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Today's News

  • N.C. Boys Choir to perform at Shallotte Presbyterian Church

    The North Carolina Boys Choir will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main St., Shallotte.

    The North Carolina Boys Choir is one of the relatively few existing boy choirs in the country, perpetuating a centuries-old art form, according to a news release.

    The 75-plus members of the organization have a strenuous rehearsal and performance schedule. They sing every thing from classical music by Bach and Mozart to simple ballads and polkas, and their music is sung in several languages.

  • West comes from behind to post 15-8 triumph in dream Senior Night

    SHALLOTTE—Seth Roberts had done everything but score.

    So, in the decisive sixth inning, when Roberts stole third and watched teammate Ryan Hill burn the New Hanover left fielder for a double, Roberts didn’t have to race home. He trotted.

    He stopped just before his mission was accomplished, jumped joyously and came down with both feet on the plate.

    It was the human exclamation point in a 15-8 victory that clinched the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference championship Thursday night.

  • Know your NASCAR; it's better than a blowout in your brain

    It is an awful feeling, and in the manner of grim surprises since the beginning of time, you never see it coming.

    I was having a casual conversation over lunch the other day about fairly nebulous NASCAR topics—what I would consider general-knowledge questions. We discussed the NASCAR Sprint Cup season so far, the next few races, the Chase, what in the world Tony Stewart will ultimately decide to do, anything and everything about Dale Earnhardt Jr.—in other words, the usual.

  • Bowyer takes victory after Junior wrecks

    RICHMOND, Va.—Bizarre might be a good description of Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.

    Polesitter Denny Hamlin led a race-record number of 381 laps.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch provided a few laps of great racing for the lead, a battle that ended with Earnhardt being spun out by Busch on Lap 398.

    And that led to Clint Bowyer getting by both Earnhardt and Busch, en route to his second career win in Cup competition.

  • McCumbee sixth at The Rock

    Brunswick County’s Chad McCumbee finished sixth in the Carolina 500 last Sunday in the return to racing at Rockingham Speedway after a four-year hiatus.

    “That was okay for us,” said McCumbee, who grew up in Varnamtown. “We didn’t have the car as good as we’d like to. It kind of made it a struggle all day. The caution never fell the way we needed it to.

    “They started 50 cars. So we’ll take a sixth place—that was a good, solid finish for us.”

  • Lenoir sweeps Dolphins

    Lenoir Community College, ranked No. 1 in the nation among community colleges and sporting a 46-7 record, defeated Brunswick Community College in three games last weekend.

    Lenoir won 13-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Friday.

    BCC 100 00—1 6 5

    LCC 261 4x—13 10 0

    LP: Chris Williamson.

    Leading hitters: LCC—Norton 3-for-4 (2 HR), Mills 2-for-4, Rouse 2-for-4, Chase 2-for-3. BCC—David Smeltzer 2-for-2, Chris Eason 2-for-3, Jeremy King 1-for-3.

    Lenoir won the second game Friday night 10-0.

  • Dolphins smoke Southeastern

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Community College scored in every conceivable way—from a squeeze play to an out-of-the-park home run—on its way to a 10-0 rout of Southeastern Community College last Wednesday night.

    The Dolphins made the last home game of their inaugural season a memorable one.

    “We fired up a little bit tonight,” BCC coach Robbie Allen said.

    Charlie Gore was the torch, as the Dolphins’ leadoff batter finished just a triple shy of hitting the cycle.

  • Thoughts just popping up

    I usually like to tunnel-vision, but today thoughts are jumping around as if my brain is a popcorn machine.

    •Ty Lawson, the University of North Carolina point guard, was quicker than anybody else in the ACC this past season. Everybody else was on play, and he was running on fast-forward.

    I can’t wait to see a match-up between Lawson and Allen Iverson, who is the quickest basketball player I’ve ever seen in person.

  • Pier fishing still has its charm for various groups of anglers

    Fishing piers are a sacred thing to saltwater anglers, and Brunswick County is blessed to still have them in operation.

    Elsewhere on the coast, the piers are disappearing, but here there is still a chance for folks to cast off the planks and maybe fill up a cooler. Many people came to the sport as kids on an ocean pier, and even if you like to take a big boat out to the bluewater these days, it is always nice to get back to your roots.

  • Fishing action heats up with kings

    The fishing has taken a dramatic turn for the better this past week.

    As is typically the case, we fishermen wait and wait, and then finally something/someone throws the switch, and the fish are magically here.

    The fact last week’s weather was stable and warm certainly didn’t hurt, and it offered fishermen a chance to get out and work on the fish.