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Today's News

  • West soccer loaded with experience

    SHALLOTTE—If the West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team struggles this season, it won’t be because of a lack of experience.

    Coaches Laura Libero and Steve Nagy have 17 players returning from last year’s squad, led by all-state candidate and senior midfielder Mary Dorn.

    “I’m really excited about this year because we have so many returning players, and the new players have added to the chemistry,” said Libero, the team’s head coach.

  • Talented, deep Trojans expecting another special season in 2008

    SHALLOTTE—After winning 19 games and reaching the third round of the state playoffs a year ago, West Brunswick High School’s baseball team is aiming even higher in 2008.

    Coach Mike Alderson said this year’s talented, deep and experienced club could be the one that finally gives West Brunswick its first Mideastern 3A/4A Conference championship in a varsity sport.

    “I think we have the opportunity to win the conference outright and that’s our first goal,” Alderson said.

  • Lectures tell tales of what I know for now

    I recently gave a presentation on wildlife photography to the Coastal Carolina Camera Club, of which I am a member. I hesitated at first because I am no expert, but finally agreed to discuss wildlife photography on a “what-I-know-for-now” basis.

    Since the ranks of amateur wildlife photographers are growing by leaps and bounds due to the digital camera revolution, I decided to share part of the presentation with you.

  • Celebrate Valentine's Day your own way

    Valentine’s Day has never been one of my favorite holidays. I don’t dress in pink and red and giggle all day. I don’t sit around and watch eagerly for the flower delivery person to come through the door, and I don’t look forward to a big fancy night on the town.

    I celebrate Valentine’s Day my own special way, usually with pizza or Chinese take-out and a night full of CSI or Special Victims Unit reruns. If I feel like it, I might eat some pretty little heart-shaped cupcakes for dessert.

  • Pasta dishes should be simple and use fresh ingredients

    The terms pasta, macaroni and noodles are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.

    Pasta is the general term for the wheat product derived from combining semolina flour with liquid, usually water and/or eggs.

    Use water and you have macaroni; use eggs, and you have noodles. Semolina flour, made from durum wheat, is the flour of choice because of its high protein content.

  • Senior menus

    Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s eight Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Feb. 18

    Pork chop/gravy, macaroni and cheese, collards, fresh fruit (orange), flat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Feb. 19

    Pot roast au jus, rice, green beans, blend juice, chocolate pudding, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Feb. 20

    Barbecue chicken, corn casserole, green peas, pineapple tidbits, whole wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Feb. 21

  • Tips to help manage healthy weight

    As Americans become increasingly overweight, scientists are finding more and more links between obesity and health. Weight management means adopting a lifestyle that includes a healthy eating plan and regular physical activity. Here are some tips to get you started:

    Accept Yourself

    Don’t compare yourself to images in magazines, on TV or in movies. They may be unrealistic and unhealthy. Find alternative methods to improve the things you do not like about yourself. We are all unique, so develop your own image and keep a positive attitude.

    Make a Commitment

  • Lent is a good time to learn how to sit in silence

    The Dec. 14 issue of the National Catholic Reporter contained a provocative 16-page insert on spirituality.

    This is a word that evokes a variety of emotional responses, many of them diametrically opposed. There is fear, disdain, dismissal, avoidance, denial, excitement, acceptance, relief and serenity—to name a few.

  • Church briefs

    Trinity sets services

    “Our Favorite Excuses” will be the title of Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street across from the post office in Southport, on Sunday, Feb. 17.

    Based on scripture from Matthew 27:1-5, the sermon will be delivered at all three worship services: 8:30 a.m. casual worship, 9:40 a.m. contemporary worship with the Trinity Worship Band in Murrow Hall, and the 11 a.m. traditional service.

    Nursery care will be available during all three services.

  • First garden vegetables should be planted soon

    Although it’s still too early to plant such popular garden vegetables such as tomatoes, beans and corn, it’s just the right time for Coastal Carolina gardeners to plant cool-season vegetables.