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Today's News

  • Even though it’s cold outside, there is still plenty to do in the garden

    Did it get cold enough for you? More importantly, did the cold get to your houseplants and tropical plants before you could bring them inside?

    Each landscape can be analyzed to find certain microclimates within. If you have some tender plants that are still alive after the hard freeze then you may have a particular warm spot (microclimate) in the landscape where tender plants may have a fighting chance to overwinter. I am not that brave anymore to keep tropical plants outdoors unless I have a spare plant just in case the one I am testing for cold tolerance dies.

  • You don’t have to be perfect to be loved

    Thanksgiving Day is here, a time to be grateful for all that we have been given and received, but the best kind of thanks comes when we realize the truth in the words of Rabbi Harold Kushner: “You don’t have to be perfect to be loved.”

    What a breath of fresh air in the stale, stupefying atmosphere of expectation!

    Of course, Rabbi Kushner was speaking of God’s unconditional love for us, a love that neither expands nor contracts according to our degree of perfection.

  • North Brunswick’s JROTC maintains its distinction

    LELAND—The North Brunswick High School JROTC is considered one of the most highly respected battalions in the area.

    The students have maintained their Honor Unit with Distinction status for the 12th straight year following the annual formal inspection on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

    Cadets are individually inspected to make sure each uniform is cleaned and pressed, shoes are shined, and each ribbon and pin is in its proper place. Random questions are asked to cadets regarding areas such as ranks, titles and routines.

  • Two Oak Island men charged with area break-ins

    BOLIVIA—Two Oak Island men have been charged with breaking into several homes in Bolivia and Southport between Nov. 6 and Nov.19.

    Dustin Lynn Hensley, 24, of 311 NE 61st St., has been charged with five counts of felonious breaking and entering, three counts of larceny, four counts of felony conspiracy, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods and assault by pointing a gun. Hensley remained in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $125,000 secured bond.

  • Former sheriff reports to federal prison

    First published at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday

    Dressed in a suit and tie, his wife by his side, former sheriff Ronald Hewett carefully worked the room as he had done so many times before.

    Monday afternoon he attended the dedication of the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building—shaking hands, giving hugs and exchanging pleasantries with familiar faces.

    Less than 24 hours later Hewett reported to federal prison.

  • Miniature Masterpieces a hit

    CALABASH—The Brunswick Arts Council’s annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces fundraiser drew about 300 people Saturday night to Sunset River Marketplace gallery.

    Local arts supporters showed up in their finest black-tie attire and admired the “mini” art pieces created especially for the event. Each guest took home a masterpiece.

    In addition to live and silent auctions, the event also featured a celebration of the arts council’s scholarship program.

  • Gause sentenced to more than 10 years for habitual felon, cocaine possession

    James Alfonzo Gause has been convicted of possession of cocaine and being a habitual felon. Last week, Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Gause, 38, to 10 years and four months in N.C. Department of Corrections.

    Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said a jury deliberated for 40 minutes for the cocaine possession charge and six minutes for the habitual felon charge.

  • Lady Trojans open basketball season with two wins

    Who says you need a good night’s sleep to play well?

    Playing their second game in two nights—and after returning home around midnight from the first game Nov. 20 in Bladenboro—the West Brunswick High School girls basketball team beat the Fairmont Tornadoes 55-42 Friday night at West.

    The Trojans displayed an energetic defense and a teamwork-oriented offense. Two players scored at least 11 points: Sheena Suttlemyre had 16 points (and six rebounds, four steals and two assists). Breana Gause had 11 points (and seven rebounds).

  • The reds are coming, the reds are coming—grab your fishing rod

    With colder water temperatures dictating inshore fishing, local anglers’ focus has fallen primarily on red drum and speckled trout.

    Of the two, redfish are already making a terrific showing while specks are popping up in their usual hit-or-miss style. Meanwhile, black drum are also being caught in many different locations and will probably be available no matter how cold the water gets.

  • Communications 101 for golf course superintendents (and us)

    Last week I attended the 2008 Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Conference and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach.

    This is a four-day event that includes a golf tournament, seminars, exhibits, meetings and receptions. Because the Carolinas section of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association is the largest in the country, the Myrtle Beach, S.C., conference is second only to the national one, which will take place Feb. 2-7 in New Orleans.