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Today's News

  • Bravery was on display last week in Brunswick County courtroom

    I saw bravery last week in the faces of two 20-something women.

    Two young women, just out of college, should be busy decorating their new apartments and going out with friends, not testifying in a rape trial.

    But these two young women, now 22 and 23 years old, came back to Brunswick County to testify in the trial of a man who kidnapped and raped them seven years ago.

    They took the stand and with explicit detail relived the worst night of their lives to a judge, three lawyers, 12 jurors and the man who did it.

  • Time to pack those fireworks away, folks

    The Town of Oak Island had its Fourth of July fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 1. The City of Southport had its Fourth of July fireworks display at 9 p.m. July 4.

    The Fourth of July has now come and gone, but it seems that several people are still celebrating—every night.

    Every year a few days before the Fourth of July, tourists and vacationers flock to the South Brunswick Islands to enjoy the beach and set off a few of the fireworks they purchased across the border in South Carolina.

  • The importance of role models who share a common heritage or sex

    It is extremely important for children to see role models who look and sound like them. Young people tend to idolize successful people who share their heritage.

    For years there were no high profile black golf professionals until Tiger Woods came on the scene. Woods’ influence has motivated young blacks to play the game of golf.

  • Ray Gilbert, a Libertarian?

    Why not? He has been a Democrat, and then a Republican, and now he is a Libertarian.

    Mr. Gilbert’s decision to run in the general election as a libertarian is a legal, albeit sneaky, way to circumvent being tossed out of office.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 25, 26, 27, 30 and July 1 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, June 25

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutors Cathi Radford and Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Shannon Abernathy, improper equipment, costs.

    Amber Marie Alderton, improper equipment, costs; expired/ no inspection sticker, fail to stop stopsign/flashing red light, both voluntarily dismissed.

    Brook Marie Allen, speeding 70 in a 55 zone, costs.

  • White Sox or Cubs? Pick one

    I have delayed the decision for too long.

    Now I must decide.

    Cubs or White Sox?

    As someone with sports roots in Chicago, it has been easy to root for one baseball team or the other. When the Cubs were playing well, the White Sox weren’t. And when the White Sox were playing well, the Cubs were playing ee well, like the Cubs. It made no difference to me about “loyalty.” I just wanted to see a team play well enough to get into the World Series.

  • Area fishing continues steady

    We have settled into what I refer to as the early summer pattern, which typically runs from late June through July. This is, in my opinion, one of our peak times to fish from the area because of all the variety. The majority of the fishing I do during this time is in the 55- to 70-foot depth range, where you will find good numbers of king mackerel in the 15- to 20-pound range, with dolphin, sailfish and cobia mixed in.

  • Cranked up about fluorocarbon and deep water fishing

    If you respool your reels as much as I do, I hope you stocked up on some extra fluorocarbon line recently, because it’s summer and you’re going to need it.

  • Flounder stay active inshore even as temperatures continue to rise

    The hot summer is not known as a time of great inshore fishing, but there is one fish you can go after no matter how hot it gets. Flounder are still active in our waters and some can even be caught in the hottest part of the day. You just have to remember a few simple suggestions about how to target these tasty flatfish, and your fishing season won’t melt away with the sun.

  • WSGA president Robinson makes golf happen for others

    Myrna Robinson lives at Lockwood Folly. Her beautiful home is on a small lake near the 15th green. She is totally into golf, though she doesn’t have much time to play.

    Why?

    Because Robinson is busy making golf happen for other women.

    “I started playing golf in my 20s and for a while played in a lot of competitions,” she said. “Now, I’m a ‘used to be’ golfer because I don’t have much time to golf anymore.”