

    In the girls’ race, South beat Pender 26-31.

    North’s Rashaad Nelson was the top finisher, running the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 3 seconds—and sprinting to the finish.

    But South won five of the next six spots to take the victory.

  • Mother Nature plays a role in fall fishing

    Mother Nature has a way of keeping a level playing field. Obviously in fishing, the weather is the key factor in determining whether you can even go fish and then whether you’ll have success or not.

    I’ve been around fishing for years, and I remember cursing the weather and its bad timing and unpredictability. The weather is favorite morning fodder for fishermen sitting around the coffee pot. However, after analyzing it for many years, I believe the one pattern that is most reliable is the weather will be just as good as it is bad.

  • Dependable bluefish making a decent showing; fishing remains slow

    Just when I was ready to declare this a comeback year for inshore fishing, things have hit a little snag. The spot haven’t really arrived in force yet, and the ones being caught aren’t the big fall yellowbellies we’re waiting on. Also, what had been very good summer fisheries for flounder and speckled trout seem to have slowed after the storms of September.

  • A day in the life of a golf professional is more work than leisure

    Most of us envy the lives of golf pros. We think we’d like to make a living playing golf, instead of being stuck in an office, a building project, a classroom or a truck.

    Or maybe we could be a club pro, hobnobbing with members, booking starting times, giving a few lessons and playing lots of golf.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • Golf action

    The Carolina Shores Ladies Golf Association played its Rally for the Cure tournament Oct. 9 at Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club. Seventy-two players participated in a captain’s choice format.

  • McCumbee 34th in Sprint Cup race at Lowe’s

    Chad McCumbee finished 34th in his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord.

    When the green flag fell in the Bank of America 500 race Saturday night, McCumbee radioed to crew chief Stewart Cooper the car was loose everywhere. The team fought that condition all weekend, but Cooper made several adjustments that improved the handling of the car during the early portions of the race.

  • Southport man killed in weekend wreck, driver charged with his death

    SOUTHPORT—A Southport man was killed late Saturday when he was struck by an on-coming vehicle on N.C. 133.

    Just before 10 p.m., Arthur Bentley Hart, 42, of Southport was driving south on N.C. 133 just north of Southport when Omar Perez, driving in the opposite direction, veered into Hart’s lane and struck him.

    According to C.C. Albritton of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Perez was driving about 55 mph when he traveled left of center and collided with Hart.

  • Planning board approves UDO amendments

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board on Monday approved text amendments to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance.

    Board members approved forwarded the following amendments to county commissioners for their final approval:

    •To amend the summary of notice and public hearing requirements for appeal of administrative decisions and nonconforming use certificates.

    •To require the recordation of a special exception permit prior to review of final plats.

  • North Carolina garners national attention as a key battleground state

    WILMINGTON—With Sen. John McCain’s recent rally in Wilmington, and an Obama/Biden visit all but imminent, North Carolina is garnering national attention as a key battleground state in this year’s presidential election.

    Brunswick County GOP Chairman Frank Iler, who attended McCain’s Wilmington rally Monday afternoon, said the senator’s visit excited members of the Republican Party and brought attention to North Carolina on the national stage.