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Today's News

  • Calling a timeout

    It’s been said community journalism is not a job but a calling. It’s been my calling for more than 20 years, but those days are coming to an end. This is my last week at The Brunswick Beacon.

    When I joined the newspaper fresh out of college in August 1987, I never imagined I’d still be working here in March 2008. But I was called here, and I’ve put my heart and soul into it for two decades.

  • Bowling

    Jenrette, Jordan set pace with 740 series at Brunswick County Bowling Center

    Eric Jenrette and Robert Jordan each bowled a 740 series, two of four 700 sets turned in last week at the Brunswick County Bowling Center.

    Jenrette had games of 226, 247 and 267 for his 740. It was one of three 700s rolled in the McDonald’s Amusement Classic League on Feb. 25.

    Jordan rolled his 740 in the Williams Carpet Classic League on Feb. 29. He had games of 247, 268 and 225.

  • Mount Calvary, Pleasant View stay unbeaten in church league

    Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball League leaders Mount Calvary and Pleasant View kept their undefeated records intact last week.

    Mount Calvary posted wins against Shallotte First Baptist and Sharon Methodist to run its record to 10-0. Pleasant View beat Beach Assembly and Mount Olive to move to 9-0.

    Feb. 25 scores

    •Mount Calvary 67, Shallotte First Baptist 51. McReese Vereen scored 16 points and Thomas McMillian added 14 for Mount Calvary. Leading scorers for First Baptist were Justin Whiteside with 11 points and Richie Caison with 10.

  • Increasing size limit on flounder makes no sense

    I wrote last week about the idea of decreasing the size limit on flounder in hopes of targeting less of the big females that produce baby fish. The current limit is 14 inches inshore and 14 inches in the ocean.

    The state must have read my article, because it promptly went against what I suggested and raised the ocean flounder limit in the northern part of the state to 15 inches. In my next article, I will ask the government of North Carolina not to give me a million dollars.

    That is a big flounder size limit. When I catch a 15 -inch flounder, I do a silly little dance.

  • Time to dust off rods and reels

    March is the “official” beginning of the spring fishing season. It is time to dust off the rod and reels, clean the boat and start thinking about the first trip of the season.

    It seems like February gets longer every year and I, for one, am tired of fixing and getting ready.

    Last Friday, the weather broke and I had the chance to head offshore with local fishermen Daniel and Laura Russ and some of their friends who were in town from Iowa.

  • For a change of pace, take a break from serious golf

    Golf is a great game, folks. Competition can be anything from a blood-and-guts, four-days-of-medal-play championship to a silly social event that gives everyone some laughs and a good time.

    Personally, I think a good tournament schedule includes some of each.

    We all enjoy going out there and really testing ourselves against the course or against other players. Most golfers like to play serious golf. What other sport can a retired schoolteacher (or accountant or lawyer) learn to play in their golden years? And then excel at it?

  • Golf action

    Lidgard, Fiore share first in Meadowlands Missfits event

    Marlene Lidgard and Anne Fiore were the most honest golfers in the Meadowlands Missfits “Honesty” tournament Feb. 25 at Meadowlands.

    Prior to teeing off, each player predicted her final gross scores and those hitting them correctly or coming closest to the actual scores were declared the winners. Any player with a double bogey or higher on the final two holes was disqualified.

    Both Lidgard, who picked a 96, and Fiore, who chose 100, picked their scores on the nose to tie for first.

  • Trojans cash in on Scorpions' mistakes

    SHALLOTTE—North Brunswick High School baseball coach Randy Fennell believes defense will be one of his team’s strengths this season.

    But that certainly wasn’t the case Friday night when the Scorpions opened their season at West Brunswick. The North Brunswick infield committed nine errors, and the Trojans took advantage in a 12-0 victory.

    Fennell said the defensive miscues came as a surprise, especially after the Scorpions took a good round of infield and outfield practice immediately before the game.

  • Pitchers dominate as North nips West

    SHALLOTTE—The pitchers were way ahead of the hitters when West Brunswick and North Brunswick got together last Thursday for a bone-chilling evening of high school softball.

    As the temperature dipped into the 30s and players donned sweatshirts and winter caps to stay warm, four pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts and yielded just one earned run in North Brunswick’s 3-2 win.

    “The girls did great. Hopefully, we’ll get better,” North Brunswick coach Lionel Bryant said following his team’s season opener.

  • West Brunswick shuts out South

    Brock Holmes pitched six strong innings as West Brunswick defeated South Brunswick 6-0 in a high school baseball game last Wednesday in Shallotte.

    Holmes, a right-handed junior, held the Cougars to two hits and struck out 10 in six innings. Jay Gause threw one inning in relief as the Trojans evened their record at 1-1.

    “Brock pitched great. He had 10 Ks, 73 pitches in six innings, no walks. He was pretty good,” said West Brunswick coach Mike Alderson.