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Today's News

  • Community briefs

    McFamily night is March 27 in Leland
    McDonald’s at 1111 New Pointe Blvd. in Leland will host a child I.D. program for families in the area during its regularly scheduled McFamily Night from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27.
    Employees of New York Life will administer the program. New York Life’s Child I.D. Program is designed to help children in the community learn how to stay safe in their homes, at play or wherever they happen to be.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 22
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.
    AARP Southport Chapter, 11:30 a.m., Surfer’s Restaurant, Southport.

  • Golf tournaments

    Coed softball registration
    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 2012 coed softball leagues. Team registration fees are $500. Teams will play on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings at Lockwood Folly Park, Shallotte Park or Smithville Park. The league managers’ meeting is 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Parks and Recreation Building in the second floor conference room. For more information, call Aaron Perkins at 253-2670 or aperkins@brunsco.net.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

  • Schaefer wins match play

    By Ray Schatz
    Special to The Beacon
    On March 7, the Crow Creek Men’s Golf Association had the final match of its first match play championship. The championship match between Bill Schaefer and Paul Murray generated plenty of excitement and had to be decided in a playoff.
    Murray went to the 10th tee with a 1-up lead. By the end of hole, the match was even, and except for No. 11 and No. 15, there was never more than a 1-up advantage by either player. After the match was evened at No. 16, the drama began.

  • Nick Bradley: Human golf dynamo

    How can I describe Nick Bradley?
    He is ebullient, irrepressible, vocal, opinionated, spiritual, intelligent and a gifted teacher of the game of golf. He lives in Sunset Beach, yet plays on a world stage.
    Nick Bradley is the ambassador for junior golf development for the first-ever St. Andrews Golf Festival March 28-April 1in Scotland. He has been a consultant with the Russian Golf Federation and recently returned from Malaysia, where he promoted the game of golf.  

  • Spring fishing gets an early start this year

    The weather has been absolutely great for this entire past week. It is unimaginable to get so many days of light winds, not to mention warm temperatures.
    Fishermen from all genres awakened from their winter slumber and got on the water, with most reporting action from a variety of species.
    Inshore the redfish, flounder and trout are all starting to show good. Offshore, the Gulf Stream is producing good catches of wahoo with scattered blackfin tuna and Mahi-mahi.

  • The spring fish are already biting

    March is not normally a time to talk much about flounder fishing in Brunswick County, but with the strange weather and the lack of a real winter, fishing for them is good.
    In addition to the suspected early redfish and speckled trout, other spring fish, like whiting and bluefish, are already biting. Barring a late cold snap, spring fishing appears to be on.
    Some area piers are already open and doing business. Tommy Thomes at the Oak Island Pier reports better than usual fishing for late March.

  • The First Tee winter tour

    By Greg Hensley
    TFTBC ace-level participant
    Some of Brunswick County’s best young golfers joined coaches from The First Tee of Brunswick County for four rounds of winter golf competition at one of the area’s finest facilities, Ocean Ridge Plantation. The first two rounds were contested in a team scramble format and the final two were individual medal play. Contestants earned points for their finishing positions in three divisions with the winners being those with the highest point total.

  • Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational at West Brunswick High School

    Baseball
    April 9: 10 a.m.: Durham Riverside vs. North Brunswick (Game 1); 1 p.m.: Scotland County vs. South Brunswick (Game 2); 4 p.m.: South Stanly vs. West Brunswick JV (Game 3); 7 p.m.: Harrell’s Christian Academy vs. West Brunswick (Game 4).
    April 10: 10 a.m. Loser Game 1 vs. loser Game 3 (Game 5); 1 p.m.: loser Game 2 vs. loser Game 4 (Game 6); 4 p.m.: winner Game 1 vs. winner Game 3 (Game 7); 7 p.m.: winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 (Game 8).