Today's News

  • Making crucial choices: Do we abide in fear or in abiding faith?

    I guess each of us, at one point or another in life, has had to make the crucial choice between fear and faith. We have had to opt for an abiding faith even if we are sometimes afraid.
    We cannot serve two masters. We will either elect to abide in fear or to have an abiding faith.
    The choice is not always clear nor comfortable. Fear is a powerful factor in our decision-making. I know I am often afraid. I am especially afraid of telling the truth when I know it will involve and evolve into communication that might well be confrontational.

  • Club briefs

    Come eat with local Shriners July 28
    The South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club’s Butterbean Festival will take place July 28.
    Social hour is from 6-7 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. and consists of fried chicken, butterbeans, desserts and a cash bar. Cost is $10 per person or $15 a couple.
    An auction will start at 8 p.m. and will include leather furniture, exercise equipment and many more items to benefit South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club.

  • Many fixes can be found for common cooking mistakes

    From time to time, we all have allowed food to become burnt, overcooked, over-seasoned or just simply allowed to go bad before even using it. For most of us, mistakes do happen. Sometimes we just pitch the results and start all over again. Other times, we’re just stuck with whatever is currently smoldering in the pan, but all is not lost.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 26
    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.

  • Lancaster-Benton

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Elizabeth Blake Lancaster of Ocean Isle Beach and Billy Allen Benton Jr. of Shallotte.
    The bride elect is the daughter of Jerry Morris and Karen Ripple Lancaster of Raleigh, and granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tyree Morris Lancaster of Centerville and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dawson Ripple of Whiteville. She is currently working in childcare while attending Brunswick Community College in early childhood education.

  • Tom Oxenfeld wins match play title

    The Ocean Ridge Men’s Golf League played its three-day Match Play Championship on the Panther’s Run, Tiger’s Eye and Lion’s Paw golf courses.  On the final day, July 16, Tom Oxenfeld defeated Rich O’Connor 2 and 1 to capture the match play gross flight championship. Jim Story defeated Kevin Cotter 4 and 3 for third place.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    The Beachcombers played a two-nets tournament Friday at Brunswick Plantation. The winners with a score of 116 (-28) were Bill McDavit, Dan O’Connell, Ed Nocella and Ed Hennessey. In second at 117 (-27) were Matt Beairsto, Bob Byrne, Stu Cleveland and Gary Gutheil. Gross: Matt Beairsto 79, Gary Gutheil 82 and Sid Silver 88. Nets: Gutheil 64, Dennis McCann 65, Bill McDavit 67, Dan O’Connell and Ed Nocella 68 and Ed Hennessey and Matt Beairsto 69. Matt Beairsto is golfer of the week.

  • Cape Fear Flounder Classic is July 28

    The third annual Cape Fear Flounder Classic is July 28 at the Southport Marina.
    This event is organized as a fundraiser for the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Following the prize structure of the chamber’s U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, the all-cash guaranteed prizes total $5,300. Capt. Adam Sellers and crew of Michael Lynn Sellers and Wes Knox, of Bolivia, aboard Magic Stik cashed in last year and took home $3,147 for a 6.5-pound flounder.

  • Kings make their best showing in years

    I apologize for missing last week’s report. The honest truth is I was so wrapped up in fishing, it slipped my mind.
    The Ocean Isle Fishing Center charter crews, myself included, have been enjoying the best king mackerel fishing we have seen in two years. I don’t have an answer as to why, but I will say it sure is nice to feel confident that I can actually go out and target and catch king mackerel on a consistent basis.

  • Fishing should remain moderate until cooler weather

    Local catches of flounder, redfish and speckled trout remain decent though the heat, wind and rain mean you have to work a little bit and time your fishing.
    Early morning fishing is by far the best bet right now, especially if you can time a moving tide in the morning. Fishing should remain moderate inshore until the weather starts to cool with the coming of fall and the fish become more active.