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Today's News

  • Holiday plant care: Being naughty or nice to your plants

    Are you naughty or nice to your plants? The old adage applies here, “Too much of a good thing can kill you.”

    People who have purchased Christmas trees which can be used as landscape trees after Christmas must make sure they are properly cared for while in the home during the holidays. Too much or too little water plus exposure to indoor heat are common problems associated with Christmas tree short life. Try having the decorated tree only in the house for a minimum time and plant as soon after Christmas as possible.

  • Unwrapping unexpected treasures this holiday season

    Christmas arrives in a flurry of anticipation and dashed expectations. Weeks of hype, whispered hopes and circled desires swiftly end in a heap of torn paper and crushed bows.

    Gifts hoped for were not received. Unexpected presents did not always match desires.

    Children, overwhelmed by the abundance of toys, cannot express their gratitude in the face of such bounty. Despite our best efforts to ignore the feeling, I think we all sense the death found in birth, the cross that shadows Christmas.

  • Brunswick homebuilders sponsor food drive

    Most builders can be seen with ladders and other tools of the trade in the beds of their pickup trucks, but members of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association recently loaded a truck with food bound for local food pantries.

    “When our association decided on a food drive as a community outreach project, our goal was to collect enough food to fill the back of a pickup truck, and we did,” said Tim Gallimore, president of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association.

  • Smokers, meet Scrooge

    To you athletes who smoke, I hid your cigarettes last night.

    Don’t snicker you athletes who chew tobacco. I hid your tins, too.

    I was in a hurry—I had more places to visit on Christmas Eve than I thought. And Santa visited some places longer than I could wait him out. So some of you athletes may still be able to find your cigarettes and your chew.

    To the rest of you athletes, I am doing you a favor.

    A self-righteous Scrooge? Of course.

    But please answer me, Mr. Athlete and Miss Athlete, what is the benefit of smoking?

  • BCC Dolphins enter holiday break at 13-2

    The Brunswick Community College basketball team enters the holiday break 13-2 and full of optimism as it looks forward to the rest of the Region X season.

    The Dolphins opened the Region X season by beating USC-Salkehatchie 74-70 Dec. 13. The victory came a week after BCC played in the Panhandle Shootout at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla.

    The tournament in Florida had 10 teams in it, and five were nationally ranked, BCC coach Walter Shaw said.

    “It was an honor for us to even be invited to it,” he said.

  • MEC Coach of Year Fletcher has rewarding season

    What was obvious halfway through the football season became a reality after the season: West Brunswick High School football coach Jimmy Fletcher is the Mideastern Conference Coach of the Year.

    Fletcher won the 3-A title in the conference, a feat that would merit consideration for coach of the year. But the conference coaches were aware of what Fletcher had to overcome: a winless season in 2007. The Trojans finished the 2008 season 6-6 after a loss in the first round of the state playoffs.

    Fletcher gave most of the credit for the turnaround to his team and staff.

  • Waccamaw all-conference teams selected

    South Brunswick’s tennis and volleyball teams dominated the all-conference selections in the Waccamaw Conference.

    In volleyball, seniors Jenna Kazmierczak, Brittany Spivey and Christina Deveney were first-team selections.

    Juniors Nicole Ray, Rheanna Lawson and Caitlin Bevill were second-team selections.

    In tennis, conference champion Summer Phillips, senior doubles champion Katie Soden and senior Lauren Scheetz were first-team selections. Senior doubles champion Kelley Presson, sophomore Leighann Scheetz and junior Sarah Brock were second-team selections.

  • Three-point shooting sparks West to victory

    West Brunswick scored the first 17 points and went on to beat West Bladen 72-37 in a nonconference high school girls basketball game Dec. 18.

    The 72 points were the most of the season for the Trojans (6-4).

    Four straight 3-pointers in the second quarter by Jasmine Daniels and Sheena Suttlemyre ended a West Bladen rally and clinched the victory for the Trojans.

    For the game, Daniels hit four 3-pointers in scoring 14 points and Suttlemyre hit three in scoring 13 points. Breana Gause was top scorer (21 points).

  • Trojans lose close games

    West Bladen hit four free throws in the final nine seconds to beat West Brunswick 53-47 in a nonconference high school boys basketball game Dec. 18.

    The Trojans (2-8) trailed 45-36 with 2:25 left but, a 3-pointer by Pat Kamfolt and a free throw by Alfy Hill, who was fouled on the play, cut the Knights’ lead to 45-40 with 2:02 left.

    A score by Hill and a his two free throws on the next possession left West Brunswick down 47-44 with 66 seconds left.

  • Scorpions dominate 4th quarter for win

    LELAND—North Brunswick expanded a three-point lead in the third quarter to 20 points in the fourth quarter and beat Trask 68-50 in a high school boys basketball game Dec. 18.

    “Our goal is to win every quarter, and we accomplished that,” North coach Travis Lemanski said.

    At the start, the Scorpions let Trask determine the pace of the game—and that was a mistake. The Scorpions excelled at the run and gun.