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Today's News

  • Which turfgrass is best for local lawns? It depends

    Even though the temperatures are still a bit on the chilly side, I know spring is almost here. That’s because I’ve seen the “Amazoy” advertisement in the Sunday newspaper. This supposedly amazing grass is just Meyer zoysia—a selection that’s been around since the 1950s. While it makes a pretty nice lawn, “amazing” is a stretch.

    This slow-spreading grass did get the wheels in my head turning about that oft-asked question: “Which turfgrass is the best for our lawns?”

  • Timing and species are key when fertilizing plants

    I recently had a student from an elementary school ask a question that many people need to know the answer to.

    “Should we be fertilizing our plants now?”

    That is a very good question. There are many situations where growing plants require additional fertilizers to be applied. A fertilizer is a nutrient that can be applied to plants to help them grow better. A plant could possibly grow without adding any nutrients but it may not grow as well or as vigorous as one provided with a nutrient from a fertilizer.

  • Winter's last cool days: Now is the time to prepare the garden for spring

    During these cool days of winter, take time to prepare for spring. Get your soil tested and avoid the spring rush and keep compost turned and watered.

    The garden soil population of over-wintering insects can be reduced by turning soil and exposing the slumbering plant-eaters to the cold weather. Feed and water birds during the winter; they are a gardener’s friend and they will love the insects from the garden when the soil is turned over.

  • Migrating robins know importance of food for the journey

    I am sitting in my home office, gazing into space. It’s one of those times when the day was filled with all kinds of irritations and annoyances.

    There were bits of good news interspersed with the sudden death of a friend who had come through dangerous surgery successfully only to succumb to a massive stroke. So, I had been riding a rollercoaster of emotions for a number of hours.

    Serious questions about life and death meandered in and out of my mind. My natural optimism was subject to erosion. I was trying hard to keep a balanced attitude.

  • New league a better fit for West

    This spring is the final season for West Brunswick High School in the Mideastern 3-A/4-A Conference, and apparently few in this area will be upset to see the conference disband as the result of realignments by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

    The basketball season was a perfect example of the disparity that left West’s teams at a disadvantage while competing with the larger 4-A schools in Wilmington or the 3-A schools in Jacksonville. West’s boys’ finished 1-11 in the conference; West’s girls, 2-10.

    Rivalries were nonexistent.

  • South advances to regionals

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick Cougars got over being nervous and won a sectional basketball championship on their home court Friday night, beating Fairmont 59-45.

    The victory advanced South to the Class AA Eastern Regional at East Carolina University, where the Cougars (24-5) will play Pittsboro Northwood (18-5) at 7 p.m. Thursday. The winner plays either East Duplin (21-5) or Burlington Cummings (21-6) at 5 p.m. Saturday for the regional title and the right to play for the state championship.

  • South Brunswick High School employee terminated after board meeting

    BOLIVIA—Frederick M. Freeman, II, a South Brunswick High School employee, was terminated Tuesday evening following the Board of Education’s approval of the personnel list.

    Terry Chestnutt, assistant superintendent of human resources, said Freeman worked as a Choices Assistant (In School Suspension coordinator), and an assistant athletics coach at South Brunswick since Aug. 18, 2005. Freeman was a classified employee, and earned an annual salary of $23,140.

  • Board approves redistricting plans despite AYP concerns

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education approved redistricting lines for Town Creek Elementary and Cedar Grove Middle schools Tuesday night after hearing strong opposition from representatives of Lincoln Elementary School.

    Rita Todd, second-grade teacher at Lincoln, spoke on behalf of a group of teachers and parents that stood before the board in opposition to all the proposed scenarios for Town Creek so far.

  • Continuing education courses offered at Brunswick Community College

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement, and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Virginia Williamson announces honor roll and awards for second nine weeks

    Virginia Williamson Elementary School has announced its awards for the second nine weeks.

    Ms. Robert’s Class

    Principal’s Award: Weston Bellamy.

    Citizenship Award: Trevon Gore.

    First grade

    Mrs. Neilon’s Class

    Principal’s Award: Samantha Webb and Tyler Varnum.

    Citizenship Award: Takayla Daniels and Joshua Stickles.

    Terrific Kids: Kimber Young and Imonie Perritt.

    Stunning Stingray: Jennifer Ashburn-Lane and Cammy Herbert.

    Mrs. Goldstein’s Class: