37th Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

October 1st, 2nd and 3rd at Southport Marina SOUTHPORT, NC Aug. 13, 2015 - The 37th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is right around the corner. This year’s tournament will be October 1-3rd at the Southport Marina. The U.S. Open is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast of the United States, attracting 410 boats in 2014. The Tournament has an all cash guaranteed prize structure that is not based on participation numbers. The tournament pays 55 places in its primary prize category including $25,000 for the largest king mackerel. Thirty-three sponsors such as the Primary Sponsor, Southport Marina and Grand Patron sponsors, BEMC, Dosher Memorial Hospital, add 50 more supplementary cash prizes to the event. U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Two notable prizes include the Daily Aggregate Weight Prizes and Junior Angler Awards. The Daily Aggregate Weight Prizes are sponsored by Sea//Tow and LPM Homes. Each day a $1,000 Aggregate Prize will be given to the boat that catches the most poundage from combining the weights from two or three fish. The Aggregate Prize will be part of the Primary Prize Category.   The Junior Angler Awards sponsored by Orpine Boat Soap and Cape Fear Fitness will be presented to Junior Anglers (children age 14 and under) during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday. Every registered Junior Angler present at the ceremony will receive an award as a way to recognize those young anglers in the tournament.   If you don’t fish, come out and join us for the fun and entertainment on both Thursday and Saturday night. Thursday night catch Party of Two from 4:30pm-7:00pm playing dance and party favorites from Motown, R&B, Disco and Blues. Sgt. Rock will be taking the stage Saturday night from 4:30pm-7pm with your favorite Rock and Roll covers.   This year, food will be available for purchase every day of the tournament. Thursday, Boy Scout Troop #238 will be on site selling Hot Dogs & Soft Drinks and Friday come support Cub Scout Troop #238 with the same menu. On Saturday, from 3:00pm-7:00pm, seafood will be available for purchase by Wallace Catering & Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering. Refreshments from R.A. Jeffrey’s, distributor of Anheuser-Busch, will also be available daily.   If you can’t make it to the tournament, make sure you check out PointClickFish.com streaming weigh-ins at the scales LIVE from the tournament on Friday from 2pm-5pm and Saturday from 2pm-4pm. You can pick up the link to the live feed from the tournament website at www.usopenkmt.com   Friday morning from 7:00am-9:00am is a great time to watch the excitement as the boats rush to checkout at Lockwood Folly Inlet, N.C. Baptist Assembly Pier at Fort Caswell, Little River, Masonboro Inlet and Snows Cut. The action really gets exciting between 3:00pm and 4:00pm when the boats line up to weigh in at Southport Marina before the scales close. Have some refreshments, buy a T-shirt and enjoy the fun. Saturday’s fishing is over at 4:00pm with the awards ceremony at 7:00pm.   This year's tournament will be held October 2nd  and 3rd  at the Southport Marina, Southport, North Carolina with registration on Thursday, October 1st from 10am until midnight.   Visit with tournament sponsors like Sea//Tow, Hooked Soul, OCEANA, Copper by George, and Long Bay Artificial Reef Association on Thursday and Saturday.   Tournament details are available on our website, www.usopenkmt.com, or for a brochure contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461. (910) 457-5787 or (800) 457-6964 or e-mail us at events@southport-oakisland.com .



  37th Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament One of the Largest King Mackerel Tournaments on East Coast An event of the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce   Southport Marina, Southport, North Carolina http://southport-marina.com/   October 1st - Registration 10am-12midnight Entertainment 4pm-7pm Party of Two Captain’s Meeting – 7pm   October 2nd & 3rd – Fishing   October 3rd Seafood Dinner 3pm-7pm Awards Ceremony 7pm Entertainment and Refreshments 4:30pm-7:00pm Music 4:30pm-7pm Sgt. Rock Band   First Place - $25,000 Cash   Guaranteed Payout - 100+ cash prizes totaling over $100,000 2014 Total Cash Prizes Paid over $241,000  
2014 Tournament Winner Captain Kevin Norris from Sneads Ferry, NC fishing aboard “Reel Blessed” Total Winnings $66,715

2014 Tournament Winner
Captain Kevin Norris from Sneads Ferry, NC fishing aboard “Reel Blessed”
Total Winnings $66,715


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Blackbeard's Waterfront Bar & Restaurant Entertainment Lineup - Aug. 13-15, 2015

SNEADS FERRY, NC Aug. 13, 2015 - Blackbeard's Waterfront Bar & Restaurant at 316 Fulcher Landing Road in Sneads Ferry is your place to be this weekend starting with Trivia TONIGHT at 8pm! Blackbeard's Waterfront Bar & Restaurant Entertainment Music Line-up: Now & Then Featuring Terry and Debbie will play on the beach FRIDAY starting at 8pm and the very talented Heather Rogers will finish out the weekend on SATURDAY at 8pm! We look forward to seeing everyone!

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24th Annual Sneads Ferry King Mackerel Tournament begins Tomorrow

SNEADS FERRY, NC Aug. 13, 2015 - The Rotary Club of Sneads Ferry’s 24th annual King Mackerel Tournament will be held August 14-15 with all activities at New River Marina, 104 James Road, Sneads Ferry. Last year’s winner, from among over 100 entries, was Precision Marine with a 45.8 lb. king mackerel netting a prize of over $20,000 covering a number of tournament categories. The Captain’s Dinner, which is open to the public, runs from 5:30PM until 8PM on August 14th and features locally wild-caught and homemade shrimp and clam chowder with all the fixings. The fishing day begins at 7AM on August 15th with scales opening at 3PM and last check-in at 5PM. The awards ceremony, also open to the public, is at 6:30PM on August 15th. Sneads Ferry KMT - 24th All proceeds from the tournament support the Rotary Club of Sneads Ferry service projects. Last year the club provided nine scholarship to deserving high school students, provided a free dinner to over 350 senior citizens, provided Christmas groceries to needy families and provided a beautiful flag pole with a continuously lit U.S. flag at the new Sneads Ferry Boat Launch, among many other projects. To learn more about the tournament visit www.sfkmt.com, call the Dick Macartney at 910-548-4879 or visit Sneads Ferry KMT on Facebook.

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Kids Day at New River Community Church of God

SNEADS FERRY, NC Aug. 5, 2015 - This back-to-school bash includes Worship geared for children Sunday, Aug. 23 @ 8:30 & 10:45. Noon to 2pm there will be food, blow-up games, dunk tank, slip-n-slide, etc. Bring clothes to get wet & a towel too! Kids-Day-Poster New River Community Church of God 117 Wheeler Creek Rd., Sneads Ferry Call 910 327-6722 for more info.

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Jacksonville community leaders go behind bars for MDA in two weeks

Jacksonville Business and Community Leaders “Do a Little Time” at MDA Lock-Up Event to Support Families Fighting Muscle Disease JACKSONVILLE, NC July 29, 2015 —  Business and community leaders from the Jacksonville area will “do a little time and a lot of good” to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraising event. MDA Lock-Up Community Leaders have volunteered to “go behind bars” as part of MDA’s Lock-Up event on August 12th at City of Jacksonville’s Center for Public Safety on 200 Marine Boulevard between 10AM – 3PM. During the event, participants — “Jailbirds” — will be locked up for one hour as they attempt to raise “bail” by encouraging friends, family, and co-workers to make a contribution to directly benefit MDA families in the Jacksonville area. https://youtu.be/rSTU6GRdT90 “MDA’s Lock-Up theme helps illustrate what a serious problem neuromuscular disease is and why we need to do something about it now. Jailbirds only lose their freedom for one hour, but for children and adults fighting muscle disease, the loss of mobility and the challenges that result when muscles stop working are progressive and permanent,” said Senior Fundraising Coordinator, Liz Shirley. “It is thanks to the support from our Lock-Up participants and generosity from community members that we will raise critical funds and awareness to help families who live with these debilitating effects live stronger, longer lives.” Funds raised through Lock-Up donations help MDA create a world free from the harmful effects of muscle diseases that often take away people’s ability to walk, move, talk, smile and even breathe. Dollars raised also help support MDA’s life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Camp Hanes in King, North Carolina and nearly 80 other locations nationwide. Camp could not be made possible without the help of community-oriented people like our “jailbirds”. MDA Clinic To learn more about the MDA Lock-Up program and how to get involved, contact Senior Fundraising Coordinator, Liz Shirley at 910.763.3114 or eshirley@mdausa.org or visit mda.org/LockUp.   EDITOR'S NOTE: I, Michael D. Hudson - Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine, will be locked up for MDA on August 12, 2015. The bail has been set at $3,200.00. Please donate to my account for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help those who so desperately need it! LET'S PLEASE SHOW how much our community cares for those less fortunate. Please Donate Now Please click picture to visit Michael Hudson's donation page for MDA! About MDA The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews. Learn more about MDA's mission by watching this video.

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College of Charleston to Host Mayoral Debate

CofC Dept of Political Science logoCHARLESTON, SC July 27, 2015 - The College of Charleston’s Department of Political Science, in partnership with ABC News 4 (WCIV-TV), welcomes the City of Charleston mayoral candidates for a debate on October 14, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the College’s Sottile Theatre (44 George St.). "The 2015 mayoral election is vitally important for our community," political science department chair and professor Gibbs Knotts said. "The results will help shape the city's future and will play a major role in how the region addresses key issues like transportation, planning, policing and economic development," Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. on October 14. This event is part of the College’s Bully Pulpit Series, a non-partisan event series that encourages and facilitates civic participation throughout the campus community by providing a platform for dialogue with the nation’s leaders. For more information, contact Gibbs Knotts at 843.953.6792 or knottshg@cofc.edu, Amanda Ruth-McSwain, professor of communication and director of the Bully Pulpit Series at 843.480.3794 or ruthmcswaina@cofc.edu, or Kristin Wichmann for general questions about the event at 843.953.5724 or wichmannkm@cofc.edu.

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Casting Call For New Docu-Series Celebrating American Fishing Families

Noelle Cain

Noelle Cain

Los Angeles, CA July 24, 2015 - Noelle Cain (IMDb bio: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3691838/) is a producer on a new docu-series celebrating American Fishing Families who work the oceans of the United States! She is currently in search of multi-generational, commercial fishing families with 4+ family members who fish together, preferably off-shore. This new docu-series will be a positive look at the passion, heritage and traditions of fishing families who have worked the same waters, honing the same skills, for generations. Time to celebrate the families who are fighting to make it through these hard times! This show is being developed for a major cable network from one of the Executive Producers of CATCHING MONSTERS (airing Friday nights on Discovery). As a graduate of UNCW, she would love nothing more than to highlight a family from North Carolina! Casting call for commercial fishing family Noelle Cain Email: fishingfamilies@gmail.com http://relativitymedia.com

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Zedd announces Charlotte support acts for Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte concert this fall!


Get Tickets for Zedd True Colors Tour

COLUMBIA, SC July 14, 2015 — Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® award-winning artist Zedd has announced new tour dates on his upcoming True Colors Tour, unleashed by T-Mobile, which kicks off September 6th in Seattle and criss-crosses North America through October 31st.  In addition to the noteworthy shows already announced which include stops at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden in New York City, Zedd has also added huge dates at UIC Pavillion in Chicago, The Armory in Washington, DC and the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, ON.  Zedd will play Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte on October 13  and will be joined by support acts Dillon Francis and Alex Metric. Zedd True Colors Tour The True Colors Tour features a totally new and re-designed show that has been creatively directed by Zedd and incepted hand-in-hand with the True Colors album. It features 90 minutes of 4K visuals created by renowned visual artist Beeple and is a multi-sensory journey through Zedd's musical and visual mind, told through music, lighting, visuals, and special effects. Each show will be its own unique experience, performed live from start to finish.   “I'm suuuuuper excited to announce that I've added 10 more shows to my True Colors Tour! This will be my first headline tour in over 2 years and I can't wait to show you all my new production and some nice surprises!!! My friends Dillon Francis, Madeon, Alex Metric, What So Not, Alvin Risk, AlunaGeorge and A-Trak, plus some special surprise guests will be joining me. See you in the fall : )” says Zedd.   True Colors was released by Interscope Records on May 19th and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Zedd executive-produced the album and co-wrote all the songs. True Colors is the follow-up to Zedd’s 2012 debut album Clarity, which spawned five singles, including the Grammy-winning title track, and cemented Zedd as a global star. True Colors’ first single, “I Want You To Know,” featuring Selena Gomez, spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

In May, Zedd premiered the video for his latest single “Beautiful Now,” featuring Jon Bellion.

A remix EP, featuring remixes from Zonderling, Marshmello, KDrew, Dirty South, Charlie Darker, and Twoloud, is also out now.

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Museum of the Albemarle Fundraising Dance featuring “Full Deck”

ELIZABETH CITY, NC July 14, 2015 - On Saturday, July 18 (7 pm – 10 pm) the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle, Gateway Bank, City Beverage Company, and Pepsi look forward to presenting an evening filled with fun, great music, and dancing featuring the ever-popular local band “Full Deck.” The fundraising dance will take place at the Museum of the Albemarle on the J. Wilson Jones, Jr. Festival Portico and Stage and will begin at 7:00 pm. Dress comfortable/casual and come on out! Full-Deck-Flyer-2015Full Deck” performs a variety of musical styles including classic rock, blues, soft rock, Motown, a bit of country, as well as some original music; and features the original four band members of “Goose” that was formed back in the 1970s (Jerry Drew, Lindy Watts, David Lunsford, and Bruce Lamb). After several years, when life got in the way and priorities changed, the bandmates went their separate ways, remaining in touch but placing their joined musical talents temporarily aside. It was in 1995 that the four original band members reunited under the new moniker, “Full Deck.”   During that period and over the next fourteen years, several other local talented musicians, including Jerry White, became a part of the band. Although others came and went, the original four remained pretty much intact while gaining the exceptionally-talented Chris Betts. The band performed together over the next three years as “Full Deck” and entertained at practically every venue in the area including local nightclubs, the Potato Festival, Riverspree, private parties, wedding receptions, fundraisers, and in several Virginia venues. After a three-year hiatus, those five bandmates came back together in 2013 with the addition of the much-needed keyboard talent of Sylvia Berry, bringing “Full Deck” to their complete six-member team. You don’t want to miss this fun evening and other than brief intermissions, the band will continue to play through 10 pm. Along with the great music and dancing, the ticketed event includes light snacks and a CASH BAR that includes Pepsi products, Budweiser products, and assorted wines. So, bring a few extra dollars along with you to assure your thirst is quenched throughout the evening. Cash Bar will accept cash only. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets as this is sure to be another sell-out. There will be a few tables available as well as chairs, but to assure you have a seat, feel free to bring your own fold-up chair. No seating will be reserved but will be on a first come basis. *Cost per ticket: (In Advance)… (Discount for Couples holding a current FOMOA Membership) $25 (current membership card must be shown); or Singles $15 per person regardless of membership. At the Door (regardless of membership) $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum of the Albemarle only and the supply is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to have some summer fun on Saturday, July 18. The Museum of the Albemarle is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. For more information call 252-335-1453 or visit us on Facebook.   About the Museum of the Albemarle The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncdcr.gov.     About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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Sneads Ferry Community Theatre Auditions August 4 & 5, 2015

SNEADS FERRY, NC July 13, 2015 -  The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre will hold open AUDITIONS for the musical comedy, Smoke on the Mountain, written by Connie Ray, conceived by Alan Bailey, musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick; produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Smoke on the Mountain Auditions Sneads Ferry Community TheatreTuesday, August 4th and Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 pm: Escoba Bay Club House, 401 Preakness Lane, Sneads Ferry NC 7 cast members needed: 4 males and 3females to play characters in their late teens to late forties All cast member sing except 1. Do not need to bring a prepared piece, will do cold readings/singing.   SYNOPSIS:   Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Play dates are October 30, 31 & November 1 and November 6, 7, 8, 2015.

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