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Today's News

  • Gravy, shrimp add flavor to Southern breakfast staple

    Grits are a staple of the Southern breakfast. For those unfamiliar with them, grits are nothing more than coarsely ground, dried corn. If you grind it a little finer, you have the Italian staple, polenta … grind it finer yet, and you have corn meal.

    I’ve heard that some places like to combine grits with hominy, which is soaked in lye. Why would you want to soak food in lye, and then actually eat it?

  • Smith announces birth

    Audrey Nicole Smith of Supply is the proud parent of a son, Bladen Kyler Smith, born at 4:11 p.m. Aug. 18 at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 18½ inches long.
    Paternal grandparents are Lindberg and Carrie Lane Smith of Supply.
    Great-grandparents are the late Junior and Mina Smith of Shallotte and the late Bill and Rulane Lane of Supply.

  • Evans reunion set for Sept. 14

    John and Bessie Evans family reunion will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at United Vision Family Life Center, 2386 Al Clemmons Road SW in Shallotte.

    Come with a covered dish and a friend, expecting good fellowship, food and fun.

    For more information, call Cecilia at 754-6139 or Ilene at 754-4764.

  • Five poop scooping personalities unmasked

    Several hundred thousands times a year, people in England and Wales file complaints about piles of public dog poop. The costs of accommodating the digestive wastes of UK dogs during trots are estimated to run about $37 million per year. That’s a lot of poop bags, signs, trash bins and telephone calls. A recent scientific study set out to find out what’s up with people and their pet’s poop. Researchers identified five major poop personalities and hope to use this information to reduce all those piles and protests.

  • What is this week's mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

     

    Did you know there are four different palm species that are native to the southeastern USA?

    Of course, there are plenty of different kinds of palms grown in cultivation that are not native. One need only go to central and south Florida, or California, to understand that. But from northern Florida up to coastal North Carolina, there are indeed four different species that occur naturally in the wild.

  • Shikeem Hill shines in Trojans’ loss to Myrtle Beach

      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School beat West Brunswick 42-14 in a non-conference football game Thursday, Aug. 28.

    The game was part of a Labor Day weekend series between Carolinas teams and was played in a stadium that had a video scoreboard.

    Myrtle Beach, the defending state champion, blocked two punts in the first quarter in taking a 21-0 lead and led 28-0 at the half. Myrtle Beach, running a no-huddle spread offense, scored on a touchdown pass in the third quarter and a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

  • Trojans sweep Scorpions in volleyball

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick volleyball team beat North Brunswick 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 in a non-conference match Aug. 27 at West.

    “They played a little bit tougher tonight than they have in the past,” coach Larry Salefsky said. “They controlled what was happening at the net. They passed well. We didn’t miss a lot of serves. They played a lot better.”

    The first game was tied 10-10 when Hayden Huffman held serve for three points, including an ace.

  • Clarification on Sunset Beach swimming pools

    By Ron Watts

    Guest Columnist

    I ran for the office of mayor of Sunset Beach to help fairly and effectively handle issues that face our town with minimal drama and, yes, transparency. It’s my privilege to serve in that capacity.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

     

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week was the final week of the 2013-14 session. The only thing that can bring us back is a special session called by the governor. The session this year lasted from mid-May until last Wednesday, Aug. 20. We had hoped to be finished by July 4, but negotiations on the budget and other major subjects kept us in session for about three months. The next session for 2015-16 begins in mid-January.

  • Immunizations for Medicare beneficiaries

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

     

    SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, for many years has built a reputation for providing reliable, unbiased information about Medicare. Housed in the North Carolina Department of Insurance, SHIIP provides free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers by phone and in person in all 100 counties of the state.