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Today's News

  • McCumbee returns to Nextel Cup Series this weekend

    With the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series not racing this weekend, Chad McCumbee will drive the No. 45 Marathon Oil Dodge for Petty Enterprises in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 Sunday at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. The NASAR Sprint Cup race will be televised on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m.

  • Olympics jog memory of sports idol

    He was skinny—like me. A famous athlete—which I wanted to be.

    I wanted to be the center of attention, and this skinny runner was getting all the attention I craved.

    I was in elementary school, and the collegian Jim Ryun gave hope of athletic acclaim to this 76-pounder. It seemed every month leading up to the 1968 Summer Olympics, Ryun was setting record after record in distance running. During 1966 and 1967 he set world records in the 880-yard run, the 1,500-meter run, the one-mile outdoor run and the one-mile indoor run.

  • Brunswick Dixie Boys finish second at state

    SOUTHPORT—Brunswick County pitchers held Columbus County to three hits but Columbus went on to beat Brunswick 3-1 and win the Dixie Boys state championship Friday at Smithville District Park.

    A leadoff home run by Gary Williams against Grayson Bullock gave Brunswick County, a team of 14-year-olds, a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

  • All about spadefish, pigfish and sheepshead

    The middle of summer is a lot like the middle of winter when it comes to fishing. It is less a question of what you want to catch than of what is willing to bite.

    Fortunately, while familiar species may be hard to find under the sun, there are several other kinds of fish that show up in the warm water and can provide an alternative to leaving a pier empty-handed. Since these fish are as great tasting as our more familiar targets, you need to know what you have if you pull one up.

  • Great weather, great fishing abounds

    As I had hoped, last week’s bad weather was balanced by incredibly good weather this past week. As a result, the fish, too, decided to balance themselves as well, and they went on the feed this week.

    The king mackerel bite turned on red-hot at many favorite locations. The Jungle and 65-Foot Hole were two of the best, but Christina’s ledge, 390/390 and Shark Hole were also producing good fish.

  • Youth program teaches golf, life skills

    I have been involved with youth programs for most of my life. Gene and I had four daughters and for years we were immersed in Girl Scouts, church youth groups, softball teams, gymnastics, a children’s choir, and the junior golf program at our club.

  • Golf action

    SANDPIPER BAY MGA

    On July 21 Al Bowman, 79, beat his age by five strokes, shooting a 74 for the day. Bowman was playing with Ralph Bowman, Hal Foley and Butch Reeves.

    On July 23, the game was “Man in the Box.” Post the three best balls per hole but each player must be designated to play every fourth hole, where his score must be used. Post just three best balls for holes 17 and 18.

  • Junior Legion season successful, helpful for Trojans

    Mike Alderson leaned back in his chair and pointed at a white board that had a baseball diamond, outlined in black, drawn on it.

    “That board up there,” he said, “I got three question marks up there: right field, left field, third base. This summer probably answered some of those questions. And that’s what it’s all about.”

  • UPDATEMedical examiner's office releases Bradshaw's autopsy

    Thirty-four-year-old Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw died from a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the autopsy report released Friday.

    The murder weapon, the report states, “is consistent with a high-velocity firearm.”

    Bradshaw, a Realtor with Century 21 Home Town Realty on Main Street, was first reported missing April 27, after he failed to return home.

  • Drug court, law enforcement unite to tackle drug problems in Brunswick

    “How long has it been since you’ve used drugs or alcohol?” Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis asked the sandy-haired 20-something standing before her at the first session of drug treatment court.

    Sixteen days, he responded.

    Marijuana, he replied when she probed further for the substance he last used.

    Then he took a deep, long breath and continued—and cocaine, heroin and alcohol.

    “The court appreciates your honesty,” Lewis replied.