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Today's News

  • Kirby-Worrell

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jennifer Ann Kirby of Supply and Kirk Joseph Worrell of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gerald and Wanda Kirby of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Livius and Mary Jo Worrell of Fayetteville. A March 15 wedding is planned at Ocean View Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church.

  • This week in Brunswick sports

    Thursday, Feb. 14

    Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball League at Waccamaw Elementary School: Sharon Methodist vs. Pleasant Grove, 7 p.m.; Shallotte Presbyterian vs. New Beginnings, 8 p.m.; Pleasant View vs. Jennies Branch, 9 p.m.

    Friday, Feb. 15

    South Brunswick at Whiteville in JV girls, JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys basketball, 4 p.m.

    North Brunswick hosts West Brunswick in JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys basketball, 4:30 p.m.

    West Brunswick at East 3A Regional Wrestling Championships, South Central High School, 5:30 p.m.

  • West, South celebrate realignment victory

    SHALLOTTE—One of the most important victories of the year for West Brunswick High School athletics didn’t happen on a court or field. It happened in a meeting room.

    The school was notified last week it will no longer be a member of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference when the next realignment takes effect at the start of the 2009-10 school year.

    “I’m excited. I think it’s going to be great for our program. It’s good for our kids,” said West Brunswick athletics director Marcia Heady.

  • NASCAR rookies bring a lot to the table

    Although NASCAR's off-season is probably the briefest in professional sports, to a race fan, it seems to last forever.

    Mercifully, it is now over. The Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 will mark the official opening of the 2008 race season.

    For the moment, it is a clean slate, but don’t hold your breath. Before too many laps and weeks have passed, this fresh page will be filled with scuffs and skid marks, fines and feuds, and plenty of traded paint.

  • Remembering three dynamic Daytona finishes

    The Daytona 500 has undoubtedly produced more dramatic finishes than any other race on the NASCAR circuit.

    The 1959, 1990 and 1998 races stand out as being especially dramatic. These three events represented the closest finish, most unlikely winner and most emotional win by a driver.

    In the first Daytona 500 race in 1959, fans were treated to something that each year still brings millions of fans to NASCAR races—close competition. That first race didn’t end, technically, for three days.

  • McCumbee set for '08 racing season

    Shortly after the checkered flag dropped on the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finale in Homestead, Fla., Chad McCumbee and MRD Motorsports wasted little time in making preparations for the 2008 season.

    Finishing the 2007 season on a positive note left everyone anticipating the arrival of the 2008 season, according to a press release.

    The team spent the majority of the off-season putting together a fleet of Chevrolet Silverados for a strong 2008 campaign.

  • Baseball team swept in opening series

    For Brunswick Community College, it was a rude welcome to the world of college baseball.

    The Dolphins opened their inaugural season last weekend by losing three consecutive games at USC Sumter. They committed 21 errors in the series and were outscored 34-6.

    “I saw a lot of jitters,” BCC coach Robbie Allen said Monday. “We have to get better defensively. We’re not going to win many ballgames making that many errors.”

  • BCC Dolphins continue on their record-setting run

    It seems like there’s just no stopping the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team.

    The Dolphins extended their winning streak to 11 games last weekend by sweeping a two-game road trip to western North Carolina.

    BCC crushed Rockingham Community College 112-63 on Saturday and followed it up with an 89-79 victory Sunday at Guilford Technical Community College.

  • For flowers and others, it's a gal's world after all

    The world has changed a whole lot since I graduated from college. Opportunities abound for women today that were inconceivable back then.

    I was a journalism/sociology major but, alas, couldn’t find anyone who would pay me to write in New York City (where my then fianc, Gene, had secured a job).

    Time was of the essence, so I took a job with the Department of Welfare at the Tremont Welfare Center near Yankee Stadium in the South Bronx. In retrospect, it was a great opportunity for a little wet-behind-the-ears farm girl, and I learned a whole lot in that first year.

  • Junior wins debut with Hendrick Motorsports

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the story of the night for the 30th Running of the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

    Making his Hendrick Motorsports debut, Earnhardt Jr. led 47 of 70 laps in a hard-fought battle of two- and three-wide racing to capture the win.

    Finishing out the top five were Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Reed Sorensen.

    Earnhardt Jr. became a two-time winner of the Budweiser Shootout and brought back some “old style” passing with the new car.