Today's News

  • Sandy has little effect on fisheries

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission spent this week monitoring coastal rivers to determine the extent of damage the massive storm may have wreaked on fish populations.
    As it turns out, Hurricane Sandy, unlike Hurricanes Fran in 1996, Floyd in 1999, Isabel in 2003 and Irene in 2011, left North Carolina’s coastal fisheries relatively unscathed.

  • Fall Brawl King Classic: The show must go on

    The Fall Brawl King Classic has been hosted from Ocean Isle Beach for more than 10 years. The King Mackerel tournament typically draws 200-plus boat entries and is known for offering outstanding fishing, often within sight of land. In fact, the Fall Brawl has been won by teams fishing boats fewer than 20 feet in length.

  • Two friends have a memorable day of golf

    By Elsa Bonstein
    Beacon Correspondent
    On Saturday, two old friends had a great day on the golf course at Brick Landing: Bob Gorman shot his all-time low score of 75; John Nunnenkamp had his first hole-in-one, on the fifth hole.  

  • Great fishing is happening now

    Right now some of the best fishing of the year is going on in Brunswick County waters. Fish are being caught inshore and in the surf, with some big ones out there and plenty of great-tasting species roaming and feeding with the tides.
    Inshore fishing has been on fire since the passing of Hurricane Sandy. The bite on speckled trout, redfish, flounder and black drum have all been excellent.

  • Sports calendar

    Free throw contest
    The Knights of Columbus annual basketball free throw contest, sponsored by Our Lady of the Rosary Council No. 9039, is open to girls and boys ages 10-14 and will take place 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 17 at Shallotte Middle School.
    Competitors in different age groups for girls and boys will shoot 15 free throws and the winners will receive trophies and advance to another competition. For more information, call Chuck Van Buren at 287-1785.

  • Sports briefs

    Calabash Dart League
    The Calabash VFW Steel Dart League played its weekly match Oct. 23. First: Winnie Kosmel, Dennis Major and Larry Hagar. Second: Jay Valkenburg, Pinky Hindman and Hugo Kosmel. Third: Pat Burkhardt, Kathy Major and Rich Lelyo.
    Results Oct. 30. First: Tom Townsend, Al Sorensen and Mike Walton. Second: Pinky Hindman, Jay Valkenburg and Tom Kelleher. Third: Craig Sweetman, Kathy Major and John Hindman.

  • Black’s, Michelin support Brunswick United Soccer Club

    The Michelin Soccer Program and Black’s Tire Service Inc. donated more than $650 in funds and equipment to Brunswick United Soccer Club. These funds go a long way in helping to provide scholarships, uniforms and other soccer essentials for the participating leagues.
    Giving back to the community is a top priority for Michelin. The Michelin Soccer Program links tire dealers with local youth soccer organizations, providing the dealers the opportunity to reach out to the community.

  • Hilliard all-state in cross country

    South Brunswick senior Carmen Hilliard ran to a 10-place finish and earned all-state honors in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state cross-country meet Saturday at Beeson Park in Kernersville.
    Hilliard ran the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 0.83 seconds. The race had 130 runners in it.
    In the team competition, Gibbons and Chapel Hill were one-two, with the Crusaders winning their third straight title with 31 points to 74 for Chapel Hill. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge took third with 100 points.

  • Sloup finishes third at state in golf

    Staff Report

    SOUTHERN PINES— Tara Simmons of Charles B. Aycock High School in Pikeville won her second consecutive individual state title on Tuesday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 3A women’s golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
    Simmons was one shot back entering the final day of play, but her consistent 77-77—154 under difficult playing conditions gave her the title by four shots.
    Chandler Danielson of West Henderson was second with a 158 total.

  • Trojans’ season comes to an end

    By Sam Hickman
    Sports Correspondent
    The West Brunswick varsity football squad pulled within one point of Cleveland with just less than seven minutes remaining in Friday night’s first-round NCHSAA playoff matchup, but a two-point conversion attempt was denied by the Rams as the visitors held on for a 40-33 victory.
    The Trojans finished the season with a 5-6 record and their 5-1 conference mark earned head coach Jimmy Fletcher’s club its first share of the conference championship since 1997.