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Today's News

  • August raises temperatures, causing fish to seek cooler waters

    It’s hot! No more description is necessary to substantiate that claim. Walk outside and you’ll be soaked with sweat in a matter of minutes. As a fisherman, it’s nice to get off the mainland and onto the water, where the breezes help to soften the heat. The fish thus far haven’t seemed to mind the heat too much as they continue to bite.

  • 2008 Jolly Mon King Classic: New winners announced

    As a tournament fisherman as well as a tournament operator, I feel I have the highest level of responsibility to ensure the rules of my tournaments are followed.

    As such, and with the commitment to uphold the honor and integrity of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Classic, the tournament committee has made the decision to disqualify the boat Takin It Easy, captained by Cameron Bowers, for failure to comply with tournament rules.

    The winner of the tournament is Keith Logan and crew of Logan’s Love.

  • After several years, Thistle Clubhouse nears completion

    With a sagging economy, many golf courses are making drastic budget cuts. They are cutting back on services, limiting mowing, restricting the use of fertilizers and chemicals and cutting the hours of operations of their restaurants. To promote business, they are expanding tee times and giving cut rates and coupons to golfers.

    Construction around golf course communities has slowed in the last few months.

    Amid this quiet despair, The Thistle Golf Course is finishing its 15,600-square-foot clubhouse.

  • Golf action

    Golfers ace holes at Ocean Ridge Plantation golf courses

    On July 30 at Ocean Ridge, Howard Ray had his third hole-in-one in his golfing career, this one on the 137-yard sixth hole on Panther’s Run. He used an 8-iron.

    On July 28 at Ocean Ridge, Mike Ratchford had his first hole-in-one. It happened on the 154-yard 17th hole on Lion’s Paw. He used a 5-wood.

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  • Amid clutter of golf clubs and golf balls, one special golfer

    Walking through Douglas Williams’ garage is like walking through a golf museum.

    Dozens and dozens of golf bags full of clubs line one wall, and more bags and more golf clubs lie throughout the garage.

    Near another wall is a white bucket full of used golf balls, at least 100. A smaller bucket is full of more golf balls. Stacks of egg cartons also contain dozens of golf balls.

  • Dalton Gore qualifies for First Tee Open

    Dalton Gore, a rising junior at South Brunswick High School will fly on Aug. 23 to Monterey, Calif., to compete in the Wal-Mart First Tee Open, a Champions Tour event.

    Each First Tee participant is teamed with one Champions Tour player and two amateurs in a 54-hole tournament played at the Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Del Monte Golf Course.

  • Running down her dreams

    As baseball players tossed baseballs and infielders fielded groundballs one late afternoon at the West Brunswick High School baseball field, the conversation among the spectators was about the Trojans and their prospects in the upcoming Junior American Legion playoffs.

  • Wacky-pedia strikes again

    This time, it’s official. I’m no longer relying on the too-often-unreliable Wikipedia to obtain “facts.”

    I’ve always heard it, but this time I believe it: People with too much time on their hands and too little common sense write many of these entries.

    A funny dialect difference sparked my latest foray into pedia-madness.

  • Southerners love fried green tomatoes, and fried red tomatoes, too

    Fried green tomatoes are one of my favorite summer foods. If you haven’t tried them, you’re in for a treat.

    Native to Mexico and Central America, it’s not clear how tomatoes came to the United States. Thomas Jefferson grew them in the 1780s and credited one of his neighbors with the introduction, but Harriott Pinckney Horry recorded a recipe, “To Keep Tomatoes for Winter Use” in 1770.

  • Work of three artists featured at Franklin Square Gallery

    “I love taking a piece of clay and creating something that will remind people of the Southport/Oak Island area,” said local potter Lynn Stanzlaus.

    The Oak Island resident is one of three featured artists at the New Members Show this month at Franklin Square Gallery, joining watercolorists William James and Prentiss Halladay.

    The scenery of Southport and the surrounding beaches and marshes has inspired local and regional artists, especially the three under the spotlight this month.