Today's News

  • Seeing with the eyes of the crucified

     Typically, my mornings begin with a cup of coffee and my devotional, “Give Us This Day,” followed by a trek to the computer to receive my electronic spiritual boost from the Center for Action and Contemplation, Father Richard Rohr’s site. His daily words seem always to be just what I need to read, hear, and heed. They were particularly spot on a week or so ago.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    A botanist living here in the sunny South sometimes feels the urge to tease his northern counterparts once it starts getting to be cold. Way up north, it always snows a lot in the winter, and all the plants are frozen. All the botanists will be tramping inside out of the snow, taking off their boots and furry parkas, settling into their nice warm herbarium, and poring over the specimens they collected all through the growing season, which is something like May through August, and they’ll be dreaming of a flowery landscape.

  • Brown ground beef ahead of time for quick and convenient use

     When planning for your weekly meals, sometimes it’s more convenient to make some things ahead of time. This may be especially true for ground beef, especially if you plan on making some chili, casseroles, tacos or even spaghetti sauce during the week.

    Maybe it’s just me, but when browning ground beef, do you typically end up with large chunks that are hard to break down? Don’t you just hate that? Or maybe you just like it all chunky.

  • Harris graduates

     Army Pvt. Aaron D. Harris has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

    During the nine weeks of training, Harris studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

  • Lewis graduates

     Army Spc. David K. Lewis, son of David R. Lewis of Leland, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

  • Napolitano doesn’t fumble opportunity Wingate gave him

     In his junior year at West Brunswick High School, Nick Napolitano was a backup catcher on the Trojan baseball team, the only sport he had played in his first three years at West.

    This month, Napolitano will play the final regular season game of his Wingate University athletic career — not in baseball, but in football, a sport in which he has excelled, receiving honors on the field and in the classroom.

  • Pruden expects termination by school board Wednesday

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the school board will have a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, to consider immediate termination of his employment.

    Pruden issued the following statement by email to local media outlets Monday, Nov. 10:

  • In November, speckled trout are biting

    November is the month that speckled trout are most abundant and usually willing to bite on most days. A backwater school was scheduled last weekend that emphasized targeting trout with soft plastics. The Ocean Isle Fishing Center offers all sorts of classes throughout the year to help anglers hone their fishing skills to target their desired species. Please visit www.oifc.comto see all the fishing schools the center has to offer.

  • Some new golfers in men’s Tournament of Champions

    For the 2014 Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions, we have a bunch of new club champions in the ranks of our men. Hooray for the newbies.

    Of the 16 Brunswick County clubs that have played their championships thus far, we have 10 new men’s champions. Some of these guys have won club championships at other clubs before moving here, but several of them are experiencing the kudos and glory for the very first time. Meet the 2014 club champions of Brunswick County.

    Brick Landing, Bob Brown

  • Trojans defeat Ashley 28-8, get set for playoffs


     WILMINGTON — The West Brunswick football team beat winless Ashley High School 28-8 Friday, Nov. 7, at Ashley, in the final game of the Mideastern Conference 3A/4A Conference season.

    West finishes 3-3 in the conference. Ashley finishes 0-10.

    The Trojans, 5-6 overall, will play a first-round game in the Class 3AA East state playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, against Chapel Hill. The Tigers finished 4-3 and fourth in the Big Eight Conference and were 8-3 overall.