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Today's News

  • South stopped in third round of state championship duals

    South Brunswick’s run for a state wrestling championship ended in the third round of the Class 1-A/2-A duals Feb. 5.

    South, after winning two duals Feb. 3, lost 41-30 to Croatan Feb. 5. Croatan lost in the next match, the East region championship, to Newton-Conover.

    Against Croatan, South won three of the 11 contested matches.

    At 171, South’s Michael Fayak lost by pin in 5 mintues, 10 seconds. South’s Robert McHenry gained three points with a 12-7 decision at 189.

  • McCumbee returns to revamped team

    The season-opening Nextra Energy 250 will kick off the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It will be the first race with a sponsor other than Craftsman since the series inception in 1995.

    For Chad McCumbee, the race will mark a reunion with SS Green Light Racing. The 24-year-old drove for the team in 31 races in 2006 and 2007. The team has gone through a major rebuilding since that time and has high hopes for a strong 2009.

  • The use of eggplants in cooking has gained in popularity

    Up until a few years ago, the only time I ever ate eggplant was when I went to a local restaurant and ordered “Eggplant Parmesan” smothered in a rich, marinara sauce.

    Then I started seeing many different varieties showing up in our local farmers’ markets and decided to investigate other uses for this deep purple tuber, varying in size from large globes to long, thin, zucchini-like shapes.

  • Late winter garden chores to do before the cold leaves

    Even though that silly Pennsylvania groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that in our neck of the woods.

    After a cold blast, we’ve had a few warm days. That means it’s time to get some late winter chores done.

  • Spring is coming; get ready with February gardening tips

    Spring is coming around the corner. I have made statements in the past calling for gardeners to be patient. I am about ready to cut you loose and let you go full steam ahead with your gardening activities, but let’s not go overboard.

    There are still cold days ahead and winter may not truly be over until mid-April. The last frost-free date is around April 20 for much of this area. That can vary by a couple of days either way depending on where you are in the county.

  • February in the garden: It’s time to prune before new growth emerges

    February is the ideal time to cut back ornamental grasses and liriope before new growth begins to emerge. For large pampas grass mounds, a hedge cutter or a chain saw does the job efficiently.

    Prune summer-flowering shrubs such as beautyberry, butterfly bush, Clethra, vitex and summer-blooming spireas in late winter to encourage lots of new growth and heavy flowering.

    Do not prune back hydrangeas, azaleas or other spring-blooming shrubs or you will loose this year’s blooms. Camellias can be pruned back after they have completed their blooming cycle.

  • Find your way home via words from the street

    I am always surprised by the suggestions I receive as topics for “A Second Look.”

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  • Leland crime report

    Leland Police officers investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects Jan. 28- Feb. 9. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Police responded to an attempt to locate called in by Wilmington Police to the Brunswick County 911 Center. The vehicle was located and police contacted the victim, who had the car towed for vehicle recovery.

    •During a routine traffic stop on U.S. 74-76, Bobby Mack Eldridge, 66, of 3839 Old Maco Road, Leland, was charged with driving while impaired and driving while license revoked.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Feb. 2-8, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 16 calls, issued nine uniformed citations and made nine drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up driver’s license checkpoints in the following areas: Mount Misery and Blue Banks Loop roads, N.C. 133 and Belville School Road, Mount Misery Road and Natures Trail, N.C. 211 and Big Macedonia Road and Ocean Isle Beach and Watts Road.