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Today's News

  • Ingram Planetarium gets state-of-the art upgrade

    After going dark for the past month, Ingram Planetarium is set to light up the night sky this coming weekend when it partakes in grand opening events to mark the installation of its new high-definition digital projection system.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 6, 7, 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, May 6

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Jennifer Hearn:

    Ronald John Anderson, improper equipment, costs.

    Tracy Lynn Bellamy, speeding 72 in a 55 zone, $25 and costs.

    Jonathan Henry Biddy, fail to maintain lane control, voluntarily dismissed.

  • New smoking bill is a matter of public health

    When the state’s new smoking bill goes into effect on Jan. 2, 2010, smoking will be prohibited in all state government buildings and vehicles as well as public restaurants and bars.

    The measure is a breath of fresh air for North Carolina citizens.

    While some may argue smoking is an individual right—and one the government shouldn’t get involved in—the reality is smoking in public affects far more than just the person puffing on a cigarette.

  • Little River getting crabby for another annual festival

    For the 28th year, a sleepy fishing village just south of the Carolinas border will come alive and get crabby as the award-winning Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival unfolds this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

    Situated beneath historic live oak trees on the unincorporated town’s waterfront, the festival will encompass plenty of food, round-the-clock entertainment, rows of arts and crafts booths and children’s activities.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Great reasons to rideee"a trike or a bike

    People my age and older like to talk about the “good old days” before bike helmets, safe playgrounds and after-school activities when kids were free to run wild in the neighborhood, knock their noggins on asphalt and skin their knees with abandon.

    I’ve been known to do that before, but even I have to admit, now that I’m a mom of an energetic 6-year-old, that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 29, 30 and May 1, 4 and 5.

    Wednesday, April 29

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Danny Ray Alley Jr., improper equipment, costs; reckless driving-wanton disregard, voluntarily dismissed.

  • North’s Irwin catches on with Belmont Abbey

    A willingness to work hard on the baseball field and in the classroom has allowed Dakota Irwin to continue to pursue his dream of playing baseball.

    Irwin, a senior catcher for the North Brunswick High School baseball team, signed a letter of intent May 14 to play for Belmont Abbey College.

    The Crusaders, a Division II team, are nationally ranked and graduate their starting catcher this year. Those two factors helped make Irwin’s decision to attend the college.

  • From the big screen to real lifeee"gatekeepers become personal nightmares

    I’ll never forget my first experience with a gatekeeper.

    I was a little girl, watching the movie “Ghostbusters” with my family. Everything was going OK for me until this scary woman came on the screen. She was perfectly normal until—BAM. She became possessed—and a little crazy.

    With her face twisted up and her hair askew, she thrashed and screamed, “I am the gatekeeper!”

  • Trojans open baseball playoffs at home Friday

    The West Brunswick baseball team begins the Class 3-A state playoffs Friday night at home against Wilson Hunt. West is the top 3-A seed in the Mideastern Conference. If it wins Friday, it will play a second-round game Tuesday at home, possibly against another top seed, D.H. Conley.

    For West coach Mike Alderson, a lack of competitive games heading into the playoffs is his main concern. West’s last game was May 6, when it beat Jacksonville 15-1 in five innings.

  • West opens baseball playoffs Friday

    The West Brunswick baseball team begins the Class 3-A state playoffs 6 p.m. Friday night at home (foe to be determined). Admission is $5.

    West is the top 3-A seed in the Mideastern Conference. If it wins Friday, it will play a second-round game Tuesday at home, possibly against another top seed, D.H. Conley.

    For West coach Mike Alderson, a lack of competitive games heading into the playoffs is his main concern. West’s last game was May 6, when it beat Jacksonville 15-1 in five innings.