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Today's News

  • West Brunswick ties South Columbus in soccer

    SHALLOTTE — Sophomore forward Alex Younts scored two goals in the second half as West Brunswick tied South Columbus 3-3 in a non-conference soccer game Monday. The game was West’s home opener.

    Younts scored all three of West’s goals. South Columbus scored off a corner kick and two penalty kicks in taking a 3-1 lead in the first half.

    In the second half, Younts scored with 28 minutes, 24 seconds left. He tied the game when he scored with 7:24 left. He stole a weak goal kick and ran up the middle to kick to the ball past the goalkeeper.

  • The Lawn Ranger rides again!

     Whether you have a faithful sidekick or not, it’s time for the “lawn ranger” to get busy. During these hot times when the grass is really growing, it’s important to saddle up that lawn mower often and keep the blades sharp. This month is also the right time to fertilize Bermuda, zoysia and St. Augustine if you’re following N.C. State University’s recommendations.

  • Pink chicken and ground beef

     Fact or myth? Chicken is safe if the juices are running clear? Here’s another: Burgers are safe if all the pink is gone. Both of these are myths.

  • Why do cats wag their tails?

    Cats are some of the most complex, curious and compassionate critters I know. Deciphering cat behavior is far more complicated and challenging than most other animals. Too often, we mistakenly apply canine experiences to explain why a feline acts a certain way. That doesn’t work. Cats are not small dogs. A good example is understanding why a cat wags its tail. For dogs, it’s a clear signal of happiness, excitement, or maybe a little nervousness. For cats, it’s an entirely different story.

  • I’m only one person; what can I do???

    Edward Everett Hale is quoted as saying: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” His statement got me thinking. Too often I hear folks remarking about their singular inability to do anything about situations, both local and global. “I can’t” is the byword. It is their explanation and rationale. It is also a justification to be excused from participation and responsibility.

  • Running on empty? Find out what drains your energy

     By Linda Arnold

    While there’s a lot of focus on our national energy policies, most of us are experiencing an energy crisis much closer to home. Just take a look in the mirror. 

    As a society, we’re stretched thin, stressed-out and drained. Stress is a top factor in many of our medical visits, and it’s reaching epidemic levels.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Let’s take a look at an aquatic plant. This one is actually a minuscule fern specialized for floating, and it has tiny roots hanging into the water. The branches bear scale-like leaves. As with other ferns, no flowers or seeds are produced; the plants reproduce by spores.

    Our plant is a native species, occurring mostly in the coastal plain counties of the Southeast, and it may be found widely in eastern North America. It’s an annual, which means that the plants last only one season.

  • All-purpose vinegar is not just for cooking

     

    I’ve read that vinegar was accidentally discovered more than 10,000 years ago when someone, after a batch of wine had gone bad, wondered what could be done with the sour wine. Today, vinegar probably has more uses than any other product I can recall.

    The name is from the French “vinaigre,” which literally means sour wine.

     

  • North Brunswick football photos
  • Trojans open season with runaway victory

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick Trojans beat the Socastee (S.C.) Braves 43-28 in a season-opening football game played over two evenings.

    West led Socastee 19-6 with 3 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half of the game Friday, Aug. 19. That’s when the game was suspended because of lightning. For West, Anthony McCray scored on an approximate 60-yard run, Tariq Thomas scored on a 40-yard run and Maliek King scored on a 7-yard run. Brandon Wehrly kicked an extra point.