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Today's News

  • Celebrate ice cream month and make memories

    The hottest season of the year is here, and July will no doubt be the worst of the hot months. Luckily, since 1984, July has been officially designated as “National Ice Cream Month.”

    As far as I’m concerned, that’s a great reason to indulge in the delicious frozen treat.

  • West Junior American Legion team splits doubleheader

    WHITEVILLE—The West Trojans Junior American Legion baseball team split a doubleheader Sunday with Whiteville at Legion Memorial Stadium, losing the first game 10-2 but winning the second game 6-1.

    Lorenzo Pigott was the winning pitcher in the second game, giving up five hits. He walked one and struck out four in the five-inning game.

    West (2-3) scored a run in the first. With one out, Colby Cannon singled. Nick Napolitano reached on an error. Pigott singled home the run.

  • Professional, kind staff eases mom's worries about son's surgery

    Having surgery is never a walk in the park--worry and anxiety plague you until the day arrives. However, when it’s your child who’s having surgery, you can multiply your worry and anxiety times 100, and know you will be sitting on pins and needles until the doctor comes out to tell you he or she is ready.

    When I went to my son’s pre-op appointment at Brunswick Community Hospital, I was already terrified. He was scheduled to have his tubes replaced in both ears. The surgery was one week away, but talking about it made my eyes tear up and my voice crack.

  • Group gathering signatures for petitions in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Joyce Dunn, clipboard in hand, strolled down Oakbark Court as she prepared to collect more petition signatures Monday.

    Part-time resident Peter Gulliver was among residents she encountered.

    “I think this is an important enough issue where the residents of our community should have a voice in deciding it, not just five people,” said Gulliver, who didn’t sign the petition because he only lives here part-time and doesn’t vote locally.

  • Not quite sure which cuts of meat work best on the grill?

    Most cuts of beef come from either the front quarter or the hindquarter. The hindquarter is more expensive than the front quarter because you have better cuts in the hindquarter, including T-bone, sirloin, sirloin tips and filet mignon. The best cut from the front quarter is the rib steak (and roast) section.

    SHORT LOIN

  • Colorful plants for your garden

    Ask most people what they really want in a garden and they’ll say “color” right after they say “low maintenance.”

    What they really mean is they want something that looks great every day of the year and requires no work. I can’t help you much with that “no work” thing, but right now is a wonderful time for color in the garden.

  • Intoxicating fragrances can bring bliss, attract pollinators

    A garden full of intoxicating fragrances can bring you bliss as well as attract pollinators. The scent of certain blooms can attract beneficial insects while simultaneously repelling insect pests.

    What are the best scents for me to plant in my garden? The answer is you should collect the scents that have the most meaning for you.

    Just a whiff of lilies, jasmine, or angel trumpets can bring back pleasant memories of times past. Make the smell and memory link work for you and use your olfactory senses when making your choices of garden additions.

  • Grissett-Bookout

    Jennifer Claire Grissett and Matthew Scott Bookout of Shallotte were married May 16 by the lake at his parents’ home.

    The Rev. James Taylor officiated the double ring ceremony.

    The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walter Grissett of Supply. The groom is the son of Scott and Janet Bookout of Shallotte.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father to the trains of “The Wedding March” on bagpipes.

  • Allbrittons

    Marvin B. and Dianah L. Allbritton will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on June 7. They were married June 7, 1969, in Orlando, Fla. They have retired to Ash. They are planning a weekend getaway to celebrate their anniversary. Their daughter, the late Kari Leigh Allbritton, was killed in an accident in April 1992. They have two sons. Their son Kevin Bert Allbritton lives in St. Cloud, Fla., with Heather Langville and their four children. Their son Kristopher John Allbritton with his wife Rachel Allbritton and his son live in Marietta, Ga.

  • Life sometimes forces us to come face-to-face with its fragility

    We trudge along, immersed in the day-to-day challenges, opportunities, joys and sorrows. Every once in a while, we stop to take stock of our life, to evaluate our existence, and to ask the question: “What is the measure of a man...of a woman?” How does one reckon righteousness?