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Today's News

  • South’s depth too much for Trask to handle

    ROCKY POINT—Heide Trask’s plan was to double-team Ervin Hall, South Brunswick’s leading scorer, or at least foul him when he had the ball, hoping to keep him from scoring.

    The only problem was three other players, in addition to Hall, scored in double figures as the Cougars beat Trask 72-55 in a conference basketball game Friday night. South is now 3-1 in the conference.

    Heavy substitution by Cougar coach Dan McGougan kept Trask unaware of who was doing what and also kept the Cougar players alert.

  • South hoping to send many to state swim meet

    WILMINGTON—The South Brunswick High School swim teams won their final home meets of the season Saturday at the Wilmington YWCA.

    Against Clinton, South’s boys won 10-of-11 events in a 67-22 victory. South’s girls also won 10-of-11 events in a 68-22 victory.

    The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1-A/2-A meet is Feb. 6-7 at the Willis Casey Natatorium at N.C. State University, and five Cougars have already qualified. Fifteen others have times that merit consideration for the state meet.

  • Rarity: BCC wins at Spartanburg Methodist

    Lose a game, make some changes.

    The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team split two conference games over the weekend, falling 82-71 Saturday at Clinton Junior College but rallying from an 11-point deficit for a 61-58 victory Sunday at Spartanburg Methodist College.

    The victory at Spartanburg came one day after BCC lost for the first time in the conference this season, and the victory was even more gratifying because coach Walter Shaw’s BCC teams had won just one other time at Spartanburg.

  • What is the world record distance for watermelon seed spitting?

    When I read other cooking columns, and I read quite a few, I have always enjoyed the ones that included some food history and food trivia. If you are a regular reader of this column, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the obscure facts and trivia associated with that week’s highlighted food ingredient.

  • What’s blooming in the winter garden now?

    Some folks who move to southeastern North Carolina in the middle of summer may wonder if the heat and humidity will ever end, but one of the paybacks for surviving the summer heat is our mild winter. With the right garden plan, we can have something flowering almost every day of the year.

    So what’s blooming in the winter garden now?

  • Bluebirds are flying in, and they need help finding homes

    Bluebirds are flying over the area in search of accommodations. It’s a little early, but like some other smart animals, it’s time to plan ahead.

    Bluebirds are particular in their nesting habits. Don Adams of Southport has provided the following information on how to attract these beautiful little birds to your garden:

    Cavity nesting bluebirds are in need of man-made nest boxes. The change from wood fence posts with cavities to steel posts and the cutting of hollow trees for firewood has reduced the natural nest sites.

  • When the triangle of life spins uncontrollably, hunt for the cause

    The year 2008 could not depart without leaving an imprint on the Pelletier household. Thanksgiving was celebrated with a mysterious illness that struck the lord of the manor and kept us running from doctor to doctor with hospital outpatient calls in between. There were weeks of “ruling out” before anything could be ruled in. At this writing, healing has begun but no specific cause identified.

  • Brunswick: Bluefin tuna capital of the world

    Folks, as a fisherman, I can assure you what is happening here in our home waters of Brunswick County is an amazing thing. Somehow, through a magical formula only Mother Nature understands, we have been delivered a blessing of having the most famous, the most sought after, the most highly prized fish in the world set up winter headquarters right here in our own neighborhood. The giant bluefin tuna are here!

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident/investigation reports.

    • Breaking and entering on West Second Street. A suspect gained entry to a home and stole two alcoholic beverage bottles and a drinking glass. The homeowner declined to press charges.

    • Larceny of mailbox on West First Street. An unknown suspect stole a plastic green mailbox valued at $100.

  • Golf action

    A cold start and a frost delay on the course limited the number of Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association players Jan. 14, but play continued by switching games to Chicago. In spite of the weather, there were 33 players, enough for two flights.

    Sand to Piper flight: John Murphy and Al Paynter each had a +4 and shared first. Third was a three-way tie at +3 among Don Moore, Ed Kilgoar and Dick Eby. Sixth went to Joe Cramer with a +2.