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Today's News

  • New Year’s Resolutions! Are they meant to be broken this early?

    My guess is gardening resolutions for the New Year are still sounding good and achievable this early into the year. So what happens later on to those resolutions? Hopefully, they were made based on some sense of reality.

    We must learn how to cope with things beyond our control. Ground pearl and certain invasive weeds come to mind. Major weather events had us scrambling last year to keep our plants alive. You can’t always be able to correct some of these problems and the best we can do is minimize their impacts on the landscape.

  • Tips for adopting a healthy lifestyle and making 2009 a H-A-P-P-Y N-E-W Y-E-A-R

    Do you want to develop healthy lifestyle changes for 2009? If you are interested, please join me by adopting the following tips developed by Alice Henneman, food and nutrition extension specialist, University of Nebraska:

    Health: Make health a priority this year. Health should be more than the absence of disease.

    Attitude: A positive attitude may not cure a disease; however, thinking positive can help you deal with misfortune, make the most of your situation and enjoy life more.

  • Now is the time to plant flowering bulbs

    Winter is prime time for planting spring flowering bulbs. Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocus bulbs will happily burst into bloom for you this spring.

    Be aware tulip bulbs rarely bloom more than one time in this part of the country. They need a long winter chill to set flowers. When planting, work some fertilizer into the soil surrounding the bulbs rather than just throwing it into the hole. The developing roots will get a more even boost this way.

  • Redistricting options considered for Town Creek Elementary School

    BOLIVIA—The three proposed redistricting lines for Town Creek Elementary School include pre-K through fifth-grade students from Belville Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Bolivia Elementary schools.

    The proposed population for Town Creek Elementary is in the low 500s, which will reduce Belville, Lincoln and Bolivia’s student population by more than 100, regardless of which scenario is chosen.

    Belville Elementary School’s current population is 837 students, while 676 students attend Lincoln and 653 students attend Bolivia.

  • Benjamin Button piqued my curiousity

    I was intrigued by the movie’s title, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” My interest was further piqued by the dichotomy of opinions regarding its three and a half star rating. While some praised its story, others found the nearly three hour viewing period to be boring, slow, and generally not worth their time.

  • Odds are bettors will not like this column

    I was watching a sports program and someone had e-mailed a question for the panelists: How many points will be scored in the BCS championship football game between Florida and Oklahoma?

    Interesting question, I thought.

    I then noticed the city of the e-mail questioner: Las Vegas. Well, now I knew the reason for the question: He wanted to get an opinion for a bet in Las Vegas on the over-and-under for points scored in the game.

  • Waterskiing club now forming in Supply area

    Will Carter wants his children and others to enjoy a sport—waterskiing—in which he has gained international friendships.

    He took the first chilly step toward that goal when he and about 40 other water-ski enthusiasts had the first water-ski event on Carter’s private Pirate Lakes in Supply.

    Although the temperature was 40 degrees, 10 people water-skiied.

    “The wind was down and the water was great,” Carter said. “We had around 40 people show up for New Year’s Day.”

  • West wrestlers win four titles

    LELAND—West Brunswick won four weight classes in a round-robin wrestling tournament Saturday at North Brunswick High School.

    Dylan Bernier at 112, Jake Boudreau at 130, Bryan Murdaugh at 145 and Dee Kent at heavyweight were the Trojans’ first-place finishers in the North Brunswick Invitational.

    Finishing second were Dalton Walker at 103 and Antaun Miller at 160.

    Troy Ruane at 119 and Deven Ruane at 152 were third.

    South Brunswick had the most champions—six—of the seven teams in the tourney.

  • West varsity teams swept in conference games

    The West Brunswick High School varsity basketball teams lost both of their conference games last week. Below are game summaries.

    LANEY GIRLS 51 WEST 30

    West fell behind early and never recovered in the loss Friday in Wilmington.

    Laney led 20-11 after the first quarter and 28-14 at halftime. Laney outscored the Trojans 23-15 in the second half.

    Jasmine Daniels’ nine points led West in scoring. Other West scoring: Mariah Evans 6, Sheena Suttlemyre 5, Kayla Padgett 4, Jasmine Jackson 2, Breana Gause 2, Rebecca Sidelinger 2.

  • South Brunswick High School’s Lady Cougar rally stuns South Columbus Friday

    SOUTHPORT—South Brunswick’s Christina Deveney hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left and Brittany Spivey made two free throws with 21.2 seconds left to force overtime, and then Deveney scored all seven of the Cougars’ final points in a 49-44 victory Friday over South Columbus.

    Deveney, who scored two points in the first half, hit three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 20 points. She also had 10 rebounds. Spivey hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points in the conference game.