Today's News

  • Hook A Hoo and Family Day offer fishing enthusiasts entertainment venues

    I feel like I’ve been writing about the great things to come forever. The wind hasn’t stopped blowing in two weeks, and my thermostat switch is worn out from changing between heat and AC.

    I often look back at my fishing report archives I keep online at www.OIFC.com on the fishing report page to see what was going on this time last year.

  • Red drum are fun to catch and eat, but limits must be obeyed

    Last week the state closed all commercial harvest of red drum, a move that will probably last until September when the cap on commercial catches of the fish resets. The way North Carolina tries to manage this very important fish continues to change, and a lot of folks are currently debating the issues surrounding red drum in the state’s committee structure.

    Red drum are the state’s official saltwater fish, and they have always been a symbol of inshore fishing here even though a lot of other Southern states also can claim large red-drum populations.

  • Short-game workout will bring down your scores

    We live in a temperate climate here on the Carolina coast, yet many of us want to play golf only under the most favorable conditions. The golfers who move here from Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania are the worst. They played in sleet and wind up North; they loved winter golf leagues because the ponds all froze up.

    Something strange happens to these stalwart golfers after a few years of “Southern comfort.” They get wimpy about the weather.

  • Sea Trail lady golfer scores hole-in-one and eagle on consecutive holes

    Sandy Reynolds made a hole-in-one on the second hole at the Byrd Course on April 4. She followed her ace with an eagle on hole No. 3 by chipping in from off the green.

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  • South Brunswick Sports Round-up




    South Brunswick blasted two home runs on its way to a 9-6 win over South Columbus on April 2.

    Ben Maggard hit a three-run homer in the third, while Johnathan Marvin slugged the Cougars’ other homer.

    South led 5-1 after three but starting making errors and lost the lead.

    “We made four errors in the fourth inning, and South Columbus took advantage of it,” South coach Lee Shelton said.

  • West Brunswick Sports Round-up

    West Brunswick’s baseball team knocked off previously unbeaten Hoggard 2-1 in Wilmington last week.

    “Ethan Cox pitched a gem, we got some key hits at the right time, and we had zero errors,” said West coach Mike Alderson.

    “Ethan pitched a 2-hitter. Josh Powell went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run and got walked. Pat Kamfolt got a double in the gap.”

    The win gives West a 3-1 record in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference and 7-3 record overall. Hoggard drops to 5-1 in league play and 12-1 overall.

  • Brunswick Wildlife: Little waders

    Birds called waders are always lurking around the salt marsh. Some are large and some small.

    They drop by to scrounge up some grub, especially when the tide is low, a time when mud flats are exposed and fish are concentrated into small pools of shallow water called pannes.

    This article is about two of the little guys. The big guys like the great blue heron and great egret can wait for a later article. They are so large and photogenic they get enough attention. I am pretty sure every Brunswick County resident who owns a camera has taken a photo of them by now.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies allege political coercion

    They say Ronald Hewett forced them to campaign for him, participate in fundraisers and do physical labor to benefit his bid for sheriff.

    But Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have had enough.

    Amid allegations of political coercion, intoxication at crime scenes, extortion and other charges, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett has been suspended. He was temporarily relieved of his responsibilities as sheriff last Thursday. A hearing to permanently remove Hewett from office was continued until May 5.

  • Sunset Beach to consider fire truck bid waiver

    Sunset Beach Town Council will consider a waiver for competitive bids for a new fire ladder truck at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7.

  • TDA begins to process for new database system, seeks increase in state tourism budget

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has approved an additional $30,000 to develop a database management system and a job description for a new database manager to improve the TDA’s communication with potential visitors.