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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     Picture yourself in Bavaria in the spring, in a friend’s backyard, admiring the view of the Alps in the distance. Your host, showing you around, spots this little weed, and exclaims, “Schau mal, Erdrauch!” (Translation is below.)

     

  • Green pepper soup tastes like stuffed peppers without all the work

     It’s a satisfying meal that warms you up on a chilly winter day. Soups are good for you and, best of all, they are easy to make. Now that winter is here, soup is the perfect way to warm up after coming in from the cold evening air.

    Whether you choose soup or chili, these winter comfort foods can include whatever ingredients you like. I prefer to make my soups in large batches, leaving plenty for tasty leftovers. Everyone knows soups taste better the second day, anyway.

  • The desert is a powerful preparation place

     The Markan gospel begins with a quote from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, a quote that specifies the desert as a preparation place. Prophetic messengers will discover their vocation, their calling and their voice, in the desert. God’s way will be recognized only after we have spent some time in the desert.

  • You decide: Should we borrow for roads and buildings repair?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    “Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession.

  • Homelessness demands coordinated approach

    Loss of income, a loved one or health — any one of them can drive anyone from his or her home at any time. More often than not, advocates say, it is a combination of these factors that contributes to the homelessness of too many people in our county.
    No one takes pride in being homeless; in fact, pride often prevents those who need help the most from seeking it. But perhaps the most important point they — the homeless and those who speak out on their behalf — would like to share is this: Do not make the mistake of thinking it could never happen to you.

  • Johnson’s 3 moves West into third round

    SHALLOTTE — Saadiq Johnson sank a 3-pointer from the right baseline with 3.2 seconds left as West Brunswick beat Southern Lee 50-47 Monday, March 2, in a second-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A basketball playoffs.

    The victory advanced West, 25-3 and the No. 3 seed, to a third-round game March 3 at West against Wilson Hunt, 17-8 and the No. 6 seed. Hunt finished second last year in the state playoffs.

  • Early season fishing tactics include trolling variety of baits

     It sure does not feel as if there are only 18 days till spring. In Brunswick County, we have experienced rain, ice and snow in February. Thankfully, that dismal month is over and the forecast is surprisingly improving.

  • Fishing springs into action

     Our winter has been long, cold and wet this year. The past few days have shown promise that warmer days are in our near future. The houses are booking up fast along the beach as folks are getting prepared for summer vacation. There is light at the end of this gloomy, wet tunnel. If you are a fisherman, now is the time to polish off the final touches on your boat and gear. As the warms days start to appear, the fishing will spring into action. Be ready, it’s coming.

  • The golfers around us: Frank Niland

     I’ve been writing this column for nearly 13 years and it’s been a world of fun. I have meet PGA pros, ranked amateurs, golf course designers, golf course owners and managers, superintendents, teaching pros and golf journalists. 

    Now, I think it would be fun to periodically profile one of our local golfers, so here’s the first installment of “The Golfers Around Us.”

  • USC Sumter sweeps BCC on two two-hitters

    BOLIVIA — Michael Carpin threw a two-hitter through seven innings as USC Sumter beat Brunswick Community College 4-2 in nine innings in the first game of a non-region baseball doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 28, at Founders Field.

     

    Carpin walked three and struck out six.

    USCS scored in the first third and twice in the fourth.