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Today's News

  • To fail is also to succeed

          Graduation time looms large across the nation. Senior year students in high schools, colleges, universities are embroiled in the departure/arrival moments, with all the mixed emotions involved. Applications have been filed, received, and returned with news of acceptance … or not. A sense of finality tinges the excitement of new beginnings with unease, if not sadness. Holding on is as an impelling force as letting go.

  • Life lessons from our mothers are always with us

     

    By Linda Arnold

          This is my sixth Mother’s Day without my mom.

         Many of you are going through your first, and those “firsts” are tough — whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary or that first holiday.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    This is a plant to dye for.

    Now, the process of dyeing, or otherwise coloring fabrics and textiles, has long been an important economic preoccupation, and of course, many different, and unrelated plant (and animal) species have been used around the world as sources of various dyes.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    This is a plant to dye for.

    Now, the process of dyeing, or otherwise coloring fabrics and textiles, has long been an important economic preoccupation, and of course, many different, and unrelated plant (and animal) species have been used around the world as sources of various dyes.

  • The celebration of Cinco de Mayo is a worldwide event

        Cinco de Mayo in Spanish means the fifth of May. Most of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations that take place occur in the town of Puebla, the site of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces in 1862.

  • West golf team fails to qualify for state

    The West Brunswick boys’ golf team fell eight strokes short of qualifying for the state tournament next week at Whispering Pines Country Club.

    In the NCHSAA 3A Regional Monday at Reedy Creek Golf Course, the Trojans shot a 340 and finished tied for fifth among 11 teams.

    The top three finishers from the regional qualified for state: C.B. Aycock, Corinth Holders and West Craven. Each team shot a 332.

    No one from West qualified individually. Tucker Vaughan shot an 80 and tied for 11th. He missed qualifying for state by two strokes.

  • Use of force expert testifies in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— A use of force expert testified Monday he thinks a former Southport police sergeant acted appropriately when he fatally shot a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Lawyers for 46-year-old Bryon Vassey called Dave Cloutier, who serves as an expert in use-of-force science and self-defense tactics, as their third witness. Vassey is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Trojans beat Ashley, lose to Topsail in MEC tourney

    West Brunswick beat Ashley 14-4 in six innings Monday in a first-round game of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference championship softball tournament at West.

    The Trojans scored nine runs in the fourth inning en route to the victory.

  • Gulf Stream action heating up

    The first week of May can be a magical time for fishermen of Brunswick County. As history tells it, May is typically the transition month for almost all targeted species of game fish along the southeastern section of North Carolina. Mahi mahi have begun their annual late spring run up the edge of the coast, the king mackerel have started feeding in the 30-mile range and, thankfully, a few Spanish mackerel have been found along the beachfront. 

  • Flounder are biting in many areas

    The average water temperature in our area is holding in the lower 70s and that has triggered a good flounder bite. Shallow areas like Tubbs Inlet and Dunn Sound, S.C., and Hogg Inlet S.C., have all produced numbers of small flounder the last few weeks. As the water temperature has continued rise and is holding around 70 degrees even in our surf zones, deeper areas have started to show signs of life. Places like the Little River (S.C.) jetties, Shallotte Inlet and Lockwood Folly have all seen more flounder this week with solid keepers in the mix.