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Today's News

  • BCC community center takes shape

    SUPPLY—The construction of the athletic and aquatic center at Brunswick Community College has progressed so far you can almost hear children splashing in one of the two pools and see men and women exercising in the aerobics studios. You can imagine basketball players dunking basketballs in the gym and smell the pizza being sold at the concession stand.

  • Take me out to the game with 'Fats'

    Major League Baseball recently had a nationwide audition for new versions of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

    It received many interesting video entries, some displaying peculiar musical idiosyncrasies.

    I, too, have been thinking about the many ways “Ball Game” can be sung. And I know the one person I wish were alive to play and sing it: Thomas “Fats” Waller.

  • Diversify your fishing techniques

    I wish I had an entertaining and heroic story like last week, but I’m sorry to say that won’t be the case.

  • Anglers seem to be cashing in away from the bank and finding the fish in deep water

    To watch the average bass tournament, the outcome is so often decided on who finds the best stretch of bank. But what happens when the shallow bite isn’t there? Where do you go when the fish have closed the bank?

  • Live bait will snare sluggish fish even during summer heat

    It is a strange year for fishing when you can’t seem to talk about fish without talking about gasoline. Gas prices have become like the prices for a pack of live bloodworms: up and down, different in different places, but always outrageously high. If one day the price of a gallon of gas surpasses that of a bag of bloodworms, then nobody is going to be able to leave the house.

  • Guest days are great days for friendly competition on the golf course

    Besides being a wonderful sport that nearly everyone can play at any age, golf is a great social venue.

    You might invite a friend to bowl or to play tennis with you, but you probably would not invite a friend to participate in your senior men’s ice hockey league. You might invite a friend to your club or neighborhood pool for the afternoon, but that visit would not involve swimming competitive laps. Imagine a basketball, football or baseball invitational tournament in which folks of all ages and abilities compete?

    I think not.

  • Golf action

    CAROLINA SHORES LGA

    The Carolina Shores President’s Cup was played July 10 and July 17. The Cup winner, by a match of cards, was Dawn Rubin with a net of 138. She also had the fewest putts (26) and low gross (79). She birdied No. 9 and No. 12. Runner up was Marlene Cleary (138). She had the low net (70).

    Chip-ins: Barb Juergens at No. 18, Sue Greiner at No. 6 and No. 13 and Carol Szarka at No. 2. She also birdied No. 2.

    CAROLINA SHORES NINERS

  • Hard work enables Cox to fulfill dream

    Pitchers often are evaluated by numbers: by their earned-run average or by the speed of their fastball or by their ratio of strikeouts to walks.

    But those decimals and ratios fail to measure something just as important: the sweat, how hard a pitcher will work to have the best ERA or the best control.

    Such hard work is what enabled Ethan Cox to be an all-conference pitcher last season for West Brunswick High School, and that hard work will allow him to continue his baseball career at Appalachian State University.

  • Trojans split first two games in Eastern qualifier

    CARY—The Southwest Trojans began the Eastern qualifier for the Junior American Legion state championship series with two games Saturday morning. The Trojans lost 6-5 to Rocky Mount but beat Wayne County South 5-4 in a loser-out game Saturday afternoon.

    Below are summaries of the games:

    ROCKY MOUNT 6

    TROJANS 5

    The Southwest Trojans scored three runs with two outs in the seventh but fell one run short of Rocky Mount in a 6-5 loss in the first game of the Eastern qualifier Saturday.

  • Keeping clutter to a minimum harder than

    I stayed out of work last Friday to de-clutter my house.

    After going through my closet, I ended up taking two trash bags and a large box full of clothes to a local thrift store and taking out three or four bags of trash—mostly in the form of old gift bags and bows that at one point I must’ve thought were re-usable.

    It was a very cathartic experience, and I now have a much better view of my shoes. (I see several pairs that need to be donated, as well).

    After taking all the bags and boxes to the thrift store, I treated myself to lunch at an outdoor eatery.