Today's News

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    On Friday, the Beachcombers played at Farmstead. Gross: Matt Beairsto 73, Reese Evans 80, Jim Beairsto 86, Jim Ritter 88. Net: Matt and Jim Beairsto 63, Ritter 65, Bill Cameron 67 and Bob Brownley 69. Team (one net on par 5s, two nets on par 4s and three on par 3s): Matt Beairsto, Evans, Ritter and Jim Beairsto, 25-under par. Golfer of the week is Matt Beairsto.

  • Black History Month and me

    I grew up on a farm in rural Maryland and went to segregated schools. I never once spoke to a person of color until I went to college at Syracuse University.
    There were a few black people in North East, Md. I knew they were there, but we never talked with them, hardly noticed them. All the black kids were bused to a school near Elkton.

  • Fishing finally slows—but not for long

    This has been such an unusually mild winter that right now, when I am usually writing a column telling you not to despair because spring will soon be here, I am instead writing to inform you that winter seems to finally have slowed down the inshore bite.
    I guess I can do both, since the water is now cold enough that the fishing has indeed slowed, but it isn’t that long a wait until spring. Strange but true.

  • New high school football rules begin next year

    High school football players must sit out one play next year if their helmet comes off while the ball is live.
    In cases where the helmet comes completely off without it being directly attributable to a foul by the opponent, the player will have to leave the game for at least one down.
    This addition to Rule 3-5-10 was one of eight rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

  • Sports briefs

    Calabash VFW Steel Tip Dart League
    On Feb. 7, Darleen Riley, Jay Valkenburg and Hugo Kosmel placed first at the weekly Calabash VFW Steel Tip Dart League match. Second: Pat Perryman, Tom McCormack and Tom Townsend. Third: Pinky Hindman, Jim Day and Darren Marnell. On Feb. 14, John Hinkman and Darren Marnell finished first. Second: Pat Perryman and Mike Walton. Third: Darleen Riley and Joe Lenz.

  • Shallotte wins county championship

    The Shallotte Middle School Pirates boys’ basketball team completed its season on Feb. 9 in Leland with a win over the Cedar Grove Bulldogs to become the Brunswick County middle school champions. The victory gave the Pirates a record of 12-1, with their only loss occurring at Cedar Grove earlier in the season.
    On top of playing regular-season opponents in Brunswick County, there were three matchups with Hallsboro Middle School and Chadbourn Middle School, both out of Columbus County, and that proved to be pivotal for the boys’ success.

  • Sports calendar

    West varsity sports calendar
    Subject to change
    Feb. 27: Tennis vs. North Myrtle Beach, 4 p.m. at Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center.
    Feb. 28: Baseball vs. Ashley, 5 p.m. Softball at New Hanover, 6 p.m. Tennis vs. Whiteville, 4 p.m. at Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center.

  • Eleven county wrestlers qualify for state tourney

    John Wiley won a regional championship and was one of six South Brunswick High School wrestlers to advance to the state tourney set for this weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
    West Brunswick qualified one wrestler (Ronnie Dellinger) from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A East Regional.
    North Brunswick qualified four from the Class 2A Mideast Regional.

  • ‘Just cause’ list to remove Warren from DSS is long

    And as far as we’re concerned, it wasn’t soon enough.
    Monday night the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners had a hearing to determine if there was just cause to remove fellow commissioner Charles Warren from the DSS board where he has been causing havoc as its chairman.
    Warren refused to leave the DSS board even after commissioners passed a code of ethics calling for commissioners to step down from such posts.
    He didn’t think that was “just cause” to remove him.

  • Closed after 36 years in Shallotte: 1976—2012

    SHALLOTTE—The doors closed and locked for the last time to customers at 1 p.m. Monday.

    By 5 p.m. the sign on Main Street was gone.

    After 36 years, Hardee’s is no longer a fast food restaurant open in Shallotte.

    There were tears as friends said goodbye to one another, customers hugged employees and final notes of music were played. For many local residents who gathered daily at the fast food chain, it was a day of reminiscing and sadness.