March 17, 2023

This is GOOD

GOOD cops

At a time when a few bad officers can give law enforcement a bad reputation nationally, it’s GOOD to learn how our local Southport officers teamed together recently to resolve what could have been a very dangerous and deadly situation.

Southport Police Chief Todd Coring proudly recognized members of his department at the March 9 board of aldermen meeting and provided them with commendations for their quick and heroic actions on Dec. 29. That’s when police learned that a person armed with a weapon planned to go to a Southport business to do harm.

Thankfully, we will never know what might have happened if Southport officers had not received a tip to intercept the subject on that day. Officers deployed in an attempt to locate the person before they arrived at the business. Police branched out and canvassed the area and were able to locate the person.

Sgt. Thomas Moore encountered the subject and peacefully resolved the situation with no one injured, no shots fired, and with a desired ending.

“This is when, as a chief, I’m proud because operational readiness and training really kicks in,” said Chief Coring. “”A lot of people think this is ‘sweet little Southport’ and we don’t have crime. This is a testament to the fact that we do.”

And when Southport has crime, or the potential for an incident such as this situation, the community can be thankful it has a prepared and ready police department to handle the situation. A mass shooting can strike any time and in any community, regardless of how prepared officers are.

However, it’s GOOD to know Southport police rushed to the scene to protect and serve their citizens. Officers were trained for how to respond and how to encounter an armed subject and have it end peacefully.

“We all sleep easier at night knowing you and your police department are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Mayor Joe Pat Hatem told Chief Coring at the meeting.

The officers’ actions on Dec. 29 reflect on the professionalism of their department, themselves and the City of Southport.

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Not Exactly News

The State Port Pilot’s long-running column, Not Exactly News, was a weekly assemblage of various local-interest items. They’re GOOD reminders of what life was like in our corner of the world and we’re excited to re-present them here. Enjoy!

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From The State Port Pilot – issues dated March, 1950

Look for a large crowd of racing enthusiasts next Wednesday for the Southport-Myrtle Beach Outboard Marathon... Robert Marlowe, Southport boy who is manager of the sporting goods department of the Sears - Roebuck Store in Wilmington, spent Sunday afternoon taking a few trial spins about the local harbor, getting ready for the races. He is one of the most enthusiastic entrants... Bill Hill at Davis Creek on Long Beach will offer just about the finest vantage point in all of Brunswick from which to see the motorboat races.

A veritable transformation has taken place in the appearance of the old Brunswick Inn since it was acquitted by the Arrington family.

Last Tuesday a big tug came into port and tied up “to escape the weather.” At that time it was warm and clear. Shortly after dark a pea-soup fog set in, and people stopped wondering why the tug had sought refuge. It was just one of the many services of modern communications that permitted men on Frying Pan lightship to send out a warning of the incoming fog.

Several hundred camellias have been added to the planting about the grounds at Pleasant Oaks Plantation.

Coach Harry T. Sanders has a new gadget which he hopes to use to sharpen the batting eye of his baseball hopefuls.

The ladies night program staged last Wednesday by the Bolivia Lions Club had good delegations from each club in the county in attendance. In our opinion, there is no more worthwhile project for the various Lions Clubs to undertake than the promotion of a better feeling between residents of the different communities.

Bill Hyatt, horticulturist at Orton, got a big kick out of a recent conversation with a Charleston barber who thought that he should know that South Carolina, too, has her famous gardens!

Mrs. Jim Arnold had some shad last week, the first we have seen this season.

Two of last year’s fishboat captains now drive Cadillacs.

Southport’s second traffic signal has been erected at the corner of Rhett and Moore Street. It is a caution light, probably placed to slow down traffic coming in from the new section of the river road... That gives us the green light for this week, so we’ll be going.

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Good to Know

Happy National Puppy Day
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. The Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

  • March 18: National Quilting Day. The earliest remnants of quilting were dated to 3400 BC, showing that this art form existed far into pre-history. By the 5th Century AD in Europe, it was an integral part of their tradition of needlework.

  • March 19: National Let’s Laugh Day. This day acts as a siren call to encourage everyone to bring out their giggles, chuckles, howls, roars and guffaws because taking things too seriously just can’t be tolerated on such a day.

  • March 20: Won’t You be my Neighbor Day. Mr. Rogers was a mainstay for preschoolers and their parents; teaching them that respect of those around you and a good attitude were just as important as learning your colors and letters.

  • March 21: National Memory Day. Although many people believe they’re simply born with a bad memory, a great deal of research has shown that the memory parts of the brain can be stretched and exercised just like the body.

  • March 22: National Goof Off Day. Winnie the Pooh said it best when he said, “doing nothing leads to the very best something.” And many people find that something to be a sense of inner peace, relaxation, and a day free from all the stress of “doing.”

  • March 23: National Puppy Day. Whatever the breed, all puppies are the perfect solution to a terrible day. This day is set aside to recognize and adore the baby canine, making it, quite possibly, the cutest day ever.

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Community Focus

Reader Photo Showcase

Thanking our wonderful readers and marveling at their talent has become a weekly exercise here in the GOOD Reader Photo Showcase. With images like this gorgeous moonrise by Nick Noble coming in, that’s not going to change any time soon. Thanks for sharing with us, Nick! Thanks also, to James Coffer, for his shot of this very familiar vehicle... we can hear Earle Hagen whistling “the fishin’ hole” right now... We want to see your snaps too, GOOD readers – hit the submit button below and show us what you’ve got!

Submitted by Nick Noble.

Moonrise at St. James by Nick Noble.

Submitted by James Coffer.

My other ride by James Cofffer.

Submit your photo today!

Do you have some GOOD photos? We’re encouraging all our readers to send in their interesting photos – new, old, whatever you have. We look forward to seeing them – and thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

Showcase deadline is noon, Wednesday.

All submitted photos will be posted in The State Port Pilot photo & video gallery.

Recipe of the week

Carol's Sloppy Joes

Carol’s Sloppy Joes

Happy St. Patrick's Day! No, I am not sharing my recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage because I hope you already have that safely on the menu for dinner tonight! Instead... Guess what tomorrow is! NATIONAL SLOPPY JOE DAY!

Sloppy Joes, served up with some good ole tater tots, are a favorite easy dinner go-to at my house. While a lot of us rely on the canned mix - A sandwich is just a sandwich but a... sorry, my advertising brain took over for a second there - you can make your own homemade mix. When you look at the recipe it appears to be a lot of ingredients, but you likely already have most of them on hand as pantry staples. While you're at it, double the recipe and freeze half to save time another night!


1 tbs. butter

1 tsp. olive oil

1 lb. ground beef

⅓ green bell pepper, minced

½ large yellow onion, minced

1 tbs. tomato paste

⅔ c ketchup

⅓ c water

1 tbs. brown sugar (or less, if you prefer)

¾ tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)

Dash of hot sauce (optional)

Heat butter and oil in large skillet over MED/MED-HIGH heat. Add ground beef, brown, and remove from pan.

2. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes, until soft. Add beef back to the skillet, add tomato paste. Stir well.

3. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Cook over MED heat for 10-15 minutes, until mixture has thickened to your liking. Remove from heat and serve.

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Recipe of the Week
Each week we present a new recipe and we’d love to feature yours!
Submission deadline is noon, Wednesday.

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This week's Pet of the Week is Sadie!

Thank you, Nancy Feltz, for sharing this lovely shot of Sadie! We’d be in trouble with this little lady– those eyes could coax a treat from us every time! We love receiving your photos but our stockpile is dwindling! So if you’ve been holding off sharing your furry, scaly, feathered, pals with us, hit the submit button below and get them to us today. You know you want to show them off and we all want to see them! It’s a GOOD thing for everybody!

Sadie, submitted by Nancy Feltz

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Play Time

gone fishin' sign

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, and congratulations if you noticed our weekly Spot the Differences Challenge is missing from this week’s lineup. Our fun feature is taking a week off but will return next Friday to bamboozle your eyeballs. Watch this space!

Good Times

It’s Friday! Presented by Up Your Arts, here’s the weekend line-up, full of music and activities for everyone.

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Friday, March 17

  • Jerry McCarthy @ The Pub of Southport

  • David Condon @ The Pub of Southport

  • Dirty Laundry @ Milliken’s Seafood (Shallotte)

  • Charles Richards @ Makai Brewing Company (Ocean Isle Beach)

  • Jerry McCarthy @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • Live music (TBD) @ 49th Street Grill (OKI)

  • Austin @ The Joyce (Leland)

  • Monkey Business @ Mavericks Pointe (Sunset Beach)

  • Dave Nelms Jazz @ Boat Landing Restaurant (Sunset Beach)

  • Deep Creek Soul @ American Fish Company

  • The Reflections @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • The Papa Midnight Band @ Brunswick Beer Exchange (Leland)

  • Southern Trouble @ Locals Tavern (Leland)

  • Dirk Mercer and Jamie Dooley @ Second Wind

  • Double Cherry Pie @ The Pub of Southport

Saturday, March 18

  • The Doorsmen @ OKI Skate Park Grand Re-Opening

  • Parlay @ Intercoastal Roofing Fifth Anniversary Celebration

  • Tom Granery @ The Joyce (Leland)

  • Flat Top Mafia @ The Grape and Ale (OKI)

  • Dave’s Not Home @ OKI Skate Park Grand Re-Opening

  • Phil Gorzart @ Milliken’s Seafood (Shallotte)

  • KasCie @ Ocean Crest Pier

  • Miles Atlas @ The Joyce (Leland)

  • Nancy Olive @ Mavericks Pointe (Sunset Beach)

  • NTRANZ Band @ American Fish Company

  • SJK Express Duo @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • Jerry McCarthy @ Lazy Turtle

Sunday, March 19

  • Jake Beamer @ Ports of Call

  • Cat-A-Tonic @ Southport Tap & Cellar

  • Open Beach Jam with Dennis Walton @ The Lazy Turtle (OKI)

  • Emily Eleton @ American Fish Company

  • Johnny White @ Ocean Crest Pier

On a GOOD Note

“He that seeks trouble never misses.”

– English Proverb

Have a really GOOD weekend!