Today's News

  • Speckled trout season has begun

    December is here and that means speckled trout season in Brunswick County.
    Each year anglers begin their annual pursuit of the beautiful and aggressive specks as they roam inshore and in the surf in large schools, hitting a variety of baits and lures and running the tides at both predictable and totally unpredictable times.
    Unfortunately, the biggest news in trout fishing this year is the new North Carolina size and creel limits. Recreational anglers can now keep only four speckled trout with a 14-inch size limit.

  • Fish are biting inshore, offshore

    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. Mother Nature did her part and gave us one of the nicest weather weekends we have had all year.
    It was beautiful. Offshore fishermen were finally given a multiple-day weather window to get offshore and take advantage of the area’s great late fall fishing. The Gulf Stream yielded good catches of wahoo with mixed in Mahi-mahi and blackfin tuna. The bite was not red-hot but respectable with most catches bringing in multiple wahoo, averaging in the 40- to 50- pound class.

  • Sports calendar

    BCC baseball camp
    BCC baseball camp will be Dec. 3 at West Brunswick High School. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the cost is $65 for ages seventh grade to 12th grade. More information is at www.gobccsports.com.

    Toys for Tots Dec. 10 at BCC
    On Dec. 10 the men’s and women’s basketball teams will host Toys for Tots games. The games are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Donate one unwrapped toy for free admission.

  • Sports briefs

    Cedric Simmons update
    Cedric Simmons did not start and scored four points in Asefa Estudiantes Madrid’s 72-66 loss Nov. 27. He played 19 minutes and had seven rebounds.
    AEM is 3-6 and tied for 12th in the 18-team Spanish professional basketball league.

  • Shock finishes 4-0 in St. James Cupl

    The Shallotte Shock U12 girls soccer team took its undefeated record to Charleston, S.C., to play in the St. James Cup last weekend. For the Shock, this was its first out-of-state tournament. The Shock played two games Saturday, winning 2-0 and 2-0.
    In the first game Ashley Oakes and Mia Adcock each scored. In the second game both goals were scored by Kira Frawley.
    On Sunday the Shock played a semifinal and won 2-1. Both goals were scored by Hayley Giordano.
    In the championship game, the Shock won 2-0, with scores coming from Adcock and Frawley.

  • New BCC program should help more kids get to college

    We’re quite proud of our community college.
    Brunswick Community College has been an innovator in education. Through creative fundraising and knowledgable, visionary leaders, the institution of higher learning continues to grow.
    It offers courses for area students who may have otherwise missed out on a college opportunity or who could have been ill-prepared for life at a bigger university.

  • West Brunswick’s girls, boys lose to North Myrtle Beach

     North Myrtle Beach outscored West Brunswick 16-4 in the final 3 minutes en route to a 75-61 victory Nov. 29 in a non-conference boys’ basketball game at West.

    The Trojans (1-2) made just 11 turnovers—North Myrtle Beach made 15—but West shot 36.4 percent for the game and was 8-for-30 in the second half. West’s top scorers were Taylor Buffkin (17 points, seven rebounds) and Geoffrey Gore (11 points, six rebounds).

  • DWI arrests made in Sunset Beach

    Five people were arrested on driving while impaired charges last week.

    •Merrick Joseph Kacer, 37, of 226 Sea Trail Drive West, Sunset Beach, was charged with DWI on Nov. 27.

    •Teresa Mendez Ramirez, 41, of 6749 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with DWI on Nov. 26.

    •Laura Singleton Jenkins, 43, of 716 Pebblebrook Drive, Raleigh, was charged with DWI on Nov. 25.

    •Shelly Lynn Yates, 49, of 7185 Westbrook Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged DWI on Nov. 23.

  • Post-Thanksgiving frenzy enough to make some people freaky on Friday

    In light of this year’s horrendous shopping incidents, Black Friday ought to be re-christened “Wacky Friday.”

    But what do we expect, when the lure of after-Thanksgiving bargains has people rising at ridiculous hours—or not even going to bed at all?

    Sleep deprivation could have been a culprit when one California woman, hell-bent on getting her hands on a bargain Xbox before anyone else, got a bright idea to clear the decks to the deal by pepper-spraying competing shoppers.

    Or maybe she was just plain crazy.

  • Christmas train show on track for the weekend at Grissettown Longwood Fire Department

    LONGWOOD—For the sixth holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire Department will become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s sixth annual Christmas Train Show gets under way 6-9 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 2, and continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett says.